Alaskan Malamute

Alaskan Malamute

Alaskan Malamute Dog Facts

Working dog
Exercise Requirement:
Affection Level:
Moderately protective
Grooming Maintenance:
Temperature Preference:
Typical Lifespan:
10-12 years

Alaskan Malamute

The Alaskan Malamute is tall and broad and is bred to be able to pull heavy loads like sleighs, so be careful if it tugs on the lead! It is a large dog, and this original use is apparent in its size. Having said that however, it is normally gentle, kind and fun loving within a caring family. It has a steady gait and a high endurance, so can run for a long, long time. It has a great coat for insulation, double layered to protect it from the cold.

Its potentially intimidating frame, often seen as 'wolf-like', is offset by its friendly face and family-oriented attitude. Its thick coat is usually white and black, but can sometimes be more tan coloured, brown, or plain white. It has large upright ears and a tail that curls up and over its back.

The Alaskan Malamute was bred in order to work as a team and pull sleighs and sledges for the Inuit people. It was often treated as part of the family, not as a pampered pet, because of how essential a cog it was in the Inuit's daily lives. As a result, the Malamute is family oriented and is very affectionate. However, because of its history as a working dog, it requires a lot of exercise.

Its coat needs brushing every so often, and it can become destructive in the house if bored. However, if you work to keep the bond strong with an Alaskan Malamute, and keep it exercised, it is well mannered in the home and can become more of a loving family member than a pet.

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