The Alaskan Malamute was bred to draw a sled and is therefore a powerful, energetic dog with high stamina. Most Malamutes are kept as pets or show dogs these days. They are usually between twenty-three and twenty-five inches in height and in various shades of grey and white, sable and white, black and white, red and white, or pure white in color. Although they can and do bark, Malamutes are famous for “talking”, making a strange sound that inspired George Lucas when creating the character Chewbacca in Star Wars.
Malamutes are very independant and dominant and are not a suitable pet for an inexperienced dog owner. They also require a lot of time, energy and space for exercise and are not suited to warm climates, due to their dense coats.