Alaskan Malamutes have a big, strong wolf-like frame. Despite their intimidating and powerful features, they are loyal, affectionate, playful dogs who just want lots of space to play and romp around! Malamutes were originally bred to be sled dogs, and for hunting seals and other animals in the Arctic. They are highly intelligent, and have high exercise needs, and do well in a cooler climate. Malamutes possess massive strength and endurance. This friendly and devoted breed would be best to go into a home with an experienced dog owner.
Common Health Conditions
- Hip dysplasia, an inherited disease in Alaskan Malamutes that causes the hip joints to form improperly and leads to arthritis.
- Alaskan Malamutes may be susceptible to diabetes. The classic symptoms of diabetes in dogs are excessive thirst, increased urination, and weight loss despite normal or increased food consumption.
- The Alaskan Malamute can suffer from hypothyroidism, which if left untreated can seriously impact their quality of life.