Alaskan Malamute

Everything you need to know about Alaskan Malamutes

Life Expectancytypically 10+ years
SheddingMedium length with heavy shedding

Alaskan Malamutes are typically energetic dogs, having been originally bred to pull sledges. They are strong dogs with thick, fluffy coats, known for their shedding. Alaskan Malamutes are often white mixed with another colour such as grey, black or red. There’s lots of doggy behaviour that comes naturally to all breeds of dog, including Alaskan Malamutes, from digging and chasing to searching and retrieving. 

Thinking about giving an Alaskan Malamute a forever home? Here are some Alaskan Malamute facts that might help you decide.  

Caring for Alaskan Malamutes 

Every dog is different with their own personality and needs. Here are some areas to think about when taking care of an Alaskan Malamute.  

Health issues 

Before you give any dog a home, it’s important to know about possible health issues. Not every dog will suffer them but it’s good to be prepared.     

To find out more about potential health issues for...

How much food does an Alaskan Malamute need? 

The amount of food a Malamute needs depends on their:  

  • age  
  • size  
  • activity levels  
  • fitness  
  • weight.   

You can use the informat...

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How much exercise does an Alaskan Malamute need? 

Alaskan Malamutes are typically high-energy dogs who need lots of exercise to keep them physically and mentally healthy. They'll need daily walks, plus plenty of time and opportunity to explore, burn energy, and ...

How much grooming does an Alaskan Malamute need? 

Alaskan Malamutes have a thick and fluffy double coat to keep them warm in cold weather. Their coat will need daily brushing to keep shedding under control. They are also likely to need professional grooming. 

What size crate do you need for an Alaskan Malamute?

When inside their crate, your dog should have plenty of space to: 

  • sit and stand up at their full height 
  • turn around without touching the sides 
  • lie down fully stretched out&...

Alaskan Malamute behaviour and training  

Even if you think you know about Malamutes, it’s important to remember that every dog has their own personality.  

What’s the temperament of an Alaskan Malamute? 

Just like you, every dog is an individual with their own unique personality and prior experiences. So, every Malamute temperament is different.  As dogs grow from puppies, they learn all about the world. They develop ...

Are Alaskan Malamutes easy to train? 

You can teach any breed of dog new tricks! It’s all about positive learning. Find out what your dog loves so you can use this to reward them after a success. Whether it’s small food treats, toys or lots of praise, tra...

Are Alaskan Malamutes good with children? 

Every dog has their own unique personality that has been shaped by their own experiences of the world. They’ll have their own likes and dislikes and will respond to situations in different ways. However, there are som...

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