All About Alaskan Malamutes
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The Alaskan Malamute is considered a LARGE dog based on the average height and weight.
Males – Height: 25 inches.
Weight: 85 pounds.
Females – Height: 23 inches.
Weight: 75 pounds.
Alaskan Malamutes are commonly light gray, black, sable or red.
A very intelligent, and sometimes strong-willed, breed, Alaskan Malamutes are independent and fun-loving. Their favorite thing to do is accompany their masters on outdoor adventures. With early obedience training, they are quite well-behaved.
Alaskan Malamutes are one of the most athletic dog breeds. They love to haul loads, hike, swim, run and explore. They must run or haul everyday, otherwise they can become destructive, with too much energy to burn.
- Alaskan Malamutes have a thick and coarse overcoat covering a dense, oily, wooly undercoat. Their coats become thinner during the summer. As shedders, Alaskan Malamutes are a moderate-maintenance grooming breed.
- They have a distinctive bearing, holding their bodies past their foot pads.
- They have triangular ears that become erect when they’re on alert.
10 to 12 years
The most common health concerns for Alaskan Malamutes include cataracts and canine hip dysplasia. Renal cortical hypoplasia is less common but still occurs within the breed, while gastric torsion is seen occasionally.
Alaskan Malamutes have a low tolerance for hot climates and a high tolerance for cold climates. They love cold weather and pulling sleds in the snow.
Alaskan Malamutes make good pets for families without other animals. They can be hostile to other dogs and household pets, but they are good with children.
- Strong and hearty Alaskan Malamutes are the biggest of the Arctic sled dogs, and they were highly valued by their ancient Inuit owners for their ability to do hard work.
- Alaskan Malamutes accompanied Admiral Richard Byrd on his famed trek to the South Pole in the 1930s.
- During World War II, Alaskan Malamutes served as rescue, hauling and pack dogs.