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Alaskan Malador

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Alaskan Malador


There is not as much known about this hybrid, a mix between the Labrador Retriever and the Alaskan Malamute. They are categorized as working or sporting dogs, can live between 10 to 15 years and is big on giving and receiving as much attention and affection as he can! The Alaskan Malador is a medium to large sized dog and makes a good family dog.

Here is the Alaskan Malador at a Glance
Average height 23 inches
Average weight 50 – 70 pounds
Coat type Short and fine
Hypoallergenic? No
Grooming Needs Moderate
Shedding Moderate to high
Brushing Brush daily to minimize hairs everywhere
Touchiness Usually easy going
Tolerant to Solitude? Low to moderate
Barking Occasional
Tolerance to Heat Okay in warm climates but not for very hot
Tolerance to Cold Excellent
Good Family Pet? Very good
Good with Children? Usually yes, mid to very good
Good with other Dogs? Moderate (if more like a Lab he would be fine, if like the Malamute he would not be good)
Good with other Pets? Moderate if socialized
A roamer or Wanderer? Moderately so. Will dig and escape a yard if he can
A Good Apartment Dweller? Low to Moderate. Needs exercise every day
Good Pet for new Owner? Low to moderate, shedding and training make him a bit harder to look after
Trainability Moderate – if more like the Malamute he will be harder
Exercise Needs Fairly high, at least 2 long walks daily
Tendency to get Fat Moderate to high (the Lab in him makes him more prone)
Major Health Concerns None known
Other Health Concerns Joint Dysplasia, eye problems
Life Span 10 to 15 years
Average new Puppy Price $550
Average Annual Medical Expense $450-$600
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $500- $650

Where does the Alaskan Malador come from?

The mixing of two breeds has become a popular thing to do in recent years, known as making a designer breed. The best intending breeders are hoping to get a dog with the best of both parents but this is not something that can be controlled or guaranteed. It is quite possible for two people to have a puppy from different litters, both Alaskan Maladors but both growing up to be quite different in appearance and in character. To get an idea of the kind of dog you could end up with here is a look at the Alaskan Malamute and the Labrador Retriever.


The Alaskan Malamute

The Mahlemuts, a native people who lived in Western Alaska bred the Alaskan Malamute for sledding, hunting and protection against polar bears many years ago. They were recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1935. Today they are playful, loyal and outgoing dogs who will greet stranger or friends with equal happiness. They are very family or pack orientated dogs and want to be involved in everything the family is. He needs a lot of exercise and can become destructive if bored. He does shed and needs brushing at least 3 times a week.

The Labrador Retriever

The Labrador Retriever was bred to be a companion and a worker, helping fishermen haul in nets, retrieving fish and so on in Canada. Today they have a lot of needs, they have a lot of energy, they are intense, they are prone to weight gain and need a lot of exercise. But this is balances out with being a fantastic family dog, great with children, playful, outgoing, easy to train, clever and sweet natured.


The temperament of the Alaskan Malador tends to be playful, friendly and loyal to their owners. They are affectionate and love getting attention and being with people. For this reason they are not the best at being on their own or for being left outside. He will be devoted to his family and he is quite intelligent. He is easy going and docile usually which means he doesn't mind what is going on around him as long as someone is telling him he is awesome! They like to be active though and if not given enough stimulation he may become destructive.

What does an Alaskan Malador look like

He is up to 23 inches in height and can weigh between 50 to 70 pounds. That means at the low end he is a medium to large dog, and at his top end he is a large dog. He is heavy boned and muscled and has a sporty body that tends to look like a Lab's. His face and coloring however tend to lean towards the Alaskan Malamute's. He has a smooth and short haired coat and his colors are typically chocolate, gray, medium dark brown, black, yellow, silver, cream, and fox red.

Training and Exercise Needs


Does he need a lot of exercise?

They are energetic and very active dogs which means they do need you to be committed in giving them the kind of physical and mental exercise they need to stay healthy and happy. Examples would be two long walks a day and then some play time. He loves outdoor adventures too. Having a yard is very good for them but make sure it is fenced in properly as they can sometimes be prone to digging to find a way out! Not giving this dog enough exercise will result in him not just becoming overweight but also he may express his frustration by acting out doing things like chewing furniture, scratching, jumping at people and so on.

Will training be easy or hard?

They are fairly intelligent and the Lab side of him if that is more dominant would make training easier. But the husky side of him makes it harder so the Alaskan Malador falls somewhere in between. However you still need to persevere as socialization and training is vital to getting a well behaved and obedient dog. Be consistent, gentle, use positive methods including rewards and make sure it is clear you are in command, you are pack leader.

Living with an Alaskan Malador

Grooming needs

Alaskan Maladors have moderate grooming needs. They are big shedders so you may need to get yourself a good pet hair vacuum cleaner! Their fine short coat needs brushing at least three times a week although really once a day would be even better. Give him a bath when he needs it. If you start him young getting him used to things like bathing, and you checking him over once a week to make sure everything is good it will be a lot easier when he is older. Just make sure you use a shampoo made for dogs.

Other grooming needs include the regular things for dog ownership, check his nails and trim them or have them trimmed if you are nervous about that blood vessel that runs through them. Clean and check his ears once a week to prevent ear infections. His teeth should be clean at least three times a week.

How are they with other pets and children?

He gets on well with both children and other pets usually. But that can be made more definite if you socialized and train him as soon as he comes home. Because he can grow to a big size watch out for the little ones, he would not intentionally mow them down but his size and their wobbliness can sometimes equal the kid taking a tumble! If the Malamute is stronger in him he may not like other dogs though.

General information

He can live in very cold climates and is fine in warm climates too but does not do well in high temperatures. He is not a great choice as an apartment dog because of his size and need for activity. He will need about 3 cups of dry food a day divided into two meals and it should be high quality food. He is a good friendly family dog but do not rely on him as a watchdog as his love of people and attention means strangers are as welcome as anyone else to him. He loves to play and will bob around from one family member to another looking for a play mate.

Health Concerns

There are no known major health concerns with the Alaskan Malador though because of the parents may be prone to joint dysplasia and eye problems.

Costs involved in owning an Alaskan Malador


This is not an easy puppy to find but a rough estimate of puppy prices would be around $550. A dog of his size will cost slightly more annually just because things like food will cost more. Annually he would cost you about $470 or more in health costs that cover check ups, vaccinations and health insurance. For other costs like food, toys and treats, training and having a license it would be something like $400 plus. The plus would be if you had additional costs that year like dog boarding costs, dog sitting or walking costs, grooming costs. Do not forget you also need to factor in initial costs of things like blood tests, deworming, neutering, putting a micro chip in, food bowls, a collar and leash and a crate. That amount would be around $475 to $525.


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This is a great dog for an active person or family that has time to spend on him so that he gets the grooming, attention, love, exercise, training and play time that he needs. For all that you will give him he will return it back with joy. Just make sure you have the space for him and are prepared for the shedding.

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