Teeuwynn has owned dogs her whole life. She has enjoyed the companionship of everything from Pugs to Newfoundlands.
We love our dogs, and we strive to find the very best ways to bond with them throughout their lifetimes. One of the ways to do this is to find a name that really fits your new friend for life. Sure, you can just pick a name that sounds good, but you might want to consider looking deeper to find a name that has meaning. This can add much more depth to the relationship between you and your precious dog.
There is a whole world of places to get dog names from. So, how do you narrow it down and find the perfect name for your pooch? One way is to look for what a name means. In Inuit culture, the meanings of names are very important. The 15 names below are all based on Inuit names and their meanings. See if one of these native Inuit names might be right for your Alaskan Malamute.
Ahnah means wise woman. It is a good name for a female Malamute who is a calmer, more grounded matriarch or matriarch-to-be. It's also a great name for a puppy who, when she looks at you, looks into your soul.
This name is for a female who is honest and noble. She has grace and holds herself like a queen. This name works best for a female Malamute who truly thinks she is royalty.
Amaruq means grey wolf. Given the wild look of our magnificent Malamutes, it’s clear that this name would fit most Malamutes, particularly those with lighter shades of grey or a wilder disposition.
This name means someone with a friendly disposition. It’s a nice name for a female Malamute who is approachable and generally friendly with people of all kinds.
This is one of many words for snow in the Inuit language. It would make a good name for pretty much any male or female Malamute.
This word means coal in Inuit. This name could work wonderfully for a Malamute of either sex with a darker coat or perhaps one with a more mysterious or mischievous disposition.
Inuksuk is an Alaskan path marked by cairns. It means that you are on the right path. It’s a good name for a male Malamute who is easy to train or always seems to want to do the right thing.
This name is an interesting one for a female Malamute. It’s the Inuit form of Jessica, but it also means "God beholds" or "rich." This name could be good for most any female Malamute.
Kallik means lightning. It’s a powerful name that would probably be used more often for a male Malamute, but it could be used for a female one as well. This name would work well for a particularly fast-moving or frolicsome Malamute.
This name means a hill. It is a pretty name for a female Malamute, perhaps one that likes to go on long walks in the hills.
This name is a variant of another Inuit word meaning polar bear. It would make a good name for a male Malamute who is particularly large or very white.
Nuniq is a variation of a fictional name from the story “Nanook of the North.” The name means polar bear. As with Nanouk above, this name could be good for a particularly large male Malamute or one who thinks he is really large and powerful.
Panuk simply means island. This name could work for most male Malamutes. It might work also well for Malamutes who like to swim.
This name means lover of horses. It is a form of the name Phillip. This name would work well for male Malamutes who like other animals a lot, particularly horses.
A tapeesa is an Arctic flower. This beautiful flora reflects the beauty of your female Malamute, making a great name for many female Malamutes, particularly those that are less active than most.
Alaskan Malamutes Talk Back
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bookpaw on April 06, 2018:
i love the name kallik
Alaskan Malamute Fast Facts
Original Purpose: Large game hunting, sled dogs
Height: Approximately 24 inches tall
Weight: Approximately 80 pounds
Origin of Alaskan Malamute
Just as the name suggests, this breed comes straight out of Alaska.
In fact, it was the original inhabitants of Alaska, the native Inuit people, who were the first to own/domesticate the Alaskan Malamute breed.
They were also the first to recognize the breed for what it was, a great working dog and loyal companion.
The Inuit people…
Used the Alaskan Malamute dog to perform a variety to chores including:
- Hauling materials across the snow,
- Hunt seals and other game,
- And to provide protection against predators including POLAR BEARS!
So, needless to say, the Inuit people found their Malamutes to be an essential part of their lives and a most cases an actual “member” of the family.
It wasn’t until…
Gold was discovered in Alaska in 1896, that the Alaskan Malamute started to gain in popularity in the lower 48 as explorers came in contact with them on their adventures in Alaska and began bringing them home with them when they returned.
Admiral Byrd’s 1933 trek to…
The North Pole also played an important role in “romanticizing” the breed as the world watched these dogs play a major role in the success of his expedition! Their role in this historic expedition also contributed to the American Kennel Club deciding to “officially” recognize the breed in 1935.
