Alaskan Malamute belongs to the group of Spitz dogs. It was created by Inuit tribe called Mahlemuts (hence the name).
Alaskan Malamute originates from a primitive dog that traveled with prehistoric people during migrations from Asia to America thousands of years ago. It was initially used as a working dog whose main duties were to pull heavily loaded sledges, facilitate hunting of seals and provide protection against polar bears. Even though it is created to survive in extremely cold, tough conditions, Alaskan Malamute can be found all over the world today where it is kept mostly as pet.
The Alaskan malamute is powerful, independent, strong-willed and fun-loving. Its idea of great fun is to pull a sled or cart, but it also loves to run and roam. It is family-oriented, and as long as it is given daily exercise, it is well-mannered in the home. Without proper exercise, it can become frustrated and destructive. It is friendly and sociable toward people, but it may be aggressive toward strange dogs, pets or livestock. Some can be domineering. It tends to dig and howl.
Alaskan Malamute has big head with pointed muzzle, small, pointed ears, powerful body and upward curved tail. It can be seen in many movies in a role of wolf, due to great resemblance between these two species.
Alaskan Malamute is one of the rare breeds of dogs that didn't change a lot since its creation.
Alaskan Malamute is affectionate, friendly and loyal dog. However, it will not execute all commands issued by its owner because of its stubborn nature.
Alaskan Malamute is true type of pack dog. It likes to live surrounded with many people and animals and to be part of everyday activities of its family.
Alaskan Malamute is very intelligent and active dog. It requires plenty of mental and physical exercises to prevent boredom and development of destructive behavior. It likes to dig.
Alaskan Malamute rarely barks, but it communicates with its owner via distinctive "woo-woo" calls and howls.
The Alaskan Malamute is a Nordic sled dog descended from the Arctic wolf. Its name comes from Mahlemuts, an Alaskan tribe that raised and cared for these beautiful snow dogs. Originally used 2000 to 3000 years ago by these Mahlemuit Eskimos of Alaska, these highly valued dogs were their only form of transportation.
Alaskan Malamute gives birth to 6 puppies on average.
Alaskan Malamute is generally healthy breed, but it can suffer from hip and elbow dysplasia, hypothyroidism and cataract.
An average lifespan of Alaskan Malamute is 12 to 15 years.