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Alaskan Malamute Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Alaskan Malamute so you can get to know the breed more.

OriginUnited States
Group Sled Dogs
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Other Names
What other names does the Alaskan Malamute have? The dog breed also known as...
Mal, Mally
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Alaskan Malamute recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1935 as a Working breed.
FCI Group
Is Alaskan Malamute recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Nordic Sledge Dogs section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Alaskan Malamute breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerican Kennel ClubAmerica's Pet RegistryCanadian Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleKennel Club of Great BritainNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.Continental Kennel ClubNational Kennel ClubNew Zealand Kennel ClubUnited Kennel Club
Price
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? Alaskan Malamute price:
$1200-$1500
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 Alaskan Malamute for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Alaskan Malamute gets to a happy place.

History

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

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

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Alaskan Malamute have? What does this canine coat look like?
DenseRoughThickWeather-resistant
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Alaskan Malamute's coat?
RedGrayWhiteBlack
Grooming
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 Malamute dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Mal? Alaskan Malamute shedding level:
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 hair loss mostly depend on their health status and breed type.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Alaskan Malamute have? What characteristics does the breed have?
AffectionateDignifiedLoyalDevotedFriendlyPlayful
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Alaskan Malamute? Are they intelligent?
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.
Trainability
Are Alaskan Malamute dogs 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.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Alaskan Malamute is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Alaskan Malamute sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Alaskan Malamutes don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
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 the Mal need? Alaskan Malamute social needs:
Alaskan Malamutes are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Alaskan Malamute dogs bark a lot? Why does my Mally 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
Is Alaskan Malamute good as a watchdog?
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 Malamute dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do Alaskan Malamute dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
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
Do Alaskan Malamute bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Mal? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Alaskan Malamute? Why do dog bites happen?
Moderate
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.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Alaskan Malamute do?
Alaskan Malamutes have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not 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? Does this breed wander a lot? Does Alaskan Malamute roam?
Alaskan Malamutes have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a 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? Does Alaskan Malamute have high 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 a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Alaskan Malamute good as an apartment dog? 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.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Alaskan Malamutes adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Alaskan Malamutes do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog
Where Alaskan Malamute dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Alaskan Malamutes are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Alaskan Malamute dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Alaskan Malamute and children:
Alaskan Malamutes are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Alaskan Malamute dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Alaskan Malamutes are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Alaskan Malamute good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Alaskan Malamute dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other 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.
Office Friendly
Are Alaskan Malamutes good office dogs? Do Alaskan Malamutes make good office friendly dogs? Can Alaskan Malamutes be ofiice dogs?
No
Alaskan Malamute is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Alaskan Malamute dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Mal temperament with senior people? Are Alaskan Malamute dogs good for elderly owners?
Alaskan Malamutes are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Alaskan Malamute dogs get along with other pets? Are Alaskan Malamute dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Alaskan Malamutes do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Alaskan Malamute breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Alaskan Malamutes are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Alaskan Malamute be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Alaskan Malamute is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Alaskan Malamute be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Alaskan Malamute is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Alaskan Malamute be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Alaskan Malamute is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Alaskan Malamute be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Alaskan Malamute is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Alaskan Malamute be a boat dog?
Not really
Alaskan Malamute breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Alaskan Malamute be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Alaskan Malamute is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Alaskan Malamute dogs have health problems?
Egészségesek Alaskan Malamute fajták, de vannak bizonyos egészségügyi problémáik, amelyeket rendszeresen ellenőrizned kell az állatorvossal.
Health Problems
What health problems does the Alaskan Malamute breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Alaskan Malamute breed? Health risks of Alaskan Malamute:
CataractsChondrodysplasiaHemeralopiaHip DysplasiaHypothyroidismInherited Polyneuropathy
Life Expectancy
How long do Alaskan Malamute dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Alaskan Malamute be?
12-15 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Alaskan Malamute breed hypoallergenic?
No
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?
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 Malamute dogs 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 too 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? Alaskan Malamute 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 hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers cold weather
The Alaskan Malamute can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Low
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
Does the Alaskan Malamute 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.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does it take to have Alaskan Malamute 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? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Alaskan Malamute have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
4-10 puppies

Pros & Cons of Alaskan Malamute

Pros
  • Trainability: Alaskan Malamutes are easy to train.
  • Drooling tendency: The Alaskan Malamute is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Stinkiness: The Alaskan Malamute has a low chance of bad smell.
  • Watchdog Ability: Alaskan Malamutes are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Child Friendly: Alaskan Malamutes are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Alaskan Malamutes are very dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Alaskan Malamutes are usually recommended for elderly people.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Alaskan Malamutes don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Alaskan Malamutes are not apartment-friendly dogs.
  • Shedding Level: Alaskan Malamutes are heavy shedders.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Alaskan Malamutes have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Alaskan Malamutes do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Cat Friendly: Alaskan Malamutes are not cat-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Alaskan Malamute is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Alaskan Malamutes are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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