Alaskan Malamutes are gentle giants who aren’t afraid to
smother , ahem, shower you in endless affection and cuddles. But while these purebred pups can make great pets for the right home, there are plenty of Malamute mixes out there that are also worth considering.
We’ll share our favorite mixes and tell you everything you need to know about them below!
Alaskan Malamute Breed Basics
Before you welcome a lovable Malamute mix into your family, it’s important you know exactly what you’re getting into. You should familiarize yourself with each parent breed’s traits, temperament, and individual needs. We’ll start you off with a quick overview of the Alaskan Malamute breed.
The Alaskan Malamute originates from Alaska and is widely considered to be one of the oldest breeds out there. He was initially bred by the Mahlemiut Inuit tribe to be a sturdy sled dog capable of hauling heavy freight in the harsh landscape of Alaska.
The American Kennel Club (AKC) officially recognized the breed in 1935.
Alaskan Malamutes are playful, even-tempered, and devoted pups who love nothing more than pleasing their families. They’re also adaptable and can feel comfortable in a range of environments as long as their needs are met.
While Alaskan Malamutes can sometimes be independent-minded, they’re generally easy to train and can pick up complex commands effortlessly. Unlike most other spitz dogs — looking at you, Siberian huskies — Alaskan malamutes rarely bark and aren’t excessively vocal.
Alaskan malamutes do have a strong prey drive and should be supervised around small animals.
Alaskan Malamutes are bundles of energy. They need plenty of exercise to stay fit and happy, with most dogs requiring at least two hours of exercise per day in the form of walks, runs, and vigorous activities that put their muscles to good use.
An Alaskan Malamute was the inspiration behind Chewbacca’s design — the oversized, fluffy creature from Star Wars. So, that probably already gives you a pretty good idea of what this woofer looks like!
Alaskan Malamutes reach up to 25 inches tall and weigh between 75 and 85 pounds, with males being larger than females. They sport muscular builds, thick double coats, and plume-like tails that gently curl over their backs.
Their coats come in a range of colors and are typically mixed with white.
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28 Great Malamute Mixes!
We won’t keep you waiting any longer. Here are 30 marvelous Malamute mixes who are sure to brighten up your home with their boundless energy, seriously fluffy coats, and endearing smiles.
1. Akitamute (Alaskan Malamute x Akita)
The Akitamute is a burly, large mix whose loyalty to his owners is unrivaled. While his “gentle giant” size won’t suit everyone, he makes a wonderful companion for families who are experienced with giant breeds and are willing to work with him.
Most Akitamutes are generally extremely protective, and thanks to their large size, they make excellent guard dogs. However, do keep in mind that Akitamutes don’t always get along well with other animals. They are best suited to single-pet households.
2. Alaskan Chow (Alaskan Malamute x Chow Chow)
Alaskan Chows are dignified, intelligent, and compactly built. Most mixes grow up to 23 inches tall and inherit the chow chow’s distinctive (and incredibly majestic) lion’s mane.
Alaskan Chows can be aloof, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t affectionate! They love cuddling up with their families and will never turn down a good belly rub or ear scratch. Plus, they also love to play and are well-suited to roughhousing.
Check out some more adorable chow-chow mixes!
3. Alaskan Goldenmute (Alaskan Malamute x Golden Retriever)
Alaskan Goldenmutes are devoted, even-tempered, and make perfect family companions, especially with active families who can match their energy levels.
While a mix’s temperament can always vary, most Alaskan Goldenmutes take on the golden retriever’s goofy, playful side and make great pets for kids.
4. Alaskan Leonberger (Alaskan Malamute x Leonberger)
Alaskan Leonbergers aren’t exactly common, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t worth your consideration! They’re generally affectionate, adaptable, and polite around strangers. They’re also protective over their owners and have a confident presence that very few dogs can match.
Alaskan Leonbergers are eager to please and take to training well, though their large size can be difficult for first-time owners to manage. Most Alaskan Leonbergers reach up to 30 inches tall and weigh between 85 and 170 pounds
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5. Alaskan Malador (Alaskan Malamute x Labrador Retriever)
Mixed with one of America’s most popular breeds, it’s no surprise that the Alaskan Malador is a pawfect family companion with plenty of heartwarming traits. He’s typically easygoing, gentle, and loves nothing more than pleasing his family. However, this woofer is extremely energetic and does need plenty of exercise to thrive.
