Another member of the Spitz
family of dogs, the Malamute is large and powerful. He stands 25
inches at the shoulder and weighs approximately 85 pounds. He has a thick, coarse, double coat that ranges in
colour from light grey to black with white markings. A dog that was
born for winter, the Malamute prefers colder climates although he will
adapt to warmer environments.
his intimidating size and appearance, the Malamute is not a guard dog. He
is friendly, affectionate, active, exuberant, and good with children. As with any of the
larger breeds, the Malamute should be supervised when playing with young children due to his
family-oriented dog, the Malamute loves being with his people. However, he
should be in a single pet household. This breed does not tolerate other
small pets well and can be highly aggressive towards other dogs.
The Alaskan Malamute is a self-confident, strong-willed dog who learns quickly
but is easily bored. His owner may need to exercise extra patience during training.
Obedience training should begin early. These are active, energetic working
dogs who require a lot of attention and outdoor exercise. They live best
in a cool, country environment where there is lots of space.