Originated from Indian tribes where they were used as sled dogs to haul possessions over long distances in extremely low temperatures. Also used to hunt bears & other animals for food. Soon developed into a dog with a high level of strength, intelligence & reliability, traits which today’s Malamute still possess.
Substantially built dog with a deep chest and strong, well-muscled body, largest of the Arctic dogs.
Grooming and Physical Needs
- Grooming Needs: Weekly brushing, when coat drops it needs to be brushed daily.
- Coat Type: Short, medium, thick and coarse coat.
- Moulting: Heavy; will shed heavily once a year and bitches twice a year during their seasons.
- Exercise Needs: From baby puppy to 3 years old activity levels are high, from 3 years + activity levels are moderate.
- Average Life Span: 10 years.
- Family: Good with children provided they are bought as puppies and grown up together.
- Temperament: Affectionate, friendly dog, loyal, devoted companion, playful on invitation, but generally impressive by his dignity after maturity.
- Trainability: Must have basic training as they are a dominant breed.
- Sociability (Other Pets): Good with dogs if they grow up with them, but not with cats, rabbits or small pets.
- Barking: Low tendency.
Can learn obedience and agility commands and will perform them competently.
Most significant problem being hip dysplasia, may also be prone to copper and zinc deficiencies.