Alaskan Malamute Description
It has a strong body, and it has the expression of a dog that is noble. The feet are furry with strong pads, and this allows it to move quickly over snowy terrain. The ears should be triangular in shape and should stand up. The eyes should have the shape of almonds and should be small and dark in color. The ideal colors for the eyes will be brown, and an Alaskan Malamute with blue eyes is undesirable. The colors of the coat should either be white, black, gray, or red. At first glance, the Alaskan Malamute may resemble a wolf and are similar in appearance to the Siberian Husky, another popular Arctic dog.
So, you want to buy a Malamute! First of all, read the overview of the characteristics and qualities of an Alaskan Malamute. Remember that these are good-sized high-energy dogs. Then, read over and think about the pros and cons of owning an Alaskan Malamute. An informed pet owner is a good pet owner.
Here is a brief history of the Malamute:
The Alaskan Malamute is a robust breed of Arctic working dog. These dogs are regularly used in the state of Alaska and many other areas of the Arctic for hauling sleds. An Alaskan tribe known as the Mahlemuts, or Malemuit, are the original breeders of the Alaskan Malamute.
The dogs of the early Mahlemuts were enormous freighting dogs. Remember that these dogs had to be capable of pulling heavy weight in extreme conditions. The Malamute was used to haul food back to the interior Alaskan villages. The Malamute was able to pull a tremendous amount of weight over long distances at an even pace.
When speaking about the Malamute, there are bound to be references to two strains of these dogs. One strain is called the M’Loot and the other strain is called the Kotzebue. M'Loot Malamutes are larger than the Kotzebues are. Kotzebues have only wolf-gray coats. M'Loots come in a variety of colors. Kotzebues are said to be more aggressive than the M’loot. Kotzebues are also reported to be more hyper than members of the M’Loot strain.
Alaskan Malamutes are now bred in the Continental and outlying United States. In the lower forty-eight states, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico they are bred for use as pets and show dogs.
Here is a brief overview of the characteristics and qualities of the Malamute:
An Alaskan Malamute is well proportioned with a dense and brawny body. Malamutes have extraordinary capacities for endurance. The Alaskan Malamute is 22 to 25 in tall at the shoulder and weighs 65 to 85 lbs. A female of this breed will be 20 to 23 in tall and weigh 50 to 70 lbs.
The Malamute has a stunningly lustrous, rough outer coat and a warm fleece-like undercoat. Alaskan Malamutes can be colored wolf-gray, black and white, sable and white, seal, blue, and white. Malamutes have broad, reasonably rounded skulls. These dogs have large muzzles. Their eyes are almond-shaped and their ears are medium sized. The upper halves of their ears are triangular in shape. An Alaskan Malamute should possess a deep chest with very powerful legs. Malamutes should also possess bushy tails. Their tails should be carried high.
These are some of the pros of owning an Alaskan Malamute:
Due to its gentle nature, the Alaskan Malamute is normally a very good family dog.
Most Malamutes eat astoundingly little for their size.
An Alaskan Malamute makes an excellent hiking companion. Using a dog pack, a Malamute can easily transport food and water.
The Alaskan Malamute is very clean and is almost an odorless dog. Some owners only bathe their dogs once a year or less.
Alaskan Malamutes are extremely intelligent.
Because the Malamute is an arctic dog, it can remain outside in very cold weather. Alaskan Malamutes can work and live in temperatures approaching 70 degrees below zero.
Alaskan Malamutes are rather quiet dogs. They generally do not bark at all.
Alaskan Malamutes are excellent housedogs. They are very nimble and never awkward around furniture. Alaskan Malamutes will usually will pick out a favorite spot and stay in it for hours.
Here are a few of the cons of owning a Malamute:
The Malamute is a very strong dog!
Malamutes are infamous for digging!
They need a lot of exercise and interaction. The workouts can come in the form of mushing, which is best, or frequent walks, hikes, and playing.
Training Alaskan Malamutes can be a challenge.
Malamutes can howl quite loudly when trying to communicate with other dogs.
Malamutes are susceptible to hot spots, which look like raw scrapes on their skin.
Bloat affects Alaskan Malamutes, as it does other large dogs.
Eye problems can effect Alaskan Malamutes. Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) and central progressive retinal atrophy (CPRA) have turned up in Malamutes.
Finally, hip dysplasia is a problem for many Malamutes.
For more information on Alaskan Malamutes, contact your American Kennel Association.
The Alaskan Malamute is a dog that is courageous and intelligent. It is excellent with mature children who can handle it with care. These dogs are quite dignified but are too friendly to be used as effective guard dogs. Malamutes enjoy living outside, but they will need to receive extensive amounts of attention from their masters. At the same time, Alaskan Malamutes will be at home living indoors with their owners. It is crucially important to make sure these dogs get the necessary amount of attention, as they can become very destructive when they are left alone.
These dogs tend to be very healthy. If it is purchased from a puppy mill, it may have some behavior problems that owners will want to watch for. The only common condition that these dogs suffer from is hip dysplasia, but this is a disorder that is found with many dog breeds. Dwarfism may be seen in Alaskan Malamutes, but it is not common. This breed has a maximum life expectancy of 15 years.
Alaskan Malamutes only need a standard amount of exercise. They are Arctic dogs that should never be given large amounts of exercise in hot weather. If they are placed in a yard, they should be able to exercise themselves, but owners will also want to take them on walks in cool weather.
Special Grooming Needs
The Alaskan Malamute has a thick coat that owners will want to brush at least twice a week. They shed large amounts of fur, and the undercoat may get clumps. These dogs virtually never have to be bathed. Alaskan Malamutes are clean, and will not have odors.