Alaskan Malamute: Breed, Personalities, Traits, Training, Nutrition, and Facts

Alaskan Malamute

The Alaskan Malamute (Mal or Mally), named after the Mahlemut Inuit tribe, crossed the Bering Strait from Siberia to Alaska two thousand to three thousand years ago.

One of the oldest existing dog breeds today, Mals were bred to pull sleds through brutal weather, to pull heavy loads, to hunt seals and arctic mamMals, for protection against bears, and to provide their human family with warmth.

Now, Mals are often kept as house pets, while some are used for activities such as sledding, backpacking, and weight pulling competitions.

The Alaskan Malamute is a large sized dog with females on the smaller side, averaging 71 to 84 pounds (32 – 38  kg) and height averaging 22 to 24 inches (51 – 61 cm), while males are between 74 and 95 pounds (36 – 43 kg), and height averaging 24 to 26 inches  (61 to 66 cm). 

Malamutes come in a wide variety of colors, including gray and white, black and white, seal and white, sable and white, blue and white, red and white, pure white, and agouti and white, and can have face mask markings in either black or gray.

Because Mals were bred to survive harsh climates, icy conditions, and temperatures as low as -20 degrees Fahrenheit, they have a two layer thick waterproof coat that protects against the harshest of Arctic winters, and cools during hot temperatures. Mals are known to keep their own coats clean, and, besides needing to be brushed at least once a week, their fur does not need to be trimmed, and never shaved. If they are shaved, they run the risk of not re-growing one of their two necessary thick coats.

Due to their endurance, loyalty, and friendly nature, the Alaskan Malamute is known for its cuddles, sass, and need to pull. They frequently serve as working dogs due to their athleticism and strength and can be great pets for active families. Likewise, Mals are incredibly intelligent and can easily bore, necessitating early training to show them who the alpha is, socialization to keep them engaged, and boundaries to prevent them from escaping any chance they get.

Alaskan Malamutes are well-known for their hard work, strength, and long distance slow endurance as athletes, in addition to their loyalty and independence. They specialize in sports like sled dog racing, weight pulling, and agility, but they need regular exercise to stay fit and happy. Mallys also have a high prey drive, and because they were bred to hunt large predators, Mals can be good hunting dogs as they were bred for their strength.

Alaskan Malamutes require early and consistent training to be well-behaved and obedient companions. Basic obedience training must begin at an early age, between 8 and 16 weeks, and they benefit from advanced training in areas such as packing, skijoring, cart or sled pulling, bikejoring – or running while connected to your bike with Mals pulling and assisting you.

Positive reinforcement techniques, such as redirection, treats, praise, and toys to reward good behavior, are also highly recommended, as Alaskan Malamutes can become fearful or aggressive when subjected to harsh training methods, such as yelling, physical punishments, and squirt bottles. 

Alaskan Malamutes require a high-protein balanced diet, with 30% to 40% protein, and 18% to 20% fat. And 30% carbohydrates to maintain their muscle mass and energy levels. Feeding them high-quality dog food appropriate for their age and activity level is important. They also benefit from whole fruit and vegetables, as well as natural supplements such as pre and probiotics to help huskies digest their food as many are food sensitive. Likewise, Alaskan Malamutes are prone to obesity. Not overfeeding them is important. 

Mals are prone to other health issues, such as hypothyroidism, hip dysplasia, bloat, peripheral neuropathy – an inherited disease of the nerves – and eye problems like cataracts. Malamutes are one of the healthiest breeds, but they are still prone to health issues. 

Worldwide, Alaskan Malamutes are surprisingly not a popular breed and only rank 67th in the United States out of 284. Due to their elegant appearance, strong disposition, loyalty, and endurance, Alaskan Malamutes are still popular as working dogs in cold climates, and family pets, and have graced the silver screen in a number of popular films and television shows. 

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What is an Alaskan Malamute?

The Alaskan Malamute is considered an ancient dog breed whose ancestors originated in Siberia and crossed the Bering Strait, landing on what is now Northwestern Alaska with the Mahlemuts, the local Inuit tribe over 2,000 years ago. 

Mals are well-known for their strength, beauty, easygoing attitude, and loyalty. Due to their strength and high endurance, they are utilized in a variety of roles, including working as arctic hunters, weight pulling, companion dogs, sled dogs, and household pets. 

The average Alaskan Malamute weighs between 71 and 95 pounds (32 – 43 kg) and stands between 22 and 26 inches(56 to 66 cm) tall at the shoulder. Alaskan Malamutes are considered to be large, powerful, and sturdy canines with two thick layers of dense fur that protect them in harsh weather, and can be normal length at 1 to 2 inches in depth, or long and wooly with 8 to 12 inch long guard coat, with normal length being the most common. 

The coloration of the Alaskan Malamute ranges from black and white, gray and white, red and white, seal and white, and pure white.

Aside from their stubborn, dominating, and independent streaks, Mallys are known for their playfulness, loyalty, and endurance, making them a great fit with active families. Mals do have a tendency to be aggressive towards strange animals, but they are not usually apprehensive of new people. However, just like other breeds, they need to be socialized from an early age to avoid being aggressive. Likewise, they require regular daily physical and mental exercise to keep them happy, and healthy, and to avoid destructive behavior. Alaskan Malamutes also reap the benefits of advanced training in activities such as pack work, pulling carts, and running.

To keep energy levels consistent and muscular mass strong, Alaskan Malamutes need to consume a diet that consists of at least 30% protein, 18% fat, and 30% carbohydrates. It is essential to provide them with high-quality dog food that is suitable for their age, their breed, and the amount of physical activity they engage in. 

Additionally, while not required, malamutes benefit from joint vitamins and supplements such as glucosamine and chondroitin to help with performing at a high endurance level, as well as a probiotic to aid in digestion and better nutrient absorption, and Omega 3 for keeping skin and coat soft and healthy while improving energy and immune systems. Before adding any vitamins to the malamute’s diet, please chat with the veterinarian first.

What is the History of the Alaskan Malamute?

The Alaskan Malamute is a descendant of the wolf-dogs that were domesticated by the first Paleolithic people who crossed the Bering Strait land bridges over 4,000 years ago.

The Mahlemut Inuit tribe, located in what is now NW Alaska on the Kotzebue Sound, bred and raised the Alaskan Malamute we know today, named after the tribe itself and the land they called “Alyeska”. This breed was bred to help tribes haul loads across rough and dangerous terrain, hunt seals and arctic mammals for food, as well as protect the tribe from predators like bears.

From hunting large predators to pulling heavy sleds from one camp to the next, the Mahlemut people needed Mals to be able to withstand the coldest and harshest of temperatures. Mals were also bred to be strong, not beautiful, and to have a high endurance for long, slow, trips and a laid-back temperament to work with their pack members and humans. 

The Mahlemut people lived in extreme climate conditions and the Alaskan Malamute became critical to the survival of the Mahlemut tribe by helping them travel and haul heavy loads such as kills from hunts, staying alert for predators, and keeping them warm at night.

The Alaskan Malamute we know today originated 4,000 years ago, and is a member of the Spitz dog group which includes the Siberian Husky, Samoyed, Akita, Chow Chow, and the American Eskimo dog. 

Not only did the Alaskan Malamute play an integral role in the now famous 1925 historical serum run, they also played such an integral role during the Gold Rush, that miners started breeding malamutes with other dogs to keep up with the demand. This nearly wiped out the Alaskan Malamute population, but because the Mahlemut people were so isolated and remote, the Malamutes were able to bounce back and remain pure.

These Mahlemut malamutes went on to help provide isolated troops in France with supplies during World War I and were loaned to the military to help with pulling loads of weapons, sniffing for possible mines, and helping with search-and-rescue efforts during World War II.

After their strength, resilience, and beauty were thrust into the spotlight after World War II, the breed’s fame only grew. With the help of Hollywood, Mallys are currently among the most sought-after pets worldwide due to their strength, temperament, and unparalleled elegance.

Where is the origin of the Alaskan Malamute?

Alaskan Malamutes, referred to as Mals, is a dog breed that is Alaskian in origin. Their ancestors came from Siberia between two and three thousand years ago during a migration from East Asia and across the Bering Strait.

Mals were bred by the remote Mahlemut Inuit tribe to help them hunt and haul large marine mammals, including seals, walruses, Beluga whales, and even humpback whales. 

The Mahlemut people inhabited the Kotzebue Sound in Northwest Alaska where weather conditions were harsh and the terrain rough. To transport supplies and kills from hunts back and forth, the Mahlemut people relied on breeding a dog that would not only be strong but also incredibly resilient.

While the traditional responsibilities of Alaskan Malamutes are to be working animals, they were also bred to do a range of activities such as pulling heavy sleds, protecting humans from predators, and keeping humans warm. 

During the Alaskan Gold Rush in 1896, Mal rose to popularity for their strength to pull and their ability to withstand harsh conditions. This led to them being bred outside of the remote Mahlemut village, becoming popular in sled races, and drafted for polar expeditions and to help the army transport supplies during World War II.

While these strong, loyal, and hardworking indigenous working dogs have been around for thousands of years, one of the first clubs founded – Alaskan Malamute Club of America – was founded in 1935, the same year that the Mals were recognized by the AKC.. The club values the preservation of the breed while continuing to better the malamute breed and teaching others about the illustrious history and care of this breed. 

What is the dog breed group of Alaskan Malamute?

Formally recognized in 1935, the Alaskan Malamute is a member of the Working Dog Group, one of the seven groups that the American Kennel Club (AKC) recognizes. Other breeds in this group include the English Mastiff, St. Bernard, and Tibetan Mastiff – all strong, intelligent, and alert breeds known to assist humans and successfully perform jobs like pulling sleds, guarding, and water rescues.

Working dogs originally were bred to help handlers with everyday life with guarding duties, pulling sleds and supplies, and even working as service dogs. The 31 dogs who make up the Working Group range from medium and strong Boxers and Dobermanns to large and muscular Bullmastiffs and Portuguese Water Dogs. 

The Working Group is composed of breeds with characteristics that make them well-suited for a wide range of tasks and duties. These characteristics include strong observation skills, power and strength to pull heavy loads, as well as the ability to focus on the job.

Working dogs are also well-known for their independence, courage, and fearlessness. Alaskan Malamutes are widely prized not just for their working prowess, but also for their loyalty, playfulness, and affection, especially when kept as pets in households.

What are the breed colors of the Alaskan Malamute?

Alaskan Malamutes come in a wide variety of breed colors, with black and white or gray and white coats as the most popular and sought-after. The 9 colors acknowledged by the American Kennel Club (AKC) include:

  • Black and White: With black guard hairs that only extend partway down their legs, and darker hued undercoats, black and white Mals will often have a distinct mask and eyebrows. Black and white coats are one of the more sought after, traditional coloring.
  • Gray and White: Gray and White malamutes are one of the more common coats amongst this breed. Mals with this coat have a banded coat and white faces with or without masks. The guard hairs (top coat) are gray while their undercoat is a lighter gray, cream, or white. Within this coat color, there is also a wide range of shades.
  • Agouti and White:  Not as rare as the Red and White coat, Mals with an Agouti coat have a full mask with eyes surrounded by lighter coat colors. During puppyhood, the coat of Agouti Mals is more black or dark gray and looks muddied with small white markings that grow with them. It can be hard to differentiate between an Agouti and White mal and a Gray and White mal. The agouti coat is also referred to as a wild, or wolf-like marking as the coat has multi-colored hairs.
  • Red and White: White is not rare, red and white Mals are also not common. With a clearly defined white mask, guard hairs on this coat combination have a range of red pigments but no black hairs and the undercoat can be lighter red, cream, or white. Additionally, the nose, lips, and eye rims on red and white Mals will be red or brown, not the traditional black.
  • Sable and White: One of the more popular coats, sable and white Alaskan Malamutes could be classified as gray and white, except the undercoat on their underside, legs, face mask, and lighter coat areas have a light reddish pigment appearance instead of white.
  • White: One of the rarest Mally coat colors is pure white, where the guard hairs and undercoat have little to no pigment. This solid white Mal coat is the only AKC-recognized solid color. Malamutes with a solid white coat may also have light yellow shading around their eyes and ears.
  • Blue and White: The difference between blue and white malamutes and every other colored coat combination, is that their skin and coat lean towards gray, not black, and have a distinctive white line in the center of their faces. Gray coloring can be found on non-coated areas like the nose, lips, and eye rims. 
  • Silver and White: A silver and white coat is considered rare on Alaskan Malamutes. This coat is very similar to the gray and white coats, but much lighter with a solid white undercoating and few black tipped hairs. Additionally, silver and white Mals have a mask that can be hard to see due to that lighter hue.
  • Seal and White: Seal and white Mals look similar to black and white Malamutes due to the black guard hairs, but up close, their lighter colored undercoats and distinctive face mask help differentiate the two coat colors.

While Alaskan Malamutes can have a wide mix of all those aforementioned coat colors, due to their one-of-a-kind appearance, regardless of the precise coloring, Alaskan Malamutes are immediately distinguishable from other dog breeds, making them extremely popular based on appearance alone.

What does an Alaskan Malamute look like?

The Alaskan Malamute looks strong and sturdy, with broad heads, and is considered large in size. They are characterized by their wolf-like appearance in their facial markings, a plumed and curled tail, pointed triangle ears, and almond-shaped eyes.

To stay warm in cold conditions and keep cool in hotter weather, Mals rely on their dense, thick guard coat and dense undercoat that make up their double coat and provide both insulation and air circulation. 

