"Their wolf-like appearance may seem imposing, but don't let this fool you--Alaskan Malamutes are incredibly affectionate and love human companionship," writes Myra Ramos for Good Dog Magzine's December 2011 issue.
This 3,000-year-old breed of sled dogs gets its name from Mahlemuts, the Alaskan tribe that originally bred them to serve as their primary mode of transportation. Also known as the Canadian Eskimo Dog, Malamutes, or Mals for short, these pooches are known for their wolf-like appearance, thick coats, and powerful builds--all of which are appropriate for what the American Kennel Club descirbes as the largest and oldest of the Arctic sled dogs.
Click through the gallery below to learn four things you may not have known about the Alaskan Malamute.
For more information about Alaskan Malamutes, grab a copy of Good Dog Magazine's December 2011 issue, which comes free with Good Housekeeping Magazine, out on stands now!
Also in this issue:
- Should I Get My Kid a Dog for Christmas?
- 14 Games to Play with Your Dog
- Christmas Gift Guide
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(Slide show photos by Mike Dee, courtesy of Female Network. Cover photo by At Maculangan.)