The Alaskan Malamute dog breed, as its name suggests, comes from Alaska and has been grown for pulling sleds. Named after the Inuit tribe known as Mahlemuti, this dog has been used by humans since unknown times. These large and powerful dogs help people to hunt andmove large game such as seals, reindeer and even polar bears. For their help, tribes treat the Alaskan Malamutes with great respect. These dogs are first registered in the AKC in 1935. Recent DNA evidence shows that the Alaskan Malamute and his wolfish appearance is no accident. The Malamute is one of the fourteen “old type” dogs whose DNA is more similar to the wolf than other breeds.
The height of the Alaskan Malamute is about 58-68 cm and weighs about 32-50 kg. Outer coat is hard and dense with soft underside. The lower part of the body and face are white, while the rest of the body can varies in colours such as gray, black, gold and red. This is firmly developed dog with beautiful fluffy tail.
Character and behavior
The Alaskan Malamutepuppy is very friendly with "plush" appearance, who loves to be the center of attention. These good "wolves" are always ready to respond to the invitation to play and have fun. Dogs of this breed are oriented to life in the "herd", so they are filling best in family environment, rather than being left for themselves somewhere in the yard.
These dogs are really smart, but sometimes can be very stubborn. The Malamute puppies are easy to train and joyfully perform the command of the master once or twice, but very often the process of education bore them. This trait is common to many northern breeds.
Training and education
The Alaskan Malamute is prone to dominance so it is very important to prove to the puppy as soon as possible that the place of the leader of the pack is now occupied. Then the dog will respect his master and his training of obedience will be much easier. To educate an Alaskan Malamute you should be very creative. These dogs can execute any command on the training ground and do not listen to it at home.
There are several types of health problems that need to be taken in consideration when searching for puppies for sale. They include thyroid problems, bleeding problems, Chd, cataracts, problems with tendons, skin problems and auto-immune problems. Both parents of the puppy should have OFA and CERF certificates is also advisable to have and Chd certificate. These dogs do not like the warm climate and must be kept away from the heat.
The life expectancy of Alaskan Malamute is about 10-12 years.
Grooming and care
The Alaskan Malamute dog has a good developed undercoat. He shed twice a year and it is better to be combed often. These dogs are clean as cats and have almost no smell and can be bathed only once or twice a year. Alaskan Malamute has no need of trimming, just combed it regularly and take care of his nails.
Children and other pets
The strong character of Alaskan Malamutes make them "obliged" to dominate other dogs and therefore can be aggressive towards their kinsmen. Owner mustintroduce the puppy to the "dog society", thus will stop the pet attempts to "bring order".
The Alaskan Malamute is not aggressive with people and therefore it is not recommended to usethese as guards. Friendliness makes them bad watch dogs, however, with his impressive looks they can scare the uninitiated villain.
A particularly noteworthy feature of the representatives of this breed is the ability of the Malamute to "talk". They bark very little, but at the expense of lead "talk" with his master, by issuing deaf sounds.
Strong and durable Malamutes are faithful helpers to human research expeditions to the North Pole or Antarctica, and also are frequent participants in competitions of weightpulling. Initially, these dogs were used as draft animals - Malamute can move loads weighing about 400 kg.
Thanks to the the soft nature and his charismatic appearance the Alaskan Malamute puppies and grown dogs often participate in animal therapy programs - visit patients in hospitals to relief their sufferings.