Alaskan Malamute

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Average size and lifespan

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Height: 1ft 11in - 2ft 1in
Weight: 75-85lbs
Lifespan: 10 - 13 Years


  • Affection3/5
  • Kid-Friendly2/5
  • Stranger-Friendly3/5
  • Dog-Friendly2/5
  • Barking Amount3/5


  • Grooming Difficulty3/5
  • Shedding Amount3/5
  • Easy to Train2/5
  • Can Be Alone2/5
  • Exercise Need4/5


  • Cold Tolerance5/5
  • Heat Tolerance2/5
  • Apartment-Friendly2/5

Alaskan Malamute Information

Alaskan MalamuteLoyal, affectionate and fun, the Alaskan Malamutes is one of the oldest artic sled dogs, with a deep chest and well-muscled body. He possesses great strength and was built to carry heavy loads over long distances. HIs coat is thick, coarse and can be gray, black, sable or red, with distinctive face markings.

Believed to be a descendant of the domesticated wolf dogs of the Paleolithic area, Alaskan Malamutes are currently the 53rd most popular dog in the United States. Because he is built for working, this dog craves regular exercises and can be strong willed at times. He is easy to train and very loyal and is a great addition to homes with children.

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Breed FAQs

Can Alaskan Malamutes be apartment dogs?

The Alaskan Malamute needs room to run and play. This makes them difficult to keep in small spaces like an apartment.

Can Alaskan Malamutes be left alone?

Alaskan Malamutes don't like being left alone for too long. They tend to show some symptoms of seperation anxiety when left apart from their owners for long periods of time.

Are Alaskan Malamutes good with kids?

Alaskan Malamutes can be difficult to handle with the rowdy behavior of a child. They should be watched very closely.

Are Alaskan Malamutes friendly with strangers?

Although Alaskan Malamutes can take a bit to warm up to a stranger, they are mostly friendly with others.

Do Alaskan Malamutes get along with other dogs?

Alaskan Malamutes aren't usually friendly with other dogs. They tend to not get along unless carefully socialized.

Do Alaskan Malamutes bark a lot?

As far as dogs go, Alaskan Malamutes bark an average amount. You can expect them to bark to alert you, get your attention, or when there are strangers or other dogs.

Do Alaskan Malamutes shed a lot?

Alaskan Malamutes shed a medium amount. They will have seasonal shedding, but aren't terrible to clean up after.

Do Alaskan Malamutes need a lot of grooming?

Although Alaskan Malamutes require a medium amount of maintenance to keep their coats healthy. Simple tasks like brushing and bathing will suit this breed.

Do Alaskan Malamutes need a lot of exercise?

The Alaskan Malamute has a good amount of energy and will need to be exercised with some walks and play to keep them happy.

Are Alaskan Malamutes easy to train?

Most Alaskan Malamutes are stubborn and will take extra work to train. They can still learn trained behaviors, but will take more effort.

Can Alaskan Malamutes handle cold weather?

If you live in a cold climate, Alaskan Malamutes will do extremely well and may even enjoy being outside in the chilly weather.

Can Alaskan Malamutes handle hot weather?

Be careful with Alaskan Malamutes in the heat. They don't do well in hot climates for long periods.

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