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Alaskan Malamute

Appearance

AKC Height:

Average - males, 25 inches at the shoulders, 85 pounds; females, 23 inches at the shoulders, 75 pounds.

Colors:

The usual colors range from light gray through intermediate shadings to black, sable, and shadings of sable to red. Color combinations are acceptable in undercoats, points, and trimmings. The only solid color allowable is all white.

Basic Requirements

Alaskan Malamutes need an average-sized yard with room to run. It is important to have a strong 6' fence with protection at the base so your Malamute cannot dig under it and escape. Malamutes experience moderate to heavy shedding that can be controlled somewhat with twice-weekly brushing and occasional bathing.

Temperament

Alaskan Malamutes are independent and can be stubborn at times, but they are friendly, people-oriented and they make good family dogs. Most Alaskan Malamutes do not bark much, so they are not good watch dogs.

Alaskan Malamute Housebreaking

Housebreaking requires consistency on your part. Dogs are creatures of habit, and knowing the tips and tricks of training will make the process so much easier and less stressful. PUPPY HOUSEBREAKING tips: https://www.dog-breeds.net/puppy-housebreaking/ ADULT MARKING AND RETRAINING tips: https://www.dog-breeds.net/dog-housebreaking-marking-page/

Health

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Watch for Inherited Eye Disorders (PRA, Juvenile Cataracts, Day Blindness or cone degeneration), Inherited Polyneuropathy (IP), Malamute Chondrodysplasia (Chondro, MC), Hip Dysplasia. The average lifespan is twelve years.

Where to find puppies and adults

If you are looking for a puppy or adult dog, please read our important information on choosing a puppy from a breeder and adopting a dog from a rescue. There are good dog breeders and good dog rescues and there are bad dog breeders and bad dog rescues. Our information will help you to make an informed decision and will give you tips on what to look for and what to avoid.

Pet shops are not the best place to look for a puppy. Dogs from pet shops often come from puppy mills, and puppy mill dogs are often kept in unhealthy conditions. The best way to end puppy mills is to rescue or buy from reputable sources.