Malamute Info

The Alaskan Malamute

The Alaskan Malamute dog is one of the oldest sled dogs.  This breed got its name for the native tribe called Malhlemuts who settled in upper Alaska.  They were bred with the adaptation of hard work and to cold climates.  Unlike other dogs, they have more of a wolf-like howl rather than a bark.  They like to be active, prefer being in a pen rather than on a chain.  It takes about 4 years to reach their full maturity.  Because they were bred for the Alaskan climate, they have a thick coat of fur plus a woolly underneath coat.

The Malamute dog has a very complex personality.  They are a very loving dog – not just a one man dog.  They have a sense of humor, are fun loving, are eager to play, and are very loyal.  They are not known as a watch dog, but as an alert dog that can sense when something is wrong.

Coloring on this dog ranges from light gray to black.  The under body is predominatly  white.  They have a cap or a mask-like marking on their face.  White is the only allowable solid color. 

A malamute has only brown eyes – blue eyes are a disqualifying trait. Their ears are medium and should stand erect.  The working dog will use his tough nails to help on slippery or unsound surfaces.

As a puppy, malamutes are very energetic.  They will chew on pretty much whatever is available.  As an adult, they are very majestic, strong-willed, and self-confident.  They are known to be very lovable with children.  A few of their weakness are…digging, chewing, digging, running away for more attention, digging, and easily getting lost.  (By the way did I mention they like to dig?)

Their grooming is minimal but an occasional brushing does not hurt.  They do need lots of exercise and although stubborn, they can be trained with a firm approach.  Each dog has his own personality with an impressive dignity about him.