Alaskan Malamutes are large and strong, and as they originate in the cold climate of the Arctic, they have a very thick double coat. This coat can be black and white, red, white, or they can be wolf marked in grey or sable. This means the dogs have the markings of a grey wolf, or have a reddish undercoat covered by a grey topcoat. Malamutes have furry feet and tough foot pads to protect them from the ice and snow. The eyes must be of a dark colour as blue eyes are a fault that will disqualify dogs from being shown, and their tails must be carried curled over the back.
Size: Dogs Height: 24-26 inches/Weight: 80-95 pounds
Bitches Height: 22-24 inches/Weight: 70-85 pounds
- Breed Specific Health Issues: There are few health problems associated with the Alaskan Malamute. Hip Dysplasia is occasionally seen, though this is common with many larger dogs. Some dogs carry the gene for chondrodysplasia, or dwarfism, so you must be sure a puppys parents have been tested prior to purchase.
- Life Expectancy: The average life expectancy for the Alaskan Malamute is 12-15 years. Grooming Requirements:Due to the heavy coat this breed has, a lot of grooming is required. It should be brushed at least three times a week, and more frequently during their moult which happens twice a year. During this time the dogsâ€™ coat will be shed in large clumps and it is most beneficial if you help the dog lose his coat faster by brushing it out. There is no need to give Malamutes a bath, though, as their coat naturally rids itself of dirt naturally.
Alaskan Malmute – Breed Behavior
Malamutes are very intelligent, friendly, and loyal dogs. As they are so friendly with people they do not make especially good guard dogs. It is usually very easy to train Malamutes because they want nothing more than to please their owner, though housebreaking can prove difficult in some situations. Because Alaskan Malamutes have a high prey drive, it is very important to supervise them around all small animals, although if socialized from an early enough age, Malamutes can be very friendly to other animals.
Malamutes do well with a mid-level amount of exercise, although less is required in warmer months so they do not get too hot. Although they do not need a large amount of exercise, Malamutes do well with a large amount of space. Apartment living is definitely not recommended for this breed of dog, and a large backyard or garden is a must, as is a high fence that extends into the ground as Malamutes are known for jumping over fences and digging their way out of backyards.