This large breed is originally from Alaska, and is in the working group, originally bred to pull sleds and work hard in cold climates, they are a great utility dog that excels in many different jobs. This is a large breed that averages between 60-100 plus lbs. and shoulders will reach 20-28 inches off the ground.Their average life span is 10-14years.
The Alaskan Malamute is a tough, sturdy breed that is ready for fun and is a devoted companion. As would be expected, they love the outdoors and are especially adapted to cold weather fun, and is especially fond of snow related activities. They are quiet unless a voice is needed to deter intruders or alert their owners of something amiss, but don't be fooled by their quiet nature, this is a serious dog with a strong personality that requires a devoted owner to establish rules early on.
Malamutes need moderate exercise and are typically good with children when well socialized but due to their large size, supervision is recommended. Despite their large size, they generally do very well in the home as long as their exercise needs are met. This breed is an excellent watchdog and devoted family member that strongly bonds with their family. The Malamute requires a strong pack leader that will establish strong boundaries early in training as they can be dominant and stubborn by nature. Early training and socialization is strongly encouraged to ensure a well balanced dog of good character for companionship in the home.
The Malamute's thick, fluffy, luxurious coat will shed quite a bit and requires regular brushing sessions to maintain the coat, but for those that love the breed, the brushing is well worth the effort to have a big, soft, bear of a dog as a loving companion. The breed comes in a few different colors with different markings, 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. Unlike the shorter coated Siberian Husky which it is sometimes confused with, the Alaskan Malamute does not have blue or green eyes.