Alaskan Malamute

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Breed Group: Working
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Alaskan Malamutes are large working dogs. They have been used through the years as sled dogs, but aren't naturally as fast in the long run as there blue-eyed competition (huskies). Originally bred as a sled dog they were taught to think independently which sometimes results in them being a bit stubborn. Absolutely magnificent coloration and such a beautiful and strong overall build. Highly intelligent and loyal they are certain to make a nice family pet.
The Alaskan Malamute is friendly, affectionate, and loyal, but can have a mind of its own. Although a hardy breed hereditary health problems may include hip dysplasia, chondrodysplasia, and bloat. Life expectancy is around 12-15 years.
Extraordinarily loyal, intelligent, and friendly. After maturity the Alaskan Malamute usually settles in to a nice calm and quiet adult. With their friendly personality, they really aren't suitable as a guard dog. Although very intelligent they can prove to be stubborn. They have strong instinct so it's advised to keep an eye on them around small animals.
The Alaskan Malamute has a very thick and coarse coat and would do well with a good brushing twice a week. They are very heavy shedders and there undercoat comes out in clumps twice a year. Bathes for this breed really aren't necessary as they easily shed dirt. Also as an energetic working dog they do best with some space to run or a walk at least twice a day.
This breed sports a very beautiful double coat. The top coat is thick and coarse protecting it from even the most extreme weather conditions. Beneath the coarse coat is a very soft, dense, and oily coat. Colors may include light grays shading to black as well as sables to red. The legs and muzzle nearly always white.
Bred for sledding and independence the Alaskan Malamute can prove to be stubborn. Don't let the stubbornness fool you though because they are highly intelligent!
Alaskan Malamutes are very energetic and active. If you have the space they will run and play outside all day. Make sure to monitor them if the conditions are too hot.
Male: 85; Female: 75 lbs
Male: 25; Female: 23 inches
light gray through to black, with white shading and a white mask or cap; also shades of sable or red with shading, or all white
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How much do Alaskan Malamute puppies cost?

The cost to buy an Alaskan Malamute varies greatly and depends on many factors such as the breeders' location, reputation, litter size, lineage of the puppy, breed popularity (supply and demand), training, socialization efforts, breed lines and much more. Review how much Alaskan Malamute puppies for sale sell for below.

The current median price for all Alaskan Malamutes sold is $900.00. This is the price you can expect to budget for an Alaskan Malamute with papers but without breeding rights nor show quality. Expect to pay less for a puppy without papers, however, we do not recommend buying a puppy without papers.

Looking for a dog with a superior lineage? Are you trying to determine how much a puppy with breeding rights and papers would cost? You should expect to pay a premium for a puppy with breeding rights or even for a puppy advertised as show quality with papers. You should budget anywhere from $2,200 upwards to $6,500 or even more for an Alaskan Malamute with top breed lines and a superior pedigree. The average cost for all Alaskan Malamutes sold is $1,000.

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What can I expect to pay for a puppy?

Median Price: $900.00
Average Price: $1,000.00
Top Quality: $2,200.00 to $6,500.00

*Data sourced from the sale of 3937 Alaskan Malamute puppies across the United States on

Annual cost of owning an Alaskan Malamute puppy

Before buying a puppy it is important to understand the associated costs of owning a dog. The annual cost or "upkeep" is often overlooked when determining an Alaskan Malamutes true ownership cost. When calculating your budget make sure you account for the price of food, vaccines, heartworm, deworming, flea control, vet bills, spay/neuter fees, grooming, dental care, food, training and supplies such as a collar, leash, crate, bed, bowls, bones, and toys. All of these items can add up quickly so make sure you estimate anywhere from $500 - $2,000 or more for the first year then about $500 - $1,000 or more every year thereafter to meet the annual financial obligations of your growing, loving dog.

