General Information

Dog NameAlaskan Malamute
Other NamesMally, Mal
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypeSpitz
Country of OriginCanada

Physical And Size

Min Life Span10
Max Life Span14
Min Ideal Weight for male34
Max Ideal Weight for male37
Min Ideal Weight for female33
Max Ideal Weight for male37


Intelligent Rank
Affection Level
Social Needs
Watchdog Ability


TemperamentHardworking, Affectionate, Loyal
Prey DriveYes
Fighting DogNo


Stranger FriendlyHigh
Child FriendlyHigh
Cat FriendlyMedium
Apartment FriendlyLow
Senior Citizens FriendlyLow
Service DogLow
Search and Rescue DogLow
Biting PotentialMedium
Country of OriginCanada
Nicknames and Other NamesMally, Mal
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypeSpitz
Bred ForPulling sleds in harsh terrain and brutal climates, Hunting
Life Span10-14 years
Ideal Weight85 pounds (male)
75 pounds (female)
Ideal Height5 inches (male)
23 inches (female)
Fur TypeShortly dense undercoat, medium length guard hair
Common ColorsBlack & White, Silver & White, Gray & White,
Agouti & White, Blue & White, Red & White,
Sable & White, Seal & White, White
MarkingsBlack Markings, Grey Mask
AchievementsServing in World War I & II
Suitable for ApartmentsNo
Used in World WarYes
Most Similar ToSiberian Husky

The Alaskan Malamutes are large, powerful and sturdy dog breeds and known as one of oldest dog breeds who original looks have not significantly altered.

Alaskan Malamutes are very sensitive and need plenty of companionship and large space according to their size. They are not suited for apartments, as they are very large and need plenty of grooming to keep their coats clean and healthy.

Origin Of Alaska Malamutes

The Alaskan Malamutes are one of the oldest sled dogs which were originated in Alaska. Their ancestors came from Siberia to America through the Bering Strait.

These Malamutes are heavy, well- boned dogs that were bred by an Inuit tribe called Mahlemuts, to pull heavy sleds through the snow in some of the worst conditions of the Artic of Western Alaska.

Are They Child-Friendly?

The Alaskan Malamutes have enough to handle children climbing over them. And they are energetic enough to keep up with children engaged in outdoor play.

Alaska Are Playful with Kids
Alaskan Malamute playing and bonding with a Kid.
Image Via Wikipedia

They Love kids and the attention that they get from them. They are very powerful breeds, so they can withstand various games with children

Behavior, Temperament & Personality Traits

The Alaska Malamutes are extremely active breed, they are suitable for owners who like to play a lot and are very active. They are easy-going and approach friendly to every person and to other dogs and other pets as well.

Alaska are attention seeker
Adult Alaska Malamute in snow.
Image Via Gray Line Alaska

Dogs of these breeds are very possessive when it comes to their food, so it would be great if you separate them from other dogs while feeding them. They are attention seeker, so they dislike if left alone. They like to be around their people and can even lick and play with you to gain attention.

They have a playful behavior, but still maintains a mind of their own which may become a challenge for new dog owners. And because of this nature, they may not be very good watchdogs.


Alaskan Malamute needs a lot of exercises to keep them healthy, mentally and physically. They are really easy to train, and if significant methods are applied while training them then they can result in the best pet for you. But if you insist on your dog to continually repeat a task, then it may cause boredom.

Dogs of these breeds are very wise, they just don’t allow anyone to train them unless they are the pack leader. So in order to train them, you need to establish yourself as a pack leader. Breeders often recommend training this breed at their puppy age.

Unknown Facts About Alaska Malamute

  • The Alaskan Malamute is the largest of the Arctic dogs.
  • They are slower than other sled-racing dogs.
  • Malamutes crave exercise.
  • They are prone to be born with Chondrodysplasia, which is a type of dwarfism.
  • Alaskan malamutes were also a part of the historic 1925 Serum Run.

Common Health Issues Of Alaska Malamute

Common HealthIssuesBloat, Obesity, Hip Dysplasia,
Hypothyroidism, Hemeralopia,
VaccinationRequiredCanine Distemper, Rabies, Leptospirosis,
Canine Parvovirus,
Canine Parainfluenza, Kennel Cough,
Canine Coronavirus
SheddingHeavy Shedding
GroomingEasy and average requirement
Weight GainPotentialAverage
SeparationAnxietyHigh Chance
Diets andSupplements24%-40% of protein
14%-30% of fat

The Alaska Malamute is a healthy breed with an average lifespan of 10-12 years. The common health issues if these breeds are:

  • Chronic heart disease
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Chondrodysplasia
  • Inherited Polyneuropathy

Coat Color Of Alaska Malamute

Alaska Malamute are found in six colors and they are –

  • Sable& white
  • Brown & white
  • Black& White
  • Seal & White
  • Grey & White
  • Red & White

Alaska Malamute Puppies

Alaskan Puppies are very cute and active
4 week Old Alaskan Malamute Puppies.
Image Via Pet4Homes

The Alaskan Malamute give birth to six puppies at a time and the puppies can cost £500£1,000 .

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