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THE BREED

THE BREED
(Our Interpretation)
The Alaskan Malamute is a freighting dog that was bred to survive in the harsh Arctic climate and therefore they must have the physical attributes to fulfil this role. This means they should have a broad chest and powerful shoulders which will equip them to pull heavy loads for long periods of time. They should also possess powerful hindquarters with plenty of drive. For a Malamute to be a working dog it must possess an easy effortless movement that exhibits good reach in the front and long and powerful drive in the rear. A dog with piddle, paddle movement may look pretty but is certainly not functional.  To this end, the Malamute should be neither too tall nor too short in the leg.
 

Just as functional is the coat of the Alaskan Malamute which should have a coarse guard coat that stands off the body without the clipping that is necessary for the "soft coats" that are unfortunately being exhibited. A soft coat is incorrect and detrimental to the dog's survival in the working conditions for which it was bred. These coats are easily identifiable by its natural texture (soft) and how it moves in the slightest breeze.

The head of the Alaskan Malamute is  very significant in defining true malamute type. It should be strong without being coarse or 'blocky'. Eyes should be brown, almond shaped with a soft expression. Ears are small relative to the head size, well furred, set off the back of the head with the outer edge joining the head in line with the eye. The muzzle is short and bulky, only tapering slightly. The skull and muzzle should be of equal distance with no marked stop. The head should never be fox like or the nose long and thin because the Malamute skull should be broad with the ears set well apart. The features of the head have as much to do with survival in Arctic conditions as with general appearance.

Although we do not have the severe Arctic conditions of Alaska in Australia, we believe it is important to value and maintain correct type of this magnificent breed of dog.
Follow the link below for the Alaskan Malamute breed Standard.

THE BREED STANDARD