The Alaskan Malamute Dog Breed
Is the Alaskan Malamute the right breed of dog for you? This is a beautiful breed of dog from the Working Dog Breeds group. But buying a dog simply because it is beautiful may lead to a bad decision.
This breed has its origins in Alaska living with Natives there. They lived and worked among the natives performing the job as sled dog, search and rescue dog and protector.
If you live in a hot climate this is probably not the best dog to have. But if you at least have a cold winter (ie with plenty of snow) then keep reading!
Personality and Attitude
Due to its origin as a worker in an area that has a harsh climate this breed tends to be independent, strong and a bit stubborn.
The Alaskan Malamute is among the most popular dog breeds because it can be a fun loving family pet. This is especially true among an active and energetic family. If you are not able to give this breed regular exercise it can become destructive.
Overall this is an affectionate and playful dog that is friendly towards strangers. They can be difficult to train and tend to be aggressive towards other dogs and animal. So socialization is quite important. And due to their size and power it is a good idea to get them into a training program early.
Size and appearance
This breed of dog is a large dog standing about 24 to 25 inches and weighing 70 to 90 pounds.
They are recognizable for their thick, medium length coats and fluffy tail that is carried high and over their back. They have large feet and a large powerful head with medium sized ears that stand upright.
They need brushing at least once per week
Health and Lifespan
Overall this is a healthy breed of dog that will live 10-12 years with good care.
The more common health concerns that they have include hip dysplasia and cataracts.
Where to Get This Breed?
An Alaskan Malamute rescue is a great place to start. A breeder is a good choice as well. I recommend considering adopting from a rescue because you’ll get a dog whose personality is known and that has some training and veterinary care. A reputable breeder is also a good choice because they will help you determine if that is the best breed for you and will do the preliminary health checks on the breed.