Breed description: Alaskan Malamute

Origin: Alaska
GroupSpitzes and Oertypes
Height: Dogs: 55-64 cm; bitches: 50-57 cm
Weight: Dogs: 29-35 kg; bitches: 22-31 kg
ColourWolf gray, black with white markings or bright white

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Dealing with other animals


The Alaskan Malamute is a polar dog descended from the wolf. It was bred and used as a sled dog by the Malhamute eskimo tribe, which has inhabited Alaska since time immemorial. It is also closely related to the other Keeshonds. This strong sledge dog became very popular for its use and also played a major role in the expeditions to the North and South Pole. The Alaskan Malamute has been declared the national breed of Alaska.


The Alaskan Malamute is an active and temperamental dog with a curious look in his eyes. He is very loyal and attached to his boss and is also very sweet to people and children. He does not see them as an opponent or intruder. This makes him not suitable as a watchdog. The Alaskan Malamute has no ordinary character. It is a pack animal and wants to be the boss from a young age. It is therefore the task of the boss to raise the dog in such a way that he sees his boss as the leader. Only then can the dog show respect. It is often advisable to go to go to a dog school It is important to bring up the dog in the right way, with a strong hand. Once it knows its place in the hierarchy, it will stick to it and prove to be a very cheerful, affectionate and loving dog.


The Alaskan Malamute has a thick, dense coat with a woolly undercoat. A firm brushing once a week is sufficient. He normally sheds and during the shedding period one must take into account that this can be very much. On the positive side, this dog does not have a typical doggy smell.

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