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How to Select an Alaskan Malamute?

When buying an Alaskan malamute, we first have to decide whether the dog is healthy or not. Healthy Alaskan malamute puppies have a dry nose and a good appetite. Alaskan malamute puppies do not have good intestines and stomach. We feed them small, frequent meals and good digestible food. A good Alaskan is supposed to be friendly to dogs and people. A shy or overly wild Alaskan is not a good Alaskan. In terms of breeding, any Aggressive Alaskan is strictly forbidden. A purebred, healthy Alaska n malamute with no major disease defects is the most basic criteria for choosing an Alaskan malamute. Let’s take a look at the specific criteria for selecting an Alaskan Malamute.


1. The size

The breed’s size is entirely natural. Ideal body size: Males are 25 inches tall at the shoulders and weigh 85 pounds; The female is 23 inches tall at the shoulders and weighs 75 pounds. However, height and weight are not the most important qualities compared with other qualities (proportions, gait, etc.). In the competition, only other conditions such as proportion, gait, etc. are very close to the case, the closer the height and weight to the above criteria, the greater the chance of victory. The chest should be about half shoulder height, and the deepest part should be behind the forelimbs. The length of the body (the distance from the shoulder of the horse to the highest point of the pelvis) is slightly greater than the shoulder height. The figure should not appear fat, and the bone mass should be in normal proportion to the body.

2. The head

The head of the Alaskan Malamute is wide and deep, proportional to the body, and not rough or clumsy. This expression is tender and brotherly. Tilt your eyes slightly above your head. They are brown, almond-shaped, and of medium size. The darker the eyes, the better. Blue eyes fail. The ears are medium in size but slightly smaller than the head. The ears of an Alaskan malamute are triangular with slightly rounded tips. The ears are very open, located posterolaterally, and aligned with the outer Angle of the eyes. When your ears stand up, it’s like standing on your head. The cocked ears of an Alaskan malamute may lean forward a little, but sometimes the ears turn to the head when the dog is working. Too high an Alaskan malamute’s ears is a defect.

The head of the Alaskan Malamute is broad and slightly elevated between the ears, gradually narrowing and flattening from the top of the head toward the eyes, and flattening near the cheek. There are slight wrinkles between the eyes. The outline of the skull and the outline of the muzzle is like two straight lines that fold down slightly and join together. The muzzle is long and large compared to the head, and the width and depth of the muzzle are reduced from the point where the head is joined to the nose. Dogs of all colors except red should have black noses, eye circles, and lips. A red-coated dog may have a brown nose, eye circles, and lips. A “snow nose” with light stripes is acceptable for Alaskan dogs. Close your lips tightly. The upper and lower jaws are wide and the teeth are huge. The bite is a scissors bite, and the overshot or undershot bite is a defect.

3. Neck, topline, and body

The Alaskan Malamute‘s neck is firm and slightly curved. The breasts are quite well developed. The body is simple in structure, but not short or small. The back is straight and slightly sloping towards the hips. The waist is firm and muscular. A long waist can weaken the entire back and is considered defective. The Alaskan Malamute’s tail is positioned at the end of the spine. When they are not working, their tails are rolled up behind their backs.  Their fur is not short like a brush. The tail of an Alaskan Malamute has a soft fur that looks like a wavy feather.


4. The forehand

The shoulder of the Alaskan malamute is moderately tilted; The Alaskan Malamute’s forelimbs are strong and muscular, viewed from the front, from the shoulder to the wrist. Seen from the side, the Alaskan Malamute’s wrists are short and firm, slightly sloping.

5. The hindquarters

The hind legs of the Alaskan malamute are wide and the muscles of the entire thigh are well developed; The posterior knee is moderately inclined; Hocks are moderately inclined and appropriately downward. The talons on the Alaskan malamute’s hind legs are not needed and will need to be removed after the pup is born.

6. Coat

The Alaskan Malamute has a thick, hard coat that is neither long nor soft. The coat of the Alaskan Malamese is usually shorter and less dense throughout the summer. In competition, this breed is not allowed to trim the coat, except for trimming the PAWS for neatness.

7. Color

The colors of Alaskan malamute generally range from light gray to black and varying degrees of red. There is only one solid color that is acceptable, and that is pure white. White is the dominant color on the lower half of the body. White is also found on the legs, feet, and face markings. White markings on the forehead and collar or markings on the neck are both attractive and acceptable. The body of an Alaskan malamute is defective if it is covered with discontinuous color or if it has uneven spots.


The gait of the Alaskan Malamute is steady, harmonious, and powerful. It is quite agile in terms of its size and construction. Viewed from the side, the hindquarters provide a strong driving force through the muscular loins to the forequarters. The forequarters get the drive from the back, and the pace is smooth. When viewed from the front or back, keep the legs straight, neither too close nor too far apart. When you trot, move your feet towards the centerline of your body. An unnatural gait, inefficient gait, and easy weariness are defects.

9. temperament

The Alaskan Malamutes are very friendly and belong to the “friend dog”, not the “loner dog”. It is a loyal and affectionate companion but generally comes across as noble and mature.