Dog Breed Guide: Alaskan Malamute

Posted on June 22, 2015 under Dog Breeds, Dog Topics

An Alaskan Malamute dog with pet insurance from Pets Best.

Dr. Marc is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the Alaskan Malamute

Height (to base of neck): female 23″, male 25″

Weight:  females 75 lb, males 85 lb

Color: Gray in different shades, black, red and sable with distinct face markings and points.

Origin: Alaska, United States

Coat: Very dense double coat with a wooly soft under coat and dense coarse guard hairs.

Life Expectancy: 12 years

Energy level: High

Exercise needs: High

Breed Nicknames: Malamute

Is an Alaskan Malamute the Right Dog Breed for You?

The Malamute is a native sled dog of Alaska and has been bred for hauling heavy sleds in harsh conditions.  They are very active, strong and have good stamina.  They are good with children, especially when early socialization is implemented.  They can be aggressive towards other dogs. They are stubborn and get bored easily, which can lead to destructive behaviors.  They are quite vocal.  They blow their coat twice a year and have moderate grooming needs.

Common Illnesses, Medical Conditions and Accidents for the Alaskan Malamute 

According to the number of dog insurance claims Pets Best receives

Medical Issue  Average Claim Amount  Expensive Claim 
 Arthritis  $712  $2,893
 Ear Infection  $228  $606
 Gastritis  $752  $2,432
 Pyoderma  $151  $280
 Skin Allergies  $146  $350

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