Alaskan Malamute

The Alaskan Malamute is originally a polar dog. This dog breed can adapt to the harshest climatic conditions. The Alaskan Malamute gets its name from the Mahlemuts, a tribe from Alaska. This dog is used by the Mahlemuts in Alaska to pull sledges, as this dog is known for its strength and endurance. This stubborn dog requires consistent training and socialization, making it a less suitable dog for novice dog owners.

Breed description Alaskan Malamute

Breed origin: Alaska

Colour

The coat colour of an Alaskan Malamute can vary. The colours range from different shades of gray and white, sable and white, black and white, seal and white, red and white to solid white. These coat colours are often accompanied by white markings on the belly and on parts of the legs. The markings on the face are typical for the dog breed.

Physical Characteristics

Body

Powerful and athletic body with very good stamina. Regular brushing is sufficient. It is recommended to brush your malamute more during the moulting period. The dog breed has a medium-length coat, with a thick and coarse outer coat. This dog has a 2.5 to 5 cm long undercoat that is very wooly.

Average weight

The average weight of the dog is between 34 and 39 kg.

Height

Dogs: +/- 63,5 cm and bitches: +/- 58,5 cm.

Approach to training

An Alaskan Malamute needs a consistent approach to training. It is important to be gentle while training. This breed of dog can be quite intolerant towards other dogs. This makes the Alaskan Malamute less suitable for the novice dog lover.

Common symptoms

  • Hip dysplasia (HD)
  • Grey Cataract
  • Scale colour abnormalities

Dog sports

A dog sport with an Alaskan Malamute is certainly possible. This active dog needs a lot of exercise. If the Alaska Malamute doesn’t get enough exercise, it can cause demolition and crying behaviour. Because this dog can have an intolerance of other dogs, you might want to keep him on the leash when practicing dog sports with other canines. Proper training is therefore a requirement for this dog.

The Alaskan Malamute is suitable for owners who:

  • Are looking for a large dog
  • Have experience with consistent training of dogs
  • Have time for (sporting) activities
  • Do not mind to do a lot of grooming
  • Want to go for active long walks