Monday, August 16, 2010

The Alaskan Malamute

This powerful, large breed, was bred in Alaska for sled pulling by the Mahlemutes, which was a tribe of Eskimos. Alaskan Malamutes are the biggest sled pulling dog and were bred for endurance rather that speed, although they are quite fast.

Alaskan Malamutes are generally smaller than Siberian Huskies, and the husky is slightly more friendly. Also, the tail of the Malamute arches over their backs where the Husky's is just a bushy dog tail.

Alaskan Malamutes love their owners company, and are friendly towards other people, so they don’t make good guard-dogs. Malamutes do need a large yard, but do occasionally do enjoy coming inside. Alaskan Malamutes are not good in hot countries such as Australia, so if kept out in the hot, it’s a good idea to have a pool, pond, a large bird bath, or even a bath tub, just as long as they can fit inside with some room to move around.
Malamutes need lots and lots of exercise.
This breed also does tend to shed a lot, but can be controlled by giving them a good brush every 2-3 days.

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