Characteristics of an Alaskan Malamute
Now if you’re like most, unless you’ve actually owned an Alaskan Malamute, chances are you probably don’t really know the difference between an Alaskan Malamute, and Alaskan Husky or a Siberian Husky.
All three of these dogs are going to look pretty similar in that they were all developed to be able to work and thrive in a cold environment. But, there are some distinct differences between the three that you will want to familiarize yourself with.
The Alaskan Malamute and the Siberian Husky are the only two that are “officially” recognized as their own separate dog breeds by the American Kennel Club. Alaskan Huskies are simply considered a “type” of dog rather than it’s own specific breed.
You’ll want to know that:
- Alaskan Malumutes tend to be both larger and heavier than Siberian Huskies,
- They tend to have only brown eyes while Siberian Huskies can have brown, but also blue, or perhaps a mix of either.
- The Alaskan Malamute’s ears tend to be set wider apart than Siberian Huskies mainly due in part that their heads tend to be a bit larger and wider than a Siberian Husky.
- Alaskan Malamutes have a tail that will curl up on its back while a Siberian Husky’s tail is straight.
- Alaskan Malamutes also tend to have a shorter lifespan than a husky. Most Alaskan Malamutes will only live around 10-12 years while a Siberian Husky will typically live 12-15 years.
Alaskan Malamutes fur and coloring
The undercoat of an Alaskan Malamute is coarse and a bit oily to keep the wet cold away. The coat can be a variety of colors such as light grey, black, dark brown, sable or red.
These dogs almost always have white markings, and in particular a white face that is framed with color.
The nice thing about all this fur is that even though it’s super thick, it really won’t require you, as the owner, to brush it more that once or twice a week, maybe a bit more during the spring and summer, when your Malamute will tend to shed more than usual.
Now as you can see…
When you really start to examine the two different breeds you’ll actually begin to notice that they actually do have quite a few physical differences that you may not have initially noticed right off the bat.
That said however…
Probably the biggest difference that you’ll find between the two different breeds has nothing to do with what they actually look like and has everything to do with how much attention and “lovin” they’re going to want to receive from you.
Alaskan Malamutes, LOVE being around people and LOVE receiving attention from their owners.
And while the Siberian Huskies will certainly “appreciate” the love and affection from their owners, they’re not going to be DEPENDENT on it like an Alaskan Malamute might be!
Personality of Alaskan Malamute Dog.
First of all, the Alaskan Malamute is a great companion pet for just about any family.
And while it is true that these dogs are classified as “working dogs”, they’re not as much into running as the huskies.
So, if you live in an apartment or don’t have a ton of room for your dog to run around in, he or she may still be a good fit for you provided you talk your Malamute on plenty of walks or “runs”.
Your Alaskan Malamute would love to “pull stuff” around all day, but when they are working or active in play, truth is, Alaskan Malamutes are pretty “calm” dogs when just left to their own devices (vs Siberian Huskies which tend to be much more active).
But one should be aware…
That despite the fact that most Alaskan Malamutes will be a great addition to any family and that most Alaskan Malamutes are friendly with just about anyone, if you have another dog or pet, chances are your new Alaskan Malamute is not going to get along well with him or her. Particularly if they are the same sex.
Alaskan Malamutes can also be a bit “head strong” when it comes to training. This is why if you do choose to adopt an Alaskan Malamute puppy, be sure to get him or her enrolled in a Malamute puppy training program right away!
This is why…
If you already have a dog or cat living in the household with you, we here at IndulgeYourPet generally don’t recommend purchasing an Alaskan Malamute puppy or adopting an Alaskan Malamute rescue dog.
In cases like these you may actually want to consider adopting a Siberian Husky simply because they tend to get along with other animals much better.
Alaskan Malamute Health Concerns.
All in all, the Alaskan Malamute breed is a pretty healthy one in that selective breeding hasn’t created an increased risk for all that many diseases or disorders. “Which is a good thing!”
But there are some things…
That you should be aware of before you run out and adopt one of these amazing animals. The first is, that you should always remember that these animals were “designed” to carry heavy loads for long distances though the Alaskan snow. They were not designed to catch a frisbee on the beach in Southern California or South Florida!
Many folks living in hot climates do own Alaskan Malamutes, they’ll generally be the first to tell you that you need to be careful with them in the heat and be sure that always keep an eye on them so that they don’t overheat or suffer from heat exposure.
