Alaskan Malamute Complete Profile

Alaskan Malamute Complete Profile
Alaskan Malamute

Key Facts:

Size: Giant
Height: 58 – 71 cm (23 – 28 inches)
Weight: 38 – 56 kg (85 – 125 lb)
Life Span: 13 years
Grooming: Medium
Exercise: Demanding
Feeding: Demanding
Temperament: Sociable & loyal
Country of Origin: North America (Alaska)
AKC Group: Working

The Alaskan Malamute is dignified, friendly and affectionate. Alaskan Malamutes are not one-man dogs and are friendly to all. They are intelligent and able to be trained for a variety of jobs, such as guide dogs. Alaskan Malamute’s make very loyal and devoted companions, but can be aggressive towards other dogs. Alaskan Malamutes have tremendous strength and stamina and therefore require an owner with experience and strength to apply the brakes.

The coat of the Alaskan Malamute does not require much in the way of grooming. During moulting it is best to use a coarse comb with a double row of teeth to remove dead hairs.

They require a great deal of exercise on a daily basis. Alaskan Malamute’s need to stay on a lead unless they are firmly under control as they’re liable to run off.

Alaskan Malamutes got their name from a native tribe in the Artic called that Mahlemuts. Their origin is rather obscure, but it is generally believed that they have been with the eskimos for two to three thousand years. The Alaskan Indians found Alaskan Malamutes invaluable for their ability in droving, herding, hunting and hauling heavy sleds.

Physical Characteristics:

General Appearance: Hardy, compact and well-built.
Colour: Usually light grey or black and white.
Coat: The outercoat is thick and coarse and the undercoat is woolly, dense and oily.
Tail: Full and furry – carried over the back in a curved shape.
Ears: Small, upright and triangular.
Body: Powerful, well-developed, deep chest, straight back sloping gently to the hips with a very muscular loin.

Additional Comments:

Alaskan Malamutes are delightful and challenging with their extreme strength and stamina. They require training from early puppyhood to be controllable in a household situation.


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  1. Vanessa
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    Hi there,

    Yes – the Alaskan Malamute is definately a breed not to take lightly when deciding as to whether you would like to be an owner. We have just purchased 2 Pedigree Alaskan Malamute puppies and they are both a joy to be around, they both have their own personalities, while one is not too good at one thing the other will be the complete opposite.

    Great work in summing up the overall specifics of this breed.
    If you should have time, do have a look at our little ones, there are some funny you-tube videos of them howling (for some odd reason our boy kaskae) loves to howl with music!!

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