The Alaskan Malamute Dog Breed
The Alaskan Malamute is one of the oldest Arctic breeds and was until the 19th century also the only dog breed in the northwestern part of the Arctic. For over 2000 years these dogs pulling freight and carriage of people in this region. Early 20th century were the Alaskan Malamute in Dog_Sledding popular. They were propagated at this time with other breeds crossed. From 1926 one began with the pure breeding of this breed. It is after the Inuit tribe the Malemute named.
The Alaskan Malamute has a weatherproof double coat, wherein the soft oily undercoat can be 3-5 cm long, the dense outer coat is relatively short. The color range includes black with white markings on chest, mask and paws, wolf gray, and additionally brown nuances. Furthermore, there are also completely red variants. Pretty white Alaskan Malamutes are rare. The Malamute has - unlike the Siberian Husky - no blue eyes; Allowed are brown, brownish-red and black.
Malamutes are the strongest and greatest of all sled dogs. In contrast to the Husky, who was especially bred for speed, the Malamute has been bred more for pulling heavy loads.
The breed standard describes the Alaskan Malamute as affectionate, friendly dog and loyal, devoted companion. He is playful as the one hand - on the other hand represented with dignity - when prompted. The standard specifies that the Malamute should not be a "one-man dog."
Malamutes tend to be probably genetic skin disease, the zinc-responsive dermatosis. Cause is a decreased uptake of the trace element zinc from food.