May 12, 2017

Breed Feature - Alaskan Malamute

This breed feature is on the large, fluffy, sassy Alaskan Malamute. 

What They're Famous For: Alaskan Malamutes are famous for their sassy attitudes and their large size. These dogs are known for being giant babies because no matter their age or size, they tend to act like puppies. 

History: The Alaskan Malamute is one of the oldest Arctic sled dogs.They are thought to be relatives of domesticated wolf dogs (which might explain their stubbornness). The bred originally came over with hunters about 4,000 years ago and is even thought of as the original human companion. Malamutes became sled dogs in the late 1800s, during the Gold Rush and they were bred specifically for this purpose beginning in 1926. In 1935, Alaskan Malamutes were officially recognized by the AKC. 

Size: The Alaskan Malamute is a fairly large, muscular dog, weighing in at 71 - 95 pounds and standing 22 - 26 inches tall. 

Appearance: Malamutes are full of fluff. In fact, all of their fur often makes them look bigger than they are. They also are often confused with Siberian Huskies because of their coloring and features. On the whole, Malamutes have a lot more fur than Huskies. 

Who They're Perfect For: If you're a dog lover and an active person, the Alaskan Malamute is perfect for you. These dogs require a lot of work, but they also give you tons of love back! They're stubborn so you'll definitely want to have some dog training under your belt. And you'll also want to set aside time to brush their long coat. 

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