Alaskan Malamute

The Alaskan Malamute is a strong and powerfully built animal who loves to be constantly on the move. This playful yet dignified breed is one of the oldest dog breeds with wolf-like facial markings. They are known for their extremely high endurance levels and wolf-like structures. Despite their voluminous stature, they are not very successful as watch dogs. They have an independent nature which sometime comes across as stubborn but they are highly understanding by nature.


Alaskan Malamute Breed Information


History
Known as the oldest arctic sled dogs, the Alaskan Malamutes started their journey with thousands of natives from Siberia to Alaska. It was in the region of Peninsula when the Alaskan Malamutes were born. The breed has faced a lot of calamities and terrible situations but they survived through all that including the Gold rush of 1896. During the WW2, a lot of the dogs who carried loads of food and other consumption items were Alaskan Malamutes. Sadly a lot of them died in the expedition to Antarctica. They were accepted by the American Kennedy club in 1935.
Personality
The Alaskan Malamute has a workaholic personality wherein it gets too hyper if not exercised around regularly. The breed is recognized for its high stamina and strength. The Malamutes are generally poor loners and can get really grumpy when left alone. Their sometimes destructive personality can be a huge turn off for the rookie owners. They are highly inquisitive in nature.
  • Activity Level: 3/5 (moderately playful)
  • Intelligence Level: 3.5/5 (intelligent)
  • Curious: 4/5 (curious)
  • Friendliness: 4/5 (affable and well-behaved)
  • Vocal: 4/5 (talkative)
Appearance
These wolf-like dogs have taken a lot of credited appearances in sitcoms and movies as wolves. They are quite heavy and have a high tendency of putting on weight. These are heavy shredders so they might appear to be a little shabby and greasy at times. The Malamutes with yellow amber eyes are an absolute bliss to the eyes.
  • Fur: The breed has a dense double coat with a thick outer coat, which should not be long and soft since it’s the guard coat. The inner coat is repellant of cold and wetness and is on the oilier side. The coat colors vary from light grey to black and sable to red.
  • Eyes: The Alaskan Malamutes have deep and small eyes usually brown in color. But those red and white Malamutes have a yellow Amber eye color.
  • Body Structure: They are broad creatures with wolf-like personalities. They can scare the hell out of the intruders at your place. In earlier times, they were used to hunt seals and other preys due to their great hunting skills and mammoth body structure.
  • Facial Features: They are not very expressive on the out-front and wolf-like facial markings on their face are enough expression one can take from them.
  • Weight: The generally weigh around 75 to 100 pounds.
Health and Care
Malamutes are mostly on the healthier side if properly enrolled in a regular work-out routine. Though there are certain ailments even they can’t escape of such as cataracts and Chondrodysplasia. Cataracts have become a serious problem which can result in complete loss of sight. Though, these can be surgically removed without any side effects. The Chondrodysplasia is another acute disorder commonly referred to as “dwarfism” and can be diagnosed with a genetic screening test for this breed. They should be properly trained and groomed. Their training should start at an early age so that they can get used to it when they grow large and a bit lazy too. Malamutes are heavy shedders too, so one should be ready for a lot of cleaning up. Also, novice owners should not consider buying this breed.
We have gathered this information from our breeders based on their experience with this breed. However, remember that each animal is different with its own personality and needs (just like people!), so use this information wisely. Do you know more about this breed and want to share your knowledge with us? Send us an email at help@pickapaw.com