Alaskan Malamute
Alaskan Malamute Dog
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Alaskan Malamute Dog

The Alaskan Malamute dog, is large breed of dog native to western Alaska. These dogs had a prominent role with their human companions as a utilitarian dog used for working, hunting. Malamute dogs were renowned for their excellent hunting abilities and were used to hunt predators such as bears and aided in finding seals. The breed is also known for being excellent sled dogs and can pull 1100-3300 over short distances. 


The Alaskan Malamute dog are a large breed with a large head with a thick double coat that can be as thick as 2 inches. The breed can measure 24-28 inches and weigh between 70-100 lbs.  


The Alaskan Malamute dog was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1955 but was placed in a miscellaneous class until 1972.  Akitas were used to flush out the bear and deer.


Alaskan Malamute generally are seen as territorial about its property, and can be reserved with strangers. They are known to be intolerant of other dogs of the same sex. They are usually docile, aloof and calm in new situations.  As a breed they should be good with children and even thought to have an affinity for children.


The median lifespan is 11-15 years which is similar to other breeds of their size The breed is known to have several health concerns that can develop including, autoimmune diseases, Vogt-Koyanagi-Hardada Syndrome, Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia, Sebaceous Adentis, Systemic Lupus Erthematosus. In addition there are some Immune-mediated endocrine diseases which included Addison's Disease, Cushing's Syndrome, Diabetes Mellitus and Hypothyroidism.   

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