Alaskan Malamute

A guide to the Alaskan Malamute

“An immensely strong, heavy-duty worker of spitz type, the Alaskan Malamute is an affectionate, loyal, and playful but dignified dog recognizable by his well-furred plumed tail carried over the back, erect ears, and substantial bone.”

“The Alaskan Malamute stands 23 to 25 inches at the shoulder and weighs 75 to 85 pounds. Everything about Mals suggests their origin as an arctic sled dog: The heavy bone, deep chest, powerful shoulders, and dense, weatherproof coat all scream, I work hard for a living!; But their almond-shaped brown eyes have an affectionate sparkle, suggesting Mals enjoy snuggling with their humans when the workday is done.

Mals are pack animals. In your family ‘pack’, the leader must be you. If a Mal doesn’t respect you, he will wind up owning you instead of the other way around. Firm but loving training should begin in early puppyhood. That said, a well-behaved Mal is a joy to be with; playful, gentle, friendly, and great with kids.”

Key Stats

Life Expectancy:
10 – 14 years
75 – 85 pounds
23- 25 inches

The Alaskan Malamute, with its robust spitz-type build, stands as a testament to strength and resilience rooted in its arctic sled dog heritage. A living embodiment of hard work, from the well-furred plumed tail to the substantial bone structure, every aspect of the Malamute speaks of dedication. However, beyond its dignified exterior, the breed’s almond-shaped brown eyes reveal a softer side— an affectionate spark that comes to life in moments of post-workday snuggling. As pack animals, Malamutes thrive within a family, where clear leadership fosters a harmonious relationship. Early and loving training sets the stage for a well-behaved Malamute, a joy to be with—playful, gentle, friendly, and especially great with kids, exemplifying the perfect balance between strength and warmth.

An overview of the Alaskan Malamute

Alaskan Malamute lying on the concrete floor. It is a light brown and white dog who is very peacefully sleeping.
Difficulty Overview
Alaskan Malamute
Potential Positives
  • Easy to train
  • Not very messy
Potential Negatives
  • Average sociability
  • High energy and stimulation
Family affection
Good with other dogs
Good with other children
Shedding Level –
Drool quantity –
Openness to strangers
Protectiveness –
Ease of training
Barking level –

“Naturally this overview is generic to a breed and not every single of its kind. However the information and stats we provide in our breed overviews can really make a beneficial impact on your decision making in regards to a specific breed.”

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