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Most Popular Alaskan Malamute Names for 2019

We've compiled the top 20 male and female names for 2017 after analyzing the sale of 3937 Alaskan Malamute dogs.
  • 1. Dakota
  • 2. Timber
  • 3. Tilly
  • 4. Blaze
  • 5. Candy
  • 6. Teddy
  • 7. Bella
  • 8. Farrah
  • 9. Tucker
  • 10. Willow
  • 11. Jandmmals
  • 12. Thunder
  • 13. Angel
  • 14. Calvin
  • 15. Daisy
  • 16. Red
  • 17. Storm
  • 18. Thor
  • 19. Brown's
  • 20. Champ

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Anonymous asked:
Would it be considered okay to have a malamute and live in Miami? As you might know we don't have winter at all and it can be very hot in the summer. If the answer is affirmative then what breeder of Giant Malamute puppies would you recommend



No, I would never recommend you get a Malamute when living in the area you live. This is a Northern breed that was bred for cold and cooler weather. The heat of Miami would be too much and the risk of heat-stroke, dehydration and potential death is too great. This is a beautiful breed of dog, but please choose a breed that would do better in the area that you live.


I've owned mals in Texas (just as hot as Florida). If you make smart decisions about animal care you could have a mal in Florida. I kept up with brushing (2-4 times a week) and bathed mine about every three weeks with a deshedding shampoo and conditioner. My dogs always had access to fresh, cool (not iced because that can cause bloat issues) water and were exercised during cooler times of the day (usually 6am-8am and 8pm-10pm during the summer). My dogs were big swimmers so we would go out to the lake or we would take them to the dog park where there were doggie swimming pools so they could cool off as well. You can always buy a cooling vest which will help with overheating as well. It's all about common sense. I wouldn't go for a run at 2pm on a scalding hot day in July in Texas, so why would I do that to my dog? Nutrition will also play a big part in the amount of hair your dog sheds as well as general health.


Having a malamute in Miami is fine. Even though it was bred for cold temperatures, as long as you keep it relatively cool, it should be fine. We've had a husky in Phoenix AZ. He didn't mind so much, but we did shave his fur off a little.


If you can keep a malamute inside the AC in the summer and exercise when it's cooler, it should be fine. Do NOT shave your malamute, even just a little. The coat insulates it against the heat like it does the cold.


Agreed. I had mine in Houston. I had a couple of rude people come up to me and tell me off for having my dog in Houston Tx. Like I told them, I bought her here, I didn't birth her here. I took great care for her, lots of water at all times, didn't take her out in the hottest part of the day. She stayed indoors a lot with me where she was spoiled. Go out when the weather was cooler. NEVER shave them ever. Not good for them. Make sure you have the energy to keep up with one before you buy it, especially in Miami. Your dog is not going to be able to just run around outside because of the heat and if you don't have the patience and time this breed needs, they can become destructive out of boredom and a strong need for companionship with you. We had a neighbor who loved the looks of the dog, got it and then thought they would just let it hang out alone all the time like a Christmas ornament in a tree. Very depressed dog, who spent all of her time looked on the 2nd story porch. She spent her time howling and crying for hours and hours- killed me to see her like that. These dogs take a lot of time and patience and a mind that is always coming up with new things for her/him to do- repetition bores them and they will not work with you if you treat them like a regular dog that is super mellow like a yellow lab or golden retriever. :)


With the proper care, it should be fine. However, I would highly recommend contacting someone in your state with a Malamute and get their advice.

Anonymous asked:
We live in NC and the summers are very hot 90-100, and very mild winters. Would these temperatures be too hot for a Alaskan Malamute? I don't want the dog to be uncomfortable.



The temperatures in the summer would be too hot for an Alaskan Malamute. Really, the only way for the dog to be comfortable during the winter is that the dog is inside with A.C, is routinely brushed thoroughly to eliminate bulk hair, has access to cool fresh water at all times and is not walked during the day time when it is at its hottest. Though they are amazing dogs, I do not think the Alaskan would do well in your area. I would suggest possibly a Smooth Collie, or an Alaskan Husky. Which both have less fur and could do fine in your area granted you keep them cool during those hot summers.


In my opinion, I would recommend getting a Siberian Husky over an Alaskan Malamute if you live in areas where the temperature is that hot. Siberian Huskies have less fur and are a little easier to keep cool.

Anonymous asked:
How big is an Alaskan Malamute?



The Alaskan Malamute ranges in height between 22 - 25 inches at the shoulder and weigh between 70 - 95 lbs depending on if the dog is male or female.


