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Date Posted: 10:36:57 01/23/05 Sun
Author: Chris
Subject: Re: Sled dog in the South
In reply to: adele anderson lawton 's message, "Sled dog in the South" on 12:06:10 01/15/05 Sat

>My husband and I have bought a dog that was sold to us
>as an Alaskan Malamute. We are not sure that he is
>full blooded. He is 8 months old and weighs 108 lbs.
>at the moment. He is white and I've seen photos of
>others that look like him. Long legs, the fur is
>thick, but not a double coat on the back. I recently
>saw a photo of a sled dog that looks like him, named
>Mailman, owned by Ryan Redington, the Jr. Iditarod
>winner. My question is if anyone has an idea of what
>his ancestry could be, please tell us. We think there
>may be wolf involved or shepard. Thanks for any info
>you can give.
>adele
Its hard to say what kind of dog he is without seeing him. some malamutes are over 120 lbs when full grown, but 108 at 8 months is a bit large, unless he is just exceptionally large or possibly overweight. If he lives inside and seldom endures the cold, he will not develop a thick undercoat which could account for you not noticing one on his back. he very well could be a mixed breed too, as you suspect. Shepherds are large and could account for his lack of an undercoat. Wolves definitely have an undercoat, though, so this would not explain why he is missing one. I think your best bet would be to show him to your vet or a malamute breeder. They might be able to tell you whether or not he is pure bred and what he could be a mix of. As for Ryan Reddington's dog mailman, I think it is unlikely that he is anywhere near 100 lbs. Malamutes, or any dog that size are generally considered too slow for competative racing. You can try e-mailing ryan via his website and asking him the ancestry of mailman. Good luck with your searching, and please post another message if you have more questions, or find any new info.

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