The Alaskan Malamute – Fluffy Friend or Super Sled Dog is a breed of dog which originated from Alaska. They are very popular among sled dogs enthusiasts because they have a large body size and are extremely loyal to their owners. There are several breeds of sled dogs but the most famous ones include: Siberian Husky, Greenland Shearwater, Norwegian Elkhound, Akita and Alaskan Malamute. These sled dogs were originally bred for their ability to travel long distances quickly and quietly.
Alaskan Malamutes are known for being very friendly with humans and other animals. They love to play fetch, chase mice, loll around on beds and do many other things that make them great companions. Their natural instincts of loyalty makes them good family pets. They are very intelligent and will learn tricks quite easily.
They are not only cute but also very obedient. They are often used as guard dogs and work well in search-and-rescue missions. Some of these dogs have even been trained to be therapy dogs for children suffering from various illnesses such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, etc..
Alaskan Malamutes come in all sizes ranging from tiny puppies up to medium sized adult males. Some of them have brown fur, others are white and some even have black or grey spots. They typically have a thick, fluffy coat with a mane around their face (creating a lion-like appearance). The average life span of an Alaskan Malamute is between 6 – 12 years.
Like every living creature, these dogs aren’t free from illnesses. Some of the most common diseases found in them include: elbow and hip dysplasia, eye problems (such as juvenile cataracts), heart diseases, bloat, bone fractures and ear infections.
If you are looking for a loving and playful pet that will become your loyal friend, an Alaskan Malamute is the dog for you!
Sources & references used in this article:
Alaskan Malamutes by T Stockman – 2012 – i5 Publishing
Born to Pull: The Glory of Sled Dogs by L Stone – 2004 – books.google.com
Draw 50 Dogs: The Step-by-step Way to Draw Beagles, German Shepherds, Collies, Golden Retrievers, Yorkies, Pugs, Malamutes, and Many More… by B Cary – 2009 – books.google.com
Little Lions, Bull Baiters & Hunting Hounds: A History of Dog Breeds by LJ Ames – 2012 – books.google.com
Quest of the Musher by J Crosby, SA Jackson – 2011 – books.google.com