Alaskan Malamute

Alaskan Malamute

Alaskan Malamute


The Alaskan Malamute was originally bred as a sled dog, although they are not as fast as their cousin, the Husky. Bred to think independently, the Malamute can become a bit stubborn at times, but they are generally known as an all-around great family dog.


Alaskan Malamutes are extremely active and tend to play all day long if left outside with enough space. The only real concern you should have is to keep an eye on them if it gets hot outside and make sure they have plenty of water.


Alaskan Malamutes have a thick and very coarse coat and requires brushing at least twice a week. Malamutes are extremely heavy shedders and their undercoat will come out twice a year in clumps. Bathing isn't necessary as they will shed dirt fairly easily, but they do need space to run and walk at least a couple times a day.


Alaskan Malamutes are extremely smart and affectionate dogs. They are loyal and friendly, but tend to have a mind of their own, which can be a bit of a problem at times. Although this breed is quite hardy, they do tend to suffer hereditary genetic ailments such as bloating, chondrodysplasia, and hip dysplasia, but tend to have a long life of between 12 and 15 years.


The legs and muzzle of the Alaskan Malamutes are almost always white and the upper coat is dense. This dense coat protects them from the harsh elements. The under coat is oily and soft and helps keep them warm in colder climates. Coloring is usually black to grey but there are some that are reddish in color.


Alaskan Malamutes are uncannily intelligent and friendly all through their lifetime. They will be very playful as pups and tend to calm down and become quiet adults. Because they are so friendly, they won't make good guard dogs, but they are extremely protective of their families. Intelligence can lead to stubbornness and they have a strong instinct, so keep an eye on smaller animals.


A highly intelligent dog breed, the Alaskan Malamute can be quite stubborn at times, but they are fairly easy to train if you stick with it. They respond to kind and gentle words much better than over bearing and aggressive training. They are highly independent, but get along well with people when it suits them.