Alaskan Malamute

The Alaskan Malamute is a large Nordic-type dog originally bred to pull sleds in its native Alaska. It forms part of the working group.

Alaskan Malamute breed group


Size of the Alaskan Malamute


Colour varieties of the Alaskan Malamute

The Alaskan Malamute comes in a variety of colours and markings including:

  • Black & White
  • Blue & White
  • Grey & White
  • Red & White
  • Sable & White
  • Seal & White
  • White
  • Wolf Grey & White
  • Wolf Sable & White 

Country of Origin

Alaska. The Alaskan malamute is the national dog of Alaska.

Alaskan Malamute breed introduction and overview

The Alaskan Malamute is similar in appearance to the Husky. It was bred to pull sleds in the harsh conditions in Alaska.

Size and weight of the Alaskan Malamute

Height bitch 58 cms

Height dog 64 cms

Weight (kilos) bitch 34 kgs

Weight (kilos) dog 39 kgs

Exercise requirements of the Alaskan Malamute

Very high. This is a dog that requires at least 2 hours of physical activity every day. Lack of exercise and mental stimulation can quickly result in unwanted behaviour such as separation anxiety.

Alaskan Malamute temperament, socialisation with children, other dogs and other pets

The Alaskan Malamute is an intelligent, independent dog that requires a confident owner. It is affable around people, but care should be taken around small children. It is generally sociable with other dogs, but care should be taken around cats and other smaller pets due to its strong prey drive.

Is the Alaskan Malamute a good dog for a first time dog owner?

No. This breed needs an experienced and confident owner. New owners should also be aware of the very high levels of exercise and mental stimulation this breed requires.

Alaskan Malamute coat length and grooming requirements

Medium. The Alaskan Malamute has an outer guard coat that  is thick and coarse and grows to a length of around 2 inches. The undercoat is soft and woolly. The heavily feathered tail curls gently over the back.

The Alaskan Malamute requires a weekly brush with a soft slicker brush or good quality bristle brush to keep the coat tangle free. Ears should be checked and cleaned regularly.


No. The Alaskan Malamute sheds heavily throughout the year, making it an unsuitable choice of dog breed for allergy sufferers.

Health Issues in the Alaskan Malamute

The Alaskan Malamute is a healthy and hardy dog, but owners should consult their breeder about the following health issues that have been found in the breed:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Cataracts
  • Eye problems

As with all pedigree dogs, it is very important to obtain a puppy from a reputable source where you can be guaranteed that it has been bred with a view to avoiding the inherent physical and psychological diseases of the breed.

Average lifespan of the Alaskan Malamute

A healthy Alaskan Malamute should expect to enjoy a life expectancy of between 11-12 years.

Approximate Alaskan Malamute pedigree puppy price

Expect to pay from £400 for an Alaskan Malamute puppy, and litters are often available. 521 puppies were registered with the Kennel Club in 2015. There are generally 4-10 puppies in a litter.

Estimating how much an Alaskan Malamute would need to be fed each day

A bitch or dog weighing 35kgs will require around 402gms of complete dry food daily. A bitch or dog weighing 35kgs will cost around £9.90 per week to feed. Our figures are based on feeding an ‘above average quality’ and popular complete dry food bought from a leading supermarket.

Other financial costs to consider when owning any dog breed

Remember to budget for essential pet treatments and procedures that are not covered by pet insurance policies including:

  • Worming and fleas preparations
  • Annual Vaccination boosters
  • Neutering or spaying
  • Microchipping
  • Dental treatment