Alaskan Maladors can either inherit the Lab’s short, luscious coat or the Alaskan Malamute’s dense, medium coat. Both coats shed heavily — especially during spring and fall — and require frequent grooming.
6. Alaskan Jindo (Alaskan Malamute x Jindo)
This unique mix is a combo of the Alaskan Malamute and Jindo. He’s an alert, loyal woofer who rarely gives into temptation (OK, he might not always remain trustworthy around tasty chicken treats…). He’s also renowned for his strong sense of direction, which may come in handy if you ever lose your GPS.
Alaskan Jindos are typically healthy mixes and live long lives with proper care. They tend to form particularly strong attachments to one human in particular, but will still be affectionate around other family members.
7. Boxer Malamute (Alaskan Malamute x Boxer)
The Boxer Malamute is particularly celebrated for his strong work ethic. He thrives with a family who can give him a job to do and keep him mentally stimulated throughout the day.
Boxer Malamutes tend to be patient, protective, and great with children. While they make excellent watchdogs, they can sometimes become overly cautious if they don’t receive adequate training and socialization from a young age. It’s important to expose these puppers to a range of people and environments early on to ensure their wariness doesn’t consume them.
8. Alaskan Pit Bull (Alaskan Malamute x American Pit Bull Terrier)
The Alaskan Pit Bull is a solidly built, muscular woofer whose devotion to his owners is unmatched. In fact, at one point in time his pit bull parent was considered the “All American Dog” due to the breed’s devotion and courage!
While Alaskan Pit Bulls generally get along well with people, they can be cautious (and sometimes even reactive) toward other dogs without proper socialization and training. This is especially the case if they inherit more traits from their pit bull parent.
So, be sure to introduce your little Alaskan Pit Bull to plenty of other dogs while he’s young (but not until your vet gives you the greenlight to do so).
9. Alaskan Pom (Alaskan Malamute x Pomeranian)
Alaskan Poms are… interesting mixes.
We’re not quite sure how exactly a giant woofer like the Alaskan Malamute can do the, ahem, “deed” with a tiny Pomeranian, but hey, Alaskan Poms are out there in the world (and they’re downright adorable!).
Alaskan Poms can vary drastically in size, though most tend to be significantly smaller than their Alaskan Malamute parent. They’re also typically lively, bold, and curious.
Check out some other Pomeranian mixes!
10. Alaskan Shepherd (Alaskan Malamute x German Shepherd)
The Alaskan Shepherd is a noble woofer with a strong stature, loyal temperament, and dense, waterproof double coat. Most mixes are incredibly protective and would not hesitate to put themselves in harm’s way to save their family members.
Alaskan Shepherds are intelligent and able to pick up commands quickly — even complex ones! They tend to be eager to please, though some can be a little more independent-minded (depending on if they inherit more traits from the Alaskan Malamute).
11. Alusky (Alaskan Malamute x Siberian Husky)
The Alusky is by far the most common Malamute mix out there, and it’s no surprise why: Both parent breeds are similar in size, temperament, and activity level.
Aluskies tend to be a little more playful than typical Alaskan Malamutes, which can work out great for families with kids. However, do keep in mind that they can also inherit the Siberian husky’s vocal nature… which isn’t exactly ideal if you live in a busy neighborhood.
12. Aussie Malamute (Alaskan Malamute x Australian Shepherd)
The Aussie Malamute is a mix between the Alaskan Malamute and the Australian shepherd. The overall result is a pupper who’s smart, work-oriented, and livens the home with his boundless energy. He is well-suited to families who can give him a job to do and put his muscles to good use.
Most Aussie Malamutes reach 20 to 25 inches tall and weigh up to 75 pounds. Their coats come in several colors, including black, red, merle, gray, and sable, and they tend to have white markings.
Check out some other great Australian shepherd mixes!
13. Corgimute (Alaskan Malamute x Pembroke Welsh Corgi)
Again, this is another mix that makes us question the science behind it — how on earth does a 10-inch tall corgi breed with a Malamute? But hey, we’ll reserve those “3:00 AM thoughts” for another time. The Corgimute is a happy-go-lucky mix who usually ends up looking like a corgi disguising himself as a Malamute. It’s cute, endearing, and hilarious.
