Exercising Your Alaskan MalamuteGood Exercises For Your Alaskan Malamute

The Alaskan Malamute is a Nordic sled dog, descended from the Arctic wolf. Its name comes from Mahlemuts, an Alaskan tribe that raised and cared for these beautiful snow dogs. Originally used 2000 to 3000 years ago by these Mahlemuit Eskimos of Alaska, these highly valued dogs were their only form of transportation. These amazing dogs have strength, endurance with a will to work.

Breed Type

Northern Breed

Physical Characteristics

  • largest of the Arctic dogs
  • thick, well-built dog is solid with a plumed tail which is held over the back
  • thick, coarse double coat averages one to three inches in length


  • extremely loyal and intelligent, sweet and most affectionate toward its master
  • playful, but gentle, and even stoic
  • intelligent, but sometimes stubborn, can get easily bored
  • great with children who are old enough to play with him safely and with other dogs
  • thrifty feeder and needs less food than you might expect

Best Exercises

This breed needs an adequate amount of exercise every day (moderate to long sessions) to work off energy. Without enough mental and physical stimulation, he or she may resort to behaviors that can be destructive including destroying furniture, digging holes under fences (and escaping), and stealing from the counter or table.

Even though this breed needs adequate exercise, you should limit outdoor sessions when the weather is hot and make sure your dog has shade and water. On the other hand, if it is cold and snowy, make it a point to get you and your dog outside.

  • Long walks (60+ minutes)
  • Long hikes
  • Running/jogging
  • Weight pulling sports (recreational or competitive)

Suggested Exercise Plan

A couple of daily walks (one is at least 45 minutes) or a shorter walk and a vigorous play session (30 minutes or more).

Things To Note

  • Malamutes can be stubborn, but they are also eager to please. Training early on will make play and exercise and life in general easier. This breed needs humans that are firm and consistent.
  • Males can be very dominant.
  • Not a warm weather dog. Watch him when exercising during summer to make sure he stays cool.
  • Has a tendency for hip dysplasia.