Alaskan Malamute

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Alaskan Malamute breed is originally from United States. Also known as Mal, Mally.

Table of contents:
  1. Breed information
  2. Alaskan Malamute breed image
  3. Pros and Cons
  4. Breed Characteristics
  5. Video about Alaskan Malamute
  6. Questions and answers

Breed information

  • 67 of 199 (2022)
  • 68 of 197 (2021)
  • 65 of 195 (2020)
Name Alaskan Malamute
Other names Mal, Mally
From country United States
Breed groups Working (AKC),Northern Breeds (UKC)
Type Purebred
Size Large
Life span 12 - 15 years
Temperament affectionate,devoted,dignified,friendly,loyal,playful
Height female 22 - 24 inches (56 - 61 cm)
Height male 24 - 26 inches (61 - 66 cm)
Weight female 70 - 85 pounds (32 - 38 kg)
Weight male 80 - 95 pounds (36 - 43 kg)
Colors black,gray,red,white
Litter Size 4 - 10 puppies
Puppy Price Average $1000 - $2000 USD

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Alaskan Malamute Pros and Cons

There are 2 pros and 6 cons of owning Alaskan Malamute.

Pros ๐Ÿ‘ Cons ๐Ÿ‘Ž
Normally doesn't have problems with health Doesn't like other dogs
High intelligence Tends to shed a lot
Difficult to groom
Makes a lot of noise
Needs a lot of exercises
Not hypoallergenic

Breed Characteristics

Sensitivity Level

High-sensitivity dogs can take some of the owner's actions close to the heart. If you shout too loudly at the dog, ignore the dog or your kid pulls its tail It may take offense. Low sensitivity dogs or "tolerant" dogs take it easier. If you are an emotional person, too busy, sometimes ignore the dog, have young kids, then we don't recommend taking a high-sensitivity dog.


Kid-friendly dogs are tolerant to kid's behavior like hugs and attempts to saddle and other "games". It behaves kindly to kids. A no-kid-friendly dog doesn't tolerate such an attitude. You need to know that it's possible to teach dogs of any breed to be kid-friendly. But anyway You mustn't leave the kid and dog alone!

Dog Friendly

Dog-friendly characteristics highly depend on dog socialization, breed isn't the only factor. Dogs with high friendliness will play with other dogs or just be calm. Low-friendly dogs will try to fight, bark or run away.

Friendly Toward Strangers
Everyone Is My Best Friend

The stranger-friendly dog will show nice behavior when your friends or visitors come to you. No stranger-friendly breed can be aggressive and attack them. Others will be shy or even afraid of your guests. But anyway if your dog has got good socialization lessons It will be stranger-friendly no matter what breed. And also if you have found that breed has a five-star rating of Stranger-friendly and you are not going to train this dog It can be aggressive to your visitors.

Amount Of Shedding
No Shedding
Hair Everywhere

Dogs tend to shed, and it is completely normal for a certain amount of dog hair to end up either on your clothes or inside your house. Importantly, the amount of shedding differs from breed to breed. For example, some dogs shed throughout the year, others shed at key seasonal times, and some may do a little bit of both. However, some dogs barely shed at all. Depending on your preferences and standards, be sure to pick a dog breed with this in mind.

Easy To Groom

It is important to remember that some dog breeds require more maintenance than others. While some can be brushed on the go, other breeds may benefit from regular clipping, grooming, and bathing. Assessing how much time and money you are willing to spend on maintenance needs is certainly something to consider.

General Health
Need more attention to health
Healthy as an ox

Some dogs are victims of irresponsible breeding practices, and this may cause them health problems down the road. One example of this is hip dysplasia, which is a genetic health problem. However, keep in mind that not every dog will develop these issues, although they are more likely to. If you decide to adopt a puppy, it is best to find out about any genetic illness that may be associated with its breed. For more information, you may also wish to consult with a shelter or rescue that can supply you with the knowledge of the physical health of the puppyโ€™s parents or siblings.

Easy To Train
Eager to Please

Interestingly, some dog breeds are easier to train than others. For example, select breeds may form a greater number of associations between words (โ€œstayโ€), actions (staying), and outcomes (receiving a reward). Others may take more time and attention to train. Dogs are extremely intelligent but may want to know what is in it for them if they comply with your request. This is where games and rewards may come in handy.


