Alaskan Malamute is a Nordic sled dog descended from the Arctic wolf. Its name comes from Mahlemuts, an Alaskan tribe that raised and cared for these beautiful snow dogs. Alaskan Malamute, one of the oldest Arctic sled dogs, was named after the native Inuit tribe called Mahlemuts, who settled along the shores of Kotzebue Sound in the upper western part of Alaska, within the Arctic Circle. Alaskan Malamute is a very large dog and incredibly strong breed. Malamutes need something to do or they tend to develop behavioral problems, like wrecking the house, and digging up the garden and yard. Alaskan Malamutes do best in situations in which they have plenty of room and opportunities to exercise so they don’t become bored and restless.
Alaskan Malamutes are fun loving dogs, and have a sense of humor. They are also incredibly independent-minded, not surprising, given their intelligence. Alaskan Malamutes are patient with children, but should always be supervised during play. Without proper exercise, it can become frustrated and destructive, the good news is that destructiveness in the Malamute is preventable and treatable. The cure is exercise, and lots of it, no matter what the weather is.
It is friendly and sociable toward people, but it may be aggressive toward strange dogs, pets or livestock. Alaskan Malamute is a freighting dog, built to pull heavy loads for long distances. He is highly athletic with a well muscled body, deep chest, strong legs and a plume of a tail that waves over his back.
Malamutes can be affected by a few genetic diseases, and there are temperament problems in the breed including hip dysplasia, they can also suffer from inherited polyneuropathy,