Alaskan Malamute

Illustrations of an Alaskan Malamute dog drawn from multiple front and side standing and sitting positions

Alaskan Malamutes are a large-bodied breed of dog known for their strength and endurance as sled dogs. With a lineage of breeding that predates the modern 19th century characterization of dog breeds, the Alaskan Malamute is believed to have been bred by the Thule people of Siberia over 1,000 years ago. While Alaskan Malamutes have a strong work ethic that makes them historically great sled dogs that could haul people or freight goods over long distances, they are also very loved family dogs due to their playful, happy, and affectionate personalities. The Alaskan Malamute has a thick weatherproof coat with a variety of light (typically monochromatic) colors on white.

The average Alaskan Malamute has an overall height of 29.5"-34.5" (75-88 cm), withers height of 23.0”-25.0" (58-64 cm), and body length of 35.0"-41.5" (89-105 cm). A typical Alaskan Malamute weighs between 75-85 lb (34-39 kg) and has a lifespan of roughly 10-15 years.

How big is an Alaskan Malamute?
Alaskan Malamutes stand at a height of roughly 36” | 91 cm with males having a withers (shoulder) height of 25" | 64 cm and females with a withers height of 23” | 58 cm. Males weigh around 85 lb | 39 kg while females weigh roughly 75 lb | 34 kg.
How long does an Alaskan Malamute live?
Alaskan Malamutes have an average life expectancy of 10-14 years with an upper maximum lifespan of around 15 years.
What is the temperament of an Alaskan Malamute?
While Alaskan Malamutes have strong work ethics that has made them famous as sled dogs, they are also very loved family dogs because of their playful, happy, and affectionate personalities.


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29.5"-34.5" | 75-88 cm
35.0"-41.5" | 89-105 cm
Withers Height:
23.0”-25.0" | 58-64 cm
75-85 lb | 34-39 kg

Height (Withers):
25.0" | 64 cm
Height (Standing): 34.5" | 88 cm
41.5" | 105 cm
Weight: 85 lb | 39 kg

Height (Withers): 23.0” | 58 cm
Height (Standing): 29.5" | 75 cm
35.0" | 89 cm
Weight: 75 lb | 34 kg

Color: Thick weatherproof coat, gray and white, sable and white, black and white, seal and white, red and white, or solid white
Temperament: Playful, loyal, affectionate, quiet
Uses: Working, mushing, sledding, travel

Breed Size:
10-15 years


Drawings include:
Alaskan Malamute side elevation (standing), side (sitting), front (standing), front (sitting), laying down (side)

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