Silver and white, sable, blue and white, black and white, gray and white, red and white, and white are just some of the colors found in Alaskan Malamutes. 

Malamutes look very similar to Siberian Huskies with their characteristic darker “saddle” that sits on their backs, white legs, faces, curly tails, and erect ears. Both breeds were bred to be strong and have a high endurance, with a strong will but also have a playful, high energy, independent, and gentle demeanor. 

While both are intelligent and athletic breeds, malamutes differ from huskies in size, coat length, eye colors, and even personalities. Mals can be up to 4 inches (10cm) taller and 5 to 25 (2kg to 12kg) pounds heavier than huskies. Additionally, malamutes only have brown eyes, a longer coat length, have ears that are set wider apart than huskies, and are calmer yet more aggressive to other dogs.

What are the grooming tips for Alaskan Malamute?

Listed below are some grooming tips for Alaskan Malamutes. 

  • Brushing their coat: Alaskan Malamutes with long coats require weekly brushing, or no more than 6 to 8 weeks between brushings, and professional grooming every 6 weeks. It is important to brush their double coat more than once a week when they are “blowing their coat” two times a year to keep it from tangling or matting. Brushing at least once a week also helps keep the Mals coat working efficiently. Brush first with an undercoat rake and then a slicker brush to pull any dead hairs and loosened hairs from the undercoat rake.  
  • Bathe them as needed: Alaskan Malamutes keep themselves clean and do not need baths more than once every 6 – 8 weeks, or as needed when they have fleas, matted hair, or stink. Bathing them more than every 6 to 8 weeks can dry their skin with a shampoo specifically for dogs with long coats, or one that has a moisturizing agent. Make sure to avoid water getting in their eyes and ears. Pat dry the malamute or use a hair dryer. Brush the mal again with the undercoat rake if loose hairs are still visible.
  • Clean their ears: While Alaskan Malamutes are able to keep their ears clean, checking ears once a week and cleaning them once a month, or when you see debris, will help prevent painful infections. Clean inside the ear canal with a dog-specific ear cleaner and use either a cotton swab or pour a little in their ear. After filling their ear canal, at the base of the ear, lightly massage for 30 seconds to loosen any debris and buildup, let them shake their head, and then use a cotton ball or piece of gauze to wipe the canal dry. Never use a cotton swab and only go so far as your finger will reach.
  • Trim their nails: Alaskan Malamute nails should be trimmed every 4 to 6 weeks, or when they start to make a clicking sound. Nails that are too long, curl into the flesh and cause pain when walking, negatively affecting its health. Avoiding the darkened area, or the quick, clip only the tip of the nail. If trimmed too far into the quick, immediately apply pressure with a clean paper towel or cloth to the wound.
  • Brush their teeth: Brush the Alaskan Malamute’s teeth at least once a week consistently, 30 seconds each time, with dog specific toothpaste and a soft bristle toothbrush. This is essential for good dental health and prevents stinky breath, gum disease, pain, and possible bacteria that could cause infections.
  • Check for fleas and ticks: Due to their thick, dense, double coats, it can be hard to see fleas and ticks on a malamute, thus a good monthly flea and tick preventative is necessary. Likewise, it is always a good idea to check your husky if they are just in tall grass, leaves, or bushes. Signs to watch for include scratching and out of the ordinary biting. Feel for unusual bumps caused by ticks, parting their fur to get a better look. When removing a tick, grab close to the skin and pull straight out. Ticks like to hang out in warm spots, so do not overlook armpits and groin areas.
  • Take care of paws: Because of their long thick coat, it is advised to check their paws weekly and look for any foreign objects between their toes and any cuts or scrapes on their pads. The coat on an Alaskan Malamute’s paw grows long to help insulate them but this long coat also traps bacteria and can cause an infection. When the Mal is standing, only trim paw hair around the bottom to be even with pads.
  • Visit a professional groomer: If you do not feel comfortable grooming your Mally alone, it may be beneficial to take them to an expert groomer who is skilled in grooming and maintaining the mal’s coat. NEVER shave your malamute as that can damage the efficiency of the double coat. Also consider a professional groomer 1 to 2 times a year, especially around their two coat blowing seasons.

How often should an Alaskan Malamute be groomed?

Due to their long, dense coat, the Alaskan Malamute needs to be groomed weekly, or at least every 6 – 8 weeks to avoid matting, 

Mals should be bathed 6 to 8 times a year unless they are dirty or smelly and brushed once a week to maintain healthy hair and skin. Bathing malamutes too frequently can lead to their skin drying out, causing hair loss and itchiness. With that in mind, grooming and bathing schedules should be tailored to each dog based on their individual lifestyle and coat length.

A slicker brush or hygiene glove can be used to brush at least once a week to eliminate knots, debris, and loose hair. A moisturizing dog shampoo should be used when bathing to prevent stripping the coat of its natural oils.

Other forms of maintenance can be performed as needed. Nails should be clipped once every four to six weeks to prevent problems due to nail overgrowth. Ears need to be looked at weekly and cleaned once every month, depending on dirt, debris, and health of the mal. Frequent ear infections require more frequent cleaning of ears. However, teeth cleaning should be done at least once a week to avoid plaque, gum disease, cavities, and pain.

Flea and tick preventatives must be applied monthly, but depending on how often they are outside, flea and tick checks should be performed daily, especially during the spring and summer when these parasites are most active. 

Grooming your Alaskan Malamute will help keep your dog healthy, happy, pain-free, and prevent skin or coat problems from developing. Brushing your dog consistently also has the added benefit of deepening the relationship with your Mal. 

If you do not feel comfortable grooming on your own, it’s OK to take your dog to a trained groomer for assistance that has experience grooming a malamute.

What is the best grooming tool for an Alaskan Malamute?

Listed below are some of the best tools to use when grooming an Alaskan Malamute and their uses.

  • Undercoat Rake: An undercoat rake features long teeth that can reach the undercoat of the malamute without damaging the top coat. Pay attention to the densest coat areas, and rake in the same direction as hair growth. Use this tool first for best results as it will quickly remove most of the loose hair.
  • Wide-Toothed Comb: For those hard to reach spots on your malamute, matted areas, and tangled debris, a wide-toothed comb is helpful.
  • Slicker or Firm Bristled Brush: A slicker brush will help loosen dead hair and debris in an Alaskan Malamute’s dense top coat. Make sure to brush in the direction hair grows out and be gentle to avoid scratching the skin.
  • Deshedding tool: Alaskan Malamutes are known for shedding, or blowing their coat, twice a year. Remove up to 90% of loose undercoat hair with a deshedding tool. It is important to be gentle with a deshedding tool as this tool can damage guard hairs.
  • Shedding Blade: Alaskan Malamutes shed a great deal of hair during the spring and fall, so a shedding blade will help cut down on the amount of fur that is left around your home. Shedding blades, also called shearing shears or shearing knives, consist of sharp metal claws that remove stray hairs quickly. Make sure to move the blade slowly and gently in the same direction as the hair’s development.
  • Dematting Comb: Use a dematting comb to easily remove any mats and tangles in the Alaskan Malamute’s coat. The row of razor-sharp blades slices through the matted area while reducing pain, snagging, and pulling on the hair. With fingertips, gently pull the mat apart then use the dematting comb to make clean cuts.
  • Dog-specific Shampoo: Alaskan Malamutes require regular bathing every 6 to 8 weeks. To keep their skin and coat healthy, use a hypoallergenic shampoo or a dog shampoo for sensitive skin, avoiding harsh chemicals as malamutes do have sensitive skin. 

How to Adopt an Alaskan Malamute

To Adopt an Alaskan Malamute, some important factors, such as personality, temperament, age, and health, all need to be considered before adopting a malamute. 

A potential malamute owner must learn about the breed’s characteristics first as they can be a challenge to own. 

Other considerations include finding a trustworthy rescue or adoption group, the dog’s age and background, how the house and family need to be prepared, selecting a nutritious diet, socializing, and how to consistently train and exercise the dog.

If you are thinking about adopting an Alaskan Malamute, it is imperative to understand more about their specific breed characteristics. Alaskan Malamutes are great companions for active families due to their intelligence, energy, and gentle nature. However, they are not right for everyone because of their intense requirements and needs, including their high prey drive, need to run and pull, and quirks such as howling and their high shed level. One must be sure that they can provide plenty of exercise and attention before bringing a malamute home to ensure its happiness and safety.

Once determined that you can properly care for an Alaskan Malamute, find a reliable rescue group or adoption agency and inquire about their adoption policies and processes to guarantee a happy ending for the dog.

To determine if the rescue group is reliable, ask to see the conditions of where the dog lives, how long the dog has been there, look at reviews and any online presence. Additionally, ask if you can see the dog’s health certificate to get a better grasp on the type of care the malamute will need before adopting them.

It is also important to think about the dog’s age before adopting an Alaskan Malamute. Puppies have greater needs, such as training, than older dogs. However, senior dogs have more health problems. The dog’s age, history, and personality must be a good fit for one’s home, so make sure to ask the rescue group or adoption agency when inquiring about a malamute.

Ensure your house and family are ready to bring home a malamute. Owning a Mal is a huge responsibility and can be a big change. Be sure everyone is ready for that change first before introducing an Alaskan Malamute into the family. 

Due to their high energy levels, Alaskan Malamutes need daily physical and mental stimulation, or boredom will creep in and that is when malamutes become destructive. If you do not have an enclosed yard, you will want to either invest in a wireless fence or a physical fence as Mals are known to escape any way they can.

Because malamutes were bred to be hard workers, it is crucial to choose premium dog food appropriate for Alaskan Malamutes. Mals work more efficiently when they eat food that has a mix of high protein (24 – 30%), moderately high fat (14 to 20%), and is low in carbohydrates. 

Look for kibble with protein as one of the first 5 ingredients, a good amount of protein, and a few extra ingredients. Avoid dog food that has too much calcium and whole grains. Foods like Taste of the Wild, True Acre Foods, ORIJEN, Nutro Natural Choice, and Gentle Giants are all great options for Alaskan Malamutes. 

When adopting an Alaskan Malamute, make sure there will be plenty of time for learning and mingling. The malamute breed is a high-energy canine that is intelligent yet independent and will need extensive training and socializing to keep them from being bored and destructive.

Enroll your Mal in obedience classes, take them on walks, let them run, exercise them at the very minimum of one hour a day, and introduce them to new places, people, and aniMals to help them understand boundaries and be well-adjusted and well-behaved.. 

How to Feed an Alaskan Malamute

To feed an Alaskan Malamute, serve high-quality dog food tailored to its specific dietary requirements. When deciding what to feed an Alaskan Malamute, it is important to consider a few key items.

Keeping your Malamute’s age, health conditions, and activity level in mind, stick to feeding requirements and pick food from a recognized brand that has high-quality protein food with few fillers and additives.

Due to their active lifestyles and high energy, Alaskan Malamutes have high protein needs at 30 – 40% of their diet. Look for foods that have high quality chicken, beef, turkey, fish, or lamb as the very first item.

An Alaskan Malamute puppy and senior dogs will have different nutritional needs than an adult Mal. Puppies will need more calories to continue growing and developing properly Thus, it is important to take into account how old and active the dog is when choosing dog food. Senior dogs, on the other hand, need a diet lower in calories to meet their needs as they start to slow down. Accordingly, energetic canines have greater caloric needs than their less energetic counterparts, regardless of age.

Try to find food that has limited fillers and extra ingredients added. It’s best to steer clear of processed dog food that has artificial colors, added tastes, and preservatives. Malamutes can cause stomach problems as extra ingredients can be difficult to digest.

Pick a well-known name brand. Consider only purchasing dog food from well-respected companies that employ only the best ingredients. Brands such as Orijen Merrick, Wellness CORE, The Honest Kitchen, and Whole Earth Farms are all excellent options to choose from for feeding your Alaskan Malamute.

To take health concerns into account before choosing dog food or switching brands, talk to the vet about what kind of food is best, especially if the Mal has special dietary requirements.

Adhere to recommended eating habits. 

Alaskan Malamute nutritional requirements vary with age, size, and activity levels. Adhere to and feed the Mally according to any special requirements and to the instructions on the package of the chosen dog food. The more active a dog is, the more food that will be needed. The less active, the fewer calories needed.

How to Choose a Fence for Alaskan Malamute

When choosing a fence for an Alaskan Malamute, a few factors need to be considered. These factors include the height of the fence, materials, visibility, strength and durability, yard size, ease of climbing over, and expert installation.

Alaskan Malamutes are known to be escape artists, escaping any way they can. For physical fences, make sure the fence is at least six feet tall to prevent the Mal from climbing or jumping over the top. Additionally, because they are known to be diggers, your fence should reach 10 to 12 inches (25 to 30 cm) underground. If digging is not an option, ensure there is space to place large rocks at the base of the fence.

Materials that tend to be malamute-proof fences, including wood, plastic, metal, and welded wire. Keep in mind the upkeep needed, costs, and the weather conditions your fence will be subjected to.

To keep an Alaskan Malamute from racing into the fence and hurting themselves, the fence should be visible from far away. 

Fences made of chain links are suitable for situations requiring a high degree of visibility, but they are easier for malamutes to find traction and climb than smooth wooden fences. 

To prevent a Malamute from running away, or to prevent people from trespassing, choose a fence with a gate, locking mechanism, and a secure access point.

While the size and dimensions of the yard are usually a crucial step when considering what fence to invest in, any fence chosen to contain an Alaskan Malamute should be at least 6 feet tall and 10 to 12 inches deep, regardless of yard size.

