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Alaskan Malamutes are amongst the oldest domestic breed of dogs that has a powerful and sturdy physique having a lot of strength, stamina and endurance. It usually resembles a wolf and plays the role of wolf in many movies. Alaskan malamute is a very intelligent dog which displays a lot of independence and exercises regularly.
They are a very playful breed, always accept challenges and never turn out to be boring. This breed is not recommended for the first time dog purchaser as the stubbornness and independent nature of the dog is so challenging and difficult to handle. They are affectionate, loyal, dignified and playful. This breed has a life span of 12 to 16 years of age.
As malamutes are very smart and intelligent breed of dogs, they should be enrolled in training sessions right from the beginning when they are young. They have a tendency to outwit their masters keeping into consideration their size and built. It is also advised to give them obedience training when they are young because as they grow old they might become bored and very destructive.
This breed’s outer layer of fur is rough and coarse and the inside layer is woolen and oily and they shed their coat twice in a year. Malamutes exist in various colours and their facial marks are the most versatile features. Further, the colours of coat range from light dull gray, red, sable to shades of black. The face of this breed is visibly attractive white along with the some parts of legs and feet.
Some malamutes have a visible solid colour on their foreheads or just around their neck which is usually white blaze. The nails should be trimmed twice or thrice a month for the dog’s hygiene. Malamutes are very much sensitive to heat and sunlight that is why they are found in arctic regions. As they have a dense layer of outer coat so they are able to survive very cold weather.
Health and Nutrition
Though malamutes are a healthy breed, but at times they might face certain chronic health problems. Make sure to receive health clearances for this breed while you purchase it. Some of the common health conditions suffered by them are cataracts, Hip dysplasia, Hemeralopia, elbow dysplasia etc.
The recommended amount of daily food that should be given to malamutes is four to five cups of very high defined quality of dry dog food per day which shall be divided into two meals a day. The amount of food consumption depends on the energy level, build, size and metabolism of your dog. The perfect way to keep your malamute healthy is to serve him meal only twice a day and not feeding him all the time.
This breed serves as a very active playmate that will make you enjoy for years to come. Taking into consideration these aspects can help your playful Alaskan malamute to enjoy a great health as well as train you as a dog lover.