Alaskan Malamutes are very solid dogs as they were originally bred to pull sledges. Often mistaken for Huskies, Malamutes are actually larger which makes them an excellent working dog breed.
Today, Alaskan Malamutes are best suited to very active homes and an outdoor lifestyle. With thick coats and a strong desire to pull, run and roam, they enjoy an active working life.
Lifespan – 10+ years
Height – 56-64cm
Weight – 34-39kg
Popularity – They are currently the 50th most popular dog in the UK
Alaskan Malamutes are an extremely cheerful and energetic dog. They are great with families, children, other dogs and, although they can be quite a handful, they are definitely one of the friendliest of the large dog breeds. In fact, they make terrible watchdogs because they approach everyone in a friendly way. They are also one of the most patient breeds, which makes them a great companion for puppies and children.
Alaskan Malamutes have a great natural instinct to hunt. They are pack dogs that were bred to run, hunt and work together in a pack, so their pack mentality is strong too. They often pull on their lead until properly trained due to their hunting instinct.
Northern dogs and Alaskan in particular are extremely stubborn as well as prone to boredom. This means they like to be mentally challenged with their work and activities. They prefer stimulation over resting.
Alaskan Malamutes have double coats which give them extra warmth in cold temperatures, and this means they shed regularly. They need daily brushing to keep them comfortable and professional grooming twice a year is recommended.
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