Alaskan Malamute

Alaskan Malamute At a Glance

Country of Origin:

Not clearly known

Breed Group:

AKC (Working); ANKC (Utility); CKC (Working); FCI (Spitz and Primitive); KC (Working); UKC (Northern)


Large. Weight: Male: 85, Female: 75 lbs; Height: Male: 25, Female: 23 inches


This proud dog breed has a really lovely double coat. The outercoat is thick and coarse, protecting the dog from even the most extreme weather conditions.


Gray and white, sable and white, black and white, red and white or solid white

Life Span:

12 to 15 years

Breed Profile

Affection Level – 70
Barking Tendencies – 100
Cat Friendly – 30
Cold Weather Tolerance – 100
Exercise Needs – 100
General Health – 90
Grooming Needs – 80
Hot Weather Tolerance – 30
Intelligence – 90
Kid Friendly – 60
Playfulness – 100
Shedding Level – 100
Social Needs – 70
Watchdog Ability – 40

Did You Know?

Alaskan Malamutes are so friendly they won’t usually do good as guard dogs.


The Alaskan Malamute is a strong, fearless dog and it is considered to be one of the oldest dog breeds whose original looks have not been altered in time. He requires consistent work and leadership or he can become bored very quickly. The average height of an Alaskan Malamute is 1 foot 11 inches  to 2  feet, 1 inch weighing about 75 to 100 pounds. They have a lifespan of 12 to 15 years.


The Alaskan Malamute was originally bred for strength and very high endurance. In order to control him well you must commit to obedience training early enough before it’s not too late. As a young dog he can be trained much easier than a full grown one. They will become independent and you will have a lot of work in order to make him obey your commands.

Originally they were created to pull so teaching him how to walk on a leash is a must if you don’t want your dog to walk you. The Alaskan Malamute requires daily exercise because he has a very high level of energy. A fenced-in yard would suit him the best as he is very playful. Also make sure that he won’t be able to escape because the Alaskan Malamutes are known to hunt and kill livestock. They are also quite aggressive with other dogs that they might encounter but he is surprisingly good, and loving with people. Unlike other dog breeds this one is very friendly with people so it’s not such a good dog for guarding your property. If you want to make your Malamute dog happy you must spend a lot of time, energy and affection.  Although a hardy breed, they are prone to hip dysplasia, chondrodysplasia, and bloat.

Alaskan Malamute Training:

The Alaskan Malamute is a bit slow in learning new commands but with time and commitment it can be done. Yes, he is harder to train than other breeds like the Golden Retriever for example but once he learns a new command, he will never forget it.

Bred for sledding and independence, the Alaskan can prove to be a stubborn dog. They are a highly intelligent breed who bore easily. Variety, coupled with a bit of fun is essential for success. They are widely believed to be one of the most difficult dogs to train.

This dog breed is not well-suited to apartment living and a reasonably large yard is best. They are very energetic and active dogs who love to be outdoors. Daily walks are recommended.

Alaskan Malamute Grooming:

In order to prevent the massive shedding you must brush your dog’s coat every day. He will shed a lot of hair but with proper brushing you will significantly reduce the amount that you will find in your house.

Basic exercises and brushing are required if you want to have a happy Alaskan Malamute. They don’t have any special needs but the basic ones are a must and you shouldn’t ignore them.

Alaskan Malamute History:

The Alaskan Malamute is a descendent of dogs of Mahlemuts from western Alaska. He is also related to other arctic breeds like the American Eskimo, the Samoyed and the Siberian Husky and were originally used as sled dogs. The Alaskan Malamute is one of the few ancient dog breeds that are still in existence in the world today.

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