Alaskan Malamute is arctic sled dog. In arctic areas has been dogs for a decades and all sled dog breed's history starts there. Breed has evolved under extreme conditions; coldness, snow, wind, poor amount of food... Today's people has difficulties to imagine, how extreme those conditions were to live and survive. Dogs were important to Inuit and good dogs were highly respected and taken care of. Inuit didn't breed dogs as we do nowadays. Mostly breed choices was made by nature - weak died and only strong ones survived. This is how Malamute is evolved to an extremely strong, both physically and mentally.

In extreme conditions, dogs had to be strong, tough and persistent. They had to be intelligent to survive and also humble enough under people's commands. Breed is in every little detail adjusted to those conditions. We should remember that - our mission is to keep this primitive breed as original as we can.

Alaskan Malamute is intelligent. Malamute is also independent and thinks by itself, so training a Malamute can be challenging. Though, it is necessary to teach basic behavior to them. Malamutes are individuals and that's why character differences are found in Malamutes - there are temperaments from easy to very hard ones. Alaskan Malamute is challenging breed, so it isn't right breed for everyone.

Alaskan Malamute should be open and friendly towards people. Malamute shouldn't be aggressive towards people, sore or otherwise unstable. Grown-up Malamute is strong minded, stable, open and friendly, but it surely knows it's value. Malamutes develops quite slowly, also their temperament. Young dog may have so called "teenager phases"; shy times, wild ones, earless or brainless ones, stubborn ones... Finally malamute comes to it's adulthood and can be impressively distinguished, but in practice it stays energetic clown, who has selective hearing and enormous amount of own thoughts and ideas. Owner's job is to maintain constant consistency, have good nerves and most of all, good sense of humor through this all.

Malamute is strong. It is that by mentally and physically. Enormously strong dog full of overflowing energy needs an owner, who can control it. When malamute grows up, you can't do it by strength - you need mental hold of him. Malamute's owner should became familiar to dogs natural pack behavior, sign language and pack hierarchy and how to maintain them. When malamute knows it's place in hierarchy and in pack, life is much easier with it.

Malamutes are expressive. Their sign language has been preserved in many ways primitively expressive and it's very fascinating to follow their communication. Often only one look from pack leader tells everybody else, what it thinks. Primitive instincts may cause malamute not to be a dog park visitor. Often they don't tolerate same sex when they are adults and sometimes they can start to hunt smaller dogs. Malamute with good temperament don't bungle for other dogs, but agitated, it can start to fight. After that, nobody has fun... Owner should understand this breed and accept it's characteristics as they are.

Alaskan Malamute is energetic and cheerful, endlessly eager to do something with it's owner. In it's youth it can be challenging to owner, who tries to protect his/hers property by dog's marks. Many individuals has shown, that Malamute can be quite active even over 10 years old. Joy of live and energy are the most finest qualities of this breed, which should be maintained even though it requires more from the owner. It would be easier to own a dog, who is calm and easy, but it wouldn't be a Malamute! And owner's life would be much more boring... 

Malamute is great breed for right owner - true companion, of which you can experience fine moments. Taken from a wrong reasons, for a wrong kind of owner to a wrong kind of conditions, Malamute can be a true problem - in the end dog is unhappy and same is the owner.

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Alaskan Malamute's Breed Standard is exact and tells every detail. Breed has evolved to respond to those extreme conditions, where it had to live. Nothing needs to be changed or improved, nature has done it already. We only need to strive so perfectly as we can for Standard. Perfect dog hasn't born yet and never will. Still you can strive to it.

Standard tells Malamute's ideal size and weight. You should try to accomplish them. Primitive breed has size varieties - and it should be. Balance is also important - bigger or smaller dog can be a good type of breed, if it is balanced by every way. Big or small size only don't make a dog faulty - too airy expression, short legs, narrow of the body and all those things affects also to balance. Malamute is big, but not gigantic breed. It also has to be steady and strong.

Standard says, that Malamute should have strong bones. Standard has been written over 50 years ago and it's bone strength has been compared other smaller sled dogs. Bones should be strong comparing to a husky, but not compared to molossoids. You always has to remember, stronger is better, because that is wrong. If we think that way, bones evolves too heavy and Malamute becomes clumsy. Malamute never should be clumsy.

Malamute should have efficient gait and they should be expressing power. Movements should be straight and reach good. Good movements are possible only a good structured dog. If there is some faults, it can be seen in moves. When front is correctly built, front legs reaches long ahead and also back. Front legs are rolling and takes in the power coming from rear. Rear is dog's motor. Good rear structure allows rear legs to reach long under the body, where powerful push is started. Gait is easy, effortless looking and in a same time powerful.

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Alaskan Malamute is a sled dog. Winter is most typical time for Malamute. Leash walks aren't enough to a Malamute's exercise, but Malamute needs more brisker exercise. You can hobby pulling with one dog also, so you don't need to own whole team. One Malamute can pull it's owner with skis or you can harness it front of the pulka. With two dogs you can already go sledding. It is joy to drive with trained team and also dogs enjoy shared time with owner.

In summer time you can take your Malamute to hikes. They can also pull a bike or kick-bike and cart if you have a team. Malamute can take interest in agility, obedience, rescue actions and in Sweden there is even one sheep herding Malamute. Malamute is tough and strong when it is working. Breed hasn't meant to race faster breeds, but you can race against other malamute teams. Alaskan Malamute isn't naturally very fast, but it is very durable. Long distances with moderate speed are most typical for a Malamute. You can have weight in sled and still Malamute team brings it to it's destination.

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