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.