Alaskan Malamute

Named for an Inuit tribe, the Mahlemut, this breed is a powerful member of the spitz family of dogs. The Alaskan Malamute has been used to track large game and as a pack and sled dog able to transport heavy loads over rough terrain. In Inuit villages, the Malamute doubled as a family pet and guard dog, even, serving as a nanny to children at times. The Malamute is the legendary freighting dog of polar expeditions, and during the two World Wars the breed served the military with valor. The Malamute has adapted well to warm climates, although it prefers the winter months. This large, strong dog needs daily exercise and is an ideal choice for people who enjoy winter sports. Regular activity and firm, consistent training will help channel its energy. Physically, the Malamute is a substantial dog with triangular ears and a waving plume of a tail. Males stand about 25 inches at the shoulder and weigh approximately 85 pounds; females are usually 2 inches shorter and 10 pounds lighter. Colors can range from light gray to black with white markings. The thick, coarse coat sheds heavily and should be brushed about three times a week. An affectionate, friendly dog, the Malamute is playful with children. It’s not known as a watchdog, but its size is likely to deter strangers.

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Breed Details

Country of Origin:
Large Dog Breed
Solid white or various shades of gray, black or sable, with white on underbodies.

Coarse, standoff coat with heavy undercoat.


Brush weekly.

Life Expectancy:
10 to 14 years
AKC Group:
Working Group
UKC Group:
Northern Breed
22 to 26 inches at the shoulder
75 to 85 pounds
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