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Frequently asked questions
Glossary of frequently used terms
"Teaching Your Dog To Pull"
A Primer on Working the Alaskan Malamute
Equipment and Supplies
Recommended books (with ISBN numbers)
Tips for prospective owners
Comparison Between the Malamute and the Siberian
How Old Is Your Dog?
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An expanded look at hip dysplasia
Chondrodysplasia: A Closer Look"
A Pictorial Case History of Coat Funk
Early sterilization of puppies
How a Dog Show Works
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Here are some definitions of the more commonly-used terms.
Dogs Working In Harness
- Double lead
- Two dogs working together at the head of a dog team. The
dogs are connected by a neckline (approximately 10 inches in length) attached to each collar.
- Fan hitch
- A method of harnessing dogs where each dog is connected to
the sled by its own gangline. It is used for teams working on pack ice, so that
one or two dogs falling into a crevasse or open water won't drag the rest of the
team in with them.
- The line connecting the dogs to the sled or cart. In a
conventional hitch, the dogs are connected either individually or in pairs to the
- The command used to direct the lead dog(s) to go to the right.
- The command used to direct the lead dog(s) to go to the left.
- A short leash, approximately 10 inches in length, with snaps on both ends.
It is attached to the collars of two dogs working in double lead to keep them together.
- On By
- The command used to direct the lead dog(s) to continue "on by"
a distraction of one sort or another on the trail.
- Single lead
- A single dog working at the head of a dog team.
- Snow hook
- A large hook which the musher can stamp into the snow to
create an anchor to prevent the sled from moving.
- Swing position or swing dogs
- Dogs working behind the leader(s) of a
team but not at the closest position to the sled or cart. Swing dogs are also
called point dogs.
- Wheel position or wheel dogs
- Dogs working closest to the sled or cart.
- Bar and goggles
- The face markings found on some Malamutes, particularly black
and white ones. The bar is a stripe of dark color running from the forehead down
to the nose. The goggles form a "mask" of dark color extending to the cap. The
combination of bar, goggles and cap form what is known as a full mask.
- The manner in which the incisors (front teeth) fit together. Bites
are classified as scissors, meaning the upper incisors fit tightly over the
front of the lower incisors; undershot, meaning the upper incisors fit behind
the lower incisors; overshot, meaning the upper incisors fit noticeably in front
of the lower incisors; or level, meaning the upper incisors rest on top of the
lower incisors. Malamutes are to have a scissors bite.
- The size and density of the skeletal frame of the dog. The
Malamute must be a heavy-boned dog.
- A cap of color covers the top of the head and ears usually coming to
a point in the center of the forehead.
- Coat colors
- The usual colors range from light gray through intermediate
shading to black, sable and shading of sable to red. A black and white Malamute
has black guard hair and black or dark gray undercoat. A gray and white Malamute
has gray guard hairs with light gray, cream, or white undercoat. A seal and white
has black or black-tipped guard hairs with a white or cream undercoat. From a distance
this dog will appear to be black and white. A sable and white is a dog with black
or gray guard hairs and a reddish undercoat and red trimmings. A very light colored
gray coat is referred to as a silver and white. Less common is a red and
white coat. This coat contains no black coloring.
All of these coat colors are accompanied by white furnishings, meaning the legs,
chest, belly, underside of the tail, and the "derriere" are white. The only solid color
that is acceptable is white.
- Double coat
- The type of coat found on northern breeds, where the coat
is composed of two types of hair: a longer, coarse guard hair which is very weather
resistant, and a soft, dense undercoat which acts as insulation.
- Eye shadow
- Dark color under the eyes which is less intense in
appearance than the goggles. Eye shadows do not extend out to the cap.
- Open face with cap
- Facial markings where the face itself is all white
with a widow's peak or "cap" of dark color.
- The color of the lip line and eyes. Dark pigmentation is
- Snow nose
- A lightening of the center portion of the nose from black to
a pale liver color. It occurs during the winter months and is common among northern
breeds. During summer months the nose regains its normal black color.
Titles - Working and Show Ring
- Abbreviated Ch. A title awarded by the American Kennel
Club in recognition of a dog closely matching its breed standard. It is earned by
competition in the conformation show ring. It is placed in front of a dog's registered
name. Example: Ch. Black Ice's High Speed Chase
- Companion Dog
- Abbreviated CD. A title awarded by the American Kennel
Club in recognition of a dog successfully completing competition in the Novice class at
three obedience trials. It is placed after a dog's registered name.
Example: Fire 'N Ice Once Upon A Time, CD.
- Companion Dog Excellent
- Abbreviated CDX. A title awarded by the
American Kennel Club in recognition of successful competition in the Open class at three
obedience trials. It is placed after a dog's registered name.
- Working Lead Dog
- Abbreviated WLD. A title awarded by the Alaskan
Malamute Club of America in recognition of dog's ability to work as a single lead dog
on a team. It is placed after a dog's registered name. Advanced working ability is
recognized by excellent titles. For example WLDX.
- Working Pack Dog
- Abbreviated WPD. A title awarded by the Alaskan
Malamute Club of America in recognition of a dog's ability to work as a pack dog. It is
placed after a dog's registered name.
Advanced working ability is recognized by excellent titles.
For example WPDX.
- Working Team Dog
- Abbreviated WTD. A title awarded by the Alaskan
Malamute Club of America in recognition of a dog's ability to work on a dog team. It is
placed after a dog's registered name.
Advanced working ability is
recognized by excellent titles. For example WTDX.
- Working Weight Pull Dog
- Abbreviated WWPD. A title awarded by the
Alaskan Malamute Club of America in recognition of a dog's ability to successfully
compete in weight pull competitions. It is placed after a dog's registered name.
Advanced working ability is
recognized by excellent titles. For example WWPDX.