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Matilda Cruz
Matilda double majored in zoology and animal behavior at the University of Hawaii. She’s been an animal lover from a young age and knew she wanted to study them even more for her career. She’s always looking for ways to spread her animal knowledge.

The Alaskan Malamute is a large breed dog bred to live and work in freezing temperatures like Alaska and the Arctic. The Malamute is a basal dog breed, meaning it is specifically bred to work by pulling and pushing cargo. Malamutes get their name from the Malemiut Inupiaq, who were believed to have bred the dogs.

Traditional Sled Dogs

Alaskan Malamutes are among only a handful of dogs bred for life and work in below-freezing temperatures. As such, they make excellent sled dogs and are still used today throughout Alaska and the Arctic.

Physical Characteristics

  • Malamutes stand about 23 to 25 inches at the shoulder and are about 75 to 80 lbs. in weight.
  • These dogs have stout bones, shallow chests, and heavy coats, all of which say, “I’m ready to work.”
  • Malamutes look at owners with intelligent eyes and affectionate gazes that seem to inquire about making you feel better.
  • Mals are pack dogs, so they are comfortable in families and are willing to let their owners be the pack leader.
  • Malamutes always have white fur with different colors that range from red to grey.


Alaskan Malamutes are friendly pack dogs that love kids. They love showing their owners how hard they work for them. Malamute training should start as soon as possible to teach the puppy how to be a functioning part of the pack.

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