Alaskan Malamute Puppies
Info, History, Temperament and More

Alaskan Malamute puppies, with their striking wolf-like facial markings and affectionate personality, are sure to attract the attention of many prospective dog owners looking for a cute bundle of joy to take home.

However, the Alaskan Malamute is not a dog for everyone. This breed can be quite challenging to train and is prone to being destructive when bored.

It is best to do extensive research before opening your home to adorable Alaskan Malamute puppies.

Whether you are thinking about buying a puppy or adopting an adult dog and want to know if this is the right breed for you or just want to learn more about this breed, I hope this article will help you find the answers to your questions.

Alaskan Malamute History

Affectionately known as Mal or Mally, the Alaskan Malamute is a breed named after Mahlemuts, an Inuit tribe in Alaska.

These dogs were renowned for their prominent roles as excellent hunters capable of hunting down large predators such as seals and bears. Pulling sleds loaded with food and supplies was another task this breed excelled in, making them highly prized and valued by their owners.

During the Gold Rush of 1896, many dogs of different breeds were introduced to the Alaskan soil and were interbred with the Malamute dogs, causing their purity to fade. Thankfully, Arthur T. Walden of New Hampshire created a Chinook Kennel where he worked on reproducing the ancient dogs of the Norton Sound area of Alaska and gave life to the "Kotzebue" strain.

Alaskan Malamutes were registered with the American Kennel Club in 1935 and were categorized under the working group. In 2010, the breed was declared the official state dog of Alaska.

Famous Alaskan Malamute owners include George Lucas, Melissa Gilbert and Robin Williams.

Alaskan Malamute Dog

Alaskan Malamute Breed Standard

Because Alaskan Malamutes are related to other Spitz-type dogs such as the Samoyed, Siberian Husky and the American Eskimo dog, they share some similar physical traits such as long, thick fur, pointed ears and pointed muzzles.

The Alaskan Malamute body is compact, boasting a strong, moderately arched neck, a well-developed chest and a straight back that slopes slightly towards the hips. The furry, plume-like tail presents as an extension of the spine and is carried over the back when not in use.

The anterior legs are straight, well-muscled and with short pasterns. The rear legs present as heavily muscled. The feet are large, with hair between the toes and thick, well-cushioned pads.

The head of the Malamute boasts a broad skull. The eyes are brown, preferably dark, and almond-shaped. The ears are erect, triangular in shape and rounded at the edges. The nose is black, but a brown nose in red-coated specimens is acceptable and so are "snow noses". The teeth in this breed meet nicely into a scissor bite.

The Alaskan Malamute's double coat features a dense, wooly undercoat and a coarse outer coat. The length of the coat is longer around the neck, shoulders and back. Accepted coat colors range from light gray to black and sable with shades of sable to red. According to the Alaskan Malamute breed standard, the only acceptable solid color is white.

    Height Weight
  Male 24 to 26 inches 80 to 95 pounds
  Female 22 to 24 inches 70 to 85 pounds

Some breeders have selectively bred Alaskan Malamute puppies for size, yielding what is known as the Giant Alaskan Malamute, which can be much taller and heavier than the breed standard.

Also, some Malamutes have been bred to obtain various mixes. The "Wolamute", for instance, is an Alaskan Malamute Mix obtained by crossing the timber wolf and the Alaskan Malamute. The Alusky, on the other hand, is a cross between the Alaskan Malamute and the Siberian Husky.


This is a rugged working dog that has lots of energy and strength to spare. Because of the Alaskan Malamute's needs for exercise and mental stimulation, they may be too much too handle for many dog owners. Left with little work to do and an idle mind due to lack of challenges, this breed becomes quickly bored and destructive.

Alaskan Malamute

While Alaskan Malamutes may appear imposing due to their large stature, this breed is generally very friendly to just about anyone. Because of this, Malamutes make good deterrents but poor watchdogs.