They can reach 130 pounds also. I know because I had a Male & a female, they were is good condition too. I think it also depends on their gens.


Typically, males are 24-26 inches at the withers and females are 22-24 inches at the shoulder. Males usually weigh between 79-95 pounds and females usually weigh 71-84 pounds. This breed is considered a very big breed,

Anonymous asked:
How much do Alaskan Malamutes usually cost from a breeder?



The average price of an Alaskan Malamute puppy from a responsible, reputable and knowledgeable breeder ranges from $1200.00 - $1700.00 per puppy.


Beware of "breeders" who charge an excessive amount. Paying a lot for a puppy doesn't mean it's of exceptional quality. More than $2000-$2500 is excessive, especially for a "giant."


Make sure that you go through a responsible breeder. Puppies typically go for $2,000-$3,000, but top notch lines could be as much as $6,000.

Anonymous asked:
Is there really a breed that is a "giant" Alaskan malamute or is this just some breeder saying that their dogs are bigger than every one else?



There are two strains of the Alaskan Malamute breed, the standard and the giant. The standard Alaskan Malamute is recognized by the AKC, CKC and UKC. While the giant is not. The giant Alaskan Malamute is a sub-species of the standard Alaskan Malamute that was bred to be much larger by the native people hundreds of years ago. Several breeders have continued with those lines to keep the sub-breed alive today.


There is natural variation within the breed. That being said if a breeder breeds for giants structure and temperament may be overlooked and they are definitely not breeding to improve the breed or meet the breeds standard.


A giant is NOT a sub-species or a different breed. The "giants" were selectively bred to be larger. "Giants" do tend to have more bone and joint issues, though, so buyer beware.


Agreed. Giants are NOT in any way a subspecies nor did the native people breed them to be "giants" hundreds of years ago. A "larger" m'loot strain was allowed to mix with the strictly native strain to avoid the breed being wiped out entirely. All Alaskan Malamutes carry the m'loot genetics now but it is in no way a "giant" strain or subspecies. AKC standards were adjusted to accommodate the newer, SLIGHTLY bigger version of the STANDARD and acceptable size for Alaskan Malamutes after the m'loot strain was already introduced. Very rarely is an advertised "giant" even huge and I see breeders WAY overstate the weight of their dogs; one claims her male is 130 but I've seen him in person and would confidently estimate him to be 85lbs. I've had many dogs in that size range and there is absolutely NO way that this dog is anywhere near 130lbs. I also see many photos posted where size is completely distorted, simply due to the perspective (or often having someone crouch next to the dog). There are MANY breeders who breed strictly for size but also misrepresent that size, simply because they believe it sets them apart and allows them to charge more...and people fall for it. Alaskan Malamute temperment can vary GREATLY as this is generally a strong-willed breed. A dominant-natured Malamute can be disasterous in an inexperienced Malamute home. If the breeder is selecting only the largest pups to breed, you will likely get many of the dominant-natured dogs in the lines but still only have a large, standard-size line. But that alone doesn't make them giants. IF there is an exceptionally large AKC Malamute born, that would basically be a fluke. Then if you happen to find another exceptionally large AKC Malamute of the opposite sex and are able to obtain that dog (as well as the breeding rights), that would be almost unheard of. If this unbelievable set of circumstances did occur and your goal is to breed "giants," then who wants to also screen these two "rare" dogs (already deviations themselves) for temperment and health issues? You wouldn't. Beware of any breeder advertising "Giants" and make sure you go see the parents themselves. Also beware of CKC registered dogs as CKC registration is obtained simply by sending a photo of your dog and if it looks like a purebred, they say it's so. Remeber, anyone can send a photo of any dog they choose. That being said, having access to one AKC male and one AKC female can easily open the doors to falsified AKC registrations in the hands of an irresponsible or dishonest breeder. Any litter of puppies can be registered to any male and female, with no real scrutiny, as long as the person submitting the registration is the owner of both "parents."


They are fine anywhere as long as you going to take care of them. They're mellow. I bought a pure grey puppy 8wks for 2,000 and she's doing great. I live in CA.

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Updated: 11/13/2019