Friday, July 29, 2011

Alaskan Malamute

Is this a Husky or an Alaskan Malamute? It's an Alaskan Malamute. But it's hard to tell the difference. So how do you tell the difference? They look like they're the exact same size and they have the exact same coat colors. Well, the Alaskan Malamute is a bit larger and heavier than the Siberian Husky.

This breed pulls supplies on sleds as a pack. They always get along with each other. It's one trait that was a must in the breed to have it pull sleds with other dogs. They have paws with claws that stick out of the breed. The claws dig into the ice; this trait is useful because if the Alaskan Malamute didn't have it, he would be slipping and tripping on icy terrain. He has a double layered coat that is medium in length and really keeps him warm in cold conditions. In fact, Malamutes can survive in temperatures of over 50 degrees below zero! Now that's sheer cold! He also has a black nose to help him prevent sunburns from the intense ultraviolet rays that reflect off the ice.

This breed's origins can be traced back to Alaska where they were bred to pull sleds with cargo on them. Later, they were recognized by AKC in 1935.

Is the Alaskan Malamute a healthy dog breed? Well considering they have a wide gene pool, yes, but they are susceptible to cataracts, hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, and bloating. Expect high grooming bills for this breed, as is coat is high maintenance. He will shed seasonally, and he will shed a lot. Clumps of that hair will get in every corner of the house. It's going to need a daily brushing. Alaskan Malamutes can be stubborn when it comes to training, so it's best to start early. Also, this breed needs daily exercise in a large, enclosed yard, as they have a tendency to run off. The breed is best in cold places, and in hot places, be very watchful of him, as he may feel uncomfortable in the heat. Always give them AC in hot climates. The Alaskan Malamute makes a good family pet, and gets along well with other dogs. However, they may need supervision around small children, and the children need to know he is not to be climbed all over.

If you dedicate yourself to an Alaskan Malamute, he will give you love and laughs for many years to come!

1 comment:

  1. Dear Lucy, it's great to see how tough these dogs are, able to withstand 50 below temperatures! And at the same time, they are able to work as a team. Amazing!