The Alaskan Malamute is an independent but devoted breed. Originally developed by the Mahlemut tribes in the Arctic as sled dogs, the Alaskan Malmute enjoy their modern roles as family dogs. They do extremely well in the cold, but can be all year outdoor dogs, especially with a pool in the backyard to keep them cool! They tend to go off on their own sometimes, but they’ll alway be back for some good old fashioned snuggling.
Top 10 Facts:
1. Alaskan Malamutes are part of the Spitz breed family. Other Spitz breeds include Pomeranians, Shiba Inus, and Samoyeds!
2. The Alaskan Malamute gets it’s name from the Mahlemut (or Malemuit, Mahlmuit) tribe that developed it as a sled dog.
3. Alaskan Malamutes have very low grooming needs. Like cats, Malamutes are very good at cleaning themselves and require little additional bathing.
4. Alaskan Malamutes were one of the earliest breeds to represent wolves on the big screen!
5. While they require little grooming, Alaskan Malamutes shed…a lot. There’s a lot more hair than you think!
6. Alaskan Malamutes are notorious food stealers, so never leave your food unattended with these dogs.
7. While very strong, they are not as fast as other sled dog breeds like the Siberian Husky. Their strength lies more in endurance.
8. Alaskan Malamutes are among the oldest sled dog breeds out there, with evidence of their existence going back as early as 2,000 years ago.
9. The Alaskan Malamute was the breed of choice during the Gold Rush of 1896. Because of their endurance and strength, they were able to assist in hauling stuff back and forth.
10. These dogs were also very helpful as search and rescue dogs during World War II.