Dog Breeds: Alaskan Malamute temperament and personality

alaskan malamute dog breeds

The Majestic Alaskan Malamute

The Alaskan Malamute is a very strong breed of Arctic dogs.  This large dog has both strength and endurance.  This makes him perfect for hauling and sledding.


They are one of the oldest dog breeds.  The Alaskan Malamute is described as the descendant of the Mahlemut, a companion dog of the Inupiat in Western Alaska.  The Inupiat crossed the Bering Strait into Alaska 4,000 years ago.

Physical Characteristics

These dogs look like wolves and may actually play them on TV.  They usually weigh 85 pounds and stand 25 inches at the shoulder.  Females usually are at 23 inches tall and around 75 pounds.


They are extremely friendly with both family and strangers.  Therefore, they are not fit as watchdogs.  The Alaskan Malamute might seem intimidating to strangers but that is pretty much all the protection you’ll get.

They have a playful and willing nature.  The are very loyal to family and friends.  Barking is not something they do much but instead have this characteristic “woo woo” sound.

Caring for the Alaskan Malamute

This pet needs to be active as much as possible.  He is strong and built for hard work.  A bored Malamute will howl and become destructive.  He loves to dig.  You cannot train him to stop but you can designate a special place for him to do so.


The dog is rather easy to train.  It is important to socialize him at an early age.  Inviting guests to the house as well as taking him outside to places will help sharpen up his social skills as an adult.  This dog is pretty smart if trained properly.

Fun facts

  • Even though they don´t bark much, they are very vocal. In fact, they can be persuaded to sing.
  • In 2010, it became the Alaska state dog.
  • They love to walk long distances.  They will go with anyone so make sure you have a large and strong fence.

These dogs are social dogs and like to travel in packs.  If you think you have the resources, adopt two or more.  Find information on how to proper care for them at Dogalize.  You will find important tips and ideas on how to properly train your pet.