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Alaskan Malamute

Origin United States
GroupSled Dogs
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Other Names
What other names does the Alaskan Malamute have? The breed also known as...
Mal, Mally
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
How much does the Alaskan Malamute puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it?
If you choose to purchase the Alaskan Malamute, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a dog for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Alaskan Malamute gets to a happy place.


As its name suggests, the breed comes from Alaska and presumably has helped the Eskimos in cargo and hunting in the northwestern part of Kotzebue Bay.
In 1896, when Alaska was a gold rush, the dog became popular and paid a lot of money for such a dog to pull sliced gold.
They allegedly tried to cross several breeds to increase their speed, but this breeding direction was not accepted and they tried to restore the original bloodline.
Alaskan Malamute is characterized by strong stamina. Nowadays it is considered a companion, but it is also called sledding competitions.

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General Appearance

What is the Alaskan Malamute's size? How big is this dog?
How much does the Alaskan Malamute weigh?
Male: 80 - 95 pounds (36 - 43 kg), Female: 70 - 85 pounds (32 - 38 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of this canine?
Male: 80 - 95 pounds (36 - 43 kg), Female: 70 - 85 pounds (32 - 38 kg)
How tall is the Alaskan Malamute?
Male: 24 - 26 inches (61 - 66 cm), Female: 22 - 24 inches (56 - 61 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido?
Male: 24 - 26 inches (61 - 66 cm), Female: 22 - 24 inches (56 - 61 cm)

Hair & Care

What type of coat does the Alaskan Malamute have? What does this canine coat look like?
What color is the Alaskan Malamute's coat? What color is a proper this fido coat?
How to groom the Alaskan Malamute and how often?
Average: The Alaskan Malamute requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential. Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes. Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath. If you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of your Alaskan Malamute, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Alaskan Malamutes shed? How to control, reduce and prevent this canine shedding?
Alaskan Malamutes are heavy shedders. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Be prepared for the daily vacuum cleaning. The amount and frequency of the hair loss mostly depends on their health status and breed type.


What kind of personality does the Alaskan Malamute have?
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Alaskan Malamute?
Average: Alaskan Malamute's has average obedience intelligence. Patience is needed for teaching this breed to any tricks and commands though, but it's worth the effort. They understand and memorize new commands in 25-40 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 50% of the time or better.
Are Alaskan Malamutes easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Alaskan Malamutes are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
How playful dog breed is this dog?
The Alaskan Malamute is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive is it?
They are a little bit more emotional than other dog breeds. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Alaskan Malamutes don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits really well.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Alaskan Malamutes are average dogs regarding their affection level. Some breeds are forthcoming and friendly, while others are independent and don't bond too closely to their owners.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does need this dog?
Alaskan Malamutes are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Do Alaskan Malamutes bark a lot? Why does my dog bark?
Low to Average: The Alaskan Malamute rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Are Alaskan Malamutes good watchdogs?
Alaskan Malamutes are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Alaskan Malamutes will alert you if they sense something different.
Does this canine have an aggressive/protective behavior of their territory/property?
Alaskan Malamutes are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect their territory so the Alaskan Malamute can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Alaskan Malamute will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
How likely are you to get bite from this dog? Why do dog bites happen?
The Alaskan Malamute has an average chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Alaskan Malamute do? How big is the mouthiness potential of this breed?
Alaskan Malamutes have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not an aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Alaskan Malamutes need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Alaskan Malamute to run away? This dog wanderlust potential:
Alaskan Malamutes have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command. This breed is also able to cause damage to your fence.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive?
Alaskan Malamutes have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds. Cats or any other small animals might be in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Alaskan Malamutes are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on leash.
Apartment Friendly
Are Alaskan Malamutes good apartment dogs? Can they live in a flat?
Alaskan Malamutes are not apartment-friendly dogs. If you don't have a garden, you may have to reconsider your choice for having a puppy from this breed.
Are they adaptive and easy to handle?
Alaskan Malamutes adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they good with strangers? Are they friendly with strangers?
Alaskan Malamutes are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Alaskan Malamutes kid-friendly dogs? Are they good with young children?
Alaskan Malamutes are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Alaskan Malamutes get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido temperament with cats?
Alaskan Malamutes are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Are they dog-friendly with other dogs? How well do Alaskan Malamutes get along with dogs? What is this canine temperament with dogs?
Alaskan Malamutes are very dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Alaskan Malamute can be a great choice.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Are they healthy breed? Do Alaskan Malamutes have health problems?
Alaskan Malamutes are healthy dogs, but there are some health issues you may have to check on regularly at the vet.
Life Expectancy
How long do Alaskan Malamutes live? What is this dog average life span?
12-15 years
Is the Alaskan Malamute breed hypoallergenic?
Alaskan Malamutes don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Alaskan Malamute have? How high is the energy level of this fido?
Alaskan Malamutes are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Alaskan Malamutes require per day?
Alaskan Malamutes need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Alaskan Malamutes don't need to much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Alaskan Malamute need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
Recommended daily amount: 4 to 5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? The risk for obesity:
Average. The Alaskan Malamute has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Alaskan Malamute's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate cold and hot weather?
Prefers cold weather
The Alaskan Malamute can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
The Alaskan Malamute has a low chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Do they drool? How much does it drool?
The Alaskan Malamute is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Alaskan Malamute could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Alaskan Malamute. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.


Gestation Length
How long does this dog pregnancy last? How long does it take to have a few puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Alaskan Malamute: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Alaskan Malamute have a litter? Twice a year (maximum)
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Alaskan Malamute have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
4-10 puppies


  • Drooling tendency: The Alaskan Malamute is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Barking: Low to Average: The Alaskan Malamute rarely barks.
  • Watchdog Ability: Alaskan Malamutes are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Trainability: Alaskan Malamutes are easy to train.
  • Territorial: Alaskan Malamutes are extremely protective guard dogs.


  • Hypoallergenic: Alaskan Malamutes don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Shedding Level: Alaskan Malamutes are heavy shedders.
  • Stinkiness: The Alaskan Malamute has a low chance of bad smell.
  • Apartment Friendly: Alaskan Malamutes are not apartment-friendly dogs.

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