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1. They are F L U F F Y!
These pups have a long thick coat to keep them warm in harsh climates! If you own a Malamute you probably are used to the fur by now! Shedding is impossible to avoid, but can be maintained by frequent brushing. They have two major sheddings a year so be prepared for that.
2. Larger than their Siberian Husky relatives!
Alaskan Malamutes may look like Siberian Huskies, but don’t be mistaken! These breeds are very different. The reasoning behind Malamutes being bigger goes back centuries. Being used as sled dogs, the Alaskan Malamute was bred to pull larger loads than the Husky. The Husky might arrive first to the destination because of it’s slenderness, but the Malamute can pull twice a Huskies heaviest load!
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3. Not much of a barker.
Malamutes rarely bark. The sound they make instead is a howl. They aren’t very vocal dogs though, only expressing themselves if they need something. This is perfect if you aren’t a fan of loud dogs. When you hear your Malamute’s bark, it’s probably for a very good reason!
4. An independent and willful breed!
The Alaskan Malamute is one of the strongest willed breeds! These dogs are used to being in charge and are relatively alpha dogs in packs of other breeds. They tend to have a very strong drive to get what they want. As well as being one of the best escape artists since Houdini! With the proper training and patience this can be worked on.
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5. Made for the North Pole!
These dogs do the best in freezing cold temperatures. Alaskan Malamutes are bred for cold, rigged climates. With such a long coat, keeping them in warm climates will require a lot of maintenance. They should always have a shady area with drinking water available to them when outside, and should never be left alone outside for longer than an hour. On especially hot days, it is important to keep them in the air conditioning.
6. These dogs migrated a lot.
These sled dogs were first introduced in Siberia, where they traveled to Alaska with their Tribe Mahlemut. The earliest signs of this breed date back to 3,000 years ago. Their primary job was to haul large quantities of goods and items to different far away villages as they traveled. Mals are considered one of the oldest domesticated dogs, because they had such a strong relationship with their people.
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7. Was a war dog in WWI and WWII.
Everyone should pay these dogs high respect for the great work they have done over the past years. These sled dogs helped a great deal during the war. They were mostly used as search and rescue dogs during the war and were very successful at it! These dogs were also very efficient at transporting goods during this time as well.
8. Very agile dogs!
Since the beginning of the Alaskan Malamute, they have been working dogs. They have always had a job to do. Now, the modern Mal is no longer a sled dog, they can still burn off energy in a fun way through training! These pups excel in many different types of training including: agility training, weight pulling, packing, etc. It’s a good idea to get them into something to keep their mind and body busy! There is nothing worse than a bored Malamute.
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9. Not for the bachelor pad.
Generally, these dogs do not do well with apartment living. They are a big dog that needs a lot of space. It’s okay if you don’t have acres of land, but they need an outdoor space of their own. Since they are a very active breed, small spaces can be tough for the Malamute to feel comfortable in.
10. Big cuddle bears!
If you ever need a cuddle buddy, look no further! Your furry friend will be more than happy to cuddle up next to you. Alaskan Malamutes are known to be very affectionate and loyal to their owners. Dating back to their sled dog days, they were considered to be part of the Tribe and were treated as such. They make the perfect snuggler because of their giant size and long coat.