This is a gorgeous shot of Zoltan and Tashka (rescued by AMRAA and now happily not moving from the heated floors in Tasmania!)

Alaskan Malamutes are big, powerful, friendly, intelligent active, superb-looking dogs. They are also extremely stubborn, demanding and can be aggressive with other dogs. Their size and  strength makes them unsuitable for many people - they are simply too powerful to be left under the control of children or the elderly, This being said, most Malamutes are very gentle around children and can be trained to act appropriately when near young children or elderly people. They do not usually bark, which can often be an advantage but they have a howl which will send shivers up any spine.

If you are not a person who enjoys getting out and involving yourself and your dog in a whole range of activities, this may not be the breed for you. Likewise, if having a dog which likes to look you in the eye (usually by putting its paws on your shoulders) does not appeal, look elsewhere. However, for those people looking for a dog whose lovable nature and extreme cuddle-ability is only matched by its intelligence and personality, the Alaskan Malamute offers a lifetime of enjoyment and fun.

Alaskan Malamutes are friendly, intelligent dogs that love all people. Because of this they are not guard dogs, although their size and appearance makes them an effective visual deterrent. However, they are as strong-willed and determined as they are friendly, and should have obedience training from an early age. If a Malamute makes up its mind to chase something, they are in most cases impossible to call back until they are ready to return. For this reason they should not be walked off lead.What's more, this friendliness does not always extend to other dogs - especially those of the same sex. Malamutes are not "one-man" dogs, offering blind faith and obedience. Rather, they use their independence and intelligence to establish relationships with those people they come in contract with, be they family members or strangers. They are superb companions, ready to please and eager to take part in an active and exciting life.

Bred for their ability to pull heavy loads over long distances, Alaskan Malamutes need a large amount of exercise and can take all the activity you can dish up. The mental stimulation of regular exercise is also important, as a bored Malamute easily becomes a one-dog garden remodelling unit. Good fences are essential.They are a hardy, durable breed, capable of enduring extreme cold, yet also able to deal with the heat of an Australian summer given shade, plenty of cool water and the care of an owner who is aware of the dangers of overheating. They need surprisingly little food, being extremely efficient eaters. However, a Malamute will eat anything it can lay its paws on - having a survival instinct which leads it to believe that any meal could be its last. And, of course, there's hair - they have a large drop at least once, sometimes twice, a year.

Malamutes range in size with the desirable freighting sizes being: Dogs - 63.5 cm (25 inches) at the shoulder, weight 38.5 kg, Bitches - 58.5 cm (23 inches) at the shoulder, weight 34 kg. However, size considerations should not outweigh that of type, proportion, movement and other functional attributes. Malamutes have a large head with wide set ears and brown eyes (blue eyes do not usually occur in Malamutes, this would indicate it may be crossed with a Siberian Husky). Markings on the head and body vary greatly, however they should be even. Malamutes come in a variety of colours, from light grey through to black, sable and shadings of sable through to red. All white is the only solid colour, however, all dogs have one thing in common - a thick course guard coat combined with a dense, woolly undercoat.