Here are some of the health concerns an Alaskan malamute breed could encounter:
Hemeralopia (day blindness): This is something you’ll see in an Alaskan malamute puppy, making it a medical condition you can spot even before taking this dog home. Now there really isn’t much to do to fix this, but once you’re aware of the condition, there are some precautions one can take to help make will have their lives more manageable.
Cataracts: While all dogs are potentially prone to developing cataracts as they age, what we’re talking about here is adolescent cataracts which can happen early in a Alaskan malamute dog life, but not necessarily when it’s still a puppy. You should know by 1-2 years old though, if your dog is genetically predisposed to this condition. You should also be aware that this condition may cost a few thousand dollars to fix so it’s not something one should ignore (not all cataracts lead to blindness).
Follicular Dysplasia: This will result in coat problems if left untreated. The treatment will cost around $500-1000.
Uveodermatologic Syndrome: It’s pretty likely your dog will get this. It is basically a production of antibodies against its natural pigmentation. This is painful for the dog’s eyes so you’ll definitely seek out treatment. It will cost between $900-3500.
Diabetes Mellitus: Alaskan malamutes run a high risk of having diabetes mellitus. This one is important because the treatment will be quite expensive. You can expect to incur costs of between $5000-10000 over the course of your pup’s life.
Hip Dysplasia: The Alaskan malamute isn’t at a great risk of this, but like with most breeds, it does happen. This will require surgery and will likely cost $1500-5000.
Now at this point…
“Wait a second, I thought you said the Alaskan Malamute is a HEALTHY breed!”
And the truth is, the Alaskan Malamute dog breed really is a healthy dog breed but the problem is, just about any dog can get sick or injured over the time of his or her life.
This is why…
Here at IndulgeYourPet, in addition to trying to help folks try and determine what dog breed might be right for him or her, we also like to suggest that anyone thinking about adopting a bet also take a moment and see exactly what a pet insurance policy might cost them.
If anything does happy to your pet later on during his or her life, you yourself won’t be burdened with the full cost of any of these treatments and can instead utilize the coverage that these pet insurance policies can provide.
For more information on who we feel is currently offering some of the best pet insurance policies in the country right now, we would encourage you to take a look at our Best Pet Insurance Companies article.
All Alaskan Dogs
There are 4 Alaskan dog breeds, including the Alaskan Malamute, Alusky, Alaskan Klee Kai and the Alaskan Husky. While some of these breeds originated or were developed from Alaska, others were actually imported later on.
Read on to learn about these amazing Alaskan dogs. Tell us in the comments section below, what is your favorite breed from North America’s last frontier?
1. Alaskan Malamute
Highlights: Devoted, Dignified, Friendly
The Alaskan Malamute is the largest among all Alaskan dog breeds. Weighing up to 80 pounds and standing nearly 26 inches tall, the Malamute is truly a force to be reckoned with. It’s why they’re one of the top dogs to pulling heavy sleds.
The Malamute was developed for various roles and jobs in Alaska. While they’re primarily used to pull heavy loads today, they were used for hunting seals and polar bears in the past. For these jobs, the Malamute needed to be quick, strong and with high stamina.
Malamutes are considered a staple of sled dog breeds. However, they don’t specialize in speed or long distance trips like the Husky. Rather, they’re slower and tend to travel a much shorter distance. As such, they can pull around 1,100–3,300 pounds of weight.
The Malamute will usually pull people, in addition to camp supplies, crates loaded with food and much more. This means that they’ll have plenty of energy and tend to need a minimum of 2 hours of good and intense physical activity each day.
Check out this Malamute in a pulling competition:
The Klee Kai is not your typical Alaskan dog breed. While the others were developed for various work in the snowy region, the Alaskan Klee Kai was bred for companionship. After all, these small dogs will weigh just 20 pounds at most.
In short, the Klee Kais are a smaller version of Alaskan Huskies. The two distinct breeds look very similar in looks, though they share differences in temperament. However, that’s what these dogs were intended to be – companions without the intense work ethics.
The Alaskan Klee Kai are not mini Huskies. They are nicknamed mini Huskies due to their marking and coloring patterns.– Mydiamond (Husky Owners Forum)
What’s differentiates the Klee Kai even more is the standard sizes. That is, these dogs come in three sizes: toy, miniature and standard. This means that some Alaskan Klee Kais can stand as tall as 13 inches and others as tall as 17 inches.
