Non-sporting Breeds

Alaskan Malamute

Alaskan Malamute
Pedigree Points
Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: Dog: 25-28 in (64-71 cm) Bitch: 23-26 in (58-66cm)
Weight: 85-125 lb (38.5-57kg)
Coat: Thick, coarse guard coat; dense, oily, woolly undercoat
Color: From light gray through intermediate shadings to black, or from gold through shades of red to liver; always with white on underbody, parts of legs, feet, and part of mask

The Alaskan Malamute is a sociable member of the spitz family named after the Eskimo Mahlemut people who reside by the shores of Kotzebue Sound, a mountainous region in the Arctic Circle. According to stories, this and other similar arctic dogs derive partly from wolves. Whether this is true or not, the Malamute has developed great stamina and speed. It is highly prized as a sled dog, being capable of surviving in arctic temperatures, and of hauling heavy loads over rough terrain. Despite its rather wolfish appearance, the Alaskan Malamute is a gentle, kind-natured dog, and makes a loyal and devoted companion, but is not very good with other canines. It needs daily brushing and lots of exercise.
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