Once a fence is selected, if owners do not feel like they can install it properly, contact a  professional to install the fence and ensure it will be installed correctly and provide adequate protection.

Take into account special requirements of the Mal and its digging behavior when choosing a fence. Consider a fence that goes underground or use cement blocks to stop them from tunneling underneath the fence.

If erecting a physical fence is not an option, PetSafe, SportDOG, and Extreme Pro Dog Invisible Fence are a few examples of reputable companies that manufacture invisible underground wire dog fences. 

How to Choose a Collar for Alaskan Malamute

An appropriate collar is essential for the health, safety, and wellbeing of the Alaskan Malamute. When choosing a collar, the most important aspects to keep in mind are the size of the dog, materials, width, buckle or clip, reflective or illuminated, and length of the collar.

Alaskan Malamutes require a medium sized collar, between 15 and 22 inches (38 – 56 cm). For accurate sizing, measure the dog’s neck where the collar will sit and select a collar that will fit securely and easily allow two fingers between the dog’s neck and the collar.

Collars are made of many different materials including nylon, leather, BioThane (flexible and water-resistant) and chain. When choosing the material, consider how long each material will last, how comfortable it will be on the dog, the cost to maintain, and the conditions it will be subjected to.

To ensure any pressure from pulling is evenly dispersed, Alaskan Malamutes need a wider collar. A collar that is too tight or too thin will hurt the Mal and the owner will feel bad.

To keep the collar from accidentally coming off, choose a collar that has a secure buckle, such as a pin or quick release. Pin buckles are strong while quick-release buckles are the easiest. To guarantee convenience, make absolutely sure the buckle is easy to put on and take off. For nighttime exercise, think about selecting a collar with reflective strips or that lights up so the Mal can easily be seen.

Ruffwear, Julius-K9, Riparo, and Black Rhino are all good dog collar brands for Mallys. When choosing a collar, keep in mind the Alaskan Malamute’s needs and how it behaves when attached to a leash. For instance, if the malamute pulls, consider a harness with a front-clip to avoid the dog from choking itself and evenly distribute pressure from pulling.

Which Country are Alaskan Malamutes most popular in?

The Alaskan Malamute dog breed is a well-known breed all around the world, but their admirers are especially numerous in the colder parts of the United States. However, over the past decade, Alaskan Malamutes have fallen slightly in popularity, from 54 to 67 of 284, but, according to the statistics provided by the American Kennel Club (AKC) they have never reached the top 10 popular canine breeds in the United States since their recognition in 1935. Their highest ranking has been 54th place.

There are a variety of explanations why Alaskan Malamutes have become so popular in the United States. Their smarts, loyalty, beauty, and easy-going temperament make them wonderful companions. With consistent training and exercise, Alaskan Malamutes are frequently utilized as working dogs in a variety of fields with their owners, including sled pulling, running alongside owners, and even bikejoring. The Mal’s iconic prominence in modern culture and remarkable elegance contribute to their steady popularity.

The United States isn’t the only place where Alaskan Malamutes are well-liked; Siberia, Canada, Belgium, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, France, and Germany all have large Alaskan Malamute communities. The breed originated in Alaska, United States, and was first acknowledged by the AKC in 1935.

How well-liked Alaskan Malamutes are in a given country changes according to its culture and society. Some utilize them more for pulling heavy sleds than others, while others simply keep them as pets. No matter their level of popularity, Alaskan Malamutes are universally adored for their devoted nature, playfulness, and adaptability.

Which countries Alaskan Malamutes are banned?

Only one country has instituted a ban on Alaskan Malamutes. Unfortunately, certain countries and localities have rules against keeping specific dog breeds. Several examples of countries with dog classification restrictions are provided below.

  • Ukraine: More than 80 dogs are included in a dangerous breed restrictive law that went into effect in 1998. In addition to the Alaskan Malamute, other banned dogs include the Belgian Malinois, German Shepherd, Great Dane, and the St. Bernard.
  • United Kingdom: The Dangerous Dog Act of 1991 outlaws the ownership of Pit Bull Terriers, Fill Brasileiros, Dog Argentinos, and Japanese Tosas. Alaskan Malamutes, on the other hand, are not included on the list.
  • Singapore: Owners of specific arctic dog breeds, including Alaskan Malamutes, might be required to obtain a license from the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore and abide by its requirements.
  • Norway: There are restrictions on the ownership of specific dog breeds, including American Staffordshire Terriers, File Brasileros, and Pit Bulls. Alaskan Malamutes are not included on the list.
  • United States: While not banned outright, according to some home insurance companies, Alaskan Malamutes are considered a restricted dog breed. Every city, county, and state might have their own canine laws.

Motivations for prohibitions and limits for certain dog breeds change from country to country and region to region. Several countries have outlawed certain dog breeds due to worries about their propensity for violence or the risk they pose to the public, whilst others emphasize educating owners and enforcing proper ownership standards for all breeds.

Breed-specific law is controversial and has been the subject of many debates. It is not only difficult to discern the breed of a dog based just on its look, which leads to discrimination against particular breeds, but not all dogs within a breed have the same temperament. Owners of any type of dog should focus on proper ownership practices, as well as training and socialization for their canine companions.

What are the other names of Alaskan Malamutes?

An Alaskan Malamute is sometimes referred to as a Mal, Mally, or simply a malamute.

Mals are noted for their loyalty, energy, and sassiness. They are regularly used as pulling dogs due to their incredible strength, endurance, and trainability, but are commonly kept as companionship and family pets in the modern age. Their protective pack mentality and even-keel demeanor make them ideal as household pets, but their sociability makes them terrible as guard dogs.

Malamutes are a distinguished breed in the world due to their stunning wolf appearance, characterized by their bicolored coats, face masks, curly tail, and large muscular physique. They are known for their playful yet stubborn personalities, and are known for “talking” back to their owners and for their refusal to move if they don’t want to.

What is the lifespan of an Alaskan Malamute?

The lifespan of male and female Alaskan Malamutes is, on average, 10 to 14 years with some living longer or shorter depending on their genes, lifestyle, and access to veterinary care. While they can suffer from common canine health problems, malamutes are considered a healthy breed and tend to live longer than similar sized breeds. 

For a long, healthy life, the Alaskan Malamute requires good nutrition, plenty of physical and mental exercise, and regular veterinary examinations. Positive attention and the right care with proper feeding, early diagnosis and treatment, socialization, and exercise, a malamute’s quality of life and lifespan can be extended and improved.

What are the different types of Alaskan Malamute?

Alaskan Malamutes come in two distinct varieties: working line and show line. The following is a breed description for each variety of Alaskan Malamutes.

  • Working line: Working Alaskan Malamutes are considered the workhorse of the sledding world. Mals can be found pulling heavy sleds full of cargo over long distances due to their strength and endurance. The more strenuous the activity, the more malamutes remain regulated and happy. 
  • Show line: Alaskan Malamutes are commonly spotted at dog shows and contents due to their stunning appearance. Show-line malamutes are chosen for both their looks as well as their function, with strong legs, a deep chest, and muscled bodies, and can be disqualified if they do not have the appearance of a working line malamute. 

What are the personality traits of an Alaskan Malamute?

The affectionate, loyalty, and independence of Alaskan Malamutes have earned them a well-deserved reputation. The following is a list of characteristics typically associated with Alaskan Malamutes.

  • Intelligent: When tested, Alaskan Malamutes may be smart but are considered to have average intelligence due to their stubbornness, independence, and need to test authority. While they can learn commands quickly and even conversate with their owners, they prefer to use their intelligence for other things, like instincts. 
  • Loyal: Alaskan Malamutes were bred to be pack animals and thus love to be with their owners and their packs. They are not loyal in the sense of protection or clingy lap dogs as they also crave independence.
  • Active: Due to their high level of energy, Alaskan Malamutes need to be stimulated physically and mentally daily for at least one to two hours to remain happy and healthy.
  • Trainable: As long as training is consistent and constant, Alaskan Malamutes can thrive in many fields due to their independence, reasoning abilities, flexibility, and capacity to learn and carry out their duties. 
  • Instinct: Alaskan Malamutes may not make great guard dogs due to their sociability, their hunting instinct, alertness, and prey drive are ingrained in their DNA, earning them the nickname of “escape artists”.
  • Affectionate & Sweet: Alaskan Malamutes need to be part of a pack and therefore love cuddling and spending time with their owners and other pack members.
  • Confident & Dominant: Alaskan Malamutes do best when given opportunities to use their confidence and intelligence as they are independent canines.
  • Independent: Alaskan Malamutes are known for their strong will and ability to use their smarts to outwit and manipulate their owners to do things their way. This independence can lead to stubbornness.
  • Gentle: Because of their laid-back, playful attitude, Alaskan Malamutes are great pets for active families. Just be careful of that stubborn and sassy attitude. 

What are Alaskan Malamutes good for?

Alaskan Malamutes are incredibly versatile and are successful in a number of settings. Here are some of the most common jobs for Alaskan Malamutes.

  • Pulling work: Due to their strength and endurance, Alaskan Malamutes are highly sought after to pull heavy sleds. Pulling work also includes canicross, where the dog is attached to their owner’s waist while running, pulling them forward.
  • Search and Rescue: Due to their strong muscles and ability to withstand harsh and hazardous conditions,  Alaskan Malamutes are well-suited to rescue efforts in hard-to-reach places.
  • Emotional Support Dogs and Therapy Dogs: Because of their gentleness and patience, Alaskan Malamutes are often used as emotional support dogs and therapy dogs to help comfort people. While they make perfect comfort dogs, their independence makes them better suited as emotional support dogs rather than professional service dogs.
  • Outdoor Sports: Running, swimming, skijoring, bikejoring, and hiking are all outdoor sports that the Alaskan Malamute breed particularly shines due to their extreme endurance, high energy, and strength.
  • Family Pets: Alaskan Malamutes make excellent family companions as they are well-known for their loyalty and affectionate temperament.

How large an Alaskan Malamute can grow?

The Alaskan Malamute breed is a large sized dog that stops growing around 18 months to 24 months of age. Male Alaskan Malamutes reach a shoulder height between 24 – 26 inches (61 – 66 cm), while female Alaskan Malamutes reach a shoulder height between 22 – 24 inches (56 – 61 cm). Male Alaskan Malamutes tend to be heavier at 79 – 95 lb (36 – 43 kg), while females are smaller at 71 – 84 lb (32 – 38 kg).

The size of any individual Alaskan Malamute can range in height and weight according to their genetics, nutrition, and level of exercise. 

In general, Alaskan Malamutes are large dogs with a wolf-like look and a powerful, broad frame. In addition to being wonderful working dogs due to their power and perseverance, they are often kept as pets due to their playfulness and loyalty. To ensure a long and happy life, Mals do require regular medical attention, as well as plenty of physical and mental activity, and social interaction.

What is the height of the Male Alaskan Malamute?

Male Alaskan Malamutes typically stand at a shoulder height of between 24 and 26 inches (61 and 66 cm).  Genetics, nutrition, amount of movement, among other lifestyle choices can influence an individual male malamute’s height. Like other breeds, male Alaskan Malamutes vary in height from the average, with some being significantly taller or shorter.

Heights of Alaskan Malamutes are a significant factor in assessing their size and weight, making them a breed that is large in size. On average, male Alaskan Malamutes tend to be between 79 and 95 pounds (36 and 43 kilograms), though weights vary greatly depending on the same factors that influence height.

Keep in mind tha,  while a dog’s height and weight are two important pieces in defining its size, they are not the only variables. The size and weight of dogs also depend on their structure, muscular strength, and bone density.

What is the height of the Female Alaskan Malamute?

Female Alaskan Malamutes are smaller than males, measuring between 22 and 24 inches (56 and 61 centimeters) at the shoulder. A number of factors, including heredity, diet, exercise, and other lifestyle factors, can influence an individual’s height. There are female Alaskan Malamutes that are significantly bigger or smaller than the norm.

Female Alaskan Malamute weight and statues range from medium to large, weighing anywhere between 71 and 84 pounds (32 and 38 kg) in general, though weight varies from dog to dog for the same reasons as height does.

A dog’s size is determined by more than just height and weight alone. The size and weight of a dog depends on a number of factors, such as its shape, muscles, and overall health.

What is the weight of Male Alaskan Malamute?

A male Alaskan Malamute typically weighs between 79 and 95 pounds (36 – 43 kg). Due to factors like heredity, nutrition, and physical activity, weight will fluctuate between individuals, with some male malamutes being significantly larger or smaller.

The strength and stature of Alaskan Malamutes depend in significant part on their body mass. Depending on the same factors that affect their weight, male Huskies vary in height from 61 to 66 centimeters (24 to 26 inches) at the shoulder.

When estimating its size, there is more to consider than just a dog’s weight and height. Muscular mass, body composition, and general build are all factors that contribute to the dog’s size and weight.

What is the weight of a Female Alaskan Malamute?

Female Alaskan Malamutes range in weight from 71 to 84 pounds (32 – 38 kg). Genetic factors, exercise, diet, and lifestyle all contribute to variation between female malamutes and their weight.

When defining the endurance and stature of a female Alaskan Malamute, weight plays a significant role in this large dog breed. Alaskan Malamute females measure, on average, between 22 – 24 inches (56 – 61 cm) high at the shoulder. Individual heights vary depending on the same variables as weight.

