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Alaskan Malamutes

Alaskan Malamute

The Alaskan Malamute, one of the oldest Arctic sled dogs, is a powerful and substantially built dog with a deep chest and strong, well-muscled body.  The Malamute stands well over the pads, and this stance gives the appearance of much activity and a proud carriage, with head erect and eyes alert showing interest and curiosity. 

A malamute’s head is broad.  Ears are triangular and erect when alerted.   The muzzle is bulky, only slight diminishing in width from root to nose.  The muzzle is not pointed or long, yet not stubby.  The coat is thick with a coarse guard coat of sufficient length to protect a woolly undercoat.  Malamutes are of various colors.  Face markings are a distinguishing feature.  These consist of a cap over the head, the face either all white or marked with a bar and/or mask.  The tail is well furred, carried over the back, and has the appearance of a waving plume. 

Alaskan MalamuteThe Malamute must be a heavy boned dog with sound legs, good feet, deep chest and powerful shoulders, and have all of the other physical attributes necessary for the efficient performance of his job.  The gait must be steady, balanced, tireless and totally efficient.  He is not intended as a racing sled dog designed to compete in speed trials.  The Malamute is structured for strength and endurance, and any characteristic of the individual specimen, including temperament, which interferes with the accomplishment of this purpose, is to be considered the most serious of faults. 

Alaskan Malamute

Size, Proportion, Substance 

There is a natural range in size in the breed.  The desirable freighting sizes are males, 25 inches at the shoulders, 85 pounds; females, 23 inches at the shoulders, 75 pounds.  However, size consideration should not outweigh that of type, proportion, movement and other functional attributes.  When dogs are judged equal in type, proportion, movement, the dog nearest the desirable freighting size is to be preferred.  The depth of chest is approximately one half the height of the dog at the shoulders, the deepest point being just behind the forelegs.  The length of the body from point of shoulder to the rear point of pelvis is longer than the height of the body from ground to top of the withers.  The body carries no excess weight, and bone is in proportion to size. 

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