Most people immediately think of a wolf when they see an Alaskan Malamute for the first time. In reality, they belong to the Spitz family, a group of cousin breeds that include Akitas, Elkhounds, Chow Chows, and Siberian Huskies. These dogs all share the curled tails, and alert, pricked ears. They also have double coats, with thick under hair that supports the longer hair on the outer coat. Their "standoff fur" is fur that stands out from the body instead of laying smoothly across it.
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