Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Pet Dog Breed – Alaskan Malamute

Alaskan Malamute, a large northern dog breed similar and often mistaken as Siberian Husky, came from Alaska. They are descendant of dogs of the Mahlemut tribe of upper western Alaska. These dogs stood prominently on equal footing with their human companions - working, hunting, and living alongside them. The natural range size of Alaskan Malamute, with a desired freighting weight of 75 to 85 pounds (34–38.5 kg) and a height of 23 to 25 inches (58–63.5 cm). Heavier individuals (100+ pounds) and dogs smaller than 75 pounds are common — there is often a marked size difference between males and females. They weights upwards of 140 pounds or more are occasionally seen; these dogs are uncommon and are produced primarily by breeders who market a "giant" malamute. These "giant" sizes are not in accordance with the breed's history or show standards.

The usual colors of Alaskan Malamute are various shades of grey and white, sable and white, black and white, red and white, or pure white. Eyes are almond-shaped and are always brown; blue eyes are an indication of mixed breeding and will disqualify the dog in shows. The physical build of the Malamute is compact with heavy bone. In this context 'compact' means that their height to length ratio is slightly longer than tall, unlike dogs like Great Danes which are longer and lankier in their ratios.

The Malamute is one of the most "unaltered" of breeds, retaining its original form and function. Their affectionate nature does not make them useful as watch or guard dogs. Alaskan Malamute is generally a quiet dog and seldom barks like other dog breeds.

Some Characteristics of Alaskan Malamute:

Weight: 34-38.5 kg
75-8 5 lbs
Height: 58-63.5 cm 23-25 inches
Coat: Harsh thick
Coat (cont): plush undercoat
Activity level: High
Learning rate: High
Temperament: Active, friendly
Temperament (cont) independent
Guard dog ability: Low
Watch-dog ability: Medium
Litter size: 4-10
Life span: 10-12 years

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