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Older Children


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Breed Popularity

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Other Dogs

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How many registrations per year that are made for this breed. Generally breeds are popular for a reason and high popularity breeds are often a great place to start your search.

How willing and able this breed is to protect you, your family and your  home , how territorial they are and how dominant they can be. This is not necessarily  a sign of how aggressive the breed is.

Not to be confused with protection/guarding this is how alert , how vocal and how trusting your dog is. Even tiny dogs can make great watchdogs.

Being able to physically manage your dog is a vital consideration, dogs are much stronger than humans pound for pound.

 Breed Stats At A Glance:  1-5 Scale 5 is most or best 1 is least or worst

Nearly all dogs are trainable, some breeds  however are inherently more stubborn, wilful, lazy or less intelligent than others. Stubborn and stupid is a bad combo, Clever and eager is a good combo!

A variable combination of trainability, inherent temperament, dominance or natural aggression make some breeds less suitable for the novice owner  than others.

Older children are much more able to understand how to treat their dog appropriately. Parents must guage the maturity of their own children before choosing a dog.

Very young children are liable to annoy or provoke a dog and can injure smaller ones through rough play. They can themselves be knocked down or accidentally hurt by a larger or over enthusiastic dog.

A combination of how naturally active this breed is and how much daily exercise they will need. Under stimulated dogs can develop unwanted problem behaviours such as excessive barking, chewing and digging.

Some breeds happily live in apartments as long as they get enough daily exercise. Some however need big yards and lots of space. Some breeds bark a lot  so think of your neighbours!

Some breeds love nothing more than snuggling up on the couch with you whilst others are much more aloof.

Playfulness represents how eager, willing and exuberant your furry pal will be when it comes to getting down and joining in the fun.

Representing yearly averages as some breeds only shed seasonally, some shed throughout the year, and some hardly shed or dont shed at all.

How much upkeep you will need to do to keep your dog looking their best and being healthy, grooming, brushing, cleaning and  bathing etc.

All dogs can suffer health problems. Some breeds however, either through over breeding or inbreeding are more prone to serious congenital disorders than others.

How well does this breed naturally get on with other dogs? Proper socialization will mitigate most  intolerance. Intact  males generally are more problematic with other intact  males

Some breeds have naturally higher prey drives than others, however nearly all dogs can live with small animals providing they are introduced young enough and are well socialized.

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Alaskan Malamute Temperament, Personality And Dog Breed Guide

The Alaskan Malamute Temperament Is Active, Affectionate, Stubborn And Friendly

alaskan malamute portraitProtection level: Many of them do not make very good guard dogs because they are too trusting and affectionate towards people however they can be protective over food and aggressive towards strange dogs until pack order has been established.

Health: Fairly healthy generally however bloat, hip displasia , PRA, and Chondrodysplasia can occur. Finding  a reputable breeder and ensuring adequate pet insurance will of course always bring extra peace of mind regards the well being of your furry friend.


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Active and energetic who are able to give this dog the outlet for its high energy needs with access to plenty of space, not really suitable  for city living or small apartments. Preferably in a cooler climate.

As always if you like this breed, please do the research  and ensure that you are choosing the right dog for your own lifestyle. For more information, why not visit this breeds national club

Alaskan Malamute Temperament

The Malamute’s personality is gentle, stoic and playful by by nature and they make an excellent family companion. They are an intelligent breed so can become easily bored if they are not provided enough to do . They get along well almost everyone including children and other pack dogs but can be rather stubborn.

Shedding: Heavy seasonal shed, The coat of the dog will shed two times per year. When this happens, it is likely that large amounts of the dog's hair will come out in clumps.

alaskan malamuteGrooming: Due to your Mal's heavy coat, you should be sure to provide proper grooming to your pet. This will require a brushing several times per week.

Children: Mals are natural pack dogs  so do very well when it comes to having other family members. Their temperament means you will find that they are affectionate yet not over the top. There are also many other dog breeds that are good with children

Ealaskan malamute puppyxercise:High; They love love to pull, run, roam and will throw themselves eagerly into any activity. The Malamute is a highly energetic animal and for that reason needs to be exercised and played with often. They need to be kept busy and you will want to spend time playing physical games with this breed, you should also give him at least a full hours worth of walking per day for exercise.

Alaskan Malamute Information and Breed Notes

Alaskan Malamutes or “Mals” are an arctic sled dog breed first developed by the Mhalemuts, an Inuit tribe who lived along Norton Sound on Alaska’s NW coast, they helped to hunt and haul seals or polar bears and were an essential cog in the intuits lives and accordingly were treated almost as one of the family. The breed came to wider acclaim during the gold rush of 1896 when Alaska was flooded with an influx of outsiders and some were used in Admiral Byrds  Expedition to the South Pole in 1933.

Unlike its nimbler cousin the Siberian Husky, Alaskan Malamutes are a freighting dog - that is bred for load pulling rather than racing , they are bigger and stronger than the Husky , but like the Husky  are perfectly adapted to their frigid and inhospitable homeland.

Alaskan Malamute

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Group: Working

Size: Large

Recognised By The American Kennel Club and others

Avg Height:23-25”  

Avg Weight: 75-100 lbs

Life span: 12-15 yrs

 Coat Type:Medium length, thick and coarse

Colouration: Shades of white and grey, black,sable, red and pure white

Comparable Breeds

Siberian Husky

Siberian Husky



Do You Have An Alaskan Malamute? We would love love to hear your story, why not upload a picture and share your experiences, tell us why they are your favourite breed. Do You Have A Related Question? - Just ask and we will be happy to help .

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Friendly and outgoing, Mals are sensitive to owner’s moods , and sociable but not demanding. Although quiet companions, they talk to their owners in a captivating AROOOOOO. Neighbours may find a chorus of these from several dogs  less enchanting.

Chris Walcowicz- the Perfect Match