Alaskan Malamute

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Group: Working

Descended from Eskimo dogs, Malamute refers to the regional dialect of Alaskan Inupiaq Eskimos. Alaskan Malamutes were “designed” to pull sleds in harsh winter conditions.

Size: 75 to 90 pounds. 22 to 26 inches.

Colors: light grey to black with white markings. Sable to red with white markings. Solid white.

Life span: Up to 15 years.

Health problems: hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, inherited polyneuropathy, hemeralopia (day blindness).

Strong and energetic, intelligent and independent, Malamutes are friendly, affectionate and develop deep bonds.

Malamutes feature a deep, dense coat in order to survive Arctic conditions. Their undercoats are soft white, with a thick, coarse topcoat. In warm months, Malamutes shed excessively. Normally your Malamute should be brushed several times a week — even better is a quick, daily brush.

Malamutes need equal exercise physically and mentally — and they need a lot of it! Training will keep his mind focused and stimulated.

They can do well with children if socialized and trained well — though they pair better with older children (they are a large breed of dog).

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