It’s worth noting that the size of a malamute is determined by more than just height and weight. Their general structure, muscle mass, and overall body build are additional factors that contribute to the dog’s size and weight.

What are the Traits of Alaskan Malamute?

Here are some common personality traits of Alaskan Malamutes.

  • Intelligent: Alaskan Malamutes are intelligent when they want to be. They can learn and remember new orders and actions easily. However, they are also independent and often have selective hearing or want to do things their way.
  • Loyal and Affectionate: The Alaskan Malamute is devoted to its human family and their pack. Because of their friendliness, they love to socialize, even with intruders.
  • Active & Energetic: Alaskan Malamutes need to engage in frequent physical and mental activities to stay busy, maintain happiness, and foster good health due to their high level of activity.
  • Trainable: Alaskan Malamutes may be stubborn, but they also can be trained and frequently used as working dogs due to their obedience and want to make their handlers, as well as their capacity to learn and carry out difficult duties, as long as training is on-going and consistent.
  • Instinctive & Always Alert: Outside of their strength and endurance, Alaskan Malamutes were bred to rely on their instincts to survive, find prey, and observe their surroundings to detect threats.
  • Mild & Gentle temperament: Alaskan Malamutes are noted for their friendly, laid-back demeanor in spite of their reputation as having high energy. 

What is the Coat Type of Alaskan Malamute?

Alaskan Malamutes have a thick, waterproof double coat composed of a dense yet soft undercoat and a short, thick, coarse top coat, also known as the guard hairs. This Nordic breed is known for its double coat that serves as protection and insulation from the weather. The Alaskan Malamute’s exterior coat is normally dense and coarse, while the dog’s inner coat is thick, from one to two inches long, and soft. 

An Alaskan Malamute’s coat needs to be groomed at least once a week to keep it healthy, and shining, while also keeping shedding to a minimum. Malamutes, like huskies, are known to blow their coats twice a year in the autumn and spring seasons. The coat of an Alaskan Malamute comes in a variety of colors, the most frequent of which are black and white, gray and white, red and white, and silver and white. 

In addition to the double coats, the breed standard Alaskan Malamutes is a short coat but there are wooly Mals as well. However, the wooly variation is not recognized as standard by all breed clubs and not recognized to be standard by the AKC as wooly is due to a recessive gene. Regardless, a Malamute’s double coat is an essential component of this breed that gives warmth and insulation during the colder months, while allowing air circulation to keep them cool during warmer seasons.

The purpose of this double coat requires consistent grooming no more than 6 to 8 weeks apart as well as regular, weekly upkeep to maintain proper airflow to keep them insulated or cooled. 

What is the Coat Length of an Alaskan Malamute?

Coat length in Alaskan Malamutes is a short double coat and does not vary much unless the recessive gene for wooly coats is active. It has two distinct layers of hair. The outer of which is straight and smooth, and the undercoat is dense yet soft. Coat length and density are affected by heredity, the environment, climate, and food given.

Alaskan Malamutes with lengthier coats are commonly called wooly Alaskan Malamutes. However, this breed is not a formally acknowledged variety.  For the lengthier, gentler outer coat of a long-haired Alaskan Malamute, more frequent brushing to maintain health, prevent matting, and clean the coat of debris is recommended.

What is the Coat Density of Alaskan Malamute?

The coat density of an Alaskan Malamute is high-density due to the double coat and the need to survive extreme conditions. The undercoat is terse and supple, while the outside coat is straight and broad.

Because the Alaskan Malamute’s double coat insulates and protects it from damaging elements, this breed is able to thrive in a wide range of climates.

The density of an Alaskan Malamute’s coat is affected by both hereditary and environmental variables. Grooming, including brushing and bathing, on a regular basis helps maintain a shiny, healthy coat free of knots, tangles, and debris while also protecting the malamute’s skin from UV rays, allowing their skin to breathe.

What is the Coat Texture of Alaskan Malamute?

Alaskan Malamutes have what is known as a double coat, consisting of both an exterior coat and an undercoat. The outside coat is dense, coarse, and straight, while the undercoat is thick, soft, and smooth. 

When properly groomed, the Mal’s guard hairs are a little rough to the touch as they serve as protection from the outdoors. Meanwhile, their undercoat is soft and acts as insulation. Together, this double coat makes for an impenetrable defense against the elements, whether wet, cold, or hot.

A Malamute’s outer coat consists of medium length, straight, coarse protective hairs that rest close to their bodies, contributing to the breed’s trademark smooth and sleek appearance. These guard hairs are stiff and have a moderately rough structure, helping to protect the dog’s skin from dust and debris. 

On the other hand, the undercoat is made up of thick, soft hairs packed together and fluffy. A Malamute’s undercoat fur acts as insulation and assists with maintaining a year-round comfortable internal temperature.

Alaskan Malamutes shed significantly twice a year. These big shedding events are also known as when they “blow their coat”. During these two events, their undercoat falls off in great clumps, leaving a mess of fur everywhere they go. Brushing consistently and more frequently – two to three times a week – during the shedding season is essential for avoiding mats and removing stray fur from the coat.

The Alaskan Malamute’s coat has two distinct layers: a coarse, straight outer coat and a fine, silky undercoat. Because of this combination, Mal’s have maximum protection and insulation, allowing them to be comfortable in a wide range of temperatures and climates. While they prefer the cold, they can tolerate warmer temperatures as well.

What is the Possible Coat Color of Alaskan Malamute?

Alaskan Malamutes have a variety of different coat colors, mixes, and patterns determined by their genes. But, they tend to mostly have any of nine different coat colors, according to the AKC recognized breed standards, including black and white, silver and white, gray and white, sable and white, blue and white, agouti and white, red and white, seal and white, and white (pure and pigmented).

The majority of Alaskan Malamutes are a shade of black and white, with white markings appearing on the dog’s nose, chest, and legs and black on the huskies’ saddles, ears, face mask, and tail. All of their color patterns are very similar, with white markings in the same locations and the black being replaced.

The coats of sable and white Alaskan Malamutes look more wolf-like and are a unique blend of black, brown, and gray. A blue and white Alaskan Malamute has gray skin and coat and gray markings on non-fur areas such as the nose, lips, and eyelids.

Alaskan Malamutes that are pure white are rare. Both the guard hairs and the undercoat of pure white Mals have little or no pigment. Although solid white coated Mals may have a tinge of yellow shading around eyes and ears.

While all colors and patterns are considered breed standard according to the AKC, unfortunately, the breed standard does not acknowledge wooly coats or blue eyes. A wooly dog may be a true-blooded Alaskan Malamute, but they are considered to be not appropriate working dogs.

What is the Brushing Frequency of Alaskan Malamute?

The length, density, and texture of an Alaskan Malamute’s coat affect how often they need to be brushed. While Mals are able to keep their own coat clean, it is recommended to brush Mals at least once a week so that their coat stays healthy and daily during high shed seasons twice a year.

Basic brushing once a week is sufficient for Mallys with medium length hair to avoid mats and tangles, and as a way to spend time together. For wooly Mals, because it is longer, dirt and debris can get stuck in their coats, so their coats should be brushed multiple times a week.

Coat density is proportional to the amount of time spent not being brushed. Brushing your malamute on a regular basis helps remove dead hair and avoid matting, especially if your dog has a dense coat. 

The frequency an owner must brush their malamute’s coat is also influenced by its texture. Brushing consistently and multiple times a week is necessary for dogs with coarse or wiry coats to prevent matting and maintain a tidy appearance. Alaskan Malamutes with smooth coats require once a week brushing, or no more than 6 – 8 weeks apart.

How was the playfulness level of Alaskan Malamute?

The Alaskan Malamute dog breed is widely regarded as an active and lively canine species. Among other things, they love running, playing fetch, pulling activities, and training exercises. Their playful yet gentle disposition makes them ideal pets for active households with kids.

Initially developed as working dogs, explaining why they are so energetic and happy, the Alaskan Malamutes’ eagerness to serve their owners, their endurance, and their work ethic make them easy to teach, and enthusiastic about exercise.

Moreover, Alaskan Malamutes have a life to play and be part of human company. While bred to be independent, human interaction is needed for them to thrive. They can accomplish this by taking part in a wide range of mental and physical games and activities.

Though they are hard workers, Mals are often characterized as being mischievous, goofy, and sometimes downright cheeky. 

Because of their high need for being social, Alaskan Malamutes are known to be attention seekers, doing all sorts of things, like making conversation, throwing temper tantrums, being dramatic, and even snuggling up for a wet kiss.

Research confirms that playtime with their handler and other dogs is crucial to their health and happiness. Thankfully, Alaskan Malamutes are known for their boundless energy, stamina, and enthusiasm for play. Their background as working dogs combined with their need to please their owners and their outgoing nature all contribute to their innate zeal for life. Ironically, the main danger with mal, is that they can become overly excited and playful, and lose track of their surroundings.

How was the barking level of the Alaskan Malamute?

Alaskan Malamute can bark but are known to be howlers. It is common for Alaskan Malamutes to howl excessively as that is how they communicate with their pack and humans. Howling is innate and has evolved over time as a built-in communication system to disclose their location, alert when something is wrong or that they are hurt, or when they are bored and seeking attention.

Because Alaskan Malamutes tend not to be excessive howlers or even excessive barkers, if your Mal is excessively communicating, they might be trying to tell you they are hurt, sick, lonely, stressed, or even bored. 

With the right kind of training and conditioning, a Mal’s bark and howl for anything other than being hurt, sick, or stressed, can be controlled. It is also beneficial to provide the opportunity for early exposure to people and other animals to help them learn how to distinguish between harmless circumstances and ones that warrant alarm barking.

Provide your Alaskan Malamute with lots of opportunities for physical activity and mental stimulation to keep them from being bored, which can result in excessive barking. A well-exercised and mentally tired Alaskan Malamute is less likely to bark excessively than an uninterested, full of energy, and bored one.

To further aid in controlling their barking, Alaskan Malamutes can also be trained to howl and stop howling when given specific commands. Training coupled with positive reinforcement, such as rewarding good barking behavior with treats or redirecting, has been shown to be a successful method for decreasing excessive barking.

While Alaskan Malamutes tend to be quieter than other dog breeds, given the appropriate training, socialization, and exercise, the amount of howling can be controlled if necessary. To cut down on their barking, make sure they are mentally and physically stimulated, positively reinforced, and taught proper barking manners..

How was the shedding level of the Alaskan Malamute?

The Alaskan Malamute is a double coated breed of dog that is known for how much it sheds, shedding its undercoat on a regular basis throughout the year. Mals have a longer outer coat to protect against the elements and a thick, dense undercoat that helps maintain their body temperature.

While they are constant shedders, due to their double coat, twice a year in the spring and fall, Alaskan Malamutes “blow their coat”, during which they shed significantly and it’s common to see large clumps of their undercoat to prepare for the lower or higher temperatures. Therefore, maintaining regular grooming and brushing routine helps to control shedding not just during but outside of these blowing coats or high shedding seasons.

Different ages, sexes, and health conditions of Malamutes shed at different rates. And females in heat, females with menstrual irregularities, or elderly dogs with and without health problems, tend to shed more than others. Whereas Mal puppies tend not to shed for the first time until they reach adulthood, around 18 to 24 months of age.

Regular and consistent weekly brushing will help with maintaining a healthy, beautiful coat and reducing excessive shedding.  At the very least, owners should brush their pet every 6 to 8 weeks, and ideally, every day throughout the times of year when they naturally “blow their coat.” A deshedding tool will help get rid of excess fur and help prevent matting.

Alaskan Malamutes are a double-coated dog breed, shedding intensely twice a year, more heavily at the beginning and end of each season to adapt to their environment. Brushing and combing their coat on a regular basis will reduce loose fur falling out everywhere and promote a healthy, soft coat. With the right approach to grooming, the amount of shedding a dog experiences may depend on their age, sex, and general health, but it is controllable.

How is the Drooling Level of an Alaskan Malamute?

Like other breeds, the Alaskan Malamute is not a drooler. Nonetheless, some specific dogs drool more than other dogs of the same breed, but the breed as a whole is not known to be a drooling breed. For Mals, they may drool before eating and after drinking water, but that is about it. 

Heredity, health, and behavior, among others, can all cause drooling in dogs. Excessive drooling in all dog breeds can be a symptom of more serious health problems. The occurrence of health problems that cause excessive drooling in Alaskan Malamutes, like dental and gum disease, trouble swallowing, nausea, rabies, or being poisoned, are all rare. Drooling is not often related to their behavior or disposition but can indicate being overheated or having separation anxiety.

Drooling is affected by things like age, food, and oral health in particular canines. Mals that have certain feeding patterns, such as eating or drinking too quickly, or getting overly excited easily, can experience excessive drooling, as do older dogs and canines with dental difficulties.

How was the intelligence level of Alaskan Malamute?

It’s commonly thought that Alaskan Malamutes are not among the most perceptive or intelligent canine species, but they are actually fairly intelligent, especially when they want to be. They can follow directions well, are willing to learn, and work hard, yet they are obstinate, independent, and can be manipulative. It makes sense that, with this unique combination of intelligence and personality characteristics they are perfect candidates for working with a pack and pulling whatever you put behind them. 

Alaskan Malamutes’ intelligence can be attributed in part to their long lineage and ancestors. First bred in Alaska over 2000 years ago as a working dog, they were bred for their strength, independence, and endurance. This breed’s rich history and ancestry DNA have played a critical role in shaping its intelligence and personality.

