Alaskan Malamute

This dog is built for the outdoors! With a solid frame and weatherproof coat, this breed is an excellent worker. Although physically they are similar to wolves, the Malamute is very much a domestic dog.

 

 

Other Names
Malamute
Country of Origin
United States
Colour
Black, grey, sable and red. All dogs will feature white markings around their body.
Size
Large
Height / Weight
This breed normally measures between 58 - 71cms and weigh between 38 - 56kgs.
Health
The Alaskan is a particularly hardy breed although is prone to Hip Dysplasia. Owners should also be aware of developmental bone issues, copper and zinc deficiency and hormonal diseases.
Life Span
10-12 years
Intelligence
As is common with the "pack" mentality, these dogs can become aggressive if not socialised early and appropriately. Alaskan Malamute's need a calm but firm owner who will allow them to maintain their personality whilst still obeying commands.
Exercise
High
Suitability (Children)
Medium
Feeding

For domestic pets, this breed will require a specific puppy diet to suit its breed type in order to prevent bone and joint issues. As a work dog, the Alaskan will need a special "performance" diet in order to maintain optimum health.

 

Feeding Cost
$20+ p/w
Other Cost
Excercise
An hour of strenuous exercise is recommended daily. These gentle giants are not for the faint hearted! Some breeders can recommend sledding clubs which are perfect for this breed.
Ailments
The Alaskan is a particularly hardy breed although is prone to Hip Dysplasia. Owners should also be aware of developmental bone issues, copper and zinc deficiency and hormonal diseases.
Hair Shed
Heavy
Grooming

This breed requires a thorough daily brushing. Males will shed once a year and females twice. They are known to be particularly clean dogs and will not require frequent baths.

 

 

Grooming Frequency
Daily
Trimming
None
This powerful breed was developed in Northwestern Alaska by a tribe of Innuit called the Mahlemuts. It was bred as a strong sledding dog able to withstand harsh weather. With a combination of Siberian Husky, Russia Samoyed, Greenland Eskimo Dogs and the Labrador, the Alaskan Malamute is a hardy worker. It was recognised by the American Kennel Club in 1935.


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