How to care Alaskan Malamute
The Alaskan malamute, is an Arctic sled dog with a long history, was named after the native Inuit tribe called Mahlemuts (now spelled Malamute) who settled along the shores of Kotzebue Sound in the upper western regions of Alaska. These dogs were used primarily as draught animals to haul heavy sleds, but were also used to pack supplies, for hunting seals and in packs to track polar bears. Early writings indicate that the dogs kept by the Mahlemut people were better cared for than was usual for Arctic sled dogs, and this seemingly accounts for the dog breed’s affectionate disposition.
Average age size, weight & life span
- 55cm – 65cm
- 35kg– 45kg
- 10 – 12 years
Characteristics / Temperament
The Alaskan malamute is powerful, independent and strong-willed. Malamutes are usually quite dogs that are bark less but do howl like wolves.
- An affectionate companion and family dog
- Outgoing and friendly personality
- Good with children
- Playful and energetic
- Loyal and loving companion
- Large, strong, and athletic, with lots of stamina in cooler climates
General appearance of Alaskan malamute
The Alaskan malamute is a large, strong Arctic dog that has a wide head with erect ears. At a glance, it looks like a wolf but with a cute expression.
Background The Alaskan Malamute was thought to be pa rt of the wolf family for some time by people though this is not true. They can survive in temperatures below 70 degrees and can also adapt to warmer climate as well.
Coat and color
They have a thick, coarse guard coat. The undercoat is dense, from one to two inches in depth, oily and woolly. The coarse guard coat varies in length, as does the undercoat. Usually Malamutes have a shorter and less dense coat during the summer months.
The main Colors range of Malamutes is light grey and white through intermediate shadings to black, sable and shadings of sable to red. The only solid color allowable is all white. White is always the predominant color on underbody, parts of legs, feet, and part of face markings. A white blaze on the forehead and/or collar or a spot on the nape is attractive and acceptable. The Malamute is mantled, and broken colors extending over the body or uneven splashing are undesirable.
They love to run and roam and love nothing more than having fun with their family. Without proper exercise they will become frustrated and destructive.
The Alaskan malamute has a dense coat and is a heavy shedder that should be brushed a least twice a week. Bathing is not required as the coat sheds dirt easily and is odorless.
They are a very hardy breed but are still prone to hip dysplasia, like most large breeds. Other health issues are OFA, CERF and dwarfism. The Alaskan malamute is prone to bloat.