Wolf like in appearance, the Alaskan Malamute is an affectionate, powerful dog with a deep chest and outstanding endurance.
One of the oldest sled dogs (this breed was used as a draught animal long before Europeans visited Americas), evolved in Alaska. There they hunted with native peoples for seals and polar bears, and then hauled the catch back to the village.
The arrival of white settlers brought mixed breeding, when people interested in sled dog racing began to breed traditional malamutes.
Popular in Canada and the United States as a family companion, the breed thrives on activity and excels in sled-racing competitions.
They are large size dogs, in colors like light gray to black, red, or sable with white markings, also all white with brown eyes unlike the blue eyes of its Siberian cousin.
Very affectionate, friendly, playful, and loyal dogs. Behaves well if given enough exercise, but can be territorial with other pets. Not overly demonstrative, it will drop its shell of dignity and willingly play with people or dogs it knows.
They energy level are low to medium.
Best owners for Alaskan Malamute are active owner with time for exercise (long walks, runs).
If you want to ceep them happy, just give them enough daily exercise, daily brushing and, of course, cool climate helps too.
Life expectancy: 10 to 12 years.
More funny facts:
Named after the Mahlemut Inuit people living on the Arctic coast of western Alaska. Jack London, in his novels of life in the frozen North, referred to the great strength of Huskies, but he was probably describing the Malamute! Alaskan Malamute females are significantly smaller than males. Their dense coat makes breed prone to heat stroke.