Affectionate, Playful and Loyal
Alaskan Malamute is a big dog, it is a strong, playful, affectionate but dignified breed that’s well known for it’s wolf-like appearance. The Alaskan Malamute is not only one of the oldest of the husky cousins but among the sled dog breeds of the Arctic which are believed to migrated into North America roughly 4,000 years ago. The main difference between the malamute and the husky is that the huskies are speedy racers while malamutes are more freighters.
The Alaskan Malamute were recognized by the American Kennel Club, or short for AKC in 1935 along with the Lhasa Apso and Cardigan Welsh Corgi.
- Unexperienced Owners
- Apartment/Small Living
- Sensitivity Level
- Tolerates Being Alone
- Tolerates Cold Weather
- Tolerates Hot Weather
Alaskan Malamute it not a husky, but a Malamute, but they are just as smart as their cousin breed Huskies. They are not just big, they are also strong and muscular. We recommend experienced owners with huskies and malamutes for this breed.
Despite what most believe in, small size or toy dogs does not always mean easily adaptable in small homes or apartment-style living. Alaskan Malamute is no exception to this rule, while they loves to roam the snowy fields, and find a much harder time to live in a small enclosed area. If they are not constantly using their energy, they get very pent up and aggressive and/or destructive.
Some dogs do not take a “dirty look” or a “leer” to heart, while others are grudge holders. Dogs with low sensitivity level are usually the easy-going and tolerant ones. This breed, Alaskan Malamute, is quite sensitive.
The Alaskan Malamute is just like any husky or malamute, they have very low tolerance to being alone.
Alaskan Malamute is an artic breed after all, and malamute are snow dogs, they have no issues living in very cold weather.
Alaskan Malamute does not tolerate very well with hot weather, in hotter climates countries such as Australia, it is best to keep them inside with the Air Conditioner running.
Alaskan Malamute gets very attached to their pet owners and family in general. They show constant affectionate at their own terms. They do make a great family dog as long as it been well trained. They are a very loyal breed.
While they are a great family dog, majority of them do get well along with kids, they are a very big breed of dogs, children should always be supervised, although it may never be the Alaskan Malamute’s intent, but they can be unware of their own massive size.
The Malamute tolerates other dogs within the same household as long they were introduced to them from a young age. Otherwise, they have very low tolerance being around other dogs constantly.
Just like having other dogs around, you will need to introduce cats into a Alaskan Malamute’s life at a young age.
Some dogs will run towards strangers with their tail wagging and beg for pets, cuddles and smooches. Your Alaskan Malamute is not stranger friendly, they are very friendly actually, unless provoked, it is not in their interest to attack. Only their massive size and wolf-like appearance will ward off strangers, but generally Alaskan Malamute are very sweet even towards strangers.
Alaskan Malamute is a large-sized dog, that may grow even bigger than humans.
Have you ever cuddled a dog and it licks you, completely dousing you with drool? Well I got news for you, the Alaskan Malamute does not have any drool potential meaning, you won’t be slobbered with drool everywhere or find random pools of drool on the ground when they are super excited.
Do you need special grooming needs for a Alaskan Malamute.
The short answer is no, they don’t require any special bathing, clippers or brushes to keep them clean, health and groomed. But, they are just simply not easy to groom, ontop of shredding lots, their massive size and structure and their double-coat makes it all the more harder.
Alaskan Malamute is a very healthy breed. They are a very old snow dog breed that survive throughout history and often mistaken for a husky by the general public.
However, just like all dogs, they are still subject to genetic health issues such as hip dysplasia, luxating patellas or eye diseases. They just don’t have an increased chance.
It is always recommended to have your dog up to the latest on their medicine needs, including but not limited to vaccines & worming
Dogs are known to eat eat eat eat and eat without knowing when to stop. Alaskan Malamute are no different, but the difference is, they are at minimal risk for overweight. Even though that’s the case, you still need to make sure your husky is getting it’s daily exercise needs and the right portion servings of food daily.
