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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Alaskan Malamute

The Alaskan Malamute is the buff bodybuilder of the dog world. According to the American Kennel Club's breed standard, Alaskan Malamutes are "substantially built" with "a deep chest and a well muscled body." But those muscles aren't just for flexing at the gym. The Alaskan Malamute breed is an Arctic sled dog breed--in fact, one of the oldest Arctic sled-dog breeds. As a sled dog breed, the breed also is known for its endurance.

Here are the characteristics of the Alaskan Malamute breed as determined by the American Kennel Club's published breed standard.

Alaskan Malamute's Behavior

Recommended for: family pets, show dogs.

The Alaskan Malamute breed isn't all work and no play. According to the American Kennel Club's published breed standards, Alaskan Malamutes are affectionate, friendly, loyal, and playful.

Remember that breed only provides a general descriptions as to any individual dog's actual behavior. Make sure to get to know dogs well before bringing them into your home.

Alaskan Malamute's Physical Characteristics

* Size: male: 25 inches (at the shoulders) and 85 pounds; female: 23 inches, 75 pounds
* Coat: According to the American Kennel Club's published breed standard, the outer coat is "thick and coarse," while the undercoat is "dense, oily and wooly."
* Color: shades of gray from light to darker to to black, sable; also shadings of sable and red.
* Eyes: brown, medium-sized and almond-shaped.
* Ears: triangular.
* Skull: broad and moderately rounded between the ears, gradually narrowing and flattening on top as it approaches the eyes.
* Muzzle: large.
* Nose: black.
* Tail: furry and carried over the dog's back.

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