The Alaskan Malamute (some say Malamute Husky)
The Alaskan Malamute as a breed
As a breed the Alaskan Malamute weighs between 32 to 43kgs fully grown.
Built for stamina and Strength the Malamute is not a recommended Breed for a flat or apartment neither is it a good first breed. An extremely sensitive breed which is designed for the Colder climate.
An incredibly friendly and affectionate dog to all Humans but apparently not too tolerant of other dogs. Apparently its intelligence makes it an easy dog to train. However the Alaskan Malamute does have a tendency for howling and a high prey or hunting drive, an intelligent dog that will adeptly stalk and attempt to kill anything form birds through Rabbits to Squirrels.
This breed has a high energy level requiring a lot of exercise, also as a breed that is very playful.
Often mistakenly assumed to be part Wolf the Malamute and have indeed been used in place of Wolves in movies and TV.
This Breed is a raider bins. Apart from their immense size they are not a watch dog, apparently more likely to lick an intruder to death than growl, bite or bark. The Malamute is a notorious digger and will challenge for the Alpha-Leader in the household. Meaning you need to be a strong leader to handle this breed.
With early socialization and training the Malamute can get along with other Dogs and Cats. However they may view an outdoor cat as fair game.
Malting twice a year, they are not a breed that like the hotter climes with their thick double coat, designed to insulate them against the extreme cold of an Alaskan winter.
History of the Alaskan Malamute
One of the oldest known sled dogs, aiding their masters on the trek across Siberia to Alaska when Alaska was owned by the Russians before they sold it to the Americans.
Arthur T. Walden established his Chinook Kennel in New Hampshire and began breeding Alaskan Malamutes. He and his successors, Milton and Eva Seeley, supplied many dogs for the Byrd Antarctic expeditions in the 1930s. The Seeleys began a program to reproduce the dogs found in the Norton Sound area of Alaska. This strain of Alaskan Malamutes became known as the “Kotzebue” strain. Taken directly from Dogtime
As a breed they’re gentle with Children but do, like any dog, need supervision as they are extremely playful and may unintentionally overpower a child.
Often purchased without a full understanding off the breed. there are large number of Rescue centres worldwide.