Breed Standard
General Appearance ~ Heavily boned, powerfully built, not too compact and never appearing short on the leg.
Characteristics ~ Sled dog capable of surviving in Arctic temperatures and of pulling heavy loads at steady speeds.
Temperament ~ Affectionate, friendly, loyal, devoted companion but not a ?one man? dog, playful on invitation, generally impressive by his dignity after maturity but tends to show dominance to other dogs.
Head and Skull ~ Head broad, powerful, not coarse, in proportion to size of dog. Skull broad between ears, gradually narrowing to eyes, moderately rounded between ears, flattening on top as it approaches eye, rounding off to moderately flat cheeks. Very slight but perceptible stop. Muzzle large in proportion to size of skull, scarcely diminishing in width or depth from stop. Nose black except in red and white dogs when it is brown. Pink streaked ?snow nose? acceptable.
Eyes ~ Brown, almond-shaped, moderately large, set obliquely. Dark eyes preferred, except in red and white dogs where light eyes are permissible. Blue eyes highly undesirable.
Ears ~ Small in proportion to head. Triangular in shape, slightly rounded at tips, set wide apart, at back of skull. Ears forward when erect. When dog is working sometimes folded against skull.
Mouth ~ Upper and lower jaws broad with large teeth, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
Neck ~ Strong and moderately arched.
Forequarters ~ Shoulders moderately sloping; forelegs heavily boned and well muscled, straight as far as pasterns which are short, strong and almost vertical viewed from side.
Body ~ Strong and powerfully built, chest strong and deep; back straight but not level, sloping slightly downwards from shoulder to croup. Loins well muscled, never so short as to interfere with movement. No excess weight.
Hindquarters ~ Hindlegs broad and powerfully muscled through thighs; stifles moderately bent, hock joints broad and strong, moderately bent and well let down. Viewed from behind, hindlegs vertical, standing and moving true, in line with movement of front legs. Legs indicate tremendous propelling power. Dewclaws on hindlegs undesirable.
Feet ~ Large and compact, toes close, well arched, pads thick and tough, toenails short and strong. Protective growth of hair between toes.
Tail ~ Moderately high set, following line of spine at start then curving gently upwards. At rest may hang straight down. Well furred and carried over back when dog is working, not tightly curled to rest on back, nor short furred and carried like a fox brush, but giving appearance of a waving plume.
Gait/Movement ~ Single tracking at trot is normal but movement not too wide or too close at any gait. Easy, tireless, rhythmic movement, produced by powerful drive from hindquarters.
Coat ~ Thick, coarse guard coat, not long and soft. Dense undercoat, from 2.5-5 cms (1-2 ins) in depth, oily and woolly. Coarse guard coat stands out, with thick fur around neck. Guard coat varies in length as does undercoat, but in general coat of medium length along sides of body, increasing somewhat around shoulders and neck, down back and over croup, as well as in breeching and plume.
Colour ~ Range is from light grey through intermediate shadings to black, or from gold through shades of red to liver, always with white on underbody, parts of legs, feet and part of mask markings. Markings either cap like or mask like on face. Combination of cap and mask not unusual. White blaze on forehead, white collar, or spot on nape permissible. Heavy mantling of unbroken colour acceptable, broken colour extending over body in spots or uneven splashings undesirable. Only solid colour permissible is all white.
Size ~ Height: dogs: 64-71 cms (25-28 ins); bitches: 58-66 cms (23-26 ins). Weight between 38-56 kgs (85-125 lbs), size consideration not to outweigh type.
Faults ~ Any departurefrom the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
Note ~ Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
The Kennel club

 

Is a Alaskan malamute the right breed for you?

Alaskan Malamutes are a magnificent breed and their striking appearance make even the most "undoggy people" comment on their beauty and charisma. If you are thinking of owning a Mal please research the breed thoroughly, talk to as many people as you can surf the net, there are many excellent books available. Malamutes are such a dominant breed, they are very strong willed, you must be 100% sure you can handle this, they are a big strong dog, they need to be sure of their pecking order from day one.

Let a mal do something once for example get on the couch and hey, he thinks it's his given right to do it all the time. It's a mission to convince him otherwise. You have to be very consistent, Make the ground rules, and keep to them, if he knows the boundaries for sure he will test them but it is up to you to nip it in the bud if he pushes his luck.

He will also eventually decide he wants to be top dog at some stage, again do not give an inch, and start as you mean to go on. Still on the dominance thing… Socialization is so important, it can make all the difference, go to all the training classes, remember Mals are very intelligent and soon realize that they can humiliate you, I am sure they do it for fun. Do not give up your Mal is going to be Big. It is imperative you can control him both by voice and physically, they is always going to be a time when he is so desperate to get to something he forgets his manners and before you know it you are on the floor!!!! Being intelligent Mals get bored easily; ask yourself are you going to be in most of the Day?

 

Have you lots of space?


Have you got the time to spend with your Mal; they can take as much exercise you can give them. Grooming is no five-minute job either they also demand attention and affection all the time. If you are House or Garden Proud…. think again, when you Mal Blows his/her coat you will need a dam good hoover, be prepared to find hair everywhere in your food drink, clothes everywhere, Prepare for the worst it has to be seen to be believed. Some mals love to dig; secure fencing is also a must. Be sure you can afford the up keep Food, Injections, Insurance not to mention all the other Doggy things you will not be able to resist buying. On the positive side, Mals are a pleasure to own although they are not a one man dog their affection is second to none, they are confident and independent characters.