Dogs 101: Alaskan Malamute Most Popular Dog Breeds – Animal Facts

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The Alaskan Malamute /ˈmæləˌmjuːt/ is a large breed of domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris) originally bred for hauling heavy freight because of their strength and endurance, and later a sled dog. They are similar to other arctic breeds, such as the Greenland dog, Canadian Eskimo Dog, the Siberian Husky, and the Samoyed.

The American Kennel Club (AKC) breed standard describes a natural range of size, with a desired size of 23 inches (58 cm) tall and 75 pounds (34 kg) for females, 25 inches (64 cm) tall and 85 pounds (39 kg) for males.[1] Heavier individuals (90 lb (41 kg)) and dogs smaller than 75 pounds (34 kg) are commonly seen. There is often a marked size difference between males and females. Weights upwards of 100 pounds (45 kg) are also seen.[1]

The coat of the Alaskan Malamute is a double coat. The undercoat has an oily and woolly texture and can be as thick as two inches.[1] The outer guard coat is coarse and stands off the body—longer at the withers but not more than one inch off the sides of the body. Ears are small in proportion to the head and stand firmly erect when at attention. The Alaskan Malamute is a heavy dog, with a more formidable nature and structure than the Siberian Husky, which is bred for speed. The Alaskan Malamute is bred for power and endurance, which is its original function and what the standard of the breed requires of Alaskan Malamute breeders.

The usual colors are various shades of gray and white, sable and white, black and white, seal and white, red and white, or solid white.[2] There are a wide range of markings in the breed including face markings, blazes, a splash at the nape of the neck, and a collar or half collar. In terms of color variants, some Malamutes exhibit a dark grey to buff-colored undertone around their trimmings and white areas, presenting with a color-linked gene known as 'Agouti'. The eyes of the Alaskan Malamute are almond-shaped and are varied shades of brown; however, the darker eye is preferred. The physical build of the Malamute is compact and strong with substance, bone and snowshoe feet.

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45 Comments on “Dogs 101: Alaskan Malamute Most Popular Dog Breeds – Animal Facts”

    1. Animal Facts I learned somewhere that the breed has hot paws. Their paw pads are super hot to the touch.

    2. You mentioned that the breed was close to extinction during the second world war, which is correct, but the claim that this resulted in new breeds intermixed in the classical breed (inherited traits) is not supported by the historical documentation. There is no mention of modern-day Alaskan Malamutes being different from the those pre WW2 that I know of.

    3. Indiana Jones grew up with a Alaskan Malamute, also named Indiana. Indy’s considered his childhood pet his best friend which is evident when he adopted his fur friend’s name

  1. My malamute which was a full bred never let anyone it didn’t know into our house. He didn’t even like my father. They fought like crazy and he was super protective of me. They’re protective instincts will kick in if someone tries to hurt their owner or someone they love.

    1. Doesn’t sound like a Malamute…Must have been the other breed because I have owned six Mals and they are NOT protective whatsoever…

    2. I’m with you, my Mal is a beast, but he’s the most friendly dog ever. The only time he’s nasty, is when you grab his food LOL

    3. Malamutes are protective because I was walking mine one night and there was this strange man and woman in the parking lot and the man whistled at our puppy who’s 120 lbs at 1 year and my pup starting dragging me away from these people and turned around bared his teeth in full and was barking growling and wanted to bite that guys face off it took me a good couple of minutes to go come on let’s go home so people are wrong and they can be trained to protect and serve there’s a couple on our police force.

    4. rhowell5 – true and ours doesn’t do well with other male dogs unless he grew up with them … aggressive with his food too

    1. Makamutes only average 10 years of life span . . . So yeah , I don’t want to get crippling depressed every decade.

  2. These facts are all true because i have a most likely Alaskan Malamute X Labrador and these facts prove that he is a malamute

  3. Totally agree with everything! My Malamute is incredibly smart but the most stubborn little brat when she wants to be. Also definitely not a guard dog. She’ll bark at strangers if they’re far away but if they come closer, she’ll just attack them with hugs

  4. My Malamute does not like children, and will bite them. She will also attack anything that runs…she even gets crazy when I run with her…she growls and will nip at my legs.

  5. Not the breed for plug n play dog ownership. Some are hyper I was fortunate to have one “own me” that wasn’t. Pack social instincts. Need to impress whom is the alpha at an early age. Many malamutes are cat and small animal killers. Amazing cold resistance — insisted sleeping outdoors -15F and loved it. Swam for a half hour in a 35F lake chasing our rowed inflatable, got out, shivered for a minute, started running in 20F air and acted like he was in heaven. Stubborn and loyal. Sang and mwow-mwow-mwow talked when he felt like it. Thought frozen fish was a malamute Popsicle.

  6. My malamute which was a full bred never let anyone it didn’t know into our house. He didn’t even like my father. They fought like crazy and he was super protective of me. They’re protective instincts will kick in if someone tries to hurt their owner or someone they love.

  7. I had a wonderful purebred 90 pound female Malamute for 17 years. Loved everyone, ate anything that dared cross the yard and spent the day lounging on my bed! She was a ver chill dog and very easy to live with. I did exercise her 4 miles a day until she was 16 and we cut back to 2 miles.

    1. +Animal Facts tha’s reason why so many huskies and malamutes ends in shelters. They are absolutely wonderful dogs if owner know what is he doing. People usually see just beautiful dog and not really tough dog character. at right hands malamutes can be big heavy puppies 🙂

  8. Our malamute chooses who he like and if he doesn’t he will let you know and he is good with children especially very small and malamutes are very intelligent just stubborn

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