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Alaskan Malamute are 'gentle, mellow dogs' says Alaskan Malamute Club of the United Kingdom

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: February 18, 2014

Pictured here is a stock picture of an Alaskan Malamute similar to the one that has been seized by police.

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The Alaskan Malamute is the largest of the Arctic dog breeds.

The breed is extremely loyal and intelligent, sweet and most affectionate toward its master.

They are described as being great with children who are old enough to play with him safely.

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They are very friendly and therefore are not suitable as guard dogs.

Alaskan Malamutes were originally bred as sled dogs for work in the Arctic, but are now popular as family pets.

The Alaskan Malamute Club of the United Kingdom describes the breed as a 'affectionate, friendly, loyal, devoted companion' on its website.

It says an ideal Alaskan Malamute is 'heavily boned, powerfully built' - and are also very intelligent animals, though they can be hard to train.

Alaskan Malamute is similar to a husky which is not a banned breed. Males grow to about 85 lb (39kg) and females to 75 lb (34kg).

The dog, similar to a husky, is not a banned breed.

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  • siarad2  |  February 18 2014, 11:33PM

    Whatever the breed a dog is a dog is a dog, a pack animal like us & jostle for 'pecking order'. Introducing a stranger upsets this, particularly if given more attention, reducing the dog's place so it's bound to fight back. I've been to peoples houses where the dog IS top dog & could only enter & leave with IT's permission.

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  • GorsseinonJoe  |  February 18 2014, 6:24PM

    Without pre-judging the tragic events today, if the dog was to blame this description will need to be re-written.

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