Alaskan Malamute


Originated from Indian tribes where they were used as sled dogs to haul possessions over long distances in extremely low temperatures. Also used to hunt bears & other animals for food. Soon developed into a dog with a high level of strength, intelligence & reliability, traits which today’s Malamute still possess.


Substantially built dog with a deep chest and strong, well-muscled body, largest of the Arctic dogs.

Grooming and Physical Needs

  • Grooming Needs: Weekly brushing, when coat drops it needs to be brushed daily.
  • Coat Type: Short, medium, thick and coarse coat.
  • Moulting: Heavy; will shed heavily once a year and bitches twice a year during their seasons.
  • Exercise Needs: From baby puppy to 3 years old activity levels are high, from 3 years + activity levels are moderate.
  • Average Life Span: 10 years.


  • Family: Good with children provided they are bought as puppies and grown up together.
  • Temperament: Affectionate, friendly dog, loyal, devoted companion, playful on invitation, but generally impressive by his dignity after maturity.
  • Trainability: Must have basic training as they are a dominant breed.
  • Sociability (Other Pets): Good with dogs if they grow up with them, but not with cats, rabbits or small pets.
  • Barking: Low tendency.


Can learn obedience and agility commands and will perform them competently.


Most significant problem being hip dysplasia, may also be prone to copper and zinc deficiencies.