Alaskan Malamute

Working Group

Alaskan Malamute dog sitting in front of white background

Height at Shoulders

Females ~23 in, Males ~25 in

Weight

Females ~75 lbs, Males ~85 lbs

Life Expectancy

10-14 yrs

History

The Alaskan Malamute is one of the oldest sled dogs of the Arctic, named after the Mahlemut tribe that lived in northwest Alaska. Alaskan Malamutes were used for pulling cargo-loaded sleds and also for hunting large game such as bears and seals. These dogs were bred for strength, energy, and endurance, as they were used to pull heavy cargo slowly, unlike Siberian Huskies that were built for speed. During the Klondike Gold Rush of 1896, Alaskan Malamutes became very popular amongst prospectors, and were often crossed with other dogs just to increase the number of Malamute-like individuals available.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Alaskan Malamutes will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★☆

★★★★☆

★★★★☆

★★☆☆☆

★★★★★

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★★★★☆

★★

★☆

★★

Intelligence

★★★★☆


Affection Towards Family

★★★★☆


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★★☆


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★☆☆☆


Exercise Needs

★★★★★


Energy Level


Sensitivity

★★★★☆


Noise Level

★★


Prey Drive

★☆


Shedding

★★

Common Traits

Happy, exuberant, and friendly to everyone

Don't bark but will howl constantly

Intelligent, independent, and stubborn, making them a bit difficult to train

Known to chase after and potentially kill small animals or other pets

Tend to be mischievous- known to "counter surf" aka steal food off counter, dig, and climb (which makes for great escape artists)