A descendant of the Arctic wolf. The Alaskan Malamute Dog Breed has a powerful body and solid look, more than speed it has strength. They are popular for sleds. Their name comes from the fishing and hunting Malamute tribe which live in the west of Alaska. Their job originally was to pull loads of fish to the ice slopes. In Canada it is considered the king of sled dogs.
They are famous for their appearances in Jack London & Rudyard Kipling’s books.
Characteristics of Alaskan Malamute
Size: males 63 cm; females 58 cm
- Weight: from 35 to 40 kg
Color: black and shades of gray, normally with a lighter face mask and lower part of the body. Their feet and belly are always white.
Coat: The outer layer is rough and spiked, longer around the neck, back and thighs. They carry their tail over their back like a loose feather.
Character of Alaskan Malamute
They are affectionate with children, docile, playful and very faithful. Don’t stand too much heat. They are active animals which prefer being outdoors and need active owners that provide them with plenty of action and exercise. When bored they howl and wail. They must be well trained so that when problems arise their natural conflicting character doesn’t appear.