Alaskan Malamute

As the name suggests, these dogs are natives of Alaska, though they are often confused with Siberian Huskies-even though there is a difference of 100 pounds between a Malamute and a Husky.   One of the oldest breeds of dogs on the planet Earth, the Alaskan Malamute is classified under working breed of dogs.

These dogs of the Malhlemuits, a tribe in Alaska, hunted, worked and lived with the tribe in the harsh Arctic landscape. Alaskan Malamutes are large friendly working dogs used to haul heavy loads over long distances in harsh terrain.

This sled dog can be up to 25 inches in height and can weigh about 100 pounds on an average. Either black, or grey, or sable, or red mixed with white are common colors. Malamutes always have brown eyes-Huskys can have blue, brown or odd colored eyes.

These gigantic Arctic dogs have a furry plume like tail which they wrap around their faces and noses to protect them from blowing snow! The feet of these dogs are furry with tough pads to protect them against the snow. The Malamute has a double coat, with a woolly under coat and longer guard hair. Twice a year, they shed their under coat hair – which can be BIG MESS, if you know what I mean, especially if you have a sleek Chicago apartment. Though the double coat provides excellent protection in winter, when temperatures rise in summer, it is difficult to get your Alaskan Malamute out to play in the typical hot and humid Chicago summer.  The dog prefers to stand in the kiddies’ pool or is flat out under the air-conditioner-this dog is nothing but sensible.

Since they need a reasonable amount of exercise, they may not be the ideal pet for you if you live in a high rise apartment in a big city like Chicago.  Also, though these dogs are not fussy eaters, they tend to gobble up a lot of food and gain weight, particularly if they do not get enough exercise.   If you have a suburban home in one of the many dog friendly Chicago suburbs-try to get  a backyard, make sure your fences are high and make sure the Malamute can’t dig its way out. Your Malamure  dog has plenty of space to roam about, even though he may stay indoors in hot weather. If you leave your Malamute outside when the temps go up-don’t be surprised to find that your dog has dug a truck sized hole in your lawn and is happily sprawled out in the damp cool earth.  The Malamute dog needs attention, love and care which he will return to you and your Chicago family  with his loyalty and devotion.

The Malmute dog is a dog that needs intensive dog obedience training by a professional. This is not a dog that can be trained by a novice. Malamutes if undersocialized and untrained can be both dog and human aggressive. This is a striking breed but this is a breed that needs a leader and a job. A Malamute allowed to run the house and push people around is a Malamute that can become a public health hazard.