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Understanding and Training an Alaskan Malamute

Alaskan Malamute

Powerful and independent, the Malamute requires firm obedience training - they can also be unresponsive to requests if there is not something in it for them. Strong leadership skills are necessary to establish appropriate rank, most especially with male Malamutes, as they tend to be quite dominant.

Due to their long genetic foundation that includes living in the wilderness with people and packs of dogs, there remains semblance of a pack instinct. This instinct makes the breed unpredictable with small animals, therefore they require strict supervision. Dog aggression and some times food aggression can also be problematic if not properly managed.

This is a very hard working dog that requires hardy exercise and outlets for excessive energy. Too much confinement an/or isolation will make the Malamute restless. Consider working this breed during exercise by having them pull carts or carry packs to help channel their energy constructively.

A well trained, supervised, exercised Alaskan Malamute makes an impressive companion. This is a loyal, devoted and affectionate companion to experienced and willing owners.


Breed Profile

Breed Name: Alaskan Malamute

Domestic Dog Group:

Brief Description:

  • General Size: 85 - 125 lbs (39 - 57 kg); 58 - 71 cm
  • General Temperament: Active & Exuberant
  • General Description: An impressive companion to the experience and willing owner.

Breed’s Key Traits

  High Med-High Medium Med-Low Low
Requires Experience   x      
Good Family Dog       x  
Exercise Required     x    
Activity Indoors     x    
Ease of Training       x  
Sociability with Strangers   x      
Grooming Requirements   x      


Brief History

This breed dates back thousands of years, developed by the Malhemut tribe (Inuit people) for stamina rather than speed. The dog's dense, double-layer coat and strong, powerful build makes the Malamute a well-protected and determined worker.


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