Though they’re a relatively new dog breed, they’ve grown in popularity quickly. And in 1997, these dogs finally became recognized by the United Kennel Club, further solidifying their legitimacy in the canine kingdom as a top companion from Alaska.
- The word “Klee Kai” comes from the Inuit word for “little dog.”
- Despite being a popular small companion dog, the Alaskan Klee Kai is less than 50 years old.
- Alaskan Klee Kais are somewhat rare because their litters are extremely small, often with just 1 to 3 puppies at a time.
Developing the Klee Kai in Alaska
Given their name, it’s no surprise that this dog breed was developed in Alaska. In fact, they originate from Wasilla, Alaska. The person largely credited with the development of the Klee Kai is a woman named Linda S. Spurlin.
All she wanted was a smaller Husky. And during a trip to Oklahoma, she saw a small Siberian Husky that gave her the idea in developing one. Once Spurlin returned to Alaska, she went straight to work in developing the Klee Kai.
Most breeders that want to develop a smaller dog introduce the dwarfism gene. However, that is not the case with the Klee Kai. Instead, she bred Huskies with smaller similar breeds, such as the Eskimo dogs and Schipperke to reduce the size over many generations.
It took about 10 years to finally reveal the modern Alaskan Klee Kai. And although Spurlin retired from breeding dogs, others picked up the torch. Klee Kais were a hit in Alaska and eventually made its way around the world as a top companion.
Klee Kai Temperament
Linda Spurlin did a fantastic job in breeding for temperament. It’s why they’ve become such popular and sought-after dogs. Klee Kais are known for their energetic and lively personalities, which likely came from the Husky side.
And while the Alaskan Klee Kai is a friendly and people-loving dog, they can be excellent watchdogs due to their alert and cautious nature. With a little training, they’ll be a great second pair of eyes for the home and your property, despite being small.
Because they were bred from the Huskies, the Klee Kais tend to inherit the vocalness of the Husky. They may bark and howl, though they won’t be nearly as loud as the Husky. And because the Klee Kai is a sensitive breed, they’ll express their displeasure with sounds.
3. Alaskan Husky
Highlights: Devoted, Playful, Dignified
You may be thinking: what’s the difference between an Alaskan Husky and Siberian Husky? While the two breeds share a very similar genetic background, they do have a few differences. For example, an Alaskan Husky is slimmer with a more noticeable tuck-up.
The Siberian Husky is known for its mesmerizing blue eyes or a combination of eye colors. However, the Alaskan cousin will mostly have just brown eyes. And when it comes to size, Alaskans tend to be just slightly smaller, though weighing almost the same.
But what makes the two truly different is in the temperament. Alaskan Huskies were bred specifically for the job of pulling sleds. The Alaskans have better stamina and are usually the dogs used for long distance races. They can run 100 miles in 24 hours!
Check out these Alaskan Huskies hard at work:
The Alusky is not a purebred dog recognized by a major kennel club. In fact, they’re the hybrid of the two most famous Alaskan dogs: the Alaskan Malamute and Husky! And because both dogs were bred in Alaska, so is the hybrid version.
Both parent breeds were originally bred to be sled dogs, so you can expect the Alusky to have the same instincts and desire to pull sleighs. In addition, the high energy level and lively personality that is seen in both will likely be inherited as well.
These dogs can vary in size, often ranging from medium to large. Even so, they’ll always be sturdy and durable with a solid build. The almond shaped eyes can be brown, blue or mixed depending on which parent they take more from.
Plus, the fur double coat of the Alusky can come in an array of colors. They can come in white, gray, brown, cream, golden and even salt and pepper. Since both parents look eerily similar with the wolf-like features, expect the Alusky to have the same.
- The Alusky was bred to provide a more flexible option for transporting loads through snow.
- Aluskies are highly intelligent hybrid dogs, though their stubborn streaks make them more difficult to train.
- These hybrid dogs are notorious for digging holes. And during the winter time, they’ll dig up piles of snow and hang out in the holes.
The Alusky’s Role in Alaska
Because these dogs are rare and still widely considered a hybrid dog, little is known about them. In Alaska, they were bred to offer a more versatile option for pulling sleighs. While the Husky can be a quicker sled-puller, the Malamutes can pull heavier loads.
