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They are characterized by their large size, thick double coat, bushy tail, and striking similarity to wolves. This breed is the largest among sled dogs, with males typically weighing 40 kg (35 kg for females) and reaching a height of 63 cm at the withers (58 cm for females). However, they can sometimes weigh and measure more than these averages, as long as they maintain the breed's characteristic proportions and movement.
In addition, Malamutes are one of the breeds in which pulling ability plays a significant role during competitions, as judges evaluate the dog's ability to pull. Therefore, a Malamute should have a sturdy build, a strong back, and a steady gait to perform well.
Malamutes are characterized by a thick undercoat and a long outer coat which is common in most northern breeds. These dogs shed their fur twice a year and if they live indoors, you may find your home covered in their fur, much like a salon floor at peak hours.
Although Malamute puppies may resemble Huskies, an adult Malamute is much larger and more compact than its lighter cousin, the Siberian Husky that is designed for speed. As a result, Malamutes are better suited for rigorous physical work.

This is where the dog most closely resembles the wolf. The outer coat may have any shade from white to black or red, except all white which is the only single colour acceptable. Having white on the lower part of the body is considered desirable. It is desirable to have colouring in the form of a mask or 'hat' on the face. The dense and full tail follows the spine without touching it or waving like a feather. The eyes are brown, with darker shades being preferable.

Due to their pedigree, Alaskan Malamutes are not suitable for owners who lack leadership qualities. Despite being friendly and loyal, Alaskan Malamutes are naturally dominant and may display difficult behaviour if not socialised and trained appropriately.
It is evident that a 45 kg Malamute, strong enough to pull loaded sleds for extended periods, can cause trouble for its owner if not raised with proper attention.
These dogs are joyful and eager to please their masters, and they generally exhibit friendly behaviour towards people. However, his behaviour towards other animals is not the same. As a survivor of Alaska's inhospitable environment, his ancestors have instilled aggression in him.
It is a skilled hunter, even able to catch cats. Without close supervision, he can pose a danger to other animals.
Prospective owners should bear in mind the following point: Although they rarely bark, these dogs are accustomed to using unusual noises to communicate quietly.

This breed is known to be stubborn and dominant, but with the right handler, it can be trained quickly. The breed responds better to positive training techniques, reinforcing good behaviour with rewards, rather than punishment or scolding for failure. Nevertheless, rigorous and consistent training is necessary.
This breed has high exercise requirements, needing several hours of daily activity and can participate effortlessly in any attraction activity without the need for any prior training.

Prospective owners should have ample time for the dog, possess breed-specific knowledge, and be capable of properly handling the dog with patience and imagination or willing to learn how to do so. This breed is suitable for owners who prefer an active lifestyle since they will happily follow them even on the most extreme outings. This breed requires attention in its upbringing and socialisation, along with its interactions with other animals. This breed is suitable for families.

Malamutes have a history dating back to around 3000 BC.
Their ancestors first appeared around 3000 BC. The Malamute dogs were named after the Malemut people, who lived in northwest Alaska and used these powerful animals for pulling sleds.
Malamutes were excellent porters - tough, intelligent, and with great endurance. Unlike other tribes in the area that had rather brutal habits, the Malamutes were very good with their dogs and only had to deal with adverse weather conditions.
The females of the breed were often allowed to mate with arctic wolves to increase their resilience and adaptability. Although they were tough and strong, Malamutes were not known for their speed. Over time, their speed was improved by crossing them with lighter and faster breeds.
The Malamute breed was recognised as a separate breed in 1935 and is currently one of the 40 most popular dog breeds worldwide.


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