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. The Alaskan Malamute was officially recognized by the AKC in 1935.

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. Comparable Breed: Akita and Siberian Husky.


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 sunburn, 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.

Alaskan Malamute

Health Problems

The Alaskan Malamute is generally healthy dog breed, but like all breeds, they can be prone to Chondrodysplasia, Cataract (Difficulty in seeing), Hip Dysplasia, Hypothyroidism (Involves low levels of the hormone produced by the thyroid gland), Inherited Polyneuropathy and Hemeralopia (Day Blindness). The Alaskan Malamute has a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years.

Weight / Height

The male Alaskan Malamute dog breed’s height is around 25 inches and weighs around 85 pounds. Female Alaskan Malamute dogs can reach a size from 23 inches and weighs between 75 pounds. Male dogs are generally larger than females.


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.

Quick Information

Other Names:Maly, Mal, Mally
Origin:United States
Average size: Large Size Dog Breed
Color:Black, Gray, Red, White
Energy Level:Somewhat Active
Barking Level:Low – When Necessary
Intelligence:Very Intelligent and clever dog
Personality:Affectionate, Playful, Loyal
AKC Dog Ranking:59th Popular dog
Good family dog:Yes, Very good with socialization
Good with other dogs:Yes, good with socialization
Good with children:Yes – but socialization is essential
Good with strangers:Medium –  They are wary around strangers
Good apartment dog:Low – this is not an apartment dog
Alaskan Malamute

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