Alaskan Malamute

Description

Standing on all fours at attention, the Alaskan Malamute is a vision of strength. Bred as a sledge dog, its frame is sturdy with strapping muscles. The tail is furry and curled. In its usual proud stance, the muzzle extends moderately from the large head and the ears set wide apart from each other, stand upright at attention or softly laid on the head. The chest is full and broadens towards the base of the neck. Characteristic of Alaskan breeds, the face has distinctive markings and modest features. The almond-shaped eyes are set at in angle and are usually dark. The Alaskan Malamute has a coat designed for harsh Alaskan winters; the undercoat is slick, fuzzy, and thick and the top or guard coat is thick and coarse. The coat is moderate in length, the longest hairs extending from the neck and shoulders.

Temperament

Affection and devotion come natural for the Alaskan Malamute, but it must be trained to cope when its family members are not around for play and companionship. When there is nothing for it to do it will busy itself with discovering ways to escape or by digging; both being equally destructive. A large yard with a tall fence is ideal, but even this environment can become a minor deterrent if the dog is untrained and left alone for hours. It is capable of living in small quarters, such as an apartment, but requires regular time for outdoor exercise. It can play and run for hours without seeming to wear out. This can be particularly frustrating for owners with only a short time to spend with the Alaskan Malamute. A family with someone at home to give it attention and regular walks throughout the day may work best.

Height and Weight

Male height: 23-25 inches Male weight: 77- 85 poundsFemale height: 23 to 26 inches Female weight: 70-75 pounds

Health Problems

The health concerns associated with the Alaskan Malamute are related to his natural environment, his size, and his ancestry. The most common health issues it experiences include hip and chrondo dysplasia, and cataracts and other eye problems.

Ideal Living Conditions

A ranch-style home or other spacious residence is appropriate for the Alaskan Malamute. However, its highly adapted social skills make it an excellent indoor companion, as long as there is room to run. If it must be kept indoors, a doggy door is appropriate. Training is key to it adjusting to children and other family pets. Supervision is always recommended when it is at play with children or small animals.

Exercise

As one of the oldest sled dog breeds, the Alaskan Malamute is quite comfortable with running and almost requires it on a daily basis. If an oversized yard with a fence is not available, a walk is sufficient as long as it is not a short trip.

Life Expectancy

The average life expectancy of the Alaskan Malamute is 15 years; a few years less if it is of the large type.

Litter Size

The average litter size is 6 puppies.

Grooming

Grooming the Alaskan Malamute is no more than a three-step process: brush, shampoo, and trim. Brushing helps to keep the coat free of loose fur released from the undercoat that can remain wherever the dog lies. It always sheds, but every six months its coat goes through a severe shedding. The good news about shedding is that it keeps dirt from accumulating deep within the coat. The coat only needs a shampoo a couple of times out of the year. Dry shampoo works best to clean the coat.

Origin

Most dogs originating from the United States are bred in the Artic for work purposes. Its date of or

Group

Working Group, Spitz

Color

It is common to see the Alaskan Malamute in different shadings. The spectrum of shades varies from white to black. The standard shades are black, red, sable, and light red. These shades mostly cover the guard coat. The undercoat is typically a mixture of colors. White markings usually contrast the dark shades on the face, collar, legs, and feet.