(We are not in any way, shape, or form affiliated with the former "Carolina Malamutes")
Here's a little bit about us. Our names are Chelsey & Donavan Hartley. We are a Christian family owned and operated Alaskan Malamute breeder located in South Carolina. We started Carolina Malamutes in Feb 2013. We specialize in the breeding of these beautiful purebred Alaskan Malamutes. We are one of the very few Alaskan Malamute breeders in South Carolina. We fell in love with Alaskan Malamutes from day one because of their large size, amazing strength, distinguished features, as well as their great personality. It all started with our first purchase of an Alaskan Malamute named Diesel we fell in love with this particular breed of dog from first sight so we decided to open up Carolina Malamutes to now share our gorgeous malmutes with other Alaskan malamute lovers such as ourselves. We have Giant Alaskan malamutes as well as the average size Alaskan malamute. Our large wooly coated Alaskan malamutes come in various colors, Red & white, black & white, solid white, sable, seal, agouti, and lilac. Here at Carolina Malamutes we pride ourselves on being different from your average dog breeders. Most breeders keep their dogs in small kennels and only have them just to breed and make a quick buck. We actually care for dogs, and think of them as part of our family. We love them unconditionally, and they seem to complete our family. Each and every pup gets our unconditional love and individual attention. Our pups and adults are raised up around our children and they are gentle with them. We breed these pups not for the money, but to give other families the chance to have one of these wonderful dogs as a lifelong pet and friend. We keep in touch with all new owners, and they send us pics of the pups as they grow and mature. We think of our customers as extended family, and are open for phone calls if they have questions. We care for our dogs and our customers. Hopefully if you are out there and you are looking for that perfect dog to complete your family, you will consider choosing Carolina Malamutes as your preferred Malamute breeder.
The Alaskan Malamute is the largest of the Arctic dogs. This thick, well-built dog is solid with a plumed tail that is held over the back. The head is wide with erect ears. The eyes are of medium size, dark brown small, and almond in shape and are obliquely placed in the skull. The dog holds an image of a wolf but with a proud, sweet expression. Dark eyes are preferred; blue eyes are a fault according to the written standard. The feet are large, of the snowshoe type with tough pads. The thick, coarse double coat averages one to three inches in length and comes in a range of light gray to intermediate shadings of black, sable and shadings of sable to red. Combinations include wolf gray, black and white, wolf sable (red undercoat with dark gray outer coat) or red. The only solid color allowed is white. The dog often has darker highlights and sometimes has a dark mask or cap.
Like most of the dogs of the spitz family, the Alaskan malamute evolved in the Arctic regions, shaped by the adverse climatic conditions. There origin is unknown, but they was first described living among the native Inuit people known as the Mahlemuts, who lived along Norton Sound on Alaska's northwest coast. The word Mahlemut comes from Mahle, an Inuit tribe name, and mut, meaning village. The dogs served as hunting partners for big game (such as seals and polar bears), and hauled the heavy carcasses back home. These dogs were, of necessity, large and strong rather than fast, enabling one dog to do the work of many smaller dogs. They were an essential cog in the Inuits' lives and were treated almost as one of the family, although they were never pampered as pets. The unforgiving environment meant that a less than optimal dog would probably not have been kept. When the first outside explorers came to the region in the 1700s, they were impressed not only by the hardy dog but also by their pet parents' obvious attachment to them. With the discovery of gold in 1896, a flood of outsiders came to Alaska; for entertainment, they staged weight-pulling contests and races among their dogs. The native breeds were interbred with each other and those brought by settlers, often in an attempt to create a faster racer or simply to provide the vast numbers of dogs needed to supply the gold rush. The pure malamute was in danger of being lost. In the 1920s, a New England dog-racing enthusiast obtained some good specimens and began to breed traditional malamutes. As the breed's reputation grew, some were chosen to help Adm. Byrd in his 1933 trek to the South Pole. During World War II, malamutes were once again called into service, this time to serve as freight haulers, pack animals and search-and-rescue dogs. In 1935, the breed received AKC recognition and began a new phase as an imposing show dog and loyal pet.
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