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Alaskan Malamute


Overview

The image of Alaskan Malamutes can conjure up thoughts of sledding dogs, racing along the arctic, and they retain some of those good qualities; determination, strength, and confidence. Nowadays, however, Malamutes are most often kept as housepets, where they also excel. They are big fans of humans, making them affectionate family dogs (but mediocre guard dogs, as they are prone to see the best in everyone!) Their great stamina and drive make it necessary for them to get plenty of exercise. Given the opportunity to burn off their excess energy, Alaskan Malamutes are well-behaved, easygoing and loving members of the family.

Adult Size

  • Huge
  • Large

Amount of Shedding

  • Sheds Excessively

Appropriate Environment

  • Doesn’t Do Well in Apartments

Behavior if Left Alone

  • Better Not to Leave Alone Very Long

Breed Group

  • Working Group

Coat Length

  • Medium Coat

Coat Quality

  • Double Coat

Colors

  • Agouti & White
  • Black & White
  • Blue & White
  • Gray & White
  • Red & White
  • Sable & White
  • Seal & White
  • Silver & White
  • White

Drools

  • Doesn’t Really Drool

Energy Level

  • Highly Energetic

Exercise Needs

  • Needs Lots of Exercise

Full Grown Height

  • 24-26″

Full Grown Weight

  • 76-80lbs
  • 80-90lbs
  • 91-100lbs

General Health

  • Healthy Breed

Good Choice for New Dog Owners

  • Poor Choice for Your First Dog

Good Dog for Cold Weather?

  • Thrives in Cold Weather

Good Dog for Hot Weather?

  • Doesn’t Do Well in Hot Weather

Good With Children?

Grooming

Intelligence

Personality

Playfulness

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Social Behavior with Dogs

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