The Alaskan Malamute is very sweet and a loving pet, however proper obedience training is necessary to quell the prey instinct that is dominant in these dogs and is a good match for a home with a large yard.
The Alaskan Malamute originates from Alaska. These hard working dogs have pulled sleds for over 2000 years. Descendants of the Arctic wolf, the Alaskan Malamute was even used by Admiral Byrd on his expeditions. A member of the Working group, the Alaskan Malamute is eager to please his master and training for obedience can be easy. This dog has a strong prey instinct, however so you must socialize and train early.
Height: 24 to 26 inches (females 22 to 24)
Weight: 80 to 95b pounds with females 10 pounds lighter
Longevity: 15 years
A solid working dog, the Alaskan Malamute has upright ears and brown, almond shaped eyes and a sweet expression on his face. The Alaskan Malamute has a thick double coat.
Colors: solid white, black and white, red and sable
Playful as a puppy and mellow as an adult the Alaskan malamute is sweet loyal and smart. They can be happy outdoors that they do need human companionship and can become a nuisance if they are not given enough attention. They can be trained at a low level of formal obedience is not their thing. The males can be dominant in some of the dogs may be hard to housebreak.they have a very strong prey Instinct and may go after small animals so firm training and proper socialization is a must. This is a loving dog that can get along with most anyone if socialized early on.
This beed is rather hardy but they love to eat and can gain weight if fed too much. Inferior bred dogs might be prone to hip displaysia.
This breed loves the outdoors and will do well in cold weather. Be careful in the summer that he does not overheat. These are diggers so make sure your fence extends underground or he will just dig himself out.
This breed is pretty easy to groom - just brush a couple of times a week. Frequent bathing is not necessary as the coat keeps itself pretty clean. The Alaskan Malamute is a very heavy shedder.
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