Country of Origin: United States of America
Height: Female: 56–61 cm, Male: 61–66 cm
Weight: Female: 32–38 kg, Male: 36–43 kg
Color: Brown & White, Gray & White, Sable & White, Seal & White, Red & White, Black & White
Life Expectancy: 10 to 13 years
Temperament: Playful, Devoted, Loyal, Friendly, Dignified, Affectionate
Litter Size: 3 - 11 puppies
Health Problems: The Alaskan Malamute is prone to bloat, hip dysplasia and chondrodysplasia (dwarfism).
In 1927, the American Kennel Club issued an official breed standard for the Alaskan Malamute. The Alaskan Malamute is a large, strong Arctic dog with a thick, coarse double coat and a plumed tail held over the back. It is a ponderous dog, well built, with a solid body, wide head, and a proud expression. The feet are furry and have tough pads. It has erect ears and small, dark, almond shaped eyes.
The eyes are obliquely placed in the skull. Eyes are brown, almond shaped and of medium size and look like those of a wolf, but with a sweet expression. Dark eyes are preferred. Blue Eyes are a Disqualifying Fault. The coat averages one to three inches in length and comes in white, black & white, wolf gray, wolf sable (red undercoat with dark gray outer coat), or red, often with darker highlights and sometimes with a dark mask or cap.
The legs and muzzle are almost always white. In some areas, dogs may be either smaller or larger than the official standard.