The large and lively Alaskan Malamute has a wolf like appearance not unlike the Siberian Husky, though Alaskan Malamute’s are a much larger breed. Originally bred to pull heavy sleds for miles upon miles due to their imposing size and brute strength, these dogs are now seen as friendly, affectionate giants that make a great addition to family homes. Their sheer size and presence can be a little overwhelming, however, especially if they are the first dog breed you’re thinking of adopting!
So how big can Alaskan Malamutes get? At the point of maturity, male Alaskan Malamutes can grow up to 25 inches tall at shoulder height – that’s several inches taller than Siberian Huskies. And because of their history as sled and working dogs, Alaskan Malamutes have a lot of energy to work off and powerful stamina to boot, so be prepared for a powerful workout when you take them out for exercise.
Bringing one of these dogs into your home can be very rewarding, but it can also be demanding on your time and energy, so if you’re devoted to being an active dog owner, then the Alaskan Malamute and you could be a good fit. To find out a little more about the growth of Alaskan Malamutes and how their size translates when it comes to their mix breeds, keep reading.
Growth of Alaskan Malamutes
|Age||Weight (Male Average)||Height (Male Average)|
|1 week||2-3 lbs||2.5 inches|
|2 weeks||3-5 lbs||3.5 inches|
|3 weeks||4-7 lbs||4.5 inches|
|4 weeks||5-8 lbs||5 inches|
|5 weeks||8-10 lbs||7-8 inches|
|6 weeks||10-12 lbs||8-9 inches|
|7 weeks||15 lbs||9-10 inches|
|8 weeks||15-20 lbs||11 inches|
|3 months||22.5 lbs||11.5 inches|
|4 months||32 lbs||12 inches|
|5 months||41.3 lbs||12-13 inches|
|6 months||48.8 lbs||12-14 inches|
|7 months||52.5 lbs||14-15 inches|
|8 months||56.9 lbs||15-16 inches|
|9 months||58 lbs||16-18 inches|
|10 months||59.1 lbs||18-22 inches|
|11 months||66 lbs||23 inches|
|12 months||71.5 lbs||22-24 inches|
|18 months||85-90 lbs||25 inches|
At What Age is an Alaskan Malamute Fully Grown?
Male Alaskan Malamutes will generally reach maturity at around 18 months to 2 years – measuring 25 inches at shoulder height and weighing at least 85 lbs at this age. Grown female Alaskan Malamutes meanwhile measure slightly smaller, standing around 23 inches tall and normally weighing 10 pounds less than males, around the 75-80 lbs mark.
Is an Alaskan Malamute’s Size Right For You?
This really all depends on where your living space and your lifestyle. The sheer size of a fully grown Alaskan Malamute won’t be ideal for apartments since they crave the outdoors and need plenty of space to roam free and work off bundles of energy. When Alaskan Malamutes become frustrated with a lack of exercise and space, they begin howling and generally being quite destructive, so apartment-dwellers – don’t say we didn’t warn you!
As well as faring better in a house and garden kind of environment to run free, you also need to be prepared for the fact that an active lifestyle comes with the territory of owning a large dog breed, so ask yourself if you can put the effort in and provide them with plenty of varied exercise.
Also, if you’re wondering whether the size of an Alaskan Malamute is appropriate for a family home, the answer is a resounding yes! They have a gentle and patient nature with children and love to feel like part of a ‘pack’, though may be better suited to slightly older kids as opposed to toddlers for safety reasons.
Alaskan Malamutes Mixes
Alaskan Malamute x German Shepherd mix = Alaskan Shepherd
Alaskan Shepherds are large, working dogs like their parent breeds and most likely share their stamina too, weighing in around 75 lbs on average once fully grown and standing at roughly the same height as their Alaskan Malamute parent at 23 to 24 inches. Their German Shepherd parent comes up to a similar height of around 22-26 inches in both sexes, though the males can weigh a minimum of 65 lbs at maturity, compared with the Alaskan Malamute minimum of 85 lbs.
Alaskan Malamute x Lab mix = Alaskan Malador
Just like their Labrador Retriever and Alaskan Malamute parents, the Malador also has bundles of energy to work off and makes an affectionate and lively family pet. The size of full grown Alaskan Maladors are not too drastic from the parent breeds either, averaging out at a similar height of 24-25 inches and weighing between 75-85 lbs on average, compared with the Labrador Retriever weight of 70-80 lbs.
