Alaskan Malamute

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Alaskan Malamute

A two Alaskan Malamute puppies sitting

Alaskan Malamute is a large breed of dog known for their strength and endurance to haul heavy freight, they also a sled dog. They originated in the United States in Alaska, according to the study using a number of genetic markers indicated that the Malamute, the Siberian Husky, and the Alaskan husky share a close genetic relationship with each other and were related to Chukotka sled dogs from Siberia.

They are a very large breed of dog that is why they are not suitable to live in a small place like an apartment, Alaskan Malamute is advisable to live a a cold place and in a house with a large backyard. Like other breeds of dog, they need regular exercise to keep them fit and healthy, a thirty minutes to one hour walk every day is highly recommended for them.

Alaskan Malamute Dog Breed Pictures

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Vital Stats:

Dog Breed Group

Working Dog


22 to 26 Inches


71 to 95 Pounds

Life Span

10 to 15 Years

Alaskan Malamute Appearance

Alaskan Malamute belongs to a large breed of dog, it has a double coat fur which is thick, its undercoat has an oily and woolly texture while the outer coat is coarse and strands. Because of their long and thick hair letting them play in water helps them cool down their temperature during summer and during winter their fur will keep them warm. The common color of their coat is black and white, gray and white, and red and white.The ear is small and the eyes are almond-shaped, the most common color of eyes is brown and dark colors. Like other breeds of dog, it is advisable to bathe and groom them as necessary, use the right shampoo and conditioner for their fur to make it soft, silky, and smell good. Proper hygiene will also keep your dog from getting a tick and flea.

It is best to keep their dental hygiene and nail care properly too, periodontal disease is very common to dog whatever their size, brush their teeth several times a week to help remove tartar and bacteria and maintain the good condition of their teeth. Trim their nails once or twice a month to prevent injury in your dogs, long nails can also cause arthritis or other health concern in dogs. Short, neatly trimmed nails keep the feet in good condition and prevent our dog’s legs and our legs too from getting scratched when they excitedly jump up to greet us.

Their coat makes them resistant to extreme cold temperature but in the summer hot day, they are not advisable to stay outdoor, because of their double coat they are prone to heatstroke, make sure to give them enough clean cold water and stay them indoors for their safety.

Alaskan Malamute Size

Alaskan Malamute has a sturdy body for their stamina and strength, they weigh around 32-38 kg (71 to 84 pounds) for females and 36-43 kg (79 to 95 pounds) for males, their height ranges around 56-61 cm (22 to 24 inches) for females and 61-66 cm (24 to 26 inches) for males.

Alaskan Malamute Personality

Two Alaskan Malamute running side by side in the snow

Alaskan Malamute is a sweet dog, they do not tend to bark and destroy furniture so they are a good family pet in the house provided that they have an open space to use their energy, like other large breeds of dog they need an exercise too. Having a yard or a place where they can run freely is advisable, like other dogs they need a daily exercise to keep them fit and healthy. A simple walk in the morning will help them keep healthy and well socialized.

This breed is not an ideal pet if you are living in an apartment or working the whole day and living them in the house alone for a long time because they need a lot of companionships. Alaskan Malamute can be a good playmate with children as long as you teach the children how to handle properly the dogs for the safety of the dogs and the children themselves.

Alaskan Malamute Health

Alaskan Malamute has an average life span of 10 to 15 years, they are generally healthy but like other breeds of dogs, they are also prone to some diseases. Not all of them will get any or all of these diseases but the following are the common diseases they can have.

Hip DysplasiaIt 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.
AllergiesIt is a misguided reaction to foreign substances by the body’s immune system of your dogs.
Canine Eye InflammationIf your dog is suffering from eye inflammation in the outer skin and middle (muscle, connective tissue, and glands) of the eyes it is classified as Blepharitis, and if your dog is suffering from eye inflammation in the iris and ciliary body of the uvea of the eye it is classified as anterior uveitis, this may affect your dog’s vision and needs meditate veterinarian attention.
Inherited Polyneuropathy It is generally characterized by a lack of coordination and instability that leads to a labored gait described as a bunny-hopping gait. An affected dog may fall down, walk on the tops of his feet, or his gait may just look a little off.
Ear InfectionsIt is a common canine health problem, and it can be caused by allergies, yeast, ear mites, bacteria, hair growth deep in the ear canal, and more.

How much is the Alaskan Malamute?

Look for a legit seller or breeder of Alaskan Malamute, the legit breeder puts a lot of effort into high quality and healthy breeding of dogs. They provide healthy Dog Foods, visit the Vet for check-ups, Vaccinations, Vitamins, and proper Grooming of the dogs.

In buying to a legit Breeder you can expect to pay around $1200 to $1700 to a Alaskan Malamute puppy.

The breeder will coup up all the expenses he/she spent to provide a healthy breed to you so expect a little expensive.

A man holding the hand of an Alaskan Malamute

Forever Best Friend

Nowadays hundreds of thousands of dogs are being abandoned that’s why instead of buying I suggest you adopt! Support those in need give them love and a home to stay for the rest of their life.

Note:  The expenses of taking care of an Alaskan Malamute or other Breed of Dogs does not end in buying one after you bought or adopt your Dog you must provide their necessary needs like Visiting a Vet once a year for their health check-up, Complete and follow up Vaccinations, Foods and provide Vitamins as their maintenance and the most important is Time to play and cuddle with them, I think that’s the most affordable one, giving attention to them, proper care and lots of love from you… 

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