Description: Since they were bred as sled dogs to work in a group, Alaskan Malamutes are very much people dogs. They're very self-assured and, as adults, mellow. The breeding of Alaskan Malamutes --they're direct descendants of the Nordic Wolf -- also comes into play in their always wanting to be out. Keep outside off limits except for eliminations until the dog is housetrained.
The loyalty of this breed is remarkable. It's possible that an Alaskan Malamute could become clinically depressed if it can't keep the owner/handler that its bonded with as a puppy, especially after five years old, and never adapt to a new human environment.
Alaskan Malamautes are diggers. This is a natural canine instinct, especially of northern breeds, to dig in the soil to get cool and in the snow to get warm. They don't dig down, but make dens. If possible, leave your malamute one favorite hole.
Height: Female inches, Male inches
Colors: The usual colors range from light gray through intermediate shadings to black, sable, and shadings of sable to red. Color combinations are acceptable in undercoats, points, and trimmings. The only solid color allowable is all white. White is always the predominant color on underbody, parts of legs, feet, and part of face markings. A white blaze on the forehead and/or collar or a spot on the nape is attractive and acceptable. The Malamute is mantled, and broken colors extending over the body or uneven splashing are undesirable.
Coat: The Malamute has a thick, coarse guard coat, never long and soft. The undercoat is dense, from one to two inches in depth, oily and woolly. The coarse guard coat varies in length as does the undercoat. The coat is relatively short to medium along the sides of the body, and usually have a shorter and less dense coat during the summer months.
Temperament: The Alaskan Malamute is an affectionate, friendly dog, not a "one man" dog. He is a loyal, devoted companion, playful in invitation, but generally impressive by his dignity after maturity.
With Children: Patient with children, but should be supervised during play.
Care and Training: Having natural instinct to lead, training should begin as early as possible.
Living Environment: House with a yard fence.
Health Issues: Hot spots, eye problems, Hip dysplasia
Country of Origin: Asia
History: The Alaskan Malamute evolved from the ancient dogs that accompanied prehistoric man in his migrations from Asia, across the Arctic to Greenland and back. The migrations, covering thousands of years also produced a natural evolution of species that varied from the long coated varieties found in Greenland to the lesser coated, longed legged varieties found in the forest and lake areas of northern Canada.
First Registered by the AKC: 1994