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BSK Breed Index: The Alaskan Malamute

Life Span: 10 - 15 years

Height: 22 - 26in

Weight: 70 - 90 pounds

Litter Size: 4 - 10 puppies

Temperament: Friendly

Intelligence: High

Classification: Working

BSK Status: Extinct


History of The Alaskan Malamute

The Alaskan Malamute originated in Alaska as a sled dog. The dogs were originally domesticated 2000-3000 years ago in a native tribe of Alaska known as the "Mahlemut" tribe. They are descended from the arctic wolf and have amazing endurance and will to work.

Alaskan Malamute Fun Facts

  • The malamute is genetically one of the oldest dogs, and closest descendent of the wolf.
  • The malamute was of highest value to the Mahlemut tribe because it was their only form of transportation.
  • The malamute and other sledding dogs were used extensively in the 1896 Klondike Gold Rush.

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