Ellen Britt for CNT #wooftips
Malamutes are an ancient breed, with new scientific evidence that dates their origin back thousands of years. Here are seven fascinating facts about these beautiful dogs.
One – The Malamute breed was nearly wiped out during the Klondike Gold Rush at the end of the 1800s. During this time, there was a huge demand for working dogs, so many Mals were bred with other canines to keep up with the demand. Fortunately, a native Inuit Alaskan people, the Mahlemut, preserved these magnificent dogs due to their remote location.
Two – Many people think Malamutes are wolves. Not true, although the film industry commonly uses them to portray wolves in movies and on television.
Three – Mals take the prize for the biggest shedders! They “blow” their coats every season and it takes a lot of brushing to keep them looking their best.
Four – Malamutes were bred to haul heavy loads and can handle (when properly trained and conditioned) incredible amounts of weight. An adult male Mal can pull almost 2000 pounds over short distances.
Five – Malamutes have great temperaments. They are friendly, affectionate, loyal and very good with children.
Six – A Mal’s thick coat enables them to survive extremely cold weather, even in temperatures well below zero. Like other Northern breeds, they have a thick double coat. However, Mals should not be left outside in extreme cold without protection.
Seven – Mals are pack animals and intensely dislike being left alone. Malamutes need attention and companionship. They don’t bark very much, but “talk” and will also howl at times.
By Ellen Britt
Dr. Ellen Britt has loved dogs since she was a child. She is particularly fond of the Northern breeds, especially Alaskan Malamutes. Ellen worked as a PA in Emergency and Occupational Medicine for two decades and holds a doctorate (Ed.D.) in biology.