Personality-wise, you can expect a woofer who is alert and affectionate. Some Corgimutes can be pretty stubborn though, so this mix isn’t ideal for first-time dog owners.
14. Malanees (Alaskan Malamute x Great Pyrenees)
The Malanees is one of the fluffiest dogs out there — just look at the picture above to see what we mean! He’s pure, fluffy goodness. Aside from the “fluff appeal” though, this woofer has plenty of other things going for him. He’s sweet, patient, and protective.
Most Malanees dogs need plenty of exercise to thrive and benefit from being given a job to do. They do best with families who love the great outdoors.
15. Bernamute (Alaskan Malamute x Bernese Mountain Dog)
The Bernamute is essentially the “Hulk” of the doggo world. Not in terms of personality, of course — he’s super gentle! — but in terms of strength. He’s incredibly powerful and big.
Bernamutes are generally sociable and devoted to their families. They get along well with children and other dogs, especially if they inherit more traits from their Bernese mountain dog parent.
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16. Malamute Collie (Alaskan Malamute x Border Collie)
The Alaskan Malamute is smart, but combine that with the unrivaled brain of the border collie? You’re essentially getting Sherlock Holmes in a big, fluffy package. This mix takes to training effortlessly and needs plenty of mental stimulation to thrive. He does have boundless energy and is a self-proclaimed workaholic though, so this isn’t a pupper for a laidback family.
Malamute Collies can vary in appearance, with some taking on more physical traits from the border collie, like the breed’s nimble build and distinctive white facial markings, and others inheriting the Alaskan Malamute’s sturdy build and dense coat.
17. Malamute Newfoundland (Alaskan Malamute x Newfoundland)
The Malamute Newfoundland is a giant woofer with a heart as big as his size. He’s sure to shower his family in affection, whether in the form of attention, hugs, or late night cuddles. Most Malamute Newfoundlands reach up to 28 inches tall and weigh between 85 and 140 pounds.
Malamute Newfounds often inherit the distinctive “nanny dog” characteristics from their Newfoundland parent breed, meaning they tend to have a particular affinity with young children and are gentle, patient, and tolerant of roughhousing.
Check out some more lovable Newfoundland mixes!
18. Malamute Samoyed (Alaskan Malamute x Samoyed)
Malamute Samoyeds are lovable, adventurous pups who will no doubt keep you entertained with their mischievous antics. Most Malamute Samoyeds stand slightly smaller than Alaskan Malamutes, making them good options for families who want all the qualities of a Malamute in a more manageable size.
Do note that Malamute Samoyeds are extremely people-oriented and struggle with being left alone for long periods, with some even developing separation anxiety.
19. Malaweiler (Alaskan Malamute x Rottweiler)
The Malaweiler is a robust pup who’s confident, devoted, and protective of his family. Despite his muscular build and imposing strength, he’s a big ol’ softie at heart.
Malaweilers are typically calm, quiet woofers who only bark when they want to alert their owners. While they’re affectionate dogs with their family members, they can be vigilant around strangers.
20. Alaskan Jämthund (Alaskan Malamute x Jämthund)
This rare mix is an intelligent, alert, and even-tempered pup who thrives with a family that can put his brains and legs to good use! He is generally calm in the home, but he does have a high prey drive and should be closely supervised around other animals.
The Alaskan Jämthund typically has wolf-like physical features and weighs around 60 to 85 pounds. He’s particularly well-known for his striking, courageous gaze.
21. Saint Malamute (Alaskan Malamute x St. Bernard)
The Saint Malamute is a giant woofer who can happily adapt to a range of lifestyles as long as his core needs are met. He’s gentle, affectionate, and generally patient with kids and other pets.
However, do note that this mix isn’t exactly ideal for people who take great pride in keeping their home clean. Thanks to his St. Bernard parent, you can expect a whole lot of shedding, doggy odor, and slobber!
Check out some of these St. Bernard mixes!
22. Alaskan Basenji (Alaskan Malamute x Basenji)
Alaskan Malamutes are relatively quiet pups, especially when compared to… certain other spitz breeds (like the aforementioned huskies). But combine the Alaskan Malamute with the basenji? You get a woofer that can’t even be called a woofer; this African doggo practically never barks, something your neighbors are sure to appreciate.
