ALASKAN MALAMUTE Dog Breed Information

The Alaskan Malamute is the largest of the Arctic dogs. The head should be wide, with good erect ears. It looks similar to the wolf but has a sweeter look. The eyes are medium and dark in color is desired. White or blue eyes are considered to be a fault and are not desirable by the written standards. It should have large feet, with thick pads.

The thick double coat of fur, that is about three inches long. Colors come in a range of greys sable or red. Within the coloring should be shadings. Here you can have wolf grey, black and white, red or sable to red. The only unshaded color allowed is white. The dog nearly always has white legs. The standard sizes can vary.

Alaskan Malamute History

The Alaskan Malamute dog is a descendent of the arctic wolf. First used as a working dog some 3000 years ago. This is a Nordic sled dog, which comes from the Mahlemuts. This is a tribe that raised these dogs and where the name comes from. These dogs have been used for a long time as sled pullers and can pull large weights over great distances.

Alaskan Malamute Temperament

With the Alaskan Malamute dog, you will find a loyal dog with intelligence. They can be very loving to their owner. This breed is good with older children, but you need to teach the child what is acceptable play for this dog. With the right handling, this dog can mature to a fine dog.

This dog needs firm handling and a clear leader of their pack, which must be the owner. They need companionship, daily mental stimulation, and physical exercise to get the best from this breed. Feeding can be an issue, and you need to watch the size of meals as they can eat more than they need.

The Alaskan needs good supervision around small animals and other dogs as it has got a strong prey instinct. This dog benefits from obedience training, and it is highly recommended. If you do not train this dog well you could have a lot of problems, as if they get bored, they can do a lot of damage in a short time.

Alaskan Malamute Health Issues

The Alaskan Malamute dog can suffer from bloat, this can be very serious and not be taken as just a bit of wind. They can have hip dysplasia which should be checked before they are sold. Another thing this breed can get is dwarfism called chondrodysplasia.

Alaskan Malamute Grooming

The grooming of the Alaskan Malamute is relatively easy, and the breed only requires brushing twice weekly. When it sheds it is very heavy shedding, with the undercoat coming out in clumps.

Bathing is not needed, as dirt will come off in the shedding. While this dog doesn’t need bathing it is not smelly but clean and smells fine. You can use dry shampoo if you so desire but only occasionally.

Alaskan Malamute Living Conditions

With the Alaskan Malamute, we have a dog that can happily live outside but will wish for the company of the owner. Due to the fact this is an active dog, apartment living is not recommended.

They will need at least a good size garden, with high well made fencing. Think about the fact this dog can dig, and will do so, there for some form of an underground fence can be needed. Here we have a dog that can cope well in cold weather but in the warm weather, you will need to offer good shading and clean cool water to drink.

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If you can’t find a local breeder in your area don’t worry, many breeders are using major airlines like American, Delta, Continental, and Northwest airlines for shipping their puppies.

At this time the airlines will ship puppies to the following states: Alabama AL – Alaska AK – Arizona AZ – Arkansas AR – California CA – Colorado CO – Connecticut CT – Delaware DE – Florida FL – Georgia GA – Hawaii HI – Idaho ID – Illinois IL – Indiana IN – Iowa IA – Kansas KS – Kentucky KY – Louisiana LA – Maine ME – Maryland MD – Massachusetts MA – Michigan MI – Minnesota MN – Mississippi MS – Missouri MO – Montana MT – Nebraska NE – Nevada NV – New Hampshire NH – New Jersey NJ – New Mexico NM – New York NY – North Carolina NC – North Dakota ND – Ohio OH – Oklahoma OK – Oregon OR – Pennsylvania PA – Rhode Island RI – South Carolina SC – South Dakota SD – Tennessee TN – Texas TX – Utah UT – Vermont VT – Virginia VA – Washington WA – Washington, D.C. – West Virginia WV – Wisconsin WI – Wyoming WY – Hawaii HI.

 

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