Alaskan Malamute x Rottweiler mix
Combine the protective watchdog nature of Rottweilers with the brute strength of the hard-working Alaskan Malamute parent and you’ve got yourself a fun yet fiercely protective guard dog! This mix measures in at 26 inches – only slightly taller than the male Alaskan Malamute average and around the same height as 24-25 inch tall Rottweilers. The Alaskan Rott mix can weigh significantly less than its heavier Rottweiler parent of 90 – 130 lbs, coming in at a much lighter 75-85 lbs average.
Alaskan Malamute x Corgi mix
The inherited short legs of its 10 inch tall Corgi parent give this mix breed less strength and stamina compared with the Alaskan Malamutes, but this can work out for older, less agile owners. This strange but cute mix is significantly smaller at 12-15 inches at shoulder height and can weigh between 40 to 65 lbs compared with the colossal weight maximum weight of 90 lbs in fully grown Alaskan Malamutes.
Alaskan Malamute x Pitbull mix = Alaskan Pit Bull
This large loyal breed combines the devotion of the American Pitbull Terrier with the muscle power and stamina of the Alaskan Malamute, resulting in a great family dog that’s there for both cuddles and protection. While the Pitbull Terrier weighs 45-55 lbs on average, the Alaskan Pitbull dwarfs it at 70-80 lbs and stands closer to its Malamute parent at 26 inches compared with the Pit Bull average of 17-20 inches tall.
Alaskan Malamute x Golden Retriever mix = Alaskan Goldenmute
The cuddly Alaskan Malamutes are gorgeous, regal looking dogs with an incredibly affectionate nature and a sense of adventure, thanks to both parents. Alaskan Goldenmutes – or Alaskan Golden as they’re sometimes known – measure up similarly to both parent breeds at 24-25 inches tall and can weigh between 75 and 85 lbs, weighing only slightly more than their Golden Retriever parent.
Alaskan Malamute x Australian Shepherd mix
The herding instinct of Australian Shepherds and the loyal working dog history of Alaskan Malamutes makes this a very energetic and obedient cross breed. This mix generally weighs around 50 to 65 lbs, similar in size to their Australian Shepherd parent of 55 to 70 lbs and closer in height to them, standing at around 20-23 inches tall. Only slightly shorter than their Malamute parent of 25 inches, though significantly lighter compared with 85 to 90 lbs.
Alaskan Malamute x Akita mix
Akitas and Alaskan Malamutes make a complementary mix breed, since both share strength and guard dog traits in their genes. The combined size of these large dogs can be a handful though! This mix measures in at around 26-27 inches at full maturity and can weigh between 85 and 105 lbs, taking their cue from their Akita parent breed of between 70 and 110 lbs.
Alaskan Malamute x Mastiff mix
The incredible presence of the Mastiff (weighing in at 180-220 lbs on average) and the loyalty of Alaskan Malamutes makes this Alaskan Mastiff mix an incredible guard dog to have around the home. The Malamute parent brings down this mixed weight to average out at about 150-190 lbs, but they are significantly taller than both Malamute and Mastiff height at 37-38 inches shoulder height compared to the Mastiff height of 30-32 inches.
Alaskan Malamute x Pomeranian mix
The parents of this mixed breed couldn’t be more different physically, but the Alaskan Pomeranian certainly makes for an adorable, fun-loving pet. While the Pomeranian weighs a mere 4-6 lbs on average, the Alaskan Pomeranian mix is around 28 to 30 lbs on the scales and unsurprisingly dwarfs its 8 inch tall Pom parent at 15-16 inches. Although, this mix breed is too dwarfed by its Malamute parent of 25 inches and a far heavier 85 lbs.
Alaskan Malamute x Border Collie mix = Border Malamute Terrier
Border Malamute Terriers make for lively companion pets, however the high prey instincts inherited from their Border Terrier parent breed mean this mix won’t be welcome in homes with cats and small animals. Border Malamute Terriers come up shorter than their Malamute parents at around 15-17 inches tall (though taller than their Border Terrier parents of 10-11 inches). They are also almost a quarter of a Malamute’s weight at 18-20 lbs, closer to the Border Terrier weight of 15 lbs.