AKC PuppyFinder: Alaskan Malamute Puppies

Breed Traits
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  • Personality: Affectionate, loyal, playful but dignified
  • Energy Level: Somewhat Active; A very strong dog built for heavy work, the big guy craves regular exercise
  • Good with Children: Better with Supervision
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Weekly
  • Trainability: Independent
  • Height: 25 inches (male), 23 inches (female)
  • Weight: 85 pounds (male), 75 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 10-14 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
Breed Description
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The Alaskan Malamute, a Spitz-type cousin, is built for long heavy hauling, a marathoner, not a sprinter. He's a dignified, hard-working dog, intelligent and athletic. But he's also a great companion, especially for active families who take him swimming, jogging or hiking. He can be playful and affectionate and is gentle with kids. Malamute puppies, with their sweet eyes and fluffy coats will grow up to be strong (and strong-willed) dogs, so loving, early training will help him be a balanced and happy family member.

History & Job
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Origin: Alaska

Year Recognized: 1935

Breed History & Job Description: The Malamute gets its name from the Mahlemiut, an Inuit tribe that settled in north Alaska a long, long time ago. The dog the Mahlemiuts developed is a sledge dog, created to haul heavy loads at low speeds over long distances. (Sled dogs, like the Siberian Husky, pull lighter loads at faster speeds. Huskies are racers; Malamutes are freighters.) Mals also earned their keep in the Arctic as hunting partners, backpack carriers, and loyal family companions.

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The Alaskan Malamute needs early socialization to people and dogs as well as basic obedience training to grow up to be a well-adjusted, mentally healthy dog. Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own an Alaskan Malamute can gain the education they need to know what specific health concerns exist within the breed.

Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.


Recommended Health Tests from the National Breed Club:

  • Hip Evaluation
  • Ophthalmologist Evaluation
  • Polyneuropathy DNA Test
Breed Club
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  • Breed Club: Alaskan Malamute Club of America, Inc.
  • Breed Club Link: http://alaskanmalamute.org/
  • Breed Standard: View
  • Group: Working
  • 2016 Popularity: 59
  • Breed Referral Contact: Jo Ann Krause - 218-388-0575
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  • Breed Club Rescue: Alaskan Malamute Assistance League
  • Breed Club Rescue Email: contact@AlaskanMalamuteAssistanceLeague.org
  • Breed Club Rescue Phone: 419-512-2423
  • Breed Club Rescue Link: http://alaskanmalamuteassistanceleague.org/
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