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The largest and oldest of the arctic sled dogs, the Alaskan Malamute was named after the native Innuit tribe, the Mahlemuts. Historically, the Malamute has been used as a sled dog and is capable of hauling heavy loads over long distances. The Malamute is cousins with the arctic breeds, the Samoyed and the Husky.
The Malamute is friendly and intelligent, but can also be strong willed, so firm training and discipline are needed. Because of the Malamute’s athleticism, daily exercise is a must, and they are excellent companions for backpacking, jogging and swimming. Sledding and weight pulling are obviously also areas where Malamutes excel.
Despite their athletic nature and intelligence, Alaskan Malamutes are still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Alaskan Malamutes are prone to include joint and bone problems such as elbow and hip dysplasia and osteochondrodysplasia; thyroid conditions such as hypothyroidism; and eye conditions such as persistent pupillary membranes.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Alaskan Malamute inherits more than just his dad’s love of hiking or mom’s excellent swimming ability, you’re covered.