affectionate, friendly dog, not a "one man" dog. He is a loyal,
devoted companion, playful on invitation, but generally impressive
by his dignity after maturity.
their function as a sledge dog for heavy freighting in the Arctic
must be given consideration above all else. The legs of the Malamute
must indicate unusual strength and tremendous propelling power.
Face markings are a distinguishing feature.
for: Families, Active People
10 - 12 yrs
Dogs 63.5 cm (25 ins) at the shoulders - 38.5 kg (85 lbs)
Bitches 58.5 cm (23 ins) at the shoulder - 34 kg (75
The usual colours range from light grey through intermediate
shadings to black, sable and shadings of sable to red. Colour combinations
are acceptable in undercoats, points, and trimmings. The only solid
colour allowable is all white. White is always the predominant colour
on underbody, parts of legs and feet, and part of face markings.
A white blaze on the forehead and /or collar, or a spot on the nape
is attractive and acceptable. The Malamute is mantled, and broken
colours extending over the body or uneven splashing are undesirable.
thick, coarse guard coat, never long and soft. The undercoat
is dense, from 2.5 - 5 cm (1 - 2 ins) in depth, oily and woolly.
The coarse guard coat varies in length as does the undercoat. The
coat is relatively short to medium along the sides of the body,
with the length of the coat increasing around the shoulders and
neck, down the back, over the rump, and in the breeching and plume.
Malamutes usually have a shorter and less dense coat during the
summer months. The Malamute is shown naturally. Trimming is not
acceptable except to provide a clean cut appearance of feet.
Appearance: one of the oldest Arctic sled dogs, is a
powerful and substantially built dog with a deep chest and strong,
well-muscled body. Wolf like expression, erect ears and eyes are
brown, never blue. Furry tail carried over the back.
Extended Breed Standard
The Alaskan Malamute is the tallest
member of the North American spitz family. Malamutes must be heavy
boned and strong enough to haul heavy sleds. The Alaskan Indians
found them invaluable some of their duties included droving, herding,
hunting and hauling heavy sleds.
They are very active and exceptionally friendly to people but not
to other dogs. They look intimidating, but are not good watchdogs.
They make loyal and affectionate family pets.
Their dense, coarse coat needs regular brushing, with extra care
during moulting. The undercoat comes out in clumps twice a year.
Bath when needed.
They need a reasonable amount of exercise, but don't over do it
in the warm weather.
This breed is generally sound but some can suffer from hip dysplasia
and eye problems. For Diet and other general dog health information