Siberian Huskies and Husky mixes consistently make “Top 10 Most Dangerous Dogs” lists.
About Alaskan Malamutes
High-energy, silly balls of fluff as puppies, it is easy to see why many people choose Alaskan Malamutes as a family pet.¬† Malamutes have also been depicted as heroes in at least two Disney movies, making them seem all the more wonderful to children.¬† But Malamutes, like Huskies, another breed of “cold weather working dogs” grow into medium-large dogs that require a lot of exercise and attention.
Malamutes and were originally bred to be working dogs in the cold climates Alaska to pull sleds, herd reindeer and serve as a watch dogs.¬† They are the largest of the Arctic breeds.
Like Huskies, the Alaskan Malamute can overheat in warmer climates making it be more challenging to get in the exercise they need during hot summers. Without properly handling Malamutes can become difficult to control and aggressive.
Their long, silky coat requires a fair amount of bushing due to a thick undercoat that sheds twice a year.¬† Odorless and clean, they should occasionally by “dry washed” but not bathed in water.
The Alaskan Malamute is recognized by the AKC¬† the group Northern, AKC Working.
Height: Male Dogs 24-26 inches (61-66 cm.) Bitches 22-24 inches (56-61 cm.)
Weight: Male Dogs 80-95 pounds (36-43 kg.) Bitches 70-85 pounds (32-38 kg.)
Malamutes vs. Huskies
Both breeds have similarities in coat colors and patterns which can make it hard for people unfamiliary with the breeds to tell them apart.
The eyes of the Alaskan Malamute are always brown.¬† Huskies can have brown or blue eyes, or even one brown and one blue eye.¬†¬† In general, Alaskan Malamutes are larger than Siberian Huskies.
Personality and Traits
The Alaskan Malamute is a Nordic sled dog, descended from the Arctic wolf. Malamutes are prized for the strength, endurance with tireless energy and willingness to work.
In Alaska, these strong, intelligent dogs were used to pull light traveling sleds, haul heavy loads of food and supplies for the Arctic people. Packs of Malamutes have participated in many polar expeditions, for which they are particularly well adapted due to their tenacity, sense of direction, and excellent sense of smell.