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Alaskan Malamute

  Affectionate, Loyal, Playful


The Alaskan Malamute, named after the Malamute Inuit tribe Malamutes, were bred to be powerful sled dogs. They are related to the Samoyed, the Siberian Husky, and the American Eskimo dog. The Alaskan Malamute is a highly intelligent breed that needs direction and early training, as well as regular exercise. Their personalities are family-oriented and affectionate and their luxurious coats are thick and require regular brushing.

Breed Notes: Affectionate, Loyal, Playful

Famous Alaskan Malamutes and their Owners:

  • The Alaskan Malamute is the state dog of Alaska
  • Famous owners of Alaskan Malamutes include explorer Richard E. Byrd, baseball hall-of-famer Vida Blue, film director George Lucas, and actor/comedian Robin Williams.

Each AKC approved purebred breed has its own national club. The mission of these “parent breed clubs” is to improve and preserve a particular breed by advancing knowledge about its history, its health and care requirements and by assuring that the breed’s form and function remain true to its historical physical type and character: A Dalmatian, for instance, should be athletic and have a natural affinity for working with horses. A Fox Terrier should have the right body size and shape, and a drive to go after vermin.

Pet owners, breeders, trainers, veterinarians, and others with a special love for a breed, join the parent breed club to meet like-minded enthusiasts and to support the club’s mission.

The national parent breed club is the first place for the public to go to learn about a breed or find a knowledgeable, experienced breeder.



Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Mammalia
Order - Carnivora
Family - Canidae
Genus - Canis
Species - Canis Lupus
Subspecies - Canis Lupus Familiaris
Breed - Alaskan Malamute


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