Alaskan Malamute Growth & Weight Chart

by Lila Batiari, DVM
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Alaskan Malamute Growth & Weight Chart
The Alaskan Malamute is a native Alaskan Arctic breed that is a cousin to the [Siberian Husky](https://www.pawlicy.com/blog/siberian-husky-growth-and-weight-chart/). While there are similarities between the Siberian Husky and Alaskan Malamute, Malamutes are heavier, more robust dogs bred for intensive arctic sled dog work. They have waterproof coats and beautiful almond-shaped brown eyes. Despite their intense drive, they are known to be quite affectionate and playful with their family.

If you have an Alaskan Malamute puppy, you may be wondering what the typical Alaskan Malamute size and weight are and when they will stop growing? To help you with this, we’ve compiled an Alaskan Malamute size chart that breaks down their estimated weight by age so that you can track their growth progress.

Here’s a breakdown of the Alaskan Malamute growth rate by weight and age:

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Alaskan Malamute Growth & Weight Chart

Age Weight
1 mo 5 - 10 lb
2 mo 10 - 25 lb
3 mo 15 - 30 lb
4 mo 25 - 40 lb
5 mo 30 - 50 lb
6 mo 45 - 60 lb
7 mo 50 - 65 lb
8 mo 55 - 70 lb
9 mo 55 - 70 lb
10 mo 60 - 75 lb
11 mo 65 - 75 lb
12 mo 70 - 80 lb
2 yr 75 - 85 lb

The above chart shows estimates for the average Alaskan Malamute weight by month, so please keep in mind that your pup may grow at a slightly faster or slower pace. Every puppy is unique and will reach their full size in their own time.

If you have concerns about your Alaskan Malamute’s size, please consult with your veterinarian for personalized advice.

How big do Alaskan Malamutes get?

According to the American Kennel Club Official Breed Standards1, a male Alaskan Malamute weighs around 85 pounds and stands about 25 inches tall at the shoulder on average. Female Alaskan Malamutes typically weigh slightly less, near 75 pounds, with 23 inches in height.

A purebred Alaskan Malamute will appear heavy-boned, deep-chested, and have a robust body that speaks to their background as intense, Arctic sled dogs.

How big should an Alaskan Malamute puppy be at six months?

A six month old Alaskan Malamute will weigh approximately 45 to 60 pounds. You can expect that your puppy will still have significant growth to complete before they are full-grown.

When do Alaskan Malamutes stop growing?

Most Alaskan Malamutes stop growing between 18 and 24 months of age. You can expect your pup to be close to their full height and weight around their first birthday, but most will continue putting on muscle and filling out their chest until they're closer to two years old.

How much bigger will my Alaskan Malamute puppy get?

There are three ways to predict the size of a full-grown Alaskan Malamute:

  1. Age. Your puppy's age will be one of the most significant factors in how much bigger they will get. If your pup is less than a year old, they likely still have considerable growing left to do. If they are between 18 and 24 months old, you can expect to see their growth slow down until they’ve reached their final size.
  2. Genetics. The puppy’s parents play a significant role in how big they will grow to be. If you purchased your Alaskan Malamute pup through a breeder, reach out to them for more information on your Malamute’s parents and past litters. Information about how big these relatives are can give you valuable insight into how big your Malamute may grow to be.
  3. Paw Size. Lastly, take a look at your Malamute pup’s paw size. If their paws look oversized next to their legs and body, they are likely still filling out and growing into their paws.

How to care for an Alaskan Malamute dog

There are many steps we can take to help our Alaskan Malamutes stay healthy and happy. Positive lifestyle choices, such as feeding our pups a quality diet and making sure they have the chance for plenty of exercise, are two vital steps in helping our Malamutes have a healthy life. However, it’s also crucial that we take our pups in for regular veterinary care. Their veterinarian can assess them for current health problems, give personalized advice about maximizing our Malamute’s health, and screen for possible future health problems.

Unfortunately, all purebred dogs are more susceptible to hereditary conditions that can affect their quality of life. Common Alaskan Malamute health issues include eye cataracts, zinc-responsive dermatosis, and hip dysplasia, to name a few.

Alaskan Malamutes are also more prone to bloat, a serious condition that occurs when a dog’s stomach fills with air, causing pressure to build and restrict the flow of blood to the heart. If left untreated, a dog’s heart rate will continue to rise while their pulse drops — which leads to fatality in 30% of affected dogs, even with veterinary treatment2.

How much are Alaskan Malamute veterinary costs?

A pet parent should never have to think twice about the costs of veterinary care for their beloved pet. However, it’s important to be aware that veterinary treatment, especially emergency treatment, can be expensive. For example, surgery to treat bloat can easily cost between $2,500 to $5,000 for a case without other complications3.

Many pet parents are unable to afford a service like this out-of-pocket. In fact, less than 20% of owners say they could cover a $5,000 veterinary expense out-of-pocket. This could potentially leave many people in a stressful situation should their dog need emergency treatment or ongoing medical care for a chronic condition, like hip dysplasia.

Pet insurance provides financial safety net should the worst happen to your four-legged family member by reimbursing up to 100% of out-of-pocket veterinary costs. Let pet insurance give you peace of mind so that you and your veterinarian can focus on what’s really important: your pet’s health and happiness.

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Key Takeaways

  • Alaskan Malamutes are heavy-boned, large dogs built for endurance.
  • According to the American Kennel Club official breed standards, Alaskan Malamutes typically weigh between 75 and 85 pounds.
  • Alaskan Malamutes are more prone to certain genetic health conditions, like bloat and hip dysplasia.
  • Pet insurance provides you with a financial safety net so that you can have peace of mind knowing that your Malamute pup is covered for developed illnesses or injuries.

Meta description: Our Alaskan Malamute weight chart estimates your puppy’s weight by month. Use our Alaskan Malamute size chart to track your puppy’s growth and learn more about how you can keep your pup happy and healthy.


References

  1. American Kennel Club, “Official Standard of the Alaskan Malamute” Accessed Aug. 18, 2021.
  2. American Kennel Club, “Bloat in Dogs” Accessed Aug. 18, 2021.
  3. Preventive Vet, “Help! What Should I Do If My Dog Bloats? Treatment for Bloat, Torsion, and GDV in Dogs” Accessed Aug. 18, 2021.
Veterinarian Lila Batiari

About the author

Lila Batiari, DVM

Small Animal Relief Veterinarian -

Lila Batiari, DVM is a relief veterinarian located in San Diego, California. She has a special interest in nutrition, pain management, and surgery! Dr. Batiari enjoys working with Pawlicy Advisor to help others avoid everyday situations that some of her clientele experience. She realizes that expensive vet bills for treatment costs could be much easier for patients with pet insurance.

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