Alaskan Malamute Dog Breed Information


Alaskan Malamute Quick Facts
Alaskan Malamute
Breed Group: Working Group
Origen: United States (Alaska)
Nickname: Maly
Weight: 75-85 lbs
Height: 23-25 inches
Color(s): Light gray through to black, with white shading and a white mask or cap; also shades of sable or red with shading, or all white


Alaskan Malamute Appearance

The Alaskan Malamute is a big and powerfully build dog of Nordic breed type. This handsome breed was developed to haul heavy loads rather than race. It is slightly longer than it is tall. His head is broad and powerful with a large muzzle. His eyes are of medium size, dark brown, small, and almond in shape and are obliquely placed in the skull.

The physical build of the Malamute is compact with heavy bone, holding the image of a wolf but with an arrogant, charming expression. His outer coat is harsh and thick, with a dense, softer undercoat. The Alaskan Malamute colors are light gray through to black, with white shading and a white mask or cap; also shades of sable or red with shading, or all white. The weight of the Alaskan Malamute is around 75-85 pounds; and the height around 23-25 inches.

Alaskan Malamute Temperament

The Alaskan Malamute is family oriented, as long as it is given daily exercise, it is well mannered in the home, but without proper exercise, it can become frustrated and destructive. The Alaskan Malamute is friendly and sociable toward people, but it may be aggressive to strange dogs, and family pet. To avoid this behavior itís important to socialize them at young age.

The Alaskan Malamute is a dog that loves to play and excise in colder weather, and their friendly disposition makes them a joy to be around, although this also means that they are not the best watchdogs. The Alaskan Malamute can be headstrong and stubborn sometimes, so they are best suited to those with experience in dog ownership. They tend to dig and like to howl.

Is Alaskan Malamute the Right Dog Breed for You?

The Alaskan Malamute is the largest of the Arctic dogs. He loves could weather and specially to haul a sled through the snow. It can run for miles without rest. This breed needs to have adequate exercise every day. It could live outdoors in temperate to could climates, and does better inside during the warm weather.

Alaskan Malamutes are not recommended for apartment life. They are fairly active indoors and should have at least a large yard. He is highly intelligent and learns quickly, but can also be strong-willed, so training should start early. Alaskan Malamutes are happy whether they are indoors or outdoors, as long as they are not left alone, they are a delightful dog for those who are ready for a challenge.

Alaskan Malamute Life expectancy

The life expectancy of the Alaskan Malamute is around 10-12 years.

Alaskan Malamute Health problems

There is a number of health problems associated with this breed. The major concerns are CHD (Coronary Heart Disease) and cataracts. The Alaskan Malamute is also prone to bloat, hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism and chondrodysplasia (dwarfism).

Alaskan Malamute Care and Grooming

The Alaskan Malamute has a dense coat and should be brushed twice a week to keep it looking good. This breed sheds very heavily. There is not need for Bathing as the coat sheds dirt readily. Dry shampoo could be used occasionally. This dog is clean and odorless.

Alaskan Malamute Shedding

The Alaskan Malamute is a heavy shedder, and is therefore not well suited to allergy sufferers.