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Alaskan Malamutes


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height & weight, the typical colorings & temperaments, plus information
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Alaskan Malamutes

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Average Height & Weight

The Alaskan Malamute is considered a LARGE dog based on the average height and weight.


Males – Height: 25 inches.

Weight: 85 pounds.

Females – Height: 23 inches.

Weight: 75 pounds.

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Alaskan Malamutes


Typical Coloring

Alaskan Malamutes are commonly light gray, black, sable or red.






A very intelligent, and sometimes strong-willed, breed, Alaskan Malamutes are independent and fun-loving. Their favorite thing to do is accompany their masters on outdoor adventures. With early obedience training, they are quite well-behaved.




Activity Level

Alaskan Malamutes are one of the most athletic dog breeds. They love to haul loads, hike, swim, run and explore. They must run or haul everyday, otherwise they can become destructive, with too much energy to burn.


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Breed Characteristics



Age Expectancy

10 to 12 years

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Known Breed-Related Health Issues

The most common health concerns for Alaskan Malamutes include cataracts and canine hip dysplasia. Renal cortical hypoplasia is less common but still occurs within the breed, while gastric torsion is seen occasionally.




Ideal Climates for this Breed

Alaskan Malamutes have a low tolerance for hot climates and a high tolerance for cold climates. They love cold weather and pulling sleds in the snow.



Alaskan Malamutes


Family Orientation
(good with kids, or other pets?)

Alaskan Malamutes make good pets for families without other animals. They can be hostile to other dogs and household pets, but they are good with children.




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