A strong and powerful sled dog, the Alaskan Malamute, should be compact and have good substance.

It is distinguished for having a thick coat in grey and white tonalities, its appearance is strong, its head potent and intelligent expression, the small raised ears and its hair has a natural plume appearance carried over the back in a typically Nordic fashion; the Malamute is 63 cm tall and moves with a proud stance. Coloring includes a covered head and /or mask. The eyes are brown, although the expression is soft and kind. The body is built compactly but with substance; the back, straight, sloping toward the hips; the lumbar area is potent and good length to ease movement. The coat is double, and the external hair stands; the neck is abundantly furry, as well as the shoulders and limbs. Weight: 35 to 42 kg.

Although the Malamute loses its fur as a puppy, it will never lose its puppy joy. This is a good natured and lively dog that needs dedication and firm education. As every Nordic breed, the Malamute is oriented to other dogs, and is not a single person dog. Due to this pack mentality, it is essential that the owner assumes the pack leader role. It is a great outdoor dog; it loves the cold and snow.


The head is a typical breed characteristic. The Malamute should never have blue eyes. The litter size varies considerably, and the puppy’s weight can be between 340 and 625 g. The growth is enormous during the first weeks, and according to breeders it weight 12 kg at eight weeks. We should note that there is a considerable size variety within the breed, and the buyer should consider which lines his puppy descends from. Complete maturity can take up to four years, although this also varies according to lines. Breeders emphasize in the character, when choosing a puppy. It is ideal to verify the parent’s character, of possible. Puppies as well as parents should be kind towards people. The adult Malamute often rebels to put the owner’s pack leader authority to the test. Owners should be firm and consistent, this way the phase will pass without complications.
An eight week puppy can weigh up to 12 kg; although the breed grows quickly, it may not reach maturity until it is four years old.

As a strong and rustic animal by nature, the most significant problem in the Malamute is hip dysplasia. Dwarfism, achondroplasia, has also risen in the breed; which is noticeable upon birth. Other proven anomalies in the breed are hemeralopia or day blindness (inability to see in day light), renal cortical hypoplasia (congenital renal affliction which usually ends with kidney failure at between six months and two years of age) and hypothyroidism. The Malamute can have copper and zinc deficiency genetic predisposition. Firm and constant education (not hard) should begin since its small to channel its plenty of energy, since it is prone to mischief.  Shedding can be very inconvenient, and owners should watch exposition to high temperatures and dewclaw apparition.  The Alaskan is happiest while working and playing outdoors in the fresh (or cold).

The puppy should unfold a kind attitude towards people. Ears may drop during dentition change, but usually stand straight with no problems.