Breed Information Centre

Alaskan Malamute

Description

Illustration of Alaskan Malamute

The breed takes its name from the Mahlemut tribe of Eskimos who had developed and used the breed for pulling heavy loads over long distances. It is the strongest of the sled dogs. Spitz-like in its features, the Malamute is built to survive in his environment, where he will often sleep outside in all weathers, his double coat protecting him against the extreme cold. Even the insides of his ears are furred. His tail, carried like a waving plume, is a hallmark of breed type.

Breed Group
Working
Vulnerable Native Breed
No
Size
Large
How much exercise?
More than 2 hours per day
Length of coat
Medium
How much grooming?
Every day
Supposedly sheds? *
Yes
Town or Country
Country
Type of home
Large House
Minimum Garden Size
Large
Lifespan
Over 10 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.

The Working Breed Group

Over the centuries these dogs were selectively bred to become guards and search and rescue dogs. Arguably, the working group consists of some of the most heroic canines in the world, aiding humans in many walks of life, including the Boxer, Great Dane and St. Bernard. This group consists of the real specialists in their field who excel in their line of work.


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