So when combined, the Alusky strikes a nice balance between the two. They’re able to carry heavier loads than the Husky, but move quicker than the Malamute. But despite this slight advantage, these dogs still have not received mainstream adoption in Alaska.
Currently, it’s difficult to find these dogs outside of Alaska or any cold region. Like the parents, they do not fare well in warmer climate thanks to their thicker coats developed to weather the snowy storms of Alaska. There’s little use of Aluskies outside the arctic region.
The Alusky is as charming and lovable as both the Husky and Malamute. They will have an outgoing side that will seamlessly blend into any family. It doesn’t matter if they’re with new or old people, they will always greet them with a big smile.
So if you’re looking for a watchdog, they may not be right for you. It’s also worth noting that these dogs have extremely high prey drive. They’ll have the instincts to chase down small animals and in some cases, small children. That said, socializing is important.
Aluskies are not great dogs if you have to spend a lot of time outside the house. They don’t do well when left alone for long periods at a time. They are people-oriented dogs that love nothing more than to be the center of attention, always.
So which Alaskan dog breed is your favorite? Let us know in the comments section below, especially if you have met one or currently own one.
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Reminiscent of their Wolf Ancestry, Alaska Malamutes Don't Bark Often. But They Howl!
This beloved family pet has a distinguished history. In an ancestral sense, the malamute was an Alaskan dog, as a descendant of the dogs kept by the Inuit Mahlemut tribe in upper western Alaska, going back 2000 to 3000 years. These so-called "snow dogs" were constant companions to their human masters, living and working alongside them in the very harsh conditions that exist above the Arctic Circle. They are descended from arctic wolves .
They make extremely good sled dogs, and have gone on such notable expeditions as that headed by Rear Admiral Richard Byrd in his trek to the South Pole.
The Alaskan work dog
Malamutes resemble the Siberian Husky , but they're somewhat larger in fact, they're the largest of the Arctic dogs, and their sturdiness has served them well. In the harsh climate of the Alaskan wilderness, these dogs demonstrate a unique propensity to work, as well as incredible strength and endurance. Packs of malamute dogs have routinely participated in sledding expeditions in addition to the aforementioned Byrd expedition to the South Pole, they've also been an integral part of arctic life for the Inuit people, because of their sense of direction, keen sense of smell, and tenacity. They want to work, and proved to be an absolute necessity to the Inuit historically, when dog sleds were often the only form of transportation available..
The Malamutes’ sturdy physique made them particularly well adapted to the harsh conditions, easily able to withstand extremely cold temperatures. In fact, they thrive in such conditions, and don't do particularly well in hot weather. Notably, they don't need as much food as you might think, given their size, perhaps another nod to the difficult conditions that were originally home to this breed.
The Alaskan malamute is truly majestic in appearance. Standing 22 to 26 inches tall at the shoulder, they weigh between 70 to 85 pounds in adulthood for females, and 80 to 95 pounds for adult males. The Alaskan wolf heritage is somewhat apparent in both its appearance and behavior. It has been bred for endurance and power, traits that are evident in its countenance and stature. Its thickly muscled, heavy frame is covered with an equally thick and durable coat uniquely suited to arctic climates. It actually has a double coat, with a thick, oily, wooly texture to the undercoat, which can be up to two inches thick, plus an outer coat with coarse hair that stands away from the body and is about an inch long.
The head is held erect and still, exuding a confident, wolf-like, proud yet gentle persona. Notably, the most common expression on the face is one of affectionate gentleness, as long as the dog has been properly socialized. Proud and sweet, the wolf-like face has a long muzzle with a black nose and erect ears. The eyes are usually almond-shaped and brown, although blue eyes may also be present. Dogs with blue eyes are very striking, but this is considered to be a fault in the American Kennel Club breed standard. Alaskan malamutes never have blue eyes if they are purebred.
The fur is generally light gray, but can be black, sable, or shade from sable to red. Other possible color combinations include black and white, wolf sable (dark gray overcoat, red undercoat), red, or wolf gray.
The tail is unique, too. It is long and plumed, held erect over the back. It has a function as well. In the harsh Alaskan wilderness, the tail was a necessary protection against the elements. Malamutes traditionally wrap their tails around their noses and eyes to protect them from blowing snow and ice. Their feet are "snowshoe" feet, wide and perfect for walking across snow without floundering.
