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The Alaskan Malamute is perhaps the oldest breed of sled dogs in the world. Along with its extensive history, the wild and indomitable nature of the Alaskan Malamute has made it a breed of legendary proportions. There are many interesting facts about the Alaskan Malamute, and in this list, you will find things you may or may not have known about this impressive dog breed. But before we get started, take a moment to like and subscribe for more, fascinating lists.

10. The Alaskan Malamute was once thought to be a part of the wolf family? For quite some time, a lot of people believed that Alaskan Malamutes were part wolves. This is not true. Alaskan Malamutes are domesticated and pure-bred dogs, though they do look like wolves in some ways. Because they bear a resemblance to wolves, Alaskan Malamutes were used in movies to depict wolves, so it’s easy to trace where this confusion came from.

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Alaskan Malamute9. Alaskan Malamutes are very intelligent, albeit a bit stubborn. Sometimes they don’t obey commands. The reason why they don’t obey is because they get bored obeying the same commands over and over again. They know that if you don’t correct them, they will be free to do as they please. Being stubborn is famous trait of the Alaskan Malamutes.

8. During World War II this breed was almost extinct. It is calculated that only thirty registered Alaskan Malamutes left alive in 1947. Thanks to Mr. Robert J. Zoller, who combined Hinman/Irwin and M’Loot dogs to create the Husky-Pak line, the breed was later renewed. However, they inherited, more or less, some characteristics of other breeds involved in the process.

Alaskan Malamute7. During the long history of this breed, Malamute dogs have been involved in some of the noblest human endeavors. They were loyal companions of the prospectors and miners, who came to Alaska in 1896, during the Klondike Gold Rush. Also, Malamutes together with Huskies were aiding Rear Admiral Richard Byrd in his expedition to the South Pole. In World War II, Malamutes in Greenland were used as rescue dogs, while in the same period in Europe, they were used for hauling all sorts of freight. In recent past, Alaskan Malamutes were used a lot less as a working dog, and has become a family companion dog, who is known to be particularly nice and careful with children.

6. The name of this Nordic primitive dog was given after the Mahlemuits, an Inuit tribe from the upper western region of Alaska. Today this tribe is known under the name Kobuk. These native Eskimo people actually developed this dog, who is considered by many to be the most beautiful of all polar dogs. The dog came to be a cornerstone of Inuit life for hundreds of years. They were used to hunt seals, chase away polar bears, and sled dogs.

5. These dogs love to exercise, and their life span is approximately 10 years. The main health issue that is observed in this breed of dog is cancer, and that has killed about 36% of the Alaskan Malonate breed of dogs.

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Alaskan Malamute4. Malamutes do not make good guard dogs. They lack the strong protective instincts which are present in the breeds who do guard work. Although their size and appearance can act as deterrents to people who are not familiar with the breed, Malamutes simply like people too much to be effective guard dogs. Most Mals would welcome a burglar, fix him a meal, show him where all the good stuff is and make sure he got away before the family arrived home!

3. Grooming requirements for Malamutes are moderate. Their double coat looks magnificent, and needs to be brushed and combed regularly to keep it that way. Once or twice each year (spring, and sometimes, fall) Mals “blow” their coats — lose their fine, dense undercoats. At this time, daily raking (of the dog, not the yard!) will help to speed the process and cut down on the mess. Daily vacuuming also helps, but your house will still be snowy white for several weeks. The Alaskan Malamute is a dog fur factory.

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Alaskan Malamute2. The Alaskan Malamute is the biggest of all Nordic Sledge Dogs. Adult males can grow up to 27.5 inches (70 cm) in height, and can weigh up to 100 pounds.

1. Alaskan Malamutes can survive extremely low temperatures? Alaskan Malamutes are naturally bred to outlast the harshest winter conditions, and it can survive in temperatures of about 70 degrees below zero.

Well, there ya have it. 10 Cool facts about the amazing polar breed. Did we miss any facts about the Malamute? Comment them below. Also, if you’d like to see us cover your favorite breed, let us know. Catch ya next time.

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