Alaskan Malamute Breed

Alaskan Malamute :

General Information
Dog Name: Alaskan Malamute (Nickname: Mal)
Dog breed Group: Working dogs
Size Category: Large dog breeds
Height: Ranges from one foot, eleven inches to two feet, one inch (measured from the shoulder).
Weight: Ranges from 75 to 100 pounds
Lifespan: Ranges from 12 to 15 years.

Brief History
The Alaskan Malamute is thought to be the oldest breed native to North America, as well as the breed longest associated with humans. White explorers first found these dogs in Alaska, but they are undoubtedly descended from the sled dogs which took prehistoric man from Asia to Greenland thousands of years ago. The breed almost died out during the 1896 gold rush, when other sled dogs were brought to Alaska and mixed with the Alaskan Malamutes. Luckily some Mals remained and many were put to work during World War II, but the breed was thrust into peril for a second time when many of them were destroyed after serving the USA on an expedition to Antarctica.

Dog Breed Characteristics

A. Protection Ability
Despite their imposing stature, Alaskan Malamutes make terrible guard dogs. They are happy-go-lucky and have no protective instincts, and so it wouldn't occur to them that strangers shouldn't always be welcomed.

B. Ease of Training
Alaskan Malamutes are desperate for a purpose, and they love to work. Problems arise in dog training sessions when they can't see the purpose of the session – they want to be dominant, and they want to know why they're being asked to perform a task. They are, however, very intelligent and can be trained with a firm and determined owner.

C. Playfulness
Mals see everybody as a potential new friend, and their sky-high energy levels means that they are constantly playing, running and making their distinctive “woo woo” sound. This dog is not for the faint-heated; they need lots of love and lots of enthusiasm.

D. Exercise needs
Without sufficient exercise, this breed will become bored and destructive. They enjoy long walks, hiking (whilst carrying a backpack) and even skijoring (pulling a person on skis). It's very difficult to exhaust a Mal.

E. Adaptability
This breed is very sensitive and can't abide living in an apartment. They need space to roam and they need to be around their owners regularly.
Unsurprisingly, they're extremely resistant to cold weather, but they enjoy life as an indoors dog. This is definitely not a breed for novice owners.