meet theAlaskan Malamute

theHistory

Training &Temperament

A very strong dog built for heavy work, the big guy craves regular exercise. They need a daily exercise and a good-sized fenced enclosure. As a puppy, he is affectionate and full of life. Chewing is one of his bad habits; therefore, crate training is recommended when you are unable to supervise him indoors. He may argue about leash-breaking, but he is highly intelligent and will learn quickly, enjoying the camaraderie and exercise from daily walks. He must learn to relinquish his food and toys on command, but these lessons must be accomplished with fairness and patience. As an adult, he is majestic and dignified, strong-willed and self-confident. You may find him to be more reserved with strangers. The Malamute loves children but, like all large dogs, should be supervised during interaction. He is unsuitable for guard work, although his size alone will discourage intruders. It is not unusual for a Malamute to become intolerant of other dogs of the same sex; therefore, caution must be exercised when introducing him to other canines, regardless of their size. The Malamute cannot be allowed to grow up lacking controlled socialization with humans or animals, or he may become dominant over people he doesn't respect and aggressive with other dogs and cats. A sensible combination of love and discipline will result in a devoted, trustworthy companion.

  • Children

    Yes

    93% agree

  • Other Pets

    Yes

    78%agree

  • Training

    Yes

    84% agree

  • Time Alone

    Yes

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Did You Know?

Named after the native Innuit tribe called Mahlemuts, who settled along the shores of Kotzebue Sound in the northwestern part of Alaska.

Malamutes typically don't bark much, but they are vocal and will "talk." They also will how. Sirens will often set them off, although humans can often persuade them to sing as well. Malamutes who are lonely or bored will often howl.

Most Malamutes love to dig in the ground. You cannot train them to stop, but you can give them a designated place to dig

The Malamute is the native Alaskan Arctic breed, cousin to the Samoyed of Russia, Siberian Husky, and the Eskimo dogs of Greenland and Labrador.

The Alaskan Malamute was one of the four pure-bred dogs featured on the AKC centennial stamps issued in 1984 by the U.S. Postal Service. The breed has appeared on stamps in at least 14 countries.

The Alaskan Malamute became the official state dog of Alaska in 2010, thanks to a campaign started by a group of school children.

In 1933, some Malamutes were selected to aid Adm. Richard Byrd with his Antarctic expedition.

When sled racing enjoyed its heyday in the early 1900's the Alaskan Mal breed was intermingled with some outside strain, leading to the period from 1909-1918 to be called the age of the Arctic sled dog.

They have a tendency to roam and go long distances in a very short time. Because they are so trusting, they'll go with anyone.

colors & Markings

Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.

Colors

Description Desc. Standard Colors Std. Colors Registration Code Reg. Code
Agouti & White 001
Black & White 019
Blue & White 045
Gray & White 105
Red & White 146
Sable & White 165
Seal & White 170
Silver & White 182
White 199

Markings

Description Desc. Standard Markings Std. Markings Registration Code Reg. Code
Black Markings 002
Gray Mask 041