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Alaskan Malamute – Fun Facts and Crate Size

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Alaskan Malamute

Quick Facts:

  • AKC recognized in 1935
  • Lifespan: 11-12 years
  • Size: Large
  • Energy: High
  • Recommended Crate Size: 48" dog crate*

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The Alaskan Malamute is one of the largest breeds that is originated from Alaska. Formerly, this breed was used to pull freight carriages and is well-suited to colder climates.

Today this dog is commonly used as a companion pet and for shows.

Even though it is very large, but it is still friendly, intelligent, and can be trained easily.

Its thick coat comes in various colors such as black and white. At first glance, people may mistake this dog for a wolf because it bears a striking resemblance in its gray coat, combined with black.


The American Kennel Club formally recognized Alaskan Malamute in 1935.

These high-energy dogs are known as active, playful, loveable, loyal, and friendly dogs.

They are also dignified and good with children and other dogs but still need supervision.

These dogs are suitable for doing heavy work because of their high-energy and strong build.


The Alaskan Malamute somewhat looks like a wolf when the people see it from a distance.

This dog breed has boundless energy supported by its big and masculine posture. It also has a strong and deep chest.

Its eyes are very sharp and it looks charming when sitting.

It has small ears and a small nose.

The face is pointed with a thick coat. It is this thick, waterproof coat that really supports its ability to live in generally snowy and colder habitats.


It is recommended to provide feed formulated to large sized breeds. It is highly recommended to discuss your dog’s feed with your veterinarian and/or breeder in order to determine the size and frequency of meals in order to ensure a healthy, long life. It is also important to ensure that clean, fresh water is always available.


The Alaskan Malamute’s waterproof coat may need brushing to remove dirt and debris. Owners also can comb the fur to make it look good.

The coat will shed at last twice a year so owners are encouraged to pay attention to these seasonable changes in order to make the shedding manageable.

Their nails can also grow faster and need regular cutting to prevent it from cracking.

Owners need to check its ear cleanliness to make sure they are free of wax and debris that can cause infection.

The last thing is to do is regular teeth brushing to make sure its teeth remain clean.


This high energy breed needs between 30-60 minutes of daily exercise.

The Alaskan Malamute is a hard worker that is able to perform heavy jobs.

This dog still needs supervision to avoid fighting with other dogs because it can really aggressive.

Besides, when it plays with children, owners must also keep an eye on the dog to prevent it from unwanted behavior. However, when the owners provide proper training the Alaskan Malamute is more likely to be gentle, friendly, and playful.

Overall, this dog is really suitable for an owner who loves doing stuff outdoors like hiking, hunting, trekking, or camping.

Pet Crate Size

Pet Crates Direct recommends a 48" dog crate* for most adult Alaskan Malamutes.

Return to the main Dog Crate Sizes Breed Chart.

* Links for crate sizes will bring you to the most appropriate Amazon page.

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