Quick Look

  • Height

    • Male61 – 66 cm
    • Female55 – 61 cm
  • Weight

    • Male36 – 43 kg
    • Female32 – 38 kg
  • Common Colors

    • All mixed with white
    • Black or Red
    • Grey
    • Sable
  • Coat Texture

    • Thick and coarse outer coat with an oily, woolly undercoat. .
  • Average Lifespan

    • 12 to 15 years

Alaskan Malamute

History of the Breed

Descended from the Arctic wolf, the Alaskan Malamute is named after the Alaskan tribe Mahlemuts, who bred them as sled dogs and used them for transportation. Their strength, sense of direction and endurance made them well suited to transport supplies and food.


  • Adaptability
  • Health & Grooming
  • Intelligence
  • Popularity


  • Curious
  • Friendly
  • Smart
  • Strong-willed

Common Health Problems

  • Arthritis
  • Canine Hip dysplasia In dogs, hip dysplasia is an abnormal formation of the hip socket that, in its more severe form, can eventually cause crippling lameness and painful arthritis of the joints.
  • Chondrodysplasia (dwarfism) Osteochondrodysplasia is a general term for a disorder of the development (dysplasia) of bone ("osteo") and cartilage ("chondro").
  • Inherited Polyneuropathy Polyneuropathy in dogs and cats is a collection of peripheral nerve disorders that often are breed-related in these animals.

Top Tips for Caring for a Alaskan Malamute

  • You should brush your Alaskan Malamute's multiple times a week as it sheds all year round
  • Check their ears on a weekly basis, cleaning out any dirt and checking for infections
  • No need to bathe this breed as their coat is relatively self cleaning
  • Long daily walks should be sufficient exercise, but be careful in hot weather as their thick coat makes it difficult for them to withstand hot climates

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