(also Alaskan malemute)
A powerful dog of a breed with a thick, gray coat, bred by the Inuit and typically used to pull sleds.
- According to the AKC breed standard, the Alaskan malamute is a powerful and substantially built dog.
- The Doberman pinscher was bred by the Germans for protection; the Alaskan malamute was bred by the Eskimos to help them pull their sleds across the ice.
- While some breeds such as Alaskan malamutes or huskies may be able to spend long periods out of doors in cold weather, other breeds such as greyhounds or Dobermans to not have the same protective fur.
Late 19th century: from Inuit malimiut, the name of a people of Kotzebue Sound, Alaska, who developed the breed.
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Syllabification: A·las·kan mal·a·mute
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