Alaskan Malamute Breed Profile


As a general rule, Alaskan Malamutes are good natured animals. They were used at one time for sled racing, however they tend to be a slower racer than their other sled dog counterparts. They love to romp and play. They are very vocal animals and have tendencies to communicate with other Huskies.

Family/Child Friendly

Generally good with children. Should be supervised with pets as they may try to hurt them. Good with members of the family as well. It is a good rule of thumb never to leave an Alaskan Malamute alone with pets or children until you know what their personality is going to be like around them.

Lifespan and Weight

The lifespan of the this breed of dog is around 14 years. However, with the advancement of veterinary medicine, pets have been known to live up to 20 years or longer. The weight that is desired for the Alaskan Malamute breed is around 75 to 120 lbs. The Malamute has great strength and much research should be undertaken before getting one.

Would Make a Great Pet?

Yes this breed would definitely make a great pet. However some of the needs of the Malamute include a yard to play and romp around in as well as an owner with lots of love, time, patience, and attention to give. Without lots of socialization, this breed will become neurotic and destructive.

Common Diseases

As beautiful as Malamutes are, they aren’t without their fair share of health problems. Some of the problems that Malamutes can have include, but are not limited to canine hip dysplasia, cataracts, inherited polyneuropathy, progressive retinal atrophy, other eye problems, and chondrodysplasia.

Shedding and Housebreaking Factor

This breed of dog tends to shed a lot, thus it doesn’t make them good house pets. Daily grooming is required for a Malamute or you will have a mess on your hands, as their fur tends to mat up easily. Housebreaking is generally out of the question because these breeds prefer to be outdoors most, if not all of the time.

Best Owner Compatibility

This breed of dog is not for the frequent traveler or the apartment/condo dweller. The best type of owner would have a big yard to romp and play in, as this breed tends to have a lot of pinned up energy. If left alone inside a house or apartment, with nothing to do, they will turn to destructive behavior simply out of extreme boredom. This breed needs lots of socialization and an owner that is willing and able to give lots of love and attention. The one thing the owner needs to have as well is a lot of patience.

Where to Buy

The best places to buy a Malamute is to get them from reputable breeders, animal shelters, and rescue organizations.

Average Cost

Owning a Malamute does not come cheaply. The average cost of an Alaskan Malamute is around $700 to $1,200 each. Routine veterinary care should be included in your budget.

Aggression Factor

Generally the Alaskan Malamute is not an aggressive breed. There is, however, one exception to this rule. Small pets should not be kept around a Malamute without close supervision, as the malamute may try to hurt or kill the other smaller pets because they think the smaller pet is prey. One good rule of thumb for this breed is to not leave Malamutes alone with children or other pets until you know the animal’s personality first.

Noise Factor

Alaskan Malamutes are generally vocal animals, thus they wouldn’t make very good house pets because of this. If they get around other Huskies, they will howl at them as a form of communication between the animals. One cannot tell the difference between a Malamute and a Wolf howling.

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