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  • Breed: Alaskan Malamute
  • Group: Purebred
  • Height: 22-25"
  • Weight: 75-85 lbs
  • HypoAllergenic: No
  • Coat: Thick Double Coat
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Formally used as a sled dog, the Alaskan Malamute is a large working dog with beautiful coloring and a strong build.  They are highly intelligent and loyal.  Our Alaskan Malamute puppies for sale are friendly, affectionate, and certain to make a wonderful family pet.

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overview of the Alaskan Malamute Dog Breed

Are you looking for a distinct-looking dog with beautiful features, plenty of energy and stamina, and a lover of humans and action?

If this describes the dog you want, browse our Alaskan Malamute puppies for sale below!

Although they have a wolf-like appearance, this is a friendly and affectionate breed that loves spending time with humans and other animals.  

If you have the room for the dog to run and exercise, our Alaskan Malamute puppies make an excellent addition to any family!

You can also check out our numerous other dog breeds for sale. 

Alaskan Malamute temperament

Loyal: Alaskan Malamutes were bred and designed as sled and pack dogs, and they remain faithful to the pack. Whether it is their owners or other animals they know well, the breed is known for its loyalty and dedication.

Affectionate: Don?t let the wolf-like appearance fool you – this breed loves to play and have fun! They are known to enjoy any human interaction, including strangers. For this reason, the breed does not make a guard dog, even if their body may appear intimidating at first.

Powerful: Their body may be lean, but it is built on muscle and athleticism. Alaskan Malamutes are hard workers, have good stamina, and are not afraid of tasks that take work and energy.

Curious: The breed is intelligent and curious, and they can get into trouble if left alone or not given the proper exercise. Consistent and early training is essential to help Alaskan Malamutes learn what is acceptable and allowed in your home and family.

Active: Alaskan Malamute dogs should have plenty of room to run and have daily exercise. If not given the proper exercise, they tend to put their pent-up energy into more destructive activities. If you want a companion for jogging, biking, playing frisbee, or other outdoor activities, then you will thrive with this breed!

Gentle: Despite their size and strength, Alaskan Malamutes tend to have a gentle and affectionate nature. This can make them good companions for families, including children.

Intelligent: Alaskan Malamutes are intelligent dogs and puppies of this breed can be quick learners. They may pick up new commands and behaviors relatively easily with consistent training.

Remember that individual puppies can vary in their personalities, so it’s important to spend time with the puppy before bringing it home to ensure that its temperament aligns with your family’s lifestyle and preferences. Early socialization and consistent, positive training are crucial to raising a well-behaved and well-adjusted Alaskan Malamute.

Alaskan Malamute Breed history

The Alaskan Malamute is one of the oldest dog breeds coming from the Arctic region. It is thought their origin came from domesticated wolfs several thousand years ago.

Most likely originating in the Siberian Tundra, the breed came to Alaska when native people crossed the Bering Strait and arrived in North America.

The name comes from the Mahlemiut tribe who used the dog as a sled dog, hunter for seals, and protector against polar bears and other Arctic predators. 

With their powerful, muscular build, the Alaskan Malamute is ideal for pulling heavy loads for long stretches in the cold. 

Several different strands of the Alaskan Malamute existed in the late 1800s and early 1900s.  The American Kennel Club (AKC) recognized the breed in 1935, the same year the Alaskan Malamute Club of America began.

The breed saw a decline in numbers during World War 2, but today their numbers are growing with their growing popularity as an affectionate breed. 

Some breeds that are similar to the Alaskan Malamute include Siberian Huskies, Samoyeds, Akitas.

Alaskan Malamute Average size

 Adult Alaskan Malamutes are often 22-25 inches tall at the shoulder.  As a muscular breed, they weigh between 75 and 85 pounds as adults.

Average Alaskan Malamute lifespan

With an expected lifespan of 10-15 years, Alaskan Malamutes have an average lifespan for most dogs.

Alaskan Malamute body features

With their wolf ancestry, Alaskan Malamutes have a distinct wolf-like build.  Their bodies are beautiful and muscular, and their eyes are usually almond-shaped.

