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      Alaskan Malamute Characteristics

      Size
      Large
      Energy
      High
      Coat
      Thick, coarse top coat; Dense, woolly, oily undercoat.
      Weight
      70-95 lbs
      • Size

        Large

      • Energy

        High

      • Weight

        70-95 lbs

      • Coat

        Thick, coarse top coat; Dense, woolly, oily undercoat.

      About Alaskan Malamutes

      As you might think, this dog originates in Alaska, where it was bred to withstand icy temperatures and to hunt and pull sleds. Often misidentified as Siberian Huskies because of the two breeds' similar coat coloring, Malamutes are actually much larger and stronger than Huskies. They have sweet, friendly personalities and do well with children and other dogs. Malamutes are devoted, affectionate pets and do well with active families.

      Did You Know?

      With the help of a group of school children, the Malamute became the official state dog of Alaska in 2010.

      Origin

      This breed is thought to be a descendent of domesticated wolf-dogs that migrated to North America with Paleolithic Hunters. Paul Voelker used an old ivory carving to support the theory that the Malamute was probably the first dog associated with man.