Alaskan Malamutes are also known for their ability to adapt to new environments and circumstances quickly.  Because of this resilience, they handle challenging problems, and terrains, and successfully complete difficult jobs with ease.

Many studies have shown that Alaskan Malamutes have above-average intellect. An investigation of the smartest dogs conducted by Stanley Coren, leading canine psychology and professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia, found that the intelligence of Alaskan Malamutes ranked 50th out of 138 dog breeds.

Overall, as a breed, Alaskan Malamutes have the ability to be exceptionally smart, dedicated workers, and a joy to be around. Due to their breeding history, resilience, and laid back attitude, they are suitable for a wide range of professions that call for high levels of stamina, strength, exercise, and socialization. 

What are the behavior and training tips for Alaskan Malamute?

Alaskan Malamutes are a dog breed that is intelligent yet also stubborn, confident, and have headstrong tendencies, making them not more difficult to train compared to other breeds. Receiving early and consistent training and socializing will help your mal become well-behaved. Here are some suggestions for working with and training Alaskan Malamutes.

  • Leadership: Alaskan Malamutes are pack aniMals that have been bred to follow the leader. They benefit from having a firm master to set boundaries and enforce rules. Establishing authority as the pack leader through firm, positive, and persistent training as early as possible is key.
  • Positive Reinforcement: Alaskan Malamutes do not respond well to anger, punishment, or negative reinforcements. In fact, they may start viewing negative reinforcement as a positive reward. Because Mals are non-verbal communicators, they will mirror their owner’s behavior. Thus, to get the result you want, reward your husky positively with treats, toys, and lots of praise, and simply ignore or distract and redirect them from the behavior you want to avoid. 
  • Crate Training: Alaskan Malamutes, when left alone, often become bored, leading to destructive behaviors. Crates should never be used as a negative consequence as crates tend to become safe spaces for Mals who use them as their nesting places or as dens. 
  • Socialization: Alaskan Malamutes need to be introduced to humans, other canines, sounds, and new settings as early as possible so they can develop appropriate behaviors in future interactions. Help them feel at ease and confident by exposing them to a wide range of people, animals, and environments, using positive reinforcements.
  • Consistency: When trained with consistency, positivity, and firm boundaries, Alaskan Malamutes thrive. Additionally, the use of treats and praise helps encourage good behavior while ignoring bad ones. 
  • Exercise: Due to their high energy levels, Alaskan Malamutes need at least 1 to 2 hours of regular exercise and mental challenges every day to avoid becoming bored and destructive. Go somewhere safe to let them off-leash so they can play and run. Once they have run out most of their energy, they will be ready for training exercises.
  • Grooming: Grooming is not only a chance to connect, learn from one another, and establish the leadership role with your Mal, but maintaining their coat prevents mats, leaving their coat healthy and elegant.
  • Separation Anxiety: Alaskan Malamutes, due to their energetic and playful nature, can develop separation anxiety if they are left alone for long periods of time. You can teach them that being alone isn’t scary by starting out slow and gradually increasing the time they are left alone. You can also help them adjust by giving them dog appropriate things to do and play with over time.
  • Patience and Creativity: Training a malamute requires patience and creativity but it is both challenging and rewarding. Remain patient, and don’t give up. Switch up the lessons every couple of weeks to avoid boredom and disinterest. And, most importantly, respect just how intelligent they are.

Are Alaskan Malamutes easy to train?

No, Alaskan Malamutes are known for their independent thinking, stubborn streaks, and aloofness. These traits all contribute to the breed’s reputation as a challenging dog breed to train. This is especially true for first time Mal owners. But, with positive reinforcement and consistent training, they do have a high degree of trainability and have the ability to perform well in many contexts, including as pulling dogs, search and rescue helpers, emotional support dogs, and adventure buddies.

Bred for their endurance, athleticism, and ability to survive harsh conditions, malamutes work best on their own time, attributing to how difficult it can be to train them. Their long and well-known history has helped shape its present-day aptitude for learning.

Alaskan Malamutes are quite versatile and can quickly adapt to new surroundings. This flexibility allows them to  overcome hardships and successfully complete difficult jobs with ease.

Positive, ongoing training methods will go a long way in helping Mals use their independent , huskies 

Positive, on-going training can use their bold natures for good, rather than for destruction. These positive methods include the use of treats and praise and help encourage desired behaviors while discouraging the undesirable ones. These methods, coupled with clear expectations and boundaries, will help ensure malamutes develop into well mannered canines.

What are the exercise needs for Alaskan Malamute?

The Alaskan Malamute, a breed known for its high energy, requires a minimum of one to two hours of heavy daily activity to meet both their physical and mental exercise needs. Because they were bred for their endurance and athleticism, Mals have more energy than other dog breeds that needs to be expended, and they take great pleasure with a variety of different physical activities. These activities include jogging, long-distance walking, pulling, playing fetch, as well as free time around the yard. Malamutes also prefer activities that combine both physical and mental exertion, not just running, like agility training, puzzle games, and even hide-and-seek.

The optimal amount of exercise for an Alaskan Malamute is determined by a few different factors, such as their age, overall health, and level of activity. While able to tolerate hours of physical exercise every day, it is important that Mallys get a minimum of one to two hours of heavy exercise daily. But, it is just as crucial to keep an eye on their mood and health so as not to overdo it, preventing any injuries.

If they do not get enough physical exercise or mental stimulation, Alaskan Malamutes tend to easily become bored, antsy, destructive, and overweight. Malamutes can also become more prone to behavioral disorders like anxiety, aggression, anger, and out-of-control stubbornness without adequate daily exertion.

The prevention of these negative behaviors and the promotion of general health and well-being are aided by regular exercise. Plus, exercising your malamute allows the owner and their dog to form a bond while also receiving training from one another.

How was the exercise needs of Alaskan Malamute?

An Alaskan Malamute’s exercise needs are high. Due to their high level of energy, they need to be exercised daily for their mental and physical well-being to remain in good condition. They are very energetic dogs who both love and need to participate in a variety of different types of physical activities. Mals have a high demand for ample opportunities to run and play, and can take part in a variety of different types of training such as scenting games.

The quantity and quality of physical activity necessary for an Alaskan Malamute varies based on the dog’s age, overall health, and activity level. Puppies, pregnant females, and dogs who are older or less energetic will need less exercise than adult canines that are more active. A good rule of thumb to follow is to make sure that the mal receives at least one to two hours of physical activity every day, in addition to the time they spend playing regularly and being mentally stimulated. 

Try to avoid clumping all the exercise in one chunk. the amount of exercise an Alaskan Malamute receives should be spread throughout the day, and in a variety of ways, such as strolling around the neighborhood, frisbee toss or playing fetch, running off-leash in a fenced-in location, and engaging in a variety of sports, such as weight pulling, spring pole activities, or obedience training.To keep their minds active and prevent boredom, it is critical to offer a diverse selection of activities.

Exercise on a consistent basis is beneficial for Alaskan Malamutes in many ways, including physical health improvement, the reduction of destructive and stubborn behaviors, the prevention of obesity, the promotion of good behavior, and the reduction of the chance of developing health problems such as hip dysplasia. Plus, consistent exercise provides an opportunity to strengthen the owner/dog relationship through the shared experience of exercise.

What are fun activities for Alaskan Malamute?

Alaskan Malamutes are an energetic and intelligent breed of dog that enjoy a variety of physical and mental activities and stimulation. Listed below are some fun activities for malamutes. 

  • Running: The Alaskan Malamute is a very active dog bred for how long they could run, and love to jog or run with their owners. 
  • Agility training: The Alaskan Malamute is a breed that not only loves learning new things, but also loves moving their bodies. Combining the mental stimulation of an agility course with the physical aspects, and an obstacle course will help them thrive.
  • Pulling: The primary purpose of the Alaskan Malamute is to pull heavy loads for long distances in harsh conditions. Today, Alaskan Malamutes thrive off pulling sleds, bikes (bikejoring), skis (skijoring), scooters (dryland or urban mushing), as well as carrying packs for backpacking trips.
  • Swimming: While not bred to be water dogs, if a Mal is introduced early enough, swimming is an excellent form of low-impact activity for Alaskan Malamutes. Swimming can also be used as therapy to heal tired muscles, but keep in mind that most Mals are afraid of water as they were bred to run across frozen water. It is critical to pay attention when they are swimming, as their thick double coat can become heavy.
  • Hiking: Alaskan Malamutes are known for their enthusiasm for the outdoors, making them ideal hiking companions. All the new sights and smells are a wonderful opportunity for mental stimulation. Attach a dog appropriate backpack to them to carry their own water so they expend more energy. 
  • Obedience training: Obedience training provides both the mental stimulation and socialization that Alaskan Malamutes need. Obedience training also provides an opportunity for Mals to connect with their owner. 
  • Playing with other dogs: As long as they are properly socialized, Alaskan Malamutes are pack aniMals and take great pleasure in interacting with other canines, participating in canine sports and games such as wrestling and tug-of-war. 
  • Tracking: Alaskan Malamutes have a strong nose and an ability to follow a scent comes naturally. Scent tracking also provides a mental challenge as they search.
  • Canicross: Canicross combines teamwork, endurance, power, and speed, all things an Alaskan Malamute thrives on. Leashed to their owner’s waist via a bungee cord while running, canicross is a merge of “cross country” and “canine”. Whenever the runner’s feet are off the ground, the malamute will essentially pull the runner along. Proper practice and obedience is required so a malamute does  not pull their owner off the track or into dangerous situations.
  • Other: Flyball training, weight pulling, racing, frisbee toss, playing with a flirt pole or a spring pole, and playing soccer are all great exercise activities Mals tend to love.

What is the energy level of Alaskan Malamute?

It is universally agreed that Alaskan Malamutes are a high energy level dog breed. As a heavy haul, endurance working breed, they require a great deal of physical exertion. 

With a hard working ethic, Alaskan Malamutes take pleasure in being given responsibilities and jobs. In addition to needing regular physical activity and using their smarts when they want to, they need their minds stimulated as well.

Destructive behavior and problems such as excessive howling, separation anxiety, and digging to escape their yard, can easily be traced back to a lack of intellectual stimulation and boredom.

While the average energy level of a malamute is high, the energy level of any one Alaskan Malamute varies based on traits such as age, wellness, and activity level. Dogs that are older will naturally be less energetic than puppies who have all the energy in the world.

How to keep an Alaskan Malamute clean?

Listed below are the steps on how to keep an Alaskan Malamute clean. 

  1. Groom the Alaskan Malamute frequently by combing its coat at least once a week to remove stray hairs, dirt, and any particles that have embedded themselves in their thick double coat. The nature of the Mals double coat is going to determine whether the owner needs to use a slicker brush or an undercoat rake.
  2. Alaskan Malamutes should be bathed every 6 to 8 weeks. But, if they are stinky or are blowing their coat, bathe them as needed, using a dog shampoo with moisturizer and for sensitive skin to keep their skin properly oiled. Avoid using shampoo meant for human use or dishwashing soap as these products are going to remove the naturally occurring oils on the dog’s skin.
  3. The ears of the Alaskan Malamute do not technically need to be cleaned as they clean them naturally. However, once a week, check their ears, and at every month, if needed,, clean by wiping with a cotton ball, moist cloth, or a squirt bottle, and add alcohol or hydrogen peroxide free ear cleaning solution. It is important to keep an eye out for any signs of infection, like redness, inflammation, or discharges. Get in touch with a veterinarian if there are any of these symptoms immediately.
  4. For Alaskan Malamutes that do not travel on hard surfaces regularly, like concrete, regular nail trimming is necessary to prevent the dog’s claws from overgrowing, which can result in pain. Make sure to use a dog appropriate nail clipper, and watch out for the quick part of the nail that contains blood vessels and nerves.
  5. Brushing the teeth of the Alaskan Malamute at least once a week helps prevent dental issues such as the accumulation of gum disease, tartar, and foul breath. Use a canine-appropriate toothbrush and toothpaste while cleaning the dog’s teeth.
  6. Keep the outdoor area clean where the Alaskan Malamute hangs out by frequently picking up and disposing of the dog’s feces in the appropriate manner. Don’t let it sit on the ground. Use a plastic bag, a doggie bag, or a pooper scooper to avoid the spread of illness and parasites.abd 
  7. Maintain a clean and organized living space for the Alaskan Malamute. Thoroughly clean their crate, feeding area, any toys, food, and water bowls on a weekly basis at the very least. Clean with a light detergent and warm water, and then wash well to get rid of any soap residue.
  8. Always make sure that the Alaskan Malamute has access to plenty of fresh water, and make sure to refill it daily. Check daily to see that the water is clean and devoid of any impurities or pollutants.
  9. Feed  your Alaskan Malamute a food that is nutritious, well-balanced, and appropriate for its age, level of activity, and specific health requirements. Getting advice from a veterinarian regarding the ideal quantity and variety of food is a good place to start.
  10. Regularly engaging in physical and mental activity daily will ensure the health and happiness of not just the Alaskan Malamute, but also for their humans. Take a Mal for walks, let him run off-leash, play fetch, let them chase bubbles, or participate in any of the other activities that it enjoys. The prevention of behavioral issues and obesity is facilitated by maintaining a regular exercise routine.

What is the Average Maintenance for an Alaskan Malamute?

The average maintenance costs associated with raising an Alaskan Malamute varies widely based on a number of factors including their age, state of their health, and the lifestyle they lead. 

