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Alaskan Malamute > Giant Alaskan Malamute vs. Alaskan Malamute

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Barked: Fri Feb 1, '13 12:13pm PST 
Actually, proper Giant Alaskan Malamutes are pure-bred descendants of the M'loot type of Malamute that lived with the ancient Inuit peoples in the high Arctic, hundreds of years ago. The Inuit's giant sled dogs were as tall as 35" and weighed over 190lbs. These giant Malamutes were known to be the largest and strongest sled pullers and pack animals.

The other two types of Malamutes are the smaller and currently more populous Kotzebue type and the rarer Hinman-Irwin type, a larger type than the Kotzebue but not as big as the M'loots. The Kotzebue type was the first recognized by the AKC as the Malamute breed, and as such the Breed standards regarding height and weight are based on the Kotzbue dogs. Later, the AKC also recognized the M'loots as registrable Malamutes but did not adjust the size and weight standards for the breed accordingly. They do say in their literature that size and weight can vary and is not as important as strength and proportions.

Basically, the bigger Malamutes are more like the originals that the Inuits bred and created thousands of years ago. We have one of these dogs. His name is Samson and he weights around 132 lbs. at 15 months in age. You can find him on YouTube by searching for "Malamute Meets Creepy Snowman" and/or "Malamute Meets Trumpet".
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