Alaskan Malamute

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The Alaskan Malamute is a breed developed by the Mahlemuts, an Inuit tribe based in the northern part of Alaska. These Arctic dogs, which probably descended from the wolf, were bred to haul sleds and other gear through the snow. No one knows exactly when these dogs originated, but it’s likely that some interbreeding occurred when Europeans and other settlers brought dogs to Alaska. In the 1920s, the popularity of sled dog racing encouraged dog enthusiasts to take notice of the Malamute. Formal breeding began in 1926, and the AKC first registered the breed in 1935.

Alaskan Malamutes have strong, big-boned, wolf-like frames covered in soft double-thick coats. Their wide heads have rounded skulls, large muzzles, triangular ears and black noses. They have almond-shaped eyes with a wolf-like but kind and curious expression. Their strong, slightly arched necks slope down to strong backs and plumed tails that curl over the back. Their coats are dense and thick, and they usually come in solids or various combinations of white, gray, sable, red and black.

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