It is estimated that the typical annual expense of keeping and owning an Alaskan Malamute falls somewhere between $1,500 and $2,000 a year. This price includes essential expenditures like feeding, grooming, veterinary care, and training. This average range does not include spay/neuter, dog walking services, treats and toys, or boarding services.

Depending on their age and activity level, the annual cost of providing food for an Alaskan Malamute ranges anywhere from $200 to $500. This range varies depending on the type and quality of food provided. 

The annual cost of grooming a dog runs anywhere from $100 to $400, depending on whether the dog’s owner chooses to perform the grooming themselves or takes the dog to a professional groomer where individual visits average between $60 and $150. 

The total cost of veterinary care also ranges greatly based on the dog’s current age and state of health and any existing medical conditions it has. 

The average cost of preventative care, including annual checkups, vaccines, and other preventative measures, ranges between $450 to $900 annually. For puppies, the average cost that first year is around $600. The cost of treatment for chronic disorders or medical emergencies will move those ranges significantly higher. 

The costs associated with training and socializing range anywhere from $1,000 to $1,400 a year. While the price tag may seem high, obedience training and socialization sessions are highly recommended and considered a priceless investment.

Bear in mind that the figures presented here are merely approximations. The actual costs of upkeep for an Alaskan Malamute can be more or less, depending on the circumstances as well as your location. Keeping an Alaskan Malamute requires a substantial investment of both time and money, but the affection and devotion that the owner receives in return are incalculably valuable.

What are the nutritional tips for Alaskan Malamute?

Listed below are some nutritional tips for Alaskan Malamutes. 

  • Provide a high-quality, balanced diet: With high activity levels, Alaskan Malamutes require a diet rich in protein and fat but low in carbohydrates to remain in peak health. Choose a dog food that has meat listed as the first ingredient on the label and avoid meals with fillers such as corn or soy that can harm digestion and nutrient uptake.
  • Consider the dog’s age and activity level: Puppies, young dogs, and pregnant Mals require more nutrients and calories than adult, non-pregnant dogs. To maintain muscles and energy, older dogs must also consume a diet with a higher protein to calorie ratio, as well as more calcium and glucosamine. Very active dogs will also require more calories than a dog that has a sedentary lifestyle.
  • Avoid overfeeding: Malamutes are incredibly strong, active dogs, but obesity and resulting health issues is always a risk. Provide the Mal the appropriate quantity of food, adjusting as needed, and avoid an excessive amount of treats and table scraps (if given). Treats should never replace a meal. 
  • Consider adding supplements: Talk to a vet first, but Alaskan Malamutes can benefit from supplements like glucosamine for joints, zinc for digestion, and omega-3 and fish oils to help maintain their skin and coat.
  • Consult with the veterinarian: A vet will make specific dietary recommendations for the Alaskan Malamute according to its age, weight, and general health. They will also provide a plan on how much dog food and supplements must be given for optimal health..

What should Alaskan Malamutes eat?

An Alaskan Malamute’s food must be balanced and nourishing, providing all the nutrients this active working dog breed needs. What Alaskan Malamutes must consume is outlined below.

  • Protein-rich foods: To maintain stamina and mass, Alaskan Malamutes are high-energy dogs who need a high-protein diet (21% to 24%). Try to pick a dog food that features a meat product (chicken, beef, lamb, eggs, or fish) as the first one or two ingredients.
  • Healthy fats: Alaskan Malamutes need a moderate amount of fat (10% to 14%) to keep their coat, skin, organs, and nervous system working optimally. Malamutes rely on fats for sustained energy. Either find dog food made with nutritious ingredients like eggs, salmon oil, chicken fat, or flaxseed oil, or purchase supplements..
  • Carbohydrates: Carbohydrates help convert fuel into energy and are essential for active lifestyles. Alaskan Malamutes thrive on carbohydrates (30%). Complex carbs (such as sweet potatoes, brown rice, or barley) must be prioritized over simple carbohydrates (such as corn or wheat, and white rice).
  • Fruits and vegetables: Malamutes benefit from vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that are all found in fresh produce. Apples, bananas, bell peppers, strawberries and artichokes are just a few healthy fruits and vegetables Mals can eat.
  • Water: To maintain good health and to avoid dehydration, Alaskan Malamutes need water regularly. Always have a clean, fresh supply of water available.
  • Treats: The Malamute was bred to survive on very little food and some may not be food motivated. But, the use of treats is still an appropriate reward method while training the mal. Avoid overusing sweets and those with fillers or artificial preservatives. Instead choose those with high-quality ingredients, or use whole fruits and vegetables such as apple slices and carrots. Treats should never take the place of a meal.
  • Other foods: If given the option, an Alaskan Malamute will thrive on a wide variety of dog food, such as wet dog food, a mix of dry and wet, homemade, raw meat, air-dried foods, and freeze dried foods, 

Before changing diets or adding new things, it is crucial to discuss with the vet about the Alaskan Malamute’s specific needs, such as its age, weight, and health status, because every dog is different.

How much should an Alaskan Malamute be fed?

The amount an Alaskan Malamute should be fed, is determined based on its age, weight, activity level, and overall health. 

For adult Mals between 65 and 80 pounds (29.5 to 36.3 Kg), one cup per meal, twice daily, or two cups at once, is ideal. For adult Mals between 80 and 95 pounds (36.3 to 43.1 Kg), they will need two cups per meal twice daily. 

Malamute puppies require 16 to 20 ounces (2 to 2.5 cups) spread across three meals per day until they reach 6 months of age and can have two meals per day.

When feeding a Mal, avoid feeding them right before or right after high activity to ensure proper digestion.

Every dog is different. The ideal amount will vary accordingly. The amount of food required depends on many factors, including age, weight, and degree of activity. Alaskan Malamutes have different caloric needs depending on their activity level and age; a senior dog, and Mals in warmer climates, for instance, must eat fewer calories than a younger dog of the same breed, or one located in a cold climate.

It is also critical to feed the Alaskan Malamute a premium dog food that’s packed with the ingredients they need to thrive. Try to find dog food, or provide a homemade diet, that has a healthy ratio of protein to fat to carbs, with meat being the first ingredient. 

Always keep an eye on the Malamute size and modify food intake accordingly. If gaining weight or showing signs of being overweight, reduce the amount of food provided or switch to a lower-calorie dog food. If the dog is losing weight or seems to be underweight, either increase the amount of food they eat or switch to a dog food that contains more calories.

If no changes occur after switching their diet, visit the vet to rule out any underlying medical conditions.

Due to their muscle mass, strength, and endurance, Alaskan Malamutes have specific nutritional demands, so it’s best to check in with the vet to figure out how much food they must be getting each day.

How to Feed an Alaskan Malamute?

Listed below are steps on how to feed an Alaskan Malamute.

  1. Consider the dog’s age, size, and activity level when choosing what food to offer. If the owner is unclear about the appropriate amount and/or type of food to give the dog, seek information from the veterinarian.
  2. Choose a premium dog food that satisfies the Alaskan Malamute’s dietary requirements while avoiding fillers or chemical preservatives. Instead, opt for those that feature meat as the primary ingredient.
  3. To avoid overeating and help aid digestion, feed half of the daily ration in the morning and the other half in the evening.
  4. Use a kitchen scale or a measuring up to ensure the proper amount of food is being fed to avoid overeating.
  5. Choose a clean bowl that’s the right size for the Alaskan Malamute’s mea and keep it clean to avoid growth of harmful microorganisms.
  6. Filling daily, keep clean water available at all times. Likewise, clean the water dish weekly to prevent illness in an Alaskan Malamute.
  7. Avoid giving Alaskan Malamutes human food or table scraps due to high levels of fat, salt, and sugar that can lead to gastrointestinal issues and obesity.
  8. Check the mal’s weight regularly to ensure the proper amount of food is being provided. If the malamute is gaining weight, cut back on the amount provided or switch to a meal with fewer calories. If they are losing weight or seem underweight, increase the amount provided or switch to a higher-calorie dog food.
  9. Discuss any concerns about the Alaskan Malamute’s nutrition or weight with the vet. They will provide specific suggestions and advice to ensure the dog is eating well and staying at a healthy weight.

What are the best dog foods for Alaskan Malamutes?

Listed below are some of the best dog foods for Alaskan Malamutes. 

  • Orijen Original Dog Food: Orijen’s recipe is made with active dogs, like the Alaskan Malamute, in mind, with higher protein content than most other dry kibble available and 85% animal ingredients.
  • Nutro Wholesome Essentials Large Breed Pasture Fed Lamb & Rice Recipe: With deboned lamb and rice as the first two ingredients, Alaskan Malamutes will thrive on this recipe. Not only is it easy to digest, but includes a wide variety of GMO-free ingredients, vitamins, antioxidants, and fatty acids. 
  • American Journey Beef & Sweet Potato Grain-Free Recipe: With 32% protein and 14% fat, this American Journey recipe will keep an Alaskan Malamute healthy and full of energy.
  • Taste of the Wild High Prairie Canine Recipe: The Alaskan Malamute will benefit from the 32% premium grade protein and 18% fat found in this recipe. Inspiration taken from ancestral canine diets, dry and canned flavors include real buffalo, bison, salmon, and even roasted venison. The nutritious fruits and veggies are an extra bonus.
  • Eukanuba Adult Large Breed Dry Dog Food: Alaskan Malamutes will benefit from this Eukanuba’s recipe that includes high-quality meat proteins as the first few ingredients, organic vegetables, and fruits, and includes prebiotics to help your large malamute digestive system run efficiently as they run out their energy.
  • Ollie Fresh Dog Food: Created primarily with fresh beef and ingredients sourced from local farmers, this recipe is scientifically balanced for breeds like Alaskan Malamutes and cooked in a way that preserves nutritional value. While this dog food is fresh and does require refrigeration, even the pickiest of eaters enjoy this brand.

Keep in mind that every dog is different. As a result, food that may work great for one Alaskan Malamute, may not work for another due to specific dietary requirements, preferences, and possible sensitivities. Ultimately, the Alaskan Malamute’s optimal diet will depend on factors such as age, weight, and general health, which must all be discussed with the veterinarian.

Are Alaskan Malamutes allowed to eat fruit?

Yes, Alaskan Malamutes are allowed to eat fruits. Fruits do contain 2% to 6% protein but not enough to ever be a meal in itself or used as a meat alternative. Likewise, certain fruits are beneficial for Alaskan Malamutes to consume, preferably 1 to 2 small pieces or slices per day or no more than 10% of their diet, and under close supervision, while others are hazardous.

Apples, blueberries, strawberries, bananas, and mangos are all healthy options for the Alaskan Malamute to snack on. The high nutritious content of these fruits has the potential to promote a healthy lifestyle, but too many fruits, especially as treats, can lead to overeating, causing weight gain or other health problems due to the natural sugars they contain.

Grapes, raisins, cherries, apple cores, fruit pits, and citrus fruits are among the many fruits that must never be fed to an Alaskan Malamute due to their potential toxicity and can cause digestive disorders, renal damage, and other health concerns. To avoid digestive issues or choking, remove all seeds, pits, and cores first.

Wait to add new foods to a Husky’s diet until after consulting with the vet. They will advise the owner on how much and how frequently to add fruit to the dog’s diet based on the dog’s specific demands and health condition.

Are Alaskan Malamutes allowed to eat vegetables?

Yes, Alaskan Malamutes are allowed to eat vegetables. In fact, raw and cooked vegetables and the water it was cooked in, is a tasty and healthy treat. Many vegetables improve their health, providing beneficial nutrients like fiber, vitamins, and minerals. While vegetables are an appropriate carbohydrate supplement, they should never make up more than 10% of a malamute’s daily calorie intake or replace a meal. 

Alaskan Malamutes are able to safely consume a variety of vegetables, including carrots, broccoli, kale, bell peppers, celery, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin. These vegetables, eaten either cooked or raw, aid in digestion, strengthen the immune system and promote shiny skin and coat.

But, not all greens are healthy for canines. Onions, garlic, avocados, chives, and mushrooms, to name a few, are all potentially poisonous and must be avoided. Additionally, vegetables vary greatly in their sugar level. Sweet potatoes, for instance, are nutritious yet must not be more than 10% of their daily caloric intake, or around 150g maximum, as this can negatively affect their digestive systems.

Vegetables are a healthy addition to the Alaskan Malamute’s diet, but they must be introduced slowly and while under a watchful eye for any adverse reactions. As with any new food, acquire the vet’s approval before providing new vegetables. They will provide advice on how often and how many veggies to provide based on specific demands and health conditions.

Are Alaskan Malamutes allowed to eat meat?

Yes, Alaskan Malamutes are allowed to eat meat. Meat is a crucial element of an Alaskan Malamute’s diet. The high protein content and nutrients in all meats make it a vital part of their diets for growth and development, immune systems, and other vital body processes.

Wild dogs are largely carnivorous in their wild dietary context. Alaskan Malamutes are no different. Meat must still make up a significant portion of their diet, even if they eat a wider variety of foods.

Chicken, turkey, eggs, buffalo, beef, lamb, and fish are all good options for the Alaskan Malamute’s diet. Choose high-quality, lean cuts, avoiding meat that is seasoned or sauced with additives that are hazardous or toxic to dogs. 

Because the Alaskan Malamute requires an extensive and balanced diet specific to their breed and needs, talk to the vet about how much meat a dog of a certain age, size, and health condition can and should safely eat.

It’s undeniable that meat is vital to an Alaskan Malamute’s diet, but different breeds have different dietary needs. Some may be allergic or sensitive to some proteins while others do not. 

