Description: Native to the northern regions of the Western hemisphere, this member of the Spitz family was originally bred by a tribe of Inuits, the Mahlemuts. The Malamutes were all-purpose dogs and performed tasks such as hauling sleds in winter, carrying packs of freight in summer, guarding herds of caribou and hunting polar bear, moose or wolves.
In camp, the dogs were loyal family pets that watched over and kept children warm during long winter nights. Ideally suited to ice and cold weather, this breed has also adapted well to more temperate climates. The Alaskan Malamute needs plenty of space and daily exercise.
Height: The height for the Alaskan Malamute is 25″ (63.5cm) for dogs, 23″ (58.4cm) for bitches.
Weight: The weight for the Alaskan Malamute is 85 lbs (37.9 kg) for dogs, 75 lbs (33.5 kg) for bitches.
Coat Type: Alaskan Malamutes have a double-coat consisting of a thick, coarse, short to medium-length guard coat and a woolly, dense undercoat. Colors range from wolf-gray to black with white on the feet and legs, underbelly and face. Grooming the Alaskan Malamute is needed on a regular basis; be prepared for plenty of fur during shedding season.
Temperament: The Alaskan Malamute is an affectionate, loving and loyal family dog, not suited to guard work. Confident and strong-willed, they tend to be very dominant and require early obedience training. Alaskan Malamutes are energetic, playful and friendly, but, as with all large breeds, require supervision at play with small kids.
Health Problems: The Alaskan Malamute is prone to hip dysplasia, eye cataracts; as well, epilepsy is highly suspected to have a genetic component in this breed.
Special Interest: Try sledding, backpacking or weight-pulling with your Alaskan Malamute.
AKC: Group 3 – Working Dogs
CKC: Group 3 – Working Dogs
KC: Non-Sporting – Working Group
FCI: Group 5
ANKC: Group 6 – Utility