The strongest of the sled dogs
The friendly and devoted Alaskan Malamute may be one of the most ancient breeds of dog. It is thought they travelled across the Bering Strait many thousands of years ago with people from the Arctic regions of Siberia. Once in North America, they lived and worked with the Inuit, who depended on these dogs for their very survival. The breed takes its name from the Mahlemut tribe of Inuit people who had developed and used the breed for pulling heavy loads over long distances. It is the strongest of the sled dogs. Spitz-like in its features, the Malamute is built to survive in it’s environment, where they will often sleep outside in all weathers, their double coat protecting them against the extreme cold. Even the insides of their ears are furred. Their tail, carried like a waving plume, is a hallmark of breed type.
Everything about Alaskan Malamutes suggests their origin as an arctic sled dog: The heavy bone, deep chest, powerful shoulders, and dense, weatherproof coat all scream, “I work hard for a living!” But their almond-shaped brown eyes have an affectionate sparkle, suggesting they enjoy snuggling with their humans when the workday is done. They are pack animals, and in your family “pack,” the leader must be you. If an Alaskan Malamute doesn’t respect you, they will wind up owning you instead of the other way around. Firm but loving training should begin in early puppyhood. That said, a well-behaved Alaskan Malamute is a joy to be with – playful, gentle, friendly, and great with kids. A strong, athletic dog with tremendous endurance, designed to carry heavy loads, an Alaskan Malamute requires daily exercise. Romping in a well-fenced yard or other enclosed space will suffice, but Malamutes also enjoy hiking, running, and swimming with their owners. And should the owner have sufficient time and interest, Malamutes often take part in agility and obedience trials, weight-pulling competitions, backpacking, recreational or competitive sledding, and skijoring (pulling a person who is on skis).
Read more about the history of this breed – HERE
STATS AND FACTS
Most of these stats are from the The Kennel Club UK. You can view stats from kennel clubs around the world at the links below, which may have different standards and classifications.
|Group – UK||Working|
|Bred For||Haulage, Hunting|
|Country of Origin||USA|
|Temperament||Affectionate, Friendly, Loyal|
|Exercise Needed||More than 2 hours a day|
|Size of Home Needed||Large|
|Height at Withers – Females||58 cm / 23 in|
|Height at Withers – Males||64 cm / 25 in|
|Life Expectancy||10 – 14 years|
- A Malamute should be brushed every day with a pin brush and metal comb, all the while checking for mats, which can harbour fungus, and hot spots, which can become infected.
- Malamutes are not especially suited to be guard dogs because they tend to be friendly with everyone they meet.
- Most Malamutes love to dig in the ground. You cannot train them to stop, but you can give them a safe designated place to dig!
- During World War I, 450 Alaskan malamutes were shipped to France to deliver supplies to French army troops isolated in mountain outposts.
- Alaskan malamutes were also used in World War II, this time to sniff for mines, carry weapons and act as search-and-rescue dogs.
LINKS TO KENNEL CLUB BREED STANDARDS AROUND THE WORLD
Breed standards vary throughout the world, these links will inform you of those standards and give further information about Alaskan Malamutes.
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WEBSITES ABOUT ALASKAN MALAMUTES
Here’s some websites specifically dedicated to the Alaskan Malamute breed, click to view them. I am not affiliated with any of these sites, they’re just here for further information. Please note I will not advertise breeders on this site and as many websites dedicated to a specific breed are run by breeders, sometimes there’s fewer sites listed here.
- Alaskan Malamute Club of America
- Alaskan Malamute My Best Friend
- Alaskan Malamute Club of Belgium
- Alaskan Malamute Club of the United Kingdom
- Alaskan Malamute Working Association
- Alaskan Malamute Assistance League
- Alaskan Malamute Club of Wisconsin
- Polaris Alaskan Malamute Rescue
- Illinois Alaskan Malamute Rescue Association
- Malamute Matters
- Northern California Alaskan Malamute Association
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