Certain dog breeds are adept at specific jobs. For example, a dog that is bred for its intelligence, concentration, and quick decision-making may be used to successfully herd livestock and need more mental stimulation than a dog that is bred to be a runner and needs more physical exercise. Knowing your dogโ€™s needs helps you know how to keep them properly engaged and out of mischief (such as chewing and digging). Examples include interactive toys and activities, including obedience training for those who need mental engagement, as well as search and rescue activities for those who are meant to be more active and employ their keen senses.

Tendency To Bark Or Howl
Only To Alert
Avid singer

It is important to note that vocalization differs among dog breeds. Some are more vocal, and all of them bark and howl with different pitches. One example to consider is a hound. Would the pitch of their barking and howling get on your nerves or would you think it was somewhat musical? Is your dog breed notorious for hunting and would constantly chase and howl at nearby wildlife? If your dog is more alert and makes a good watchdog, will it bark at everyone it meets? These are some elements to consider when choosing a dog breed, as well as whether you have neighbors, or any noise restrictions are in place.

Energy Level
Couch Potato
High Energy

Dogs who have a lot of energy may have been bred for certain jobs, including herding livestock or retrieving game for hunters. Therefore, they will need quite a bit of interaction and exercise. They will be more energetic and probably engage in activities like playing, running, tumbling, and checking out new smells and sights. Conversely, other breeds may be low-energy and like to lounge on the couch with you, nap, and watch Netflix. Whichever dog breed you choose, simply consider what your own activity level and lifestyle are like and pick a dog breed that suits it.

Exercise Needs
Need a lot

Different dog breeds require different levels of exercise. Some may be content with a leisurely stroll in the evening, and other breeds may want to make several vigorous laps around the block. Depending on what they were bred to do, such as hunt or herd, their energy levels will match those activities. Dogs who are high-energy and do not have enough exercise might gain weight and engage in behaviors such as digging, chewing, and barking. High-energy dogs will likely match the best with individuals who are active and love the outdoors or are interested in training their dog for competitions.

Potential For Playfulness
Only When You Want To Play

Personalities of dog breeds vary widely. Some are always up for playing and stay in a puppy state of mind. Other breeds tend to be more serious and enjoy their downtime. It is best for individuals to consider whether the thought of a playful puppy is exciting or whether they mainly just want a couch companion. Other factors to consider include whether you have children or additional pets. Another option is adopting a dog that is a bit older and less demanding but still enjoys interacting and playing.

Video about Alaskan Malamute breed

Questions and answers about Alaskan Malamute

Is Alaskan Malamute good with kids?

Yes, in case Alaskan Malamute is socialized and properly trained. Alaskan Malamute loves human companionship but it is not the best breed for small children. It can be good with kids if they are raised together from an early age.

What is the life expectancy of a Alaskan Malamute?

The average life expectancy of a Alaskan Malamute is between 12 - 15 years.

How many dogs are born in a Alaskan Malamute litter?

If your Alaskan Malamute is pregnant, it is safe to assume that litter can have anywhere from 4 to 10 puppies.

Alaskan Malamute Prices: How much do they cost?

If you purchase Alaskan Malamute from a breeder it can be much more expensive than a shelter. A purebred Alaskan Malamute costs between US$ 1000 and US$ 2000 from a reputable breeder, but there are several advantages to doing so. First, a breeder will usually allow you to meet the parents to get a good idea about what the puppy will look like and behave. You will also see if the parents have any health problems. Breeders will also supply you with paperwork that documents your petโ€™s lineage.

Does Alaskan Malamute make much noise?

Yes, they do a lot

Is Alaskan Malamute popular in USA?

Alaskan Malamute has a low level of popularity in the country. Alaskan Malamute have got #65 popularity rank in 2020, #68 in 2021 and #67 in 2022 by American Kennel Club (AKC).

Are Alaskan Malamute hypoallergenic?

No, Alaskan Malamute are not considered hypoallergenic dogs. If you are thinking about getting a Alaskan Malamute and have allergies, it's important to spend time with the breed to see how you react before bringing one into your home. This can help you make an informed decision about whether a Alaskan Malamute is the right pet for you, and if so, what steps you may need to take to manage any allergy symptoms.

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