Alaskan Malamute

Alaskan Malamute
DescriptionThe Alaskan Malamute, also called as Mally, is a popular breed of large dog that originated in Alaska. It belongs to the Working breed family which is generally remarkable for their excellent guarding and rescuing skills. Mallies have been bred to become freighting dogs. Their coarse double coat is thick and commonly in 1 to 3 in length. Its colors usually come in white, light gray, shades of black, and sable to red. Combinations may include red, black and white, wolf gray, or wolf sable.

Height and Weight

The male members of the Alaskan Malamute breed normally stand a height of 24 to 26 in at the withers, and weigh 80 to 95 lbs. Bitches, on the other hand, have a height of 22 to 24 in, and a weight of 70 to 85 lbs.

Temperament

Mallies, in general, are loyal, sweet, and affectionate dogs. They are usually well-mannered, and eager to please. They are great with children especially those who are old enough to safely play with them. The breed is very friendly; making them unsuitable as guard dogs. So long as the Mallies get to receive ample companionship, they can live happily outdoors. To keep the breed from developing destructive behaviors, firm leadership has to be used along with the introduction of regular mental and physical activities. Alaskan Malamutes are also known to be thrifty feeders. They tend to need less food than expected, though may wolf down anything that’s offered. They like to howl and dig. Because of their strong prey instinct, Mallies have to be supervised when with small animals, especially those of which they are not familiar with.

Grooming

Alaskan Malamutes are heavy shedders. Nonetheless, coat care is not that demanding. They are clean and odorless. They only need to be brushed at least twice a week to get rid of their dead hair. The breed also does not have to be bathed frequently as their coat can repel dirt easily. Dry shampoo can be done occasionally.

Health Concerns

Members of the Alaskan Malamute breed are generally prone to a few dog health problems. These include chronic heart diseases, polyneuropathy, hip dysplasia, gastric torsion, and cataracts. With proper care, diet, and exercise, the breed can live for as long as 10 to 12 years.

Best EnvironmentAlaskan Malamute Sled Dogs

Alaskan Malamutes cannot thrive in tropical regions of the globe. They are best suited to live in cold environments. Because of their energetic lifestyle and hunting instincts, owners are highly encouraged to provide the breed easy access to a securely fenced yard where they can explore and wander away. In addition, a couple of extended, leashed walks are good for them. As an alternative, you can also let the Mally pet roam around the yard, or join hikes when given the chance.

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