Always have a conversation with the vet before making any big food changes, and always make sure the husky’s diet is well-balanced, nutritious, and caters to their specific requirements.

Are Alaskan Malamutes allowed to eat fish?

Yes, Alaskan Malamutes are allowed to eat fish. Provided the fish is fully cooked and not provided raw, Alaskan Malamutes are able to safely add fish to their diet and improve their overall health in the process. High in vital fatty Omega-3 acid and protein, fish is beneficial for a number of health-related reasons, such as skin and coat health; immune system support; and general well-being.

Cod, salmon, tuna, and whitefish are just a few examples of fish that are fine to consume. Swordfish, king mackerel, albacore tuna fish, and other large fish should be avoided. Also, avoid fish rich in mercury or other poisons by choosing high-quality fresh or frozen options.

Because fish can carry harmful, parasitic bacteria, fish must be completely cooked and not eaten raw to prevent digestive issues. Remove any bones before feeding as well to avoid choking hazards. 

Dogs can safely consume fish in either its cooked or raw form; however, raw fish must be given to canines only under close supervision due to the risk of hazardous bacteria and parasites.

Fish is fine to add to the Alaskan Malamute’s diet, but no more than 10% of their daily intake, and as part of a well-rounded plan. Owners must talk to the vet about how much fish their dog of a certain age, size, and health is able to safely consume.

An Alaskan Malamute’s diet benefits from the addition of fish, but every dog is different and has specific nutritional needs. Additionally, fish can be an appropriate protein substitute if the husky cannot digest other protein options. Always have a conversation with your vet before making any major changes to the dog’s food. 

Are Alaskan Malamutes allowed to eat raw food?

Yes, Alaskan Malamutes are allowed to eat raw food. Living in the Arctic, raw meat such as caribou, seal, and even blubber, were the main parts of their diet. Today, owners have started providing domesticated huskies with a raw food diet that closely resembles what they would eat in the wild. 

Feeding raw food to Huskies has several advantages. Raw food contains a more nutritionally complete diet as it is fresh, organic, and not processed. Because raw food is not processed with fillers, malamutes tend to have better digestion, more energy, and healthier hair and skin.

Additionally, raw bones can be chewed to eliminate plaque and tartar, aiding with dental health.

Many owners of Alaskan Malamutes have claimed success with a raw food diet for their dogs in recent years.

Nevertheless, there are several dangers to be aware of when providing a raw food diet. Not every malamute is able to benefit. Bacteria like Salmonella and E. coli live in raw food and can make humans and pets sick. As a result, veterinarians often recommend against homemade raw diets. Additionally, preparing and making sure the Alaskan Malamute is receiving enough of what is nutritionally required can be difficult on a raw food diet.

The choice of whether or not to feed the Alaskan Malamute raw meat is a subjective one that must be made in conjunction with the vet. Use high-quality ingredients and observe proper safety precautions to reduce the likelihood of infection or illness if choosing the raw food diet. To begin a raw food diet, it is usually best to start with a blend of commercial dog food and raw food.

Are Alaskan Malamutes allowed to eat eggs?

Yes, Alaskan Malamutes are allowed to eat eggs and, if cooked, are safe for them to eat. Malamutes should not be provided with more than one egg per day and eggs should never be the only source of protein. Prepared safely, an Alaskan Malamute’s diet can benefit from the inclusion of eggs as eggs are great sources of iron, fatty acids, calcium, and zinc, and are beneficial to a dog’s health since they provide a wide variety of protein, vitamins, and minerals.

Eggs are high in protein and contain the necessary fatty acid content that helps keep a dog’s skin and coat shiny and soft. Active Mals can reap the rewards of the extra energy and focus that eggs bring, as well as the immune system support and mental health benefits.

However, Mals should only be given up to one egg per day. More than one a day can cause upset stomachs or even nutrient deficiencies caused by digestive problems due to too many eggs. Due to the risk of Salmonella contamination, all eggs given to malamutes should be fully cooked.

Eggs are a healthy and nutritious supplement to an Alaskan Malamute’s diet, but only under certain conditions. Always check with the vet to make sure their food is balanced and healthy before making any significant adjustments.

How was the health of the Alaskan Malamute?

Alaskan Malamutes are well known for their good health. A well-cared-for Alaskan Malamute lives between 10 – 14 happy and healthy years. Many factors, including genetics, diet, activity, and lifestyle, contribute to different levels of health in Alaskan Malamutes. 

Like dogs of all breeds, Alaskan Malamutes are predisposed to particular diseases and a few health problems. These include painful hip and elbow dysplasia, follicular dysplasia that causes patches and raw skin due to excessive hair loss, hypothyroidism leading to slow metabolism and gastrointestinal issues, and common eye problems such as cataracts. Owners must keep an eye on their dog’s health and take it to the doctor at the first sign of trouble.

With the right level of care, many health problems can be prevented or kept under control. The malamute is already a very healthy breed, but proper feeding, regular exercise, intellectual stimulation, consistent grooming, and regular veterinary examinations will ensure the husky stays a happy and healthy breed their entire life.

The well-being of an Alaskan Malamute dog is highly reliant on the devotion and love of its owners. Dog owners can increase the likelihood their Alaskan Malamutes live a long, happy life with plenty of exercise and regular veterinary checkups.

What are the health tips for Alaskan Malamute?

Listed below are the health tips for Alaskan Malamute.

  • Provide a nutritious and balanced diet: To stay healthy, Alaskan Malamutes need a diet high in protein, essential vitamins, and minerals. Avoid feeding table scraps, human meals, and toxic fruits and vegetables while choosing high-quality dog food that provides all the nutrients needed.
  • Regular exercise: Bred as a working dog to utilize their strength and endurance, Alaskan Malamutes need regular exercise for their and their owner’s well-being. Exercising, running, and playing with them on a daily basis helps them use that energy positively instead of for destruction and escaping.
  • Provide mental stimulation: To avoid being restless, Alaskan Malamutes, like all dogs, need both physical and mental exercise. To avoid boredom that leads to destructive behaviors, provide huskies with puzzle toys or take them to training programs.
  • Schedule regular veterinary check-ups: Taking the malamute to a veterinarian on a regular basis will help spot health problems in their early stages thus reducing more severe consequences or outcomes. Regular dental checkups and cleanings, immunizations, deworming, and parasite control, are essential to maintaining good health.
  • Practice good grooming: The thick coat of an Alaskan Malamute needs to be groomed (i.e. brushed, nails, ears, and teeth checked) at least once a week to avoid tangling, and skin problems, and to help with their neverending shedding. To maintain a healthy and clean coat and skin, brushing once a week and bathing them once every 6 – 8 weeks, or as needed, is ideal. Be careful to avoid bathing a Mal too much as this can dry their skin out. Use a dog shampoo with moisturizer.
  • Monitor for signs of illness: Certain health problems, like hip dysplasia and zinc deficiency, are common in Alaskan Malamutes. A prompt visit to the veterinarian is needed if the malamute is lethargic, has lost appetite, is vomiting, or all of the above. 

The Alaskan Malamute, with love and attention, will live long and healthy lives.

What are the common Alaskan Malamute health problems?

Listed below are the common Alaskan Malamute health problems. 

  • Hip dysplasia: Painful joints and difficulty moving are two symptoms of this inherited disorder. Bones rub against one another rather than sliding because the hip joint is formed incorrectly. Pain management for arthritis is available and surgery as a last resort is an option.
  • Hypothyroidism: Alaskan Malamutes can develop hypothyroidism when the thyroid gland does not make enough thyroid hormone, resulting in dry skin and coat, weight gain, aggression, lethargy, and hair loss. To test for this condition, a blood screening is provided and medication is provided if they test positive.
  • Cataracts: Alaskan Malamutes are susceptible to developing cataracts, along with Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), leading to significant vision loss or total blindness. While PRA is not curable, surgery can remove cataracts.
  • Dwarfism: While normal in dogs such as the Basset Hound and Corgi, it is abnormal in malamutes. There is no cure for this inherited gene that tends to come from irresponsible breeders.
  • Bloat: Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus (GDV) occurs when a dog’s stomach twists and fills with gas. When it twists, the blood supply is cut off and can be quickly fatal within 30 minutes. This is common in dogs with deep, narrow chests like the Malamute. Preventative surgery is an option but talk to the vet first before making any decisions.
  • Uveodermatologic Syndrome: Found in greater numbers in malamutes, a common eye disease that affects an Alaskan Malamute’s skin and nervous system. Severe cases can cause blindness and/or pain inside the eye, but any skin reaction is only cosmetic. Sunlight will worsen the condition.
  • Zinc Deficiency: A zinc deficiency in Alaskan Malamutes causes hair loss on their chin, elbows, feet, and around the eyes and lips and lesions on the foot pads and nose. Your vet may prescribe zinc to reverse these medical conditions.
  • Other Common and Inherited Medical Conditions: Dental disease, bacterial and viral infections, obesity, parasites, peripheral neuropathy, epilepsy, diabetes, anal gland problems, sebaceous cysts, Alopecia X, mange, bleeding disorders, and heart disease are all medical conditions that are common amongst most dog breeds that malamutes may be susceptible to as well.

Remember, some Alaskan Malamutes are more predisposed to certain diseases than others, and not all will have any of these health issues. With the right kind of care and attention, regular vet checkups, a nutritious diet, and regular exercise, the likelihood of health problems in the Alaskan Malamute is significantly reduced.

What are the benefits of having an Alaskan Malamute?

Listed below are the benefits of having an Alaskan Malamute.

  • Pulling: Alaskan Malamutes were bred to pull heavy sleds long distances through harsh conditions and are great adventure companions for active owners. 
  • Emotional support dog or therapy dog: The Alaskan Malamute breed is extremely sociable and loves people and their personalities bring smiles to almost everyone they meet.
  • Agility course: Due to their need to be both mentally and physically stimulated, agility courses combine both needs while forging a bond between owner and dog.
  • Search and rescue: While not usually utilized in most search and rescue missions due to their stubborn personalities, Alaskan Malamutes living in remote areas are great SAR animals because of their intelligence, strength, and ability to endure harsh conditions.
  • Family companion: The Alaskan Malamute was bred to play an integral part in the Mahlemuit Inupiaq tribe and therefore developed a strong bond with humans. They are also playful, and social, and can be gentle giants.
  • Exercise Partner: Due to their high energy levels and need to work, Alaskan Malamutes make fantastic workout companions for their owners. They are versatile, love most types of outdoor excursions such as hiking and running, and as a bonus, their look can intimidate those with ill intentions.

For active pet owners, Alaskan Malamutes are an excellent choice and a loyal friend for many years with proper care and attention. Their many positive qualities, including their energy, independence, love, devotion, and affection for their human companions, make the stubborn side of the malamute all worth it.

What are the limitations of having an Alaskan Malamute?

Listed below are the limitations of having an Alaskan Malamute. 

  • Size: While malamutes do not require much space, they are not recommended to live in apartments. They do require a large space to run and play out their energy. When considering this breed, owners must have a large space, have the ability to take them on long walks, or be able to transport them somewhere they can run safely.
  • Exercise needs: Known for its high level of activity, the Alaskan Malamute breed needs at least 1 – 2 hours of exercise per day. If that is unattainable, a malamute might not be the right choice.
  • Training needs: Alaskan Malamutes have a high level of intelligence and are trainable but they need consistent, ongoing training to avoid developing behavioral problems such as aggression, boredom, tendencies to escape, as well as combat separation anxiety.
  • Shedding: Alaskan Malamutes have a thick, double coat that they blow twice a year on top of year-round shedding. While this double coat provides insulation in cold climates, their high level of shedding can be a problem for owners with allergies to pet dander or who don’t have the time to devote to regular grooming care.
  • Health issues: Like dogs of all breeds, Alaskan Malamutes are predisposed to a number of different health problems, including hip dysplasia and cataracts. Potential owners need to be prepared for the prospect of incurring veterinarian costs and potential ongoing medical care.
  • Diggers and Escape Artists: Alaskan Malamutes, much like huskies, are famous for their escape skills and digging skills used to dig holes that often lead under fences. Due to their high prey drive and need to run and explore, they can squeeze, break, and chew through enclosures, and even completely ignore electric fences. Digging and running are part of their DNA and future owners need to seriously consider if they are OK with a holey yard.
  • Sociable: While not necessarily a bad thing, Alaskan Malamutes are not known for their protection or guarding skills. While they stay alert for predators, Mals will become friends with anybody. This breed is not the best option if a prospective owner is looking for a guard dog.
  • Howlers: Alaskan Malamutes are howlers, not barkers, who use howling to communicate with their pack, other animals, and their humans. If living in close quarters, potential owners need to be aware that their howling can be loud and disruptive..
  • Stubborn personalities: Alaskan Malamutes require an obvious leader, consistent boundaries, and guidance as their independent nature, intelligence, and stamina can often work together to create a stubborn personality. Owners need to be prepared to become the alpha, have patience, and provide positive reinforcement constantly. 
  • Strong predator instincts: Alaskan Malamutes are known for their high prey drive. When not pulling mushers, they were bred to run free and hunt. This innate drive can be difficult with smaller animals in a home with malamutes. While not all Mals have high prey drives, if raised together from puppyhood, Mals and small creatures can live happily together. Regardless, potential owners should be aware of the possible need to keep small critters up and out of reach.

Alaskan Malamutes have the potential to be excellent companions for those prepared. However, it is essential for anyone considering owning one to be aware of the breed’s limitations and be ready to provide the proper level of care and attention needed to meet their requirements for a long, healthy, happy life.

