Alaskan Malamute

The Alaskan Malamute is an ancient breed of dog native to Alaska. These dogs were originally developed to help the native inhabitants of Alaska to transport heavy loads through the snow. They are excellent family companions, very loyal to their owners and are characterized by an exceptional resistance to cold.

General details

The average weight of adult males of this breed varies between 34 and 38 kilograms, while adult females usually weigh between 28 and 34 kg. In terms of height, males measure between 58.4 and 66 centimeters, while females have an average height of between 54.6 and 61 cm. The life expectancy of this breed is between 10 and 12 years, and they belong to Group 5 of the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI), which includes Spitz-type and primitive-type dogs.

Breed history in brief

The Alaskan Malamute is an ancient breed of dog native to Alaska. These dogs are known for being strong, cold-resistant and having great physical endurance. This caused them to be used as sled dogs by the native Alaskan Eskimos thousands of years ago. These dogs were trained to pull sleds loaded with equipment and supplies, among other things. Over the years, this dog breed has become one of the most popular among pet lovers. Today, the Alaskan Malamute is a very popular dog breed as a companion animal. These dogs are known for their loyalty and intelligence, which makes them excellent watchdogs. Many people also use them for hunting and snow sledding.

Breed characteristics

The Alaskan Malamute is a large, strong and robust dog breed that was created to work in the arctic environment. It is characterized by a muscular body, with large, well-defined muscles. Its head is large and broad, with a straight muzzle and ears drooping to the sides. Its legs are long and robust, with tapered feet. Its coat is double-coated, with a thick, water-resistant outer coat and a soft, insulating undercoat. The outer coat is usually silver-gray, dark brown or black and the undercoat is usually white or yellow. This breed also has some white patches on the back, chest and thighs. These dogs also have a unique personality. They are intelligent, playful and loyal, and often get along well with other dogs and pets. Although they are friendly with other animals, they can also be a bit independent.

Common health problems

This breed is often affected by a number of diseases and disorders. These include hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, hereditary eye disease, hypothyroidism, Von Willebrand's disease, patellar luxation, hip dysplasia, heart disease and epilepsy.

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