Updated: Mar 11
The Alaskan Malamute, one of the oldest Arctic sled dogs, is a powerful and substantially built dog with a deep chest and strong, well-muscled body. They are freighting dogs, built to pull heavy loads for long distances. Alaskan Malamute is highly athletic with a muscular body, deep chest, strong legs, and a plume of a tail that waves over his back. An Alaskan Malamute's head is broad with prick ears and dark-brown eyes. The Alaskan Malamute is bred for power and endurance, which is its original function and what the standard of the breed requires of Alaskan Malamute breeders. They are not good guard dog because they treat all guests and people that they meets for the first time as friends.
Characteristics: Double coat
Colors: Variety of colors with white
Overall Grooming Needs: Moderate
Alaskan Malamute needs high-quality diet appropriate according to their age (puppy, adult, senior). Keep your dog’s diet consistent and don’t give them people food. Some dogs are prone to getting overweight, so watch your dog’s calorie consumption and weight level. Sometimes, treats in training can cause obesity if given in excessive amounts.
Alaskan Malamutes require socialization and obedience training that is necessary in order to prevent a Malamute from becoming pushy with children and other pets, or dominant over adults he or she doesn’t respect. Malamutes are highly intelligent and independent in nature. They are trustworthy companions to humans. Certain behavior like digging makes it impossible for training sometimes.
Alaskan Malamutes need routine care to live longer, stay healthier, and be happier during their lifetime. They are large, active dogs with a lot of energy. A strong, athletic dog with tremendous endurance, designed to carry heavy loads, a Mal requires daily exercise. They enjoy hiking, running, and swimming with their owners.
The most common issues seen in Alaskan Malamutes are dental diseases, parasites, hip dysplasia, bloat, dwarfism, obesity, hypothyroidism, peripheral neuropathy, etc.
Country of Origin: Siberia
AKC Breed Popularity: Ranks 58 of 196
AKC Classification: Working Group
UKC Classification: Northern Breeds
Exercise Requirements: 20-40 minutes/day
Height: Female: 23 inches; Male: 23 inches
Weight: Female: 75 lbs; Male: 85 lbs
Physical traits: Athletic, Strong, Muscular
Personality traits/Temperament: Affectionate, Loyal, Playful
Energy Level: Very energetic
Tendency to Bark: Moderate
Tendency to Dig: Moderate
Social/Attention Needs: High
Life Expectancy: 10-14 years
Alaskan Malamute is one of the rare breeds of dogs that didn't change a lot since its creation. Alaskan Malamute was used as a working dog during the WWI and WWII.
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