What are Alaskan Malamutes allergic to?

Listed below are the things that Alaskan Malamutes are allergic to.

  • Food: Like any other breeds, there is a potential that Alaskan Malamutes develop dietary allergies or sensitivities to particular components of their diet, such as meat, additives, or grains like wheat, chicken, peas, carrots, and soy.
  • Environmental allergens: Environmental allergens such as pollen, grass, perfumes, dust, mold, and even some dog shampoos can trigger allergic reactions in Alaskan Malamutes.
  • Flea bites: Flea bites and mites can trigger an allergic reaction in Alaskan Malamutes, causing scratching, rashes, excessive licking, and other skin problems.
  • Medications: Antibiotics and pain-relieving medication are two examples that, while rare, can trigger a reaction in Alaskan Malamutes.
  • Cleaning products: While also rare, some Alaskan Malamutes can be sensitive to cleaning solutions or chemicals, resulting in respiratory problems or skin irritation.

Keep in mind that not all Alaskan Malamutes will be allergic to the aforementioned substances, and some are more predisposed to particular allergies than others. If they are experiencing itching, sneezing, lethargy, excessive licking, patchy skin, or red, smelly ears, immediately have your Alaskan Malamute checked for an allergic reaction by the vet. 

What are Alaskan Malamutes afraid of?

Listed below are the things the Alaskan Malamutes are afraid of.

  • Loud noises: Alaskan Malamutes can become anxious from loud noises like thunderstorms, fireworks, and gunshots. Talk with your vet if their anxiety becomes harmful or disruptive.
  • Water: Swimming does not come naturally to most Alaskan Malamutes. Bred to run and traverse frozen bodies of water, they rarely swam in moving water. However, with positive reinforcement and proper training, they can learn how to become swimmers.
  • Other animals: While not usual, some Alaskan Malamutes are timid by nature and prefer to be alone and others may not have been socialized properly around other animals. Additionally, Mals have been known to be aggressive towards canines of the same sex.
  • Separation: Because they were bred to be close to their handlers, if left alone for too long, Alaskan Malamutes can develop separation anxiety.
  • New environments: Alaskan Malamutes can experience anxiety when introduced to new and unfamiliar surroundings such as new houses and public locations.
  • History: As with any other breed that has been abused, mistreated, or abandoned, Alaskan Malamutes can develop a lack of trust and fear of what might happen next, causing destructive behaviors. But with patience and positive reinforcement, Mals can adjust.
  • Specific objects and sounds: Some objects and sounds, like vacuums, train horns, and road noise, to name a few, that some Alaskan Malamutes are naturally scared of.
  • Sick, Hurt, Attention seeking: When sick or injured, Alaskan Malamutes may suddenly show fear. However, some malamutes may even pretend to be fearful for no other reason than to seek attention.

Not all Alaskan Malamutes will be terrified of these things while some are more terrified than others. To prevent fear and maladjusted behaviors, it is crucial to avoid constructive and harmful punishments and focus on positive reinforcement. If required, seek the counsel of a professional dog trainer or behaviorist.

What are the fun facts about Alaskan Malamutes?

Here are some fun facts about Alaskan Malamutes.

  • They were originally bred as working sled dogs: Alaskan Malamutes were originally bred in Alaska by the Mahlemuit tribe for their strength and ability to pull heavy sleds with supplies and in search of food.
  • They have traveled to the South Pole. Working with Admiral Richard Byrd, malamutes helped Byrd begin the first permanent research base in Antarctica for America.
  • They played an integral part for miners. During the 1896 Klondike Gold Rush, miners in Alaska saw the potential of this breed to help them pull heavy loads of gold.
  • They are Alaska’s state dog. With the help of local school kids, the Alaska Legislature made the Alaskan Malamute the official state dog in 2010.
  • They were critical in settling Alaska. Due to their hardworking natures, malamutes helped carry mail and supplies across Alaska to remote villages.
  • They were utilized in World War I and II. Alaskan Malamutes were used for their strength to move supplies across isolated French mountains to French army troops during WWI and for their strong noses to sniff out mines and weapons in WWII in addition to search and rescue efforts.
  • They delivered life-saving serum to a remote town: In 1925, a relay of multiple dog teams more than 600 miles, Alaskan Malamutes were part of some of the teams responsible for making sure the life-saving serum was delivered. 
  • They can run on very little food. While not advised, Alaskan Malamutes were bred to be able to survive, and run, on very little food.
  • They are one of the most popular dog breeds in cold climates: In addition to their intelligence, looks, versatility, and endurance, Alaskan Malamutes are frequently ranked among the most popular dog breeds in cold climates around the world. 
  • They have a double coat: The thick, double coat Alaskan Malamutes have kept them protected from harsh weather conditions. While malamutes instinctively keep themselves as clean as they can, this double coat needs to be brushed and groomed on a consistent, weekly basis to prevent matting and keep their coat working efficiently.
  • They make excellent athletes: The athleticism of Alaskan Malamutes makes them successful in a variety of canine sports, including hiking, tracking, racing, and agility.
  • They are lovers, not fighters: Alaskan Malamutes are known for their need to socialize and be with their owners. But if an intruder were to break in, they are more likely to make a new friend than howl to alert their owners.

As a breed, Alaskan Malamutes have a long and illustrious history that has spanned centuries. This canine breed is admired and adored for its intelligence, temperament, and good looks.

Are Alaskan Malamutes good dogs?

Yes, Alaskan Malamutes are good dogs. They are famous for their strength, size, power, intellect, faithfulness, and adaptability in a variety of situations. Not only can they perform a wide range of jobs, including working as emotional support animals, helping search and rescue missions in harsh terrain, and pulling sleds, but they also make wonderful companions for active families. However, potential malamute owners need to be prepared to provide proper care, attention, and exercise to meet their needs and prevent behavioral problems.

Are Alaskan Malamutes kid-friendly?

Yes, if properly socialized and trained, Alaskan Malamutes are kid-friendly. While their large size may not make a great fit for families with small children, they are noted for their need to be with humans and pack alike. Their laid back attitude and playfulness make them excellent companions for active kids. But, as with any breed, malamutes must be supervised when they are interacting with children to protect them from harm. Additionally, teaching children how to approach and interact with dogs is crucial as an added precaution.

Are Alaskan Malamute dogs friendly?

Yes, Alaskan Malamutes are dog friendly. While they do not necessarily get along with dogs of the same gender, because they were bred to be part of a pack, Mals enjoy the company of other dogs. While some malamutes prefer to be alone, most enjoy playing with, and around, other dogs. The right kind of socialization and training will go a long way toward encouraging dog-friendly behavior in Alaskan Malamutes. However, due to their high prey drive, always keep an eye on interactions between different dogs to make sure everyone stays safe, especially with smaller breeds. Before interacting with other canines, Alaskan Malamute owners must be aware of their dog’s specific temperament and behavior.

Are Alaskan Malamutes friendly toward strangers?

Yes, Alaskan Malamutes are friendly and highly sociable towards strangers and are considered one of the friendliest dog breeds. Regardless, even when properly socialized and trained, always oversee encounters and provide positive redirection to prevent potential problems. Because malamutes want to make friends, they do not make good guard dogs.

Are Alaskan Malamutes aggressive?

No, Alaskan Malamutes are not aggressive, but there are a few things to keep in mind. Like most breeds, malamutes can exhibit aggressive behavior without adequate socialization and training. While naturally easygoing, owners must have solid knowledge of their malamute’s temperament and behavior, and be able to provide redirection and training to prevent any possible aggression. For the sake of everyone’s safety, any encounter between a dog and unfamiliar people or animals should be monitored closely.

Are Alaskan Malamutes good with cats?

Yes, Alaskan Malamutes can be good with cats and can learn to live in harmony. This is especially true when raised together. However, while malamutes have a strong instinct to hunt prey and are thus more likely to chase or hurt cats, all interactions must be supervised and immediate positive redirection provided. Socialization and training do help foster positive behaviors toward cats but when introducing dogs and cats together, introduce them gradually and with caution. While Mals tend not to be territorial, there are always exceptions and you should provide each animal their own area and resources to limit any territorial behavior.

Are Alaskan Malamutes hypoallergenic?

No, Alaskan Malamutes are not hypoallergenic. They have a dense double coat that sheds heavily not just twice a year, but year-round as well, causing dander to be released into the air, triggering allergies in some individuals. However, susceptibility to pet dander varies depending on the individual. Potential Malamute owners who suffer from allergies should spend some time in the company of a malamute to determine if they have any allergic reactions before bringing one home. Regularly brushing the Alaskan Malamute and maintaining a clean home will help reduce the amount of dander released into the atmosphere.

Are Alaskan Malamutes protective?

No, Alaskan Malamutes are not protective and should not be used as guard dogs or as a protective measure. Mals have a well-earned reputation for seeking friendships with everyone, including intruders. Similar to other breeds, proper training and socialization will help deter any potential violent behaviors. While uncommon, keep an eye on relationships and direct Alaskan Malamutes appropriately in case they develop overprotective traits.

Can Alaskan Malamutes swim?

Yes, Alaskan Malamutes can swim but most are afraid of the water or choose not to. Swimming does not come naturally as they were not bred to swim or be around water other than to drink it or run across it. With the right instruction and training, and in a secure and supervised place to reduce the risk of accidents and injuries, owners can help teach their Mals to swim. Before bringing a malamute into any body of water, the owner must take notice of any potential dangers, including large waves, loud noises, and underwater barriers.

Can Alaskan Malamutes be left alone?

Yes, Alaskan Malamutes can be left home alone for brief periods of time. However, keep in mind that malamutes can become lonely, restless, and bored fairly easily, thus becoming destructive with the potential to destroy their home. If they need to be left for an extended period of time, proper crate training is imperative. Make sure to slowly acclimate them to the idea of being alone, and provide plenty of activity, stimulation, and attention. Providing a malamute with a safe and comfortable environment in the form of a crate or separate room, as well as slowly increasing time spent alone, can ease separation anxieties and destructive behaviors. Check-in at regular intervals, ensuring they have access to fresh water and supplies.

How much does an Alaskan Malamute cost?

The cost of an Alaskan Malamute changes significantly based on a number of different aspects, including the breeder, lineage, age, and location. The average price of a young Mal can cost anywhere from $500 to $2,500. One with a high-quality pure bloodline and purchased from responsible breeders costs significantly more, with some selling for upwards of $3,500. The biggest cost of Mals comes from ongoing costs such as food, veterinary care, grooming, and training. Prospective Alaskan Malamute owners must carefully consider their budget and financial resources to guarantee they can offer adequate care and attention.

Where can I buy an Alaskan Malamute?

Alaskan Malamutes can be bought from a wide variety of establishments, including breeders, shelters, and rescue groups. A reputable breeder or rescue group will answer any questions and be able to give proof of the mal’s good health. If you are looking for an older dog, head to your local shelter or rescue group, as they will also know more about their personality and habits. But, when deciding where to shop for an Alaskan Malamute, keep proximity, price, and availability in mind.

How to buy an Alaskan Malamute?

When attempting to add an Alaskan Malamute to the family, finding a reliable breeder or rescue group is essential. To find a reputable place, ask other dog owners and veterinarians. Then ask the breeder or rescue group about their health, temperament, and any pedigree needs, and confirm vaccination status and health checks. If you can, see the Mal in person to get a feel for their demeanor and character. Based on research and individual preferences, select a place to buy an Alaskan Malamute and finish any paperwork or payments required. Remember, getting a dog is a long-term commitment, especially a malamute. Make sure to choose one that will thrive in the home and with the family.

Is purchasing an Alaskan Malamute allowed?

Yes, purchasing an Alaskan Malamute is a respected breed allowed in most places and can be found for sale or adoption in many countries. However, before getting a dog, always look at your local rules and regulations. In some places, there are restrictions that must be adhered to on the importation of particular dog breeds or the ownership of specific dog breeds. Another consideration when purchasing a Malamute is whether or not the prospective owner has the time, energy, and financial means to provide them with the care and attention they need to live a long and healthy life.

Is adopting an Alaskan Malamute better than purchasing one?

There is no easy yes or no answer as to whether adopting an Alaskan Malamute is better than purchasing one. The answer depends on each future owner’s unique situation and preference. People who are interested in giving a home to a dog that is in need may find that adopting an Alaskan Malamute from a rescue group or shelter is a terrific alternative. Also, adopting will be cheaper than purchasing a dog from a breeder, and rescue groups are typically a great resource when it comes to knowing a dog’s personality, demeanor, immunization status, and health checks. Adopting a dog is a wonderful experience, but one must be prepared to devote extra time to give their new companion the time and attention they need in case of any behavioral or health problems. Buying an Alaskan Malamute from a respected breeder is also a worthwhile option, and reputable breeders can provide pedigree and bloodline info. However, it will cost you more money and increase the demand for purebred dogs. Ultimately, adopting or buying an Alaskan Malamute must be done with due consideration to achieve the best potential outcome for the dog and owner, based on the person’s lifestyle and interests.

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Jesse Hopping, CCDT

Jesse is a natural-born dog-lover certified dog trainer (CCDT), dog foster, and former volunteer at Richmond SPCA and surrounding dog shelters for over 10 years. Her pack includes a Bernedoodle and 3 Boston Terriers. She’s sipping caramel coffee and watching her pack play in the sun when she’s not writing blogs. Jesse has her Certified Dog Trainer designation from CATCH Canine Trainers Academy since 2018 and and majored in English from the University of Virginia.

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