ALASKAN MALAMUTE–is larger than most of its other ‘Spitz type dogs’. Bred to withstand the harsh Northern climates and weather, this dog is beautiful and endure.
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ALASKAN MALAMUTE HISTORY
The Malamute is thought to be a descendant of dogs of the Mahlemut people of Alaska. These dogs relied upon the Mahlemeut and vice versa allowing both to thrive in the inhospitable climate and terrain of these frozen lands.For a time during the 1890’s Gold Rush, the Malamute and other sled dogs became axtremely valuable to recently landed prospectors and settlers, and were frequently crossbred with imported breeds. The Malamute dog has had a distinguished history, serving in the World Wars as a search and rescue dog as well as pulling sleds for supplies. And has recently been elevated to the status of the ‘Official Dog of Alaska’.
ALASKAN MALAMUTE APPEARANCE
The Malamute has a dense double coat, with a hardy outer layer of hairs and soft, wolly and oily layer of under hairs which can be as thick as two inches. This breeds ears are small and stand erect, especially when the dog is alert. It may have either brown or blue eyes or a combination of the two, although the darker eye is preferred by breeders as it is thought that a purebred Malamute should never have a blue eye. The eyes are almond shaped. The muzzle is deep and broad, tapering slightly from the skull to the nose. Nose and gums are black but some Malamutes have a snow nose which is black with a pink undertone that can get darker or lighter, depending upon the season. Average height to withers around 25 inches for males and 23 inches for females. Average weight up to 45 kg for males and 34 kg for females.
The Alaskan Malamute is a heavy and large dog and was bred for stamina and endurance, rather than the speed for which the husky was bred for. The usual colors are various shades of gray and white, sable and white, black and white, seal and white, red and white or solid white with varied markings. There are a wide range of markings. some Malamutes exhibit a dark grey to buff colored undertone sround their trimmings and white areas; presenting with a color-linked gene known as ‘Agouti’. The tail very well furred is carried over the back and is used to keep the face and noce warm while sleeping.
ALASKAN MALAMUTE CARE
If you do not like an excess of dog hair in the house then this breed probably isn’t for you! Malamutes shed more or less year round, peaking in spring. As such regular grooming is a must and will demand a lot of your time. Another time investment in the Malamutes with the amount of walking and exercising you will need to do, making it good choice for active and experienced.
ALASKAN MALAMUTE HEALTH
While there is not an excess of information about the general health of Malamutes, they can live healthly lives up to the age of 11-12 years old. This breed can suffer more than other breeds from Hip Dyssplasia. Hip Dysplasia (HD) can affect all breeds of dog but is more prevalent in some breeds than others. It is caused by the abnormal formation of hte hip ball and socket joint. Normally the ball would form a pivot point in the socket; however, some dogs are born with a genetic predisposition for HD. This means that at birth their hips are normal but as they grow, the hip joint does not grow correctly and asn a result the ball no longer fits as it should. Eye issues are a relatively frequent occurrence so regular eye examinations are a must and the owner needs to ne aware that the Malamute can suffer from Cataracts on a more regular basis than other Spitz type breeds of dog.
ALASKAN MALAMUTE TEMPERAMENT
The Alaskan Malamute is still in use sled dogs dor personal travel, hauling freight and also recreational sledding (mushing). Most Malamutes today are kept as family pets and provided their physical and behavioural requirements are met there is no reason why they should not fit into a family lifestyle. The Malamute has retained its independence and respect a strong owner and leader. With that in mind, they are probably more suited to experienced owners, preferably ones who haave experience of this type of dog. It was bred to be independent and self reliant with a natural intelligence. To succeed with a Malamute the person training it must have an understanding of its background and its requirements and motivation otherwise you will have a struggle on your hands. Some Malamutes can show a tendency to have a heightened prey drive, so while Malamutes are, as a general rule, amiable around people and can be taught to tolerate other pets, it’s necessary to be observant around smaller animals and children.
Malamutes are quite fond of people and for their size, they are aware and alert to their surroundings like household furniture, making them a reasonable choice for a pet provided the owner has the time to spend training, socilaising and time to spend with the dog. They need a considerable amount of exercise and will not be able to tolerate a household which is not able to proide this.
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