Breed Guide: Alaskan Malamute – The Nordic Sled Dog

Alaskan Malamute – The Nordic Sled Dog


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The Alaskan Malamute is a medium-large to large dog that weighs between 70-95 pounds and measures up to 25″.  They are best known as sled dogs and are used to hard work.

Keep your Cool

They are ideal for cold climates or homes that will keep them cool and hydrated in hot summers.  The Alaskan Malamute has a thick, coarse outer coat and woolly, dense undercoat.

They are dressed for cold weather.  If you own an Alaskan Malamute and live in a warmer climate, you need to make sure that they have a place to get out of the sun and plenty of water.

Colour Variations


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They come in a variety of colours including solid white, shadings of light to medium grey, black, sable, and red.  In animals with shadings, parts of legs, feet, the underbody, and part of face markings are predominantly white.  The AKC  does not recognise any other solid colours than white.

Can they dig it, yes they can!

Alaskan Malamutes are independent, friendly and loyal.  They are more active as puppies and tend to mellow when they get older.  They are chewers, diggers and explorers.  If you don’t want it played with, than put it away.  When your Alaskan Malamute is outside, make sure that they can’t dig out of the yard or jump over they fence.

Space the final frontier

They are not good apartment, small home or city dogs.  They love to be outside and need plenty of room to play.  Because they are extremely playful as puppies, they would be better for older children until they become calmer.  They work best with other animals and pets when they are socialised at a young age.  They can be aggressive towards other dogs and can consider small animals prey.

Family dog

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This is an ideal dog for a family home that allows plenty of outdoor time to play and explore
The breed dates back over 2000 years and is a native of Alaska.  They were originally used as sled dogs by the Alaskan Malamute Eskimo tribe. In addition to a companion dog, the Alaskan Malamutes are still used as sled dogs for racing, exploration and families living in arctic regions.

Independent but Loving

As hardworking sled dogs, they are important household pets for families living in cold, snow covered areas and imperative to their way of life.  If you are looking for an independent but loving companion, the Alaskan Malamute is a perfect dog for you.

In Conclusion

Before paying a fortune to a breeder. Consider adopting and giving this loyal companion a furever home. Unfortunately due to the popular appeal of tv shows like Game of Thrones. There are more and more of these gorgeous dogs in centres just looking for the right home and owner. Take a look at Alaskan Malamute Rescue UK to see dogs looking for homes. As well as checking out the articles relating to Breed and Welfare information.