Alaskan Malamutes - 10 Things You May Not Know

1 - The Alaskan Malamute got its name from the Mahlemuits Alaskan tribe that raised and cared for them. The Mahlemuit Eskimos used them as their only form of transportation.

2 - The Malamute went with Admiral Byrd's and many other expeditions to the poles.

3 - They are known for their endurance and strength. Many packs of these dogs were chosen for polar expeditions because they have tenacity, sense of direction, and an excellent sense of smell.

4 - Although Alaskan Malamutes are ideal for sledding, carting, search and rescue, weight pulling and sometimes racing they are not known for their speed.

5 - The breed loves to be outdoors, especially in cool weather. If in an appropriate climate, he is happy to live outdoors as long as his human and pack companions are around.

6 - About six is the average litter size.

7 - Malamutes may not be quick to housetrain because they are naturally an outdoor dog. Formal obedience training is important for this breed, but they can be difficult and need a firm hand. Although they can be stubborn,
it is not hard to teach Malamutes to be well-mannered since they love to please.

8 - The Alaskan Malamute has thick odourless coat of about one to three inches, and is a very heavy shedder. He will require at least twice a week brushing.

9 - They do not need as much food as you would expect. Feeding a couple of small meals a day will help to avoid the obesity to which they can be prone.

10 - They can usually be expected to live about 12 to 15 years.

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