Alaskan Malamute – Page 5 – Dog Breed Review

Alaskan Malamute


The American Kennel Club says the Alaskan Malamute can live from 10 to 14 years for an average life expectancy rate.

This particular breed is relatively a healthy canine group. However, there are some common concerns that you may want to look out for.

FIrst, you should always make sure that you buy from a reputable dog breeder and obtain the proper documentation. Second, routine and regular checkups for your canine will keep them healthier and cut down unneeded and avoidable costs.

One of the leading health issues affecting Malamutes is hip dysplasia. This isn’t just devastating for the dog itself often requiring surgery and arthritis, but it’s also a costly procedure, which can range upwards at $6,000.

Another health issue is cancer, which is considered to be one of the leading causes of Alaskan Malamute deaths. 36% of the Malamutes surveyed by the United Kennel Club died of the fatal disease.

Diabetes Mellitus, Follicular Dysplasia and Uveodermatologic Syndrome were all listed as a high risk in an estimate reported by Embrace Pet Insurance.

Other affiliated health concerns:

  • Gastric Torsion
  • Hemeralopia
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Cataracts
  • Osteochondrodysplasia

While this may sound alarming, the Alaskan Malamute is actually a healthy breed. Most of these issues can be avoided with proper breeding measures, and if you obtain the right paperwork and bring your canine for a regular checkup.