Alaskan Malamute Advantage and challenges
Alaskan Malamute Physical Characteristics
Alaskan Malamute Personality
The Alaskan Malamute is best known for its tireless sled-pulling abilities, but this big, beautiful wolf-like dog also makes a fine and loving companion. Although the Malamute looks quite a lot like its distant wolf ancestor (minus the sweet and affectionate facial expression), it is a domesticated dog with no wolf hybrid bloodline. Today this strong and attractive dog is the 58th most popular breed registered with the AKC in the United States
Alaskan Malamute History and General Information
History and Origin
Originally a Nordic dog, the Alaskan Malamute is descended from the Arctic wolf. Its name derives from Mahlemut, the ancient Alaskan tribe that first bred this sled-pulling snow dog. For centuries this breed has continued its Northern adventures; the Malamute accompanied Admiral Byrd's expeditions to the pole, and has participated in many polar expeditions since. It’s a task for which the Malamute is especially well designed – with its courage and tenacity, its keen senses of direction and smell, this dog has long been a fine and reliable companion for adventurers in the icy North. This dog is not built for speed – your Iditarod dreams will be dashed if you hope to win with a Malamute team. Rather, this sturdy and intelligent dog is prized for its endurance and heart.The American Kennel Club recognized this breed in 1935.
Like an overgrown puppy that doesn’t know its own strength, this sweet and eager-to-please dog can be a handful until well into maturity. Great with careful older kids, this dog should nevertheless be supervised around children, as it truly may not understand how easily injured human kids can be. Similarly, this breed should always be supervised around unfamiliar small animals, as it may consider them to be food unless told otherwise. Your Malamute wants to please you, and will accept your other small (non-canine) pets if properly introduced. Other dogs are another story – this is a combative and territorial breed - expect frequent turf battles. For all these reasons, early socialization and obedience training are a must. A Malamute needs a strong, confident owner to be its unquestioned pack leader – once accepted as such, it will be possible to train the dog with kindness and firm patience.
Alaskan Malamute Health
The Alaskan Malamute is generally a very hardy breed, although some pups from less reputable breeders or petstores have shown health and temperament problems. The Malamute is prone to hip dysplasia; some are prone to chondrodysplasia, which is dwarfism. This breed may also be prone to copper and zinc deficiencies.
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