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History Alaskan Malamutes are descendants of dogs of people from the Mahlemuits tribe in Alaska. These dogs were very valuable to the people as Alaskan Malamutes worked, hunted, and lived alongside humans. These dogs were used for pulling sleds, often being tasked to transport goods and humans as well. Alaskan Malamutes have gone down in history as the dogs that assisted Admiral Richard Byrd to the South Pole. They were also the dogs that assisted miners who went to Alaska during 1896. The existence of the Alaskan Malamutes can be traced back to as far as 2,000 to 3,000 years ago. Alaskan Malamutes can also be used for search and rescue missions, for weight pulling, carting, and racing.
Appearance The Alaskan Malamute is often mistaken for a Siberian Husky due to their similarities in appearance. Alaskan Malamutes have almond-shaped brown eyes. They are compact dogs with wide heads and furry feet. They often sport proud expressions.
Colours The coat of Alaskan Malamutes come in varying shades and combinations such as black and white, grey and whtie, sable and white, or red and white. Their coats can also be just pure white.
Temperament Alaskan Malamutes are loyal, sweet, affectionate, and intelligent. They love to play with children and these dogs mature into mellow adult dogs. They are friendly, active, and strong dogs. Although they are not categorized as territorial dogs, they can be wary of house guests who aren't familiar to them. Since Alaskan Malamutes can be very friendly, they won't do well as guard dogs. Male Alaskan Malamutes can sometimes be very dominating. Most Alaskan Malamutes are quiet dogs, and won't bark as often as other breeds do. They also have the capability of howling and when they do, the howling sound they make is similar to wolves'.
Weight 58.5 - 71 cm in height and up to 57 Kg in weight. Males are larger than females and at the top end of the size ranges.
Problems One of the most common health problems of Alaskan Malamutes is cancer, which is actually their major cause of death. Other common health problems include hip dysplasia, tendon injuries, fractures, patellar luxation, and arthritis. They can also be afflicted with hair loss, interdigital cysts, dermatitis, and their nose pigment can fade.
Living Conditions Alaskan Malamutes aren't supposed to be kept indoors. A large yard will be better for them. These dogs do well in cold weather because they have thick winter coats which they shed come spring time. In hot weather, though, their owners must keep the dogs in the shade and make sure to provide them with plenty of water.
Requirements Alaskan Malamutes need to be taken out for long walks daily. During warm weather, though, owners must be careful not to overdo the dogs' exercise.
Training Requirements Alaskan Malamutes love to please, which is why it would not be hard to train them, although there are some that might take a while to housebreak. Firm training is needed for the rearing of Alaskan Malamutes. Since these dogs love attention, they might get destructive when they don't get the attention they need. Alaskan Malamutes may get combative with other dogs, especially with dogs of the same breed and sex. Thus, the dogs should be socialized with other dogs at an early age. They must also be made to be comfortable in the company of other human beings. These dogs must be trained to be obedient by using firm encouragement.
Life Expectancy They are expected to live for up to 12 to 15 years.
Grooming Alaskan Malamutes are odorless and clean dogs, thus making them easy to groom. They shed their undercoats twice a year. They don't need to be bathed because their coat sheds dirt. However, their coats do need to be brushed at least twice a week and occasionally treated with dry shampoo.
Famous Examples As breed they are well known in history as the working breed which took Admiral Richard Byrd to the South Pole.
CompleteDogsGuide Comment A dog which is best suited to owners who will actually use it as a working dog on a daily basis.
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