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Alaskan Malamute


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Dog Breed Group
Working Dogs 
Origin of Breed
Alaska in 3000 BC 
Life Expectancy
10 to 14 years 
Black, Alaskan Seal, Sable, Wolf Grey, Silver, or Red 
Medium length double coat, thick, coarse guard coat, dense undercoat. 
Exercise Needs
Thrives on 4 exercise periods totalling about 2 hours per day. 
Moderate energy level. Very friendly and intelligent dog that learns things very quickly. Socialization with othre animals is ne 
Good with Children
Good with older children 
Grooming Needs
Heavy shedder. Should be brushed 3 times per week. 
Average Size - Male (in)
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Average Weight - Male (lbs)
Average Weight - Female (lbs)
Health Issues
Hip dysplasia, eye problems and sometimes he suffers from a condition where the growth of the limbs is reduced.v
Living Conditions
Belongs in suburbs or rural areas. Must be supervised due to tendency to roam. 

Breed Description

The Alaskan Malamute is a sled dog developed by the Malemiut, an Eskimo group from which it takes its name. The Alaskan Malamute is a strongly built dog, with a broad head, erect ears, and a plumelike tail carried over its back. Its thick coat is usually gray and white or black and white, the colours frequently forming a caplike or masklike marking on the head. The Alaskan Malamute characteristics include loyalty and friendliness, it has been used to haul freight on sleds and has served on expeditions to the Antarctic.

Breed Infobits

The Alaskan Malamute is a Nordic dog, descended from the boreal wolf.
The Alaskan Malamute was bred to be hardy enough to withstand the extreme cold and strong enough to drag heavy sleds across the frozen wastes of the Arctic. In Arctic countries the Alaskan Malamute is still used today as a sled dog.
When you look into the eyes of an Alaskan Malamute you are met with the steady gaze of a very intelligent dog.

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