Alaskan Malamute Dog Breed Information - All About Dogs

Alaskan Malamute

Alaskan Malamute



The Alaskan Malamute is a large working dog, originally bred for hauling heavy freight because of their strength and endurance. These days, Malamutes are still in use as sled dogs, and they are excellent pets and companions. The Alaskan Malamute is a bit stubborn, but very loyal and intelligent. It has color and physique. Comparable Breed: Akita, Siberian Husky.

Height: 23-25 inches  Weight: 75-85 pounds  Lifespan: 12-15 years


The Alaskan Malamute is distinguished by its affection, friendliness and loyalty. This breed has a large, dense bone structure and heavy muscles. The Malamute is particularly suited to stand the harsh, cold climate. Because of their massive body, Malamutes are prone to joint problems. The average life expectancy is 12-15 years.


The Alaskan Malamute is intelligent and friendly breed. This breed has high prey drive, due to its origins and breeding. The Alaskan Malamute has been bred to get along very well with other dogs in its pack and its family, but, as any large breed, should never be left unsupervised with young children.

Coat / Care:

Malamutes have a beautiful double coat. The upper layer is thick and coarse, protecting the body during the most extreme weather conditions. The undercoat has an oily and woolly texture and can be as thick as two inches. The usual colors are various shades of gray and white, sable and white, black and white, seal and white, red and white, or solid white. The muzzle is deep, broad and black, preventing sun burn, but some Malamutes have a snow nose, which is black with a pink undertone that can get darker or lighter, depending on the season. The Alaskan Malamute sheds seasonally and requires frequent brushing. Bathe your pet only in case of urgent need.


The Alaskan Malamute is independent and stubborn breed, so it requires continuous training. Malamutes are excellent for active families, as this is very social breed.


The Alaskan Malamute is extremely energetic and active, so daily walks are a must. They can run around and play outside all day. Malamutes are best suited for cold temperatures, in hot and humid climates, they require special attention, shade and air conditioning to stay healthy and comfortable.

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