If you are unsure how much exercise or food your dog needs, please visit your local Vet for a full examination.
Alaskan Malamute are an intelligence breed bred as an companion as opposed to sled working dogs
The Alaskan Malamute is ranked #50 on the official Intelligence ranking in the world.
Biting issues are usually more present during puppyhood as it is more recommended for them to play-fight with their brothers and sisters so they learn about bite inhibition. Alaskan Malamute can be mouthy if not trained from a young age. While they are usually more aggression than an affectionate gesture, however, if not trained correctly by a very experienced owner, the Alaskan Malamute may get themselves into trouble.
Alaskan Malamute have an pretty average prey drive, they will chase only what interest them. As the owner, you will need to constantly keep their energy levels in check which will help keep their prey drive in check, you can do this by setting it daily activities with your malamute such as daily walks and jogs.
Some breeds loves to bark at anything in sight, other enjoys howling. One of the most common rehome issues is due to the tendency to bark or howl. When choosing a dog, you need to understand how much you can withstand their natural behavioural before it becomes an issue.
With a Alaskan Malamute, they do have quite a tenacity to bark/howl but not as bad as a Beagle or Fox Terrier. You & your neighbour would need to not have an issue as anything passes by, you can bet on your Alaskan Malamute that they are already barking at it.
While they do not have a massive prey drive, do they have wanderlust potential, absolutely. They are escape artists at all times. They will work on ways to escape at all times when left in an enclosure.
While Alaskan Malamute was originally a snow sled dog, that is a working dog. This means they naturally have tons of energy and needs to have a very active owner.
Alaskan Malamute is a vigorous dog, despite having lots of energy. This means, unless properly trained, they may develop some unwanted habits such as straining on leash during walks or eating and drinking in excessive mouthfuls.
Alaskan Malamute not just have the energy to walk daily, they need to be walking daily. They are fine with long walks or jogs.
Without enough exercise daily, you may see unwanted behaviours such as barking, howling, chewing, digging, and at times even destruction.
Alaskan Malamute cannot tolerate being alone, that means, they love being around their family at all times, with their huge energy reserve to back it up, they can play all day as well.
Alaskan Malamutes will win over everyone with their playful, outgoing dispositions. They greet every person as a member of their family. These dogs are not watchdogs, but they will protect you from anyone who is not considered a friend. Due to being their instinct of being a pack animal, they want to be included in all activities with their human pack. The Malamute does not bark often, but tends to howl more making the “woo-woo” noise.
Alaskan Malamute’s personality is developed by a number of factors including heredity, training and socialization. If you are considering adopting a new puppy, try to choose pick one that shown to be curious yet playful. The one who is constantly bullying their littermates or the one who is hiding in the corner may have undesirable behaviours.
Be sure to meet the dog before adopting or buying to make sure they have a nice temperament to fit you and your family. Meeting the parents or siblings can be helpful, but isn’t necessarily an indication of what the puppy will be grows up to be like.
Alaskan Malamute are not known to be fussy eaters, they will generally eat anything you throw at them.
They is no recommended daily amount for a Alaskan Malamute as their size fluctuate from different heritages or background. It is most recommended to consult your local vet for the best options for a healthy balanced diet.
The Alaskan Malamute is a sled dog that is believed to be a relative of the domesticated wolf-dogs who came to Alaska via the Bering Strait around 4,000 years ago.
The name originates from the Mahlemiut, an Inuit tribe that resided in Kotzebue Sound in north-western Alaska. The breed of dogs the Mahlemiut people developed were sled dogs, as they worked best in packs pulling heavy loads at low speeds over long distances. They were also used for carrying packs during the summer and helping to locate seal breathing holes through the ice. It was common for them to be used to distract bears during hunts.
Fun Fact: Most Malamutes love to dig, whether its snow or dirt or mud, and it’s a habit that will be hard to stop. It is best to always have a spot for them to dig away.