The Alaskan Malamute features a powerful, sturdy body built for stamina and strength.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about Alaskan Malamute.
The Alaskan Malamute was developed by a tribe of Innuit known as the Mahlemuts, who wanted to create a working Dog that could pull heavy loads, as well as assisting with hunting, but one that could also withstand the harsh winter conditions. They are believed to have originated from primitive domestic Dogs that accompanied prehistoric people on their migrations between Asia and the Americas.
2) Gold Rush
There was a huge call for working dogs during the Gold Rush at the end of the 1800s. Different breeds from outside the area were bred with native sled dogs to keep up with demand. This almost destroyed the Alaskan Malamute. However, the Mahlemut people, a native Inuit tribe who settled in the upper western regions of Alaska, had a remote and isolated existence. Their Malamutes remained largely pure, and it is from this tribe that the Malamute takes his name.
3) Dog or Wolf?
Alaskan Malamute was thought to be a part of the wolf family? For quite some time, a lot of people believed that Alaskan Malamutes were part wolves. This is not true. Alaskan Malamutes are domesticated and pure-bred dogs, though they do look like wolves in some ways. Because they bear a resemblance to wolves, Alaskan Malamutes were used in movies to depict wolves, so it's easy to trace where this confusion came from.
The Alaskan Malamute has a thick, double-coat of fur, which like other northern domestic breeds, acts as a water-resistant layer, keeping the Alaskan Malamute's skin both warm and dry. Due to a wide dispersion of this breed today, the Alaskan Malamute can be found in colours ranging from black to grey to red, but all have similar distinctive white markings.
5) Extreme Shedding
Alaskan Malamute is one of the biggest shedders among dogs. When the Alaskan Malamute blows its coat, you can fill up several grocery sacks every week. That's a lot of hair to shed in such a short time!
Alaskan Malamute is affectionate, friendly and loyal, and completely devoted to its owner, providing that they assert themselves as the leader of the pack. Alaskan Malamutes are known to get on well with children and other animals, but will generally show dominance over other dog breeds. They are known to be a bit slow during training, but once they pick it up, they are able to perform tasks capably.
Alaskan Malamutes can survive extremely low temperatures. Alaskan Malamutes are naturally bred to outlast the harshest winter conditions, and it can survive in temperatures of about 70 degrees below zero.
8) Sled Racing
Although Malamutes are very similar to Siberian Huskies, which are known to be the fierce competitors in mushing competitions, they are rarely used for dog sled racing. They possess all the qualities needed for this kind of competition, they’re agile, strong, and highly endurable dogs with great senses, but the main reason they aren’t used as often for dog sled racing is their size. However, they often compete successfully in weight pulling or dog agility trials.
This breed, as it is unfortunately case with all other polar breeds lately, is prone to canine diabetes. It often occurs in the middle of their lives, when they are 6 or 7 years old. There is no certain evidence what’s the cause, but it is thought that the occurrence of this disease is in connection with dietary and environmental factors.
10) Jack London Novels
The Alaskan Malamutes appeared as the memorable characters in the novels of Jack London and Rudyard Kipling.