Do keep in mind that Alaskan Basenjis may express themselves in other ways, such as yodels or grunts, but these vocalizations are typically quieter than regular barks.
23. Tibetan Malamute Mastiff (Alaskan Malamute x Tibetan Mastiff)
I don’t think even John Wick would stand up to a Tibetan Malamute Mastiff! These woofers are giant with imposing builds and a whole lot of muscle. They’re incredibly protective and make excellent watchdogs.
But when they’re not on “watch duty?” They’re generally mellow, calm, and affectionate. In fact, they enjoy cuddles… and will probably smother you with their fluff (and unfortunately, you won’t have a say in the matter. Just let the fluff consume you).
Did you know that the Tibetan mastiff is one of the most expensive dog breeds around?
24. Shiba Malamute (Alaskan Malamute x Shiba Inu)
Yes. You may be familiar with the Shiba Inu parent breed from DogeCoin, but don’t expect this mix to make you rich any time soon. What he will do though is enrich your life with his goofy antics, fiery personality, and beautiful looks.
Shiba Malamutes can vary significantly in size, but you can expect them to stand slightly smaller than typical Alaskan Malamutes. They can be stubborn and do best with experienced owners who can commit to regular training.
25. Great Alaskan Dane (Alaskan Malamute x Great Dane)
The Great Alaskan Dane has the best of both worlds: the Alaskan Malamute’s profound loyalty and the Great Dane’s gentle and patient temperament. He’s also protective of his owners (and his large stature is sure to ward off potential threats!).
Great Alaskan Danes are generally adaptable, though they do struggle in apartments and are best suited to households with large, spacious yards where they can stretch their legs. Oh, and be prepared for some slobbery love!
Take a look at these gorgeous Great Dane mixes!
26. Mally Foxhound (Alaskan Malamute x Foxhound)
Mally Foxhounds are sweet-tempered pups, but they aren’t for low-maintenance families. They’re best suited to experienced owners who can give them a job to do and put their strong noses to good use.
Mally Foxhounds can either be mixed with American foxhounds or English foxhounds. Both breeds are closely related, though there are some slight differences in physical appearance and temperament.
27. Malamoodle (Alaskan Malamute x Poodle)
No, it isn’t an instant noodle brand — the Malamoodle is actually an adorable mix between the Alaskan Malamute and poodle. These woofers are typically lively, active, and people-oriented pups who are always up for a good play sesh. Some Malamoodles inherit the poodle’s low-shedding coat, which makes them a potential option for allergy sufferers.
A Malamoodle’s size can vary dramatically depending on which poodle size — standard, toy, or miniature — he is mixed with. However, virtually all are smaller than purebred Alaskan Malamutes.
28. Alaskan Lapphund (Alaskan Malamute x Finnish Lapphund)
The Alaskan Lapphund is particularly renowned for his alert nature, intelligence, and high energy level, all attributes that make him the pawfect four-footer for people after a working or hiking dog.
Plus, unlike purebred Alaskan Malamutes, he typically won’t hog the couch — most are medium-sized, standing around 18 to 23 inches tall and weighing under 60 pounds. Alaskan Lapphunds tend to be a lot more vocal though, so keep that in mind if noise is a concern.
Malamute Mixes: FAQ
Before we wrap up, we’ll answer a few common questions prospective owners often have about Alaskan Malamutes.
What is a Malamute mixed with?
Alaskan Malamutes can be mixed with any breed — yes, even corgis (we don’t know how that works either) — though they’re most commonly mixed with other spitz dogs like Siberian huskies, great Pyrenees dogs, and Samoyeds.
What are the different types of Malamute?
There is only one “official” type of Malamute: the Alaskan Malamute who weighs between 75 and 85 pounds and reaches 25 inches tall. Some breeders have selectively bred a giant size variation that exceeds 100 pounds. However, this different size standard isn’t yet recognized by any breed clubs.
Malamutes can also be mixed with several other breeds, including border collies, German shepherds, golden retrievers, and Labradors.
What is the best companion for a Malamute?
The best companion for a Malamute is someone who can match his high energy level, groom him frequently, and keep him mentally stimulated with training and brain-teