The Alaskan Malamute was originally a Nordic sled dog bred from the Arctic wolves. It is a solid, well-built dog with a plumed tail that is held over the back and it has large feet with tough pads that acted like snowshoes on the snowy wastes. It has a thick, coarse double coat which comes in a range of light gray to shadings of black, sable and red. The legs and muzzle are almost always white.
The Alaskan Malamute is extremely loyal and intelligent but its very friendly nature makes it unsuitable as a guard dog. Malamutes enjoy living outdoors but need the companionship of their human "pack". Their human needs to be a firm pack leader and they need regular physical and mental activity to avoid destructive behaviours.
Males stand 24 - 26 inches (61 - 66 cm) tall and weigh 80 - 95 pounds (36 - 43 kg). Females are 22 - 24 inches (56 - 61 cm) tall and weigh 70 - 85 pounds (32 - 38 kg).
Extracted From: The Dog Breed Information Center (www.dogbreedinfo.com)