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When it comes to sled dogs, the Alaskan Malamute, proudly holds the position of one of the toughest. They are classified as large, strong freight-type working dogs. Although slow in terms of speed, they more than make up for it by having exceptional pulling strength.
Malamutes first came to the Americas 12000 years ago and settled in the Arctic with the Paleo-Eskimo and Thule people originating from Siberia. The breed was thought to be created by Malemiut Inupiaq people of the Norton Sound region in Alaska. The Malemute were a Thule people and the breed’s name is derived from them.
The Alaskan Malamute is thought to be one of the oldest breeds of dogs in existence.
They are also one of the first breeds to be domesticated. They have a proud history of living and working in extremely harsh conditions. At 23 to 25 inches in height and weighing 75 to 85 pounds, these dogs have a lifespan of 14 years. Their fur is double coated – oily and wooly on the inside and rough on the outside.
In the modern world, many Alaskan Malamutes are family pets. But that didn’t make these loyal, hardworking dogs grow lazy. They crave regular exercise and are seen sledding, backpacking, jogging and swimming with their owners. Malamutes even compete in weight-pulling competitions.
Alaskan Malamutes are very fond of people, thus they are sought-after as family dogs. They are highly intelligent, resourceful and independent. However, they make for poor watchdogs. They are quiet and seldom bark. That said, their confidence may seem attractive to humans but their possessive personality may clash time to time with other same sex breeds.
Did you know that Malamutes were used for hauling and messenger work in World War II?
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