How much does an Malamute cost?
An Alaskan Malamute puppy can cost anywhere between $2,200 and $6,500. The price depends on the parents’ lineage, the breeder’s location and popularity, and the number of available pups.
You can expect 6 to 8 puppies in a litter, but there have been records of up to 12 pups.
Those who come from a line of show dogs are more expensive than those bred from Malamute pets and working canines.
Before paying for a puppy or signing a contract, get to meet its parents and littermates first. This will give you an idea of the puppy’s temperament and looks.
You can also ask the breeder for the dogs’ medical records and other essential documents to ensure that they’re healthy from breeding up to when the pups are born.
It would be best if you also asked whether they would take the puppy back if you’re unable to care for it anymore. A reputable breeder will be more than happy to offer their pups a forever home.
Breeders & kennels
If you feel like you’re ready to buy your very own Alaskan Malamute puppy, here are a few websites that have available Mals for sale.
- Northern Lites Alaskan Malamutes (Burton, OH)
- Ghost Dance Alaskan Malamutes (Alpine, TX)
- Illusion Malamutes (Palmyra, MI)
- Kaviak Malamutes (Basehor, KS)
We can’t vouch for these puppy sellers, but we advise you to do your research and prepare a questionnaire to be sure that you’re dealing with a responsible breeder. While you’re online, you can also check out Mals at AKC’s Marketplace.
Alaskan Malamute dogs to adopt
Most of the time, crossbreeds end up in shelters, but even purebreds get unfortunate.
Owners have different reasons, what’s sad is others get dogs like Malamutes because they thought it would be cool to have a wolf-like dog, yet they’re not ready to handle and own this kind of breed.
That’s why we highly recommend adoption for anyone looking for a pet. Especially if you’re a seasoned dog owner who’s aware of what this breed is like, you can give abandoned fur angels a second chance.
Take a look at these rescue sites for Mals. Some of them even cater to Alaskan Malamute mixes that you might find cute and with a personality that fits your lifestyle:
- Moonsong Malamute Rescue (Boise, ID)
- Illinois Alaskan Malamute Rescue Association (Mt. Prospect, IL)
- Alaskan Malamute Rescue of North Carolina (Creedmoor, NC)
- Chesapeake Area Alaskan Malamute Protection (Berryville, VA)
Facts & Highlights about the Alaskan Malamute
- Alaskan Malamutes are in the top 10 strongest dog breeds. They can pull loads up to 3,300 lbs (1,500 kilograms).
- Though they’re slower than other sled dogs, Malamutes can travel longer distances because of their strength and stamina.
- The Malamute breed is Alaska’s official state dog.
Breaking down the Pros & Cons of Alaskan Malamutes
If you’re a first-time dog owner, you might find the Alaskan Malamute breed to be needy and challenging to handle.
That’s why we recommend them for experienced owners and families who are used to having a large dog as a pet.
Furthermore, they have thick coats and are bred for cold environments, so they won’t be able to stand hot weather conditions. If you live in a tropical country, this could mean high electricity bills.
Aside from having high energy levels and rigorous grooming needs, any Alaskan Malamute who’s socialized early and appropriately trained, they’re hard-working dogs who are loyal cuddle bears.