The ALASKAN MALAMUTE
is the native dog of Alaska , one of the oldest breeds known to man...
a large, powerful dog of great beauty, admirably suited by nature for
his original purpose as a heavy work dog of the Far North. Here is one
of the true Northern dogs: a product of evolution, not a man-made
breed like most others recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club.
is a natural range in size in Malamute. The average male is 25"
at the shoulder and weighs 85 lbs. Females are somewhat smaller,
averaging 23" at the shoulder and weighs 75 lbs.
breed is roughly comparable to the German Shepherd in size but the
Malamute is thicker-set, heavier boned, more powerful and compact in
build with shorter ears, broader head and shorter, heavier muzzle. He
is distinguished by his white trim, beautiful wolf-like
"cap" or "mask" face markings, heavy furring and
plume-like tail generally carried up over his back.
come in a variety of colours but are usually "wolf grey" or
black and white. Colour and markings are symmetrical. The disposition
of this breed is excellent. Rumors to the contrary are completely
unfounded. Owners label their Malamutes "the best dog we've ever
PET: Despite his formidable appearance and great strength,
the Malamute adapts well to the modern way of life. He is a
wonderful pet and companion dog, dependable and extremely
affectionate. The Malamute loves people. He is remarkably clean
and odour-free as a dog can be. He can live outdoors or indoors,
and thrives in any climate. His good manner makes him the ideal
large dog family pet.
DOG: The Alaskan Malamute is the heavy freighting dog of the
Arctic types, and nature has endowed him with the temperament and
physique to perform his work with almost unbelievable courage and
efficiency. As sled dogs, this breed helped write history in the high
latitudes in both hemispheres and is at its best when the going gets
toughest. Because of this eager attitude to his work, the Malamute has
found a niche in many winter sports. With training, he and his owner
can derive great enjoyment from skijoring, backpacking,
weight-pulling, and sled outings (even sled races).
DOG: Show ring appearances of this magnificent breed were
comparatively rare until recent years, but the Alaskan Malamute is now
seen with increasing frequency. Our dogs have defeated many of the
finest show dogs in Canada in Best-In-Show and Group competition. If
you are interested in showing your dog, you will find extra
satisfaction in owning a Malamute: competition in our breed is more
fun with many of the dogs being working sled dogs or family pets
handled by their owners.
OBEDIENCE DOG: Malamutes are
comparatively new to standard obedience work, but this breed is highly
intelligent and trains beautifully.
They have won every possible obedience degree from C.D.
(Companion Dog) through U.D.T. (Utility Dog, Tracking).
This type of dog activity is particularly rewarding with
Malamutes, and an increasing number are now participating in obedience
CARE AND FEEDING: This breed
should be raised the same as any other large breed of high quality
dog. The Working Alaskan Malamute Club of Manitoba, as all other
Canadian dog clubs, urges all dog owners to study and learn the
fundamentals of good dog care. There
are many authoritative books available on this subject as bookstores
or libraries and your veterinarian is always ready and willing to
mature Malamute is a very light eater for his size.
He is a hardy dog and can be raised successfully indoors or out
in any climate.
requirements are minimal. Malamutes
keep themselves cleaner than most domestic breeds and are as odour-free
as an animal can be. Under
normal circumstances bathing is rarely necessary and an occasional
brushing is all that is required to keep your Malamute beautiful.
for utmost satisfaction the Malamute owner should be prepared to offer
his dog large daily doses of affection and companionship.
We believe in this day and age in most areas any dog of any
breed should be under complete control at all times.
It is the disciplined, dependable dog who can be allowed the
most privileges and leads the safest and happiest life.
Almost every city of size has a kennel club which offers
obedience training for dogs and their owners, and this is highly
recommended. We believe no
dog in the world will give his owner more pride and satisfaction than
a well-trained Alaskan Malamute of either sex.
Almost all the larger breeds of dog, Alaskan Malamutes included,
are beset with an inherited hip deformity that varies in severity,
called hip dysplasia. It
does not occur with any predictability and thus no one can foresee
which dog or dogs it will strike.
The parents and grandparents of a litter of pups can all have
perfect hips and yet bear dysplastic pups, while dysplastic parents
can and have borne pups with fine hips.
Dysplasia can only be detected with certainty by x-rays of the
hips of dogs eighteen months or older, though in severe cases, it will
manifest itself sooner. Dysplasia
causes the dog difficulty and pain in movements.
addition, another inherited problem which trouble the Malamute breed,
among other breeds, is a form of inherited dwarfism called
deformity, also detectable by x-ray, can be detected at a very young
age in the puppy, and conscientious breeders, if they suspect this
problem, are quick to have it checked by their veterinarian.
The Malamute breed clubs, to their great credit, have had a
committee organized for sometime which makes available to owners and
breeders, information based on complicated genetic research, to
determine their dog's likelihood of bearing chondrodysplastic puppies.
HOW TO BUY AN ALASKAN MALAMUTE: There
is quality variation in Alaskan Malamutes as any other breed, but do
not be confused by mixed breed "huskies", the ancestors of
which were brought out of the Arctic and passed off as Alaskan
Malamutes. Your safest buy
is to select your puppy from a reputable breeder of high quality, CKC
registered, animals. The
breeder should provide a written guarantee of health and soundness,
particularly against hip dysplasia and chondrodysplasia, the two
inherited problems previously described.
Most of these breeders belong to this club or the Alaskan
Malamute Club of Canada, often both.
If you intend to show or breed your dog, select with special
care. Bear in mind that it
costs money to maintain top quality breeding stock, to prove the
quality of breeding stock and bloodlines in the show ring in any breed
and especially in the rare and wonderful Malamute.
In this breed perhaps more than any other you are likely to get
just what you pay for. With
proper care your Malamute will be a member of your family for many
years, so donít hesitate to buy the very best.
Remember, if any dog can be called the King of Dogs, it is the alert,
fearless and powerful Alaskan Malamute....
are a group of articles which first appeared in the AMCC
newsletter, the Malamute Review. They are included here with the kind
permission of the author, Ruth Kellogg. Ruth's articles are a staple
of the Malamute Review and highly regarded by all in the Canadian
Malamute community. We are honored to host them on this site.
here to see more of Ruth's articles hosted at the AMCC web site.