Malamute Dog Breed Facts & Information

By Katie Garrity

When thinking about the perfect dog breed for your family — don't count out the Alaskan malamute! Affectionate and stoic, these dogs can be a great addition to any family! However, before adopting an Alaskan malamute, read over the main details of this breed below to help you decide if they're the right fit for your household.

Alaskan Malamute
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The Basics

The Alaskan malamute is a medium-sized dog with an adult female weighing 75 pounds and an adult male weighing around 85 pounds, according to the American Kennel Club. Females may reach 23 inches high, while males reach around 25 inches in height. Malamutes will be longtime companions with their lifespan being up to 14 years.

Alaskan Malamute puppies and their mum sitting isolated on white
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The History

The Alaskan malamute is believed to be a descendant of the domesticated wolf-dogs who accompanied the Paleolithic hunters who crossed the land bridges of the Bering Strait and migrated into the North American continent roughly 4,000 years ago. They are the largest and oldest of the Arctic sled dogs. They were recognized by the AKC in 1935.

The Malamute is in the company of the Boxer, Leonberger, and the Siberian Husky in the working class dog breed group. Alaskan malamutes are highly athletic and still capable of enjoying sledding, weight pulling, backpacking, jogging, and swimming with their owners.

Young malamute
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The Extras

The Alaskan malamute is powerful, independent, strong-willed and fun-loving, according to Animal Planet. They are family-oriented dogs — so if you have a family, they will fit right in! Just make sure you exercise them daily or they can get a little rambunctious inside the home.

Alaskan malamutes are friendly and sociable but can become protective of their family if strangers come around. These dogs do not drool, but they do shed seasonally. When provoked, they will howl.

Bonus: Alaskan malamutes can make wonderful therapy dogs!

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If you're interested in rescuing one of these lovable and hard-working dogs, head over to the Alaskan Malamute Club of America.