Alaskan Malamutes

Although they may play wolves on TV, Malamutes are wonderful playmates and athletes. Read on to see if these pups are a good fit for your home.

The Alaskan Malamute breed crossed the land bridge from Siberia to Alaska with native peoples thousands of years ago, making them one of the oldest Arctic sled dog breeds. They became increasingly popular in the 1900s as sled dogs, and many were used in World War II and in the Byrd Antarctic expeditions in the 1930s.

Today, Malamutes retain their ancestors’ attributes of extreme strength, endurance and intelligence, and they excel in several dog sports. These pups are also incredibly friendly and maintain a puppy’s level of excitement and playfulness well into their adult years. If you’re looking for a strong and energetic companion, the Alaskan Malamute may be a great fit for you!

Why We Love the Alaskan Malamute Breed

  • Alaskan Malamutes can seem intimidating, but they’re extremely playful and treat everyone as a friend — even strangers!
  • These pups are pack animals, and consider themselves part of the family. They love to be included in every activity their human pack undertakes. 
  • Malamutes aren’t very vocal. They rarely bark, but will hold conversations with you through a series of “wooo” sounds.

Things to Consider

  • Alaskan Malamutes are highly intelligent, but also stubborn. They can be difficult for a first-time dog owner who isn’t savvy in dog behavior, and obedience training is highly encouraged for puppies.  
  • Imagine wearing your winter coat in the heat of summer! Their thick, double coats make Alaskan Malamute dogs a poor fit for hot climates.
  • These dogs will challenge for the alpha position. Alaskan Malamute puppies should be socialized to know their place in the household with humans and other pets.

Why Rescue?

Many Malamutes are purchased without a clear understanding of what goes into owning one of these energetic pups. Without early socialization and obedience training, some Alaskan Malamutes can develop habits that many owners find annoying and undesirable, and they surrender them to a shelter instead of working to train them.

But these dogs are highly intelligent, and respond well to training if you’re willing to put the time and effort into it. Before you shop around for a Malamute from a breeder (which is never a good idea, because unethical breeding exacerbates health issues), be sure to check your local shelter for an adoptable dog that needs a forever home! 

Alaskan Malamute Rescues

Whether you’re hoping for a fluffy Malamute puppy or a large, smiley companion, there are plenty of loving Alaskan Malamute dogs waiting to find a forever home! Here are just a few:

Affectionate, loyal & playful
Avg. Weight
75 - 100 pounds
Weekly brushing required
Avg. Life Span
12 - 15 years
Alaskan Malamutes near 20149
Animal Rescues near 20149
Organization City, State Contact
Persian Rescue of Virginia
Ashburn, VA
The Cats at Longstreet
Sterling, VA
Save The Tails Rescue Group, Inc.
Leesburg, VA 1 888 379 5558 x1
Humane Society of Loudoun County
Leesburg, VA (703) 777-2912
Little Buddies Adoption and Humane Society
Reston, VA
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