Due to this breed's past as an excellent hunter, in general, small animals will not be safe around this dog. At the same time, some dogs are known to befriend small animals, including kittens. With other dogs, the Malamute is notorious for being same-sex aggressive. If you need to keep two, make sure they are of the opposite sex.

Training Alaskan Malamute puppies and dogs takes some effort as they are independent, headstrong and get bored quickly. Alaskan Malamute training involves showing through absolute consistency and persistence that there are rules they need to follow. Keeping training sessions short also helps. Training this breed to come when called may be a challenge, especially when it spots prey.

This breed can get along with older children, but the children must learn when and how to approach this dog. Small children are at risk due to this breed's tendency for being possessive of toys, food and other valuables. Also, the Malamute's exuberant bounciness may easily cause injury to a small child.

To raise a more tolerant dog, make sure you properly socialize Alaskan Malamute puppies to all sorts of people and animals from an early age.

Best Owner and Living Conditions

The Alaskan Malamute is a very active breed and doesn't do well in an apartment setting. It also prefers a cool climate. The best owner for this rugged breed is somebody who understands the Alaskan Malamute's needs and is willing to sacrifice money, time and effort to make this breed happy.

If you love the great outdoors and cold climate, this is the perfect breed for you. Malamutes love to play vigorously in the winter weather and will happily pull a sled for you.

While your Malamute may love to romp in a yard, leave him there for too long and he will start a mournful howling session and turn your grassy landscape into a place similar to Mars!

Digging and escaping from the yard can be this breed's favorite past times. A sturdy fence is a must with this clever escape artist. Installing an electronic fence, even if you have a physical fence, is also a good idea because it will prevent your dog from digging under the fence.

Alaskan Malamute

Activity and Exercise

While small Alaskan Malamute puppies may just romp around your home, once grown, they may become increasingly rambunctious and can become too much to handle. Excessive bounciness may cause damage to your household items as young Alaskan Malamutes puppies and adolescents are like bulls in a china shop.

Providing enough exercise for this rugged dog with a hardwired desire to work is the biggest challenge. Engaging your Malamute in the sport of sledding, carting or weight-pulling will help give him a purpose.


Since this is a breed that prefers cold weather, be careful not to overdo with exercise when the weather is warm.

At a minimum, this dog should be taken for several brisk walks every day.


Alaskan Malamute puppies are blessed with a double coat that helps them stay warm. However, this coat is prone to heavy shedding twice a year. Expect to find stray hairs all over your home. If you want to own this breed, keep in mind that vacuuming and brushing will need to become a way of life.

Brush 2 to 3 times per week, more often during the heavy shedding. Frequent brushing when this breed blows its coats will help collect stray hairs, which means fewer chances for finding them everywhere imaginable.

This is a very clean dog without any dog odor and, because shedding of the undercoat removes all dirt, doesn't require a lot of bathing.

Alaskan Malamute Dog Pictures
Alaskan Malamute Dog Pictures

Health Concerns

This breed is generally healthy, but as with other breeds, it can develop some disorders. Purchasing your puppy from reputable Alaskan Malamute breeders may significantly reduce the chances for hereditary disorders. Diseases and conditions this breed is prone to include hypothyroidism, hip dysplasia and cataracts.

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Life Expectancy

The average life expectancy for healthy Alaskan Malamute puppies is between 12 and 14 years.

Alaskan Malamute Facing Camera

Final Thoughts...

The Alaskan Malamute dog was not designed for being a pet. These dogs are true working dogs that were meant to have a job.

Interested in adopting Alaskan Malamute puppies? Then you must be capable of keeping them well exercised and mentally stimulated. If you think you have what it takes to own this breed, then expect Alaskan Malamute puppies to share their "joie de vivre" with you for many years to come.

Did you ever consider adopting your next pet?

If this is the breed you are interested in, and adoption appeals to you, consider contacting your local Alaskan Malamute rescue. There are thousands of pets waiting for a loving home and, yes, it's possible to adopt a purebred dog.

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