A powerful member of the Spitz family, the Alaskan Malamute was named after an Inuit tribe, the Mahlemut. Alaskan Malamutes are self-confident, strong-willed, affectionate and friendly.
They are not suitable for guard work, although their size and appearance alone will usually discourage intruders. Malamutes are patient with children but, like all large dogs, should be supervised during play.
Renowned for being the legendary freighting dog of polar expeditions, the breed also served the military with valor in both World Wars. A cold weather breed, the Malamute has adapted well to warmer climates.
Malamutes require plenty of outdoor exercise, especially in cold weather, making them a great choice for dog lovers who enjoy cold weather sporting activities. Males stand about 25 inches at the shoulder and weigh approximately 85 pounds; females are usually two inches and 10 pounds less.
Malamutes sport a coat that is light grey to black in color with white markings. Regular brushing is required to keep the thick, coarse double coat in good shape. Malamutes are not the dog for everyone. Before considering owning one of these magnificent dogs, it is important to do your homework to ensure that you are ready, willing and able to take on the responsibilities that go along with ownership. Malamute ownership is a privilege – not a right.