The Alaskan Malamute is, if not most of the time, mistaken for the adorable Husky. They are larger than most of the other "Spitz" type dogs, including these loveable Huskies. Alaskan Malamutes are big, well-boned dogs that were initially bred by the Mahlemuts, an Inuit tribe from Alaska. They were produced to pull heavy sledges through the snow in places where western Alaska's Artic is harshest conditions. The Alaskan Malamute is a very powerful breed. They the largest dog breed recognised by the UK Kennel Club as a sledge dog. Moreover, the Alaskan Malamute is a special breed of working dog recognised for their strength, power, and endurance. They are very affectionate, friendly, loyal, devoted, and dedicated companion.
Today, Alaskan Malamutes have become a popular choice for dog lovers in the United Kingdom and worldwide. Thanks to their distinct, kind character and wild look.
- Exercise Needed Daily: 2 hour 10/10
- Training: Medium 6/10
- Grooming: Once a Week 2/10
- Shedding: High 2/10
- Hypoallergenic: Low 2/10
- Watchdog Ability: Low 2/10
- Barking Level: Low 2/10
- Environment: Countryside 10/10
- Type of home: House with a Garden 10/10
- Good with Children: Not Recommended 2/10
- Good with Other Animals: Not Recommended 2/10
- POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS: Yes, Without Proper Training 6/10
The name 'Malamute' derives from the indigenous Mahlemut tribe of Alaska who used this Breed of dog for hunting to capture seals and polar bears and haul the hunter's heavy loads across the tundra. During the Gold Rush, the need for sledge dogs increased, breeds were mixed to produce different types of quality and substance. However, due to the remoteness of the Mahlemut tribe, their dogs remained relatively untainted and pure.
In 1935, the dog breed was officially recognised by the American Kennel Club. The first malamutes were brought to the UK in 1959. The Alaskan Malamute can be found in the Working Group category of the Kennel Club Breeds. It had Rare Breed Classification until the Breed was finally granted the allocation of Challenge Certificates in 2006. In the same year, the Breed gained its 1st Champion.
The Alaskan Malamute is a vast, healthy, and good-looking dog. They are heavily-boned that contributes to their overall remarkable appearance. Alaskan Malamutes have large, full heads and a broad muzzle that is as large as their skulls. Their eyes are almond-shaped, brown in colour and medium-sized. Lighter coated Alaskan Malamute has lighter coloured eyes that are allowed as the breed standard. Alaskan Malamutes' ears are small compared to their heads' size, and they are triangular-shaped with tips that are quite rounded and set wide apart. Alaskan Malamutes have sturdy upper and lower jaws with a perfect scissor bite. Their extremely powerful necks are slightly arched.
Their well-boned shoulders are solid together with their well-muscled front legs. Their powerful bodies are very muscled, with a broad check and straight back that tilts down from their shoulder to their backside. They have strong and well-developed back legs that are reasonable indications of an Alaskan Malamute's strength. Also, their large feet are well-rounded, along with closed toes and well-arched pads. Alaskan Malamutes have thickly furred tails that are set high and curves upwards.
When it comes to their gorgeous coat, the Alaskan Malamutes have an exceptionally thick and coarse outer, guard coat. They are soft to touch and never too long. They have a very dense undercoat that is both fluffy and oily - which offers formidable protection from the outside elements. Their guard coat and undercoat can differ in length and thicker around the Alaskan Malamute's shoulders and neck down to the back and over the backside. The hair forms draping on the dog's legs too.
Alaskan Malamutes are intelligent and bright. While they are large and remarkable looking, these dogs are very loving and friendly by nature. However, they are known to be lousy watchdogs because they hardly make a sound or bark. As early as possible, Alaskan Malamutes need to be well-socialised and introduced to as many new people, pets, animals, and circumstances as genuinely well-rounded and well-mannered dogs. The dog breed is noted to be a very independent and self-sufficient character by nature.
Alaskan Malamutes are playful, lively, and cheerful by nature. Some of them shine in many canine sporting activities like weight pulling, canine-cross, agility, rallying, and backpacking. Alaskan Malamutes remain very playful all through their lives. They enjoy being entertained and entertaining their owners with their lively, very comical, and outgoing personalities.
Alaskan Malamutes are identified as a significantly dominant dog breed. They are intelligent dogs, so Alaskan Malamute behaves and learns new things better coupled with the right sort of training, handling, and direction.
Alaskan Malamutes are better matched with dog owners who are familiar and knowledgeable with their needs and demands, and who have adequate time to dedicate to an intelligent and independent thinking dog companion.
Like any other dog breed, Alaskan Malamutes must be groomed regularly to ensure their beautiful coats and skin are kept in excellent condition. Alaskan Malamutes also require to be given regular and long daily exercise so they can remain fit and healthy. Moreover, Alaskan Malamutes need to be served good high-quality food that meets all their nutritional requirements.
Alaskan Malamutes have very dense coats. Therefore, they are known to be high maintenance in the grooming department. They require daily brushing to keep their beautiful coats in excellent condition and any shed hair under control. Note that Alaskan Malamutes are heavy shedders, like other dog breeds that tend to shed more during Spring and then again in the Autumn, a time when Alaskan Malamutes requires even more grooming. It is also rewarding to get your Alaskan Malamute professionally groomed at a minimum of at least 2 to 3 times a year. This is because it makes maintaining their gorgeous coats clean and makes it much easier in between their visits to the grooming parlour. Alaskan Malamutes do not require to be bathed too often, and even if they do, it is best to let a professional groomer do the job.
As with all breeds, their ears should be checked often to eliminate other matter and prevent a buildup of wax, and their teeth should be brushed daily.
Recommended Health Tests from the National Breed Club:
- Hip Evaluation
- Ophthalmologist Evaluation
- Polyneuropathy DNA Test
Alaskan Malamute may not be an excellent choice for people with small children or toddlers because they might be knocked over when they get too excited or playful. It can result in injuries and can scare both the dog and the young child. It is highly suggested that any activities between an Alaskan Malamute and a young child should always be well-supervised by an adult.
When interacting with other smaller dogs and cats, Alaskan Malamutes are not the best around them due to their high prey drive.