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Facts About Alaskan Malamute, Possibly The World’s Most Friendly Dog Breed!

Facts About Alaskan Malamute, Possibly The World’s Most Friendly Dog Breed!


Bred to pull and transport heavy goods, Alaskan Malamute is a unique breed of dogs that serve as Sled Dogs due to their high strength and endurance. The Samoyed, the Siberian Husky and even the Labrador–these are relatives of Alaskan Malamute. Let’s get to know more about this friendly breed of dogs through some of the facts below:

  1. It is believed that Alaskan Malamutes are descendant of the domesticated wolf-dogs that migrated into North America with the Paleolithic hunters nearly 4000 years ago. It is one of the oldest breeds of Sled Dogs in the Arctic.
  1. The Alaskan Malamutes are natives of Alaska (much evident from their name) and believed to be bred by the Malemiut Inupiaq people of Alaska.

3. This breed was used to carry loads due to its strength, endurance, accurate sense of direction, and smell (due to which they were also used for polar expeditions).

4. Alaskan Malamute is 23 to 25 inches tall and 75 to 85 pounds in weight. With heavy bones, powerful shoulders, a deep chest, and a waterproof coat, the physical structure of this dog gives justice to its power.

5. Even though this breed resembles a wolf, it is a smart, curious, and friendly breed. The Alaskan Malamute likes to show their discoveries to people. They cannot be appointed as the house guard because they might end up befriending the burglar!

6. The Alaskan Malamute has a nearly three inches long, thick and coarse double coat. Its colour varies from light grey to shades of black and red. Cold climates are the ideal environment. If the owner takes an Alaskan to a warm climate, its prevention from the extreme heat must be ensured.

7. Alaskan Malamutes are an expert when it comes to digging and climbing. They have very high amounts of energy, and therefore they need at least 2 hours of exercise daily. If left alone in the backyard, a highly active Alaskan can end up digging a giant pit.

8. The Alaskans need to be trained from an early age. It can learn everything perfectly, even when it is eight weeks old. The early training is necessary because once a grown-up, it becomes stubborn and therefore less easy to train.

9. At the age of merely 6 months, female Alaskan show initial heat cycle signs and male dogs become more interested in her. This heat cycle lasts between 2 to 4 weeks, twice a year.

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10. The ideal time for Alaskans to mate is the 9th or 10th day of the heat cycle of the female Alaskan. The pregnancy of a female Alaskan lasts for 60-65 days.

In World War I, the French army used 450 Alaskan Malamutes for delivering supplies to their troops in isolated outposts. On the other hand, Alaskans were used as search-and-rescue dogs, and they also sniffed for mines during the Second World War. Such has been the importance of this breed of dogs to humans.

Blog Edited By Ritika Gupta

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