Alaskan malamutes are a combination of gentleness, strength and an almost hungry desire to work. They make wonderful family dogs as long as they are properly trained, and they are intensely loyal and eager to please. However, it should be noted that perhaps in part because of their arctic wolf parentage, they are pack animals through and through. They must have strong direction and mastering, but if they are given proper training and interaction, they are affectionate, loyal, sweet, and patient dogs that can put up with physical hardships other dogs may not withstand. Perhaps the one word that describes the adult and well-trained malamute perfectly is "dignified."
It is imperative that malamutes be trained. Although they are very, very eager to please and are not particularly difficult to train, they still must have direction and a clear master or mistress defined if they are to be well behaved. Because of their easygoing, dignified nature, it can be easy to overlook the fact that they need strict training and clear boundaries until it's too late. Dogs that have not been properly trained can become rambunctious and destructive, with expensive consequences indeed. Male malamutes can especially be dominant if they're not properly trained, but if they are, again, they are very, very obedient.
Care should be taken around small animals, since malamutes have kept their prey instinct quite strong undoubtedly, their close wolf heritage has something to do with this, but they will still generally listen to the master or mistress's firm commands.
It's notable that the malamute is actually a very quiet dog not prone to barking instead, it prefers to vocalize with a "woo" sound. Malamutes may also have a propensity to howl, again a nod to their wolf heritage.
The malamute is generally quite hardy, with a relatively long lifespan of about 12 to 14 years, quite old for a large dog. Malamutes' only real health problem of great significance is hip dysplasia and bloating. Part of the reason they are prone to bloating is because of their size. Surprisingly, they are actually quite economical to feed. However, loving owners may want to feed their pets larger amounts instinctively, which the Alaskan malamute is only too happy to wolf down. This propensity to "wolf down" their food does not serve them well for their own overall health, although owners can certainly manage this quite easily simply by limiting portions and taking care to feed the appropriate food. Some Alaskan malamutes are also prone to condrodysplasia, or dwarfism, cataracts, and progressive retinal atrophy.
Environment and living conditions
The Alaskan malamute just adores cold weather. Although these dogs can survive quite well in warmer climates as long as they are given plenty of water and the ability to cool off when they need to, what they really crave is cold weather. If you do decide to get an Alaskan malamute and you live in a warmer climate, make sure you take care to keep your pet cool at all times, with plenty of water and shade available. Do not shave your pet's thick coat in an attempt to cool him or her off. That thick coat is a great insulator against the heat, as much as it is against the cold.
Another thing the Alaskan malamute absolutely must have is plenty of room to run and play. They do not do well in apartment living, and must have at least a backyard for room to roam. If you do have a backyard, make sure you fence it securely, with the fence dug into the ground all the way around the perimeter malamutes are prone to digging, and will likely dig under anything they can.
The Alaskan malamute sheds almost continuously, and must be brushed regularly. Twice a year, the undercoat comes out in clumps so that the dog looks like he or she is molting. Nonetheless, this is normal and aside from the shedding, the Alaskan malamute presents almost no grooming problems. Odorless, it rarely if ever requires bathing, just regular brushing.
Are there any situations where the Alaskan malamute would not make a good pet?
If you don't have a large backyard with plenty of room for your Alaskan malamute to run and play, you should consider getting another breed. These are very well-behaved dogs when properly trained in fact, they actually make very good house pets. They're not the least bit destructive even indoors if they are properly trained and have plenty of room outside to expend their considerable energy, even with their large size.
That said, if they're not properly socialized and you can't spend a lot of time with them making sure that they know that you are the leader of the pack, they are very prone to misbehavior in that they will simply become large, rambunctious "puppies."
If you can't spend significant time with them and don't have room for them, it's best to choose another breed. If you can, however, the Alaskan malamute makes a loyal, beautiful, striking, and very friendly pet, suitable even for families with small children, assuming proper socialization is done.
Group Classification: The Alaskan Malamute belongs to the AKC Working Class, Northern.
Recognized By: CKC, FCI, AKC, UKC, NZKC, APRI, ACR
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Hair Length: Long, Medium
Shedding: Heavy Shed
Body Size: Extra Large
Weight Male: 75-85 pounds
Height Male: 23-25 inches
Weight Female: 75-85 pounds
Height Female: 23-25 inches
Litter Size: 5-6 puppies
Life Expectancy: 12-15 years