Breed Introduction: Alaskan Malamute Dog

These dogs were valued highly by Eskimos!

Breed Introduction: Alaskan Malamute Dog

The Alaskan Malamute is a large breed of domestic dog originally bred for hauling heavy freight because of their strength and endurance. The Alaskan Malamute features a powerful, sturdy body built for stamina and strength. It reigns as one of the oldest dog breeds, whose original looks have not been significantly altered. This intelligent canine needs a job and consistent leadership to avoid becoming bored.

The Alaskan Malamute possesses tremendous strength, energy, endurance, independence, and intelligence. He was originally sought to pull heavy sleds over long distances as well as to hunt seals and polar bears. Now chosen primarily for companionship, Alaskan Malamutes succeed in several dog sports, including conformation, obedience competition, weight pulling, skijoring, backpacking, and recreational sledding.

Breed Origin

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It is one of the oldest Arctic sled dogs! The Alaskan Malamute’s forebears crossed the land bridge from Siberia to Alaska with native peoples thousands of years ago. One tribe, known as the Mahlemuts, settled in the northeastern area of the Seward Peninsula, where the Alaskan Malamute was developed.

The Eskimos treated their dogs well and valued them highly. The gold rush of 1896 brought a great influx to Alaska of dogs of many sizes and breeds who could survive the weather.

The Alaskan Malamute Club of America was formed in 1935 and the American Kennel Club recognized the breed that same year. During World War II, most of the registered Alaskan Malamutes were loaned out for war duty because there was a great demand for sled dogs.

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Males stand 25 inches high at the shoulder and should weigh about 85 pounds; females tend to stand 23 inches high and weigh about 75 pounds.

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Temperament is affected by a number of factors, including heredity, training, and socialization. Puppies with nice temperaments are curious and playful, willing to approach people and be held by them.

Malamutes love to dig. Rather than trying to stop this behaviour, your best bet is to accommodate it by giving your Malamute his own place to dig in the yard, such as a sandbox or other area that you don’t mind setting aside for him.

The Alaskan Malamute sports a dense double coat. The thick, coarse outer coat, known as the guard coat, should not be soft or long. The undercoat is one to two inches deep. It is oily and woolly to repel wetness and cold.

This breed’s coat colours range from light gray to black, sable, and shades of sable to red. The underbelly should be predominantly white along with the feet, parts of the legs, and part of the face markings. The only solid colour you will see is white. Some Malamutes may have an attractive white blaze on the forehead or around the neck.

Update: November 7, 2017.

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