Their coats are typically two-toned – a white base with red, black, gray, or sable (brown) markings.

grooming Your Alaskan Malamute Puppy

Alaskan Malamutes have a double-coat designed to withstand the cold and water.  

The undercoat is dense, oily, and woolly.  The overcoat is thick, coarse, and usually short. 

Even though their hair is not usually long, Alaskan Malamutes still need regular brushing and grooming.  If not groomed properly, their thick double-coat becomes dirty and knotted.

They go through a high shedding period twice a year.  During these times, they should be groomed daily to remove clumps of hair that fall out during these high shedding times.

Keeping Your Alaskan Malamute Puppy Healthy

The Alaskan Malamute breed is generally healthy, and adults can usually remain healthy as long as they receive a daily 30-60 minutes of exercise and don?t become overweight.

Make sure your dog does not over-eat.  With their body shape and need for daily exercise, it is essential to their health that the body remains trim and in good condition.  

One thing to watch for as they age is ailments in the eye, such as cataracts.  Thankfully, this can sometimes be addressed with surgery.  As your dog ages, watch for cloudiness or a lack of vision in their regular activity.

Like all dog breeds, they are susceptible to hip and elbow dysplasia, two of the most common health issues among dogs.

Hip and elbow dysplasia occurs when the leg or hip becomes weakened, and it can result in arthritis or potential lameness if not addressed.

One of the best ways to prevent this is by keeping your dog from too much running on hard surfaces, especially when they are puppies.  

With their love to run, even the adults should have minimal running on pavement and concrete, and instead have access to yards, parks, and other softer terrain.

Typical Alaskan Malamute Allergens

With their thick hair and strong shedding seasons, Alaskan Malamutes are not a breed known for being allergen-friendly.

Allergens are caused by dander, which is dead skin cells.  Any animal, including humans, are capable of shedding these dead cells.  While regular grooming helps reduce the loose hair (and therefore dander) from Alaskan Malamutes, they still produce many allergens.

If you have someone in your home with animal allergy concerns, it is good to consult your family physician before buying an Alaskan Malamute puppy.

  • How are Alaskan Malamutes different from Huskies?
    Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes may look alike at first glance. But they are separate breeds with several differences. A few of these differences are: Alaskan Malamutes are larger than Huskies by a good bit. Alaskan Malamutes have longer, fluffier hair. Huskies have blue eyes, while Malamutes usually have brown eyes. Huskies are better suited for families, as Malamutes need their space. Huskies bark more than Malamutes
  • Are Alaskan Malamutes good guard dogs?
    Alaskan Malamutes look intimidating, so they may scare intruders off simply by being there. But they are too friendly to be good guard dogs by nature. They consider everyone a pal.
  • Can Alaskan Malamutes handle warm climates?
    Not very well. They were bred as sled dogs in colder climates, so they are equipped with thick, double coats. They may overheat in warmer weather.
  • Are Alaskan Malamutes heavy shedders?
    Yes! Get ready for dog hair all over the place, especially during shedding season, which occurs twice a year.
  • Are Alaskan Malamutes related to wolves?
    You could say all dogs are related to wolves because the two species are similar. Alaskan Malamutes are an older, more primitive breed, and tend to be more “wolfy” than some. In ancient times there may have been interbreeding between wolves and Alaskan Malamutes. However, modern Alaskan Malamutes do not have wolf in their recent ancestry.
  • Do Alaskan Malamutes make good family dogs?
    Yes. If you have experience with dogs a Malamute could make an affectionate and loyal family pet for you. They do best in homes with older children.
  • Are Alaskan Malamutes good for first-time owners?
    Alaskan Malamutes can be stubborn and may challenge authority. They need strong leadership and may be frustrating for inexperienced dog owners.
  • How much exercise do Alaskan Malamutes need per day?
    Alaskan Malamutes need plenty of exercise. They should have at least a solid 30-60 minutes a day, more if possible. They do best in environments where they can be active.
  • Can an Alaskan Malamute be an apartment dog?
    Malamutes are not cut out for apartments. They need space to run off energy and they shed excessively. They also get warm easily, so they generally do better outdoors.
  • Are Alaskan Malamutes affectionate?
    Yes, Malamutes are quite affectionate and very loyal to their family. Sometimes they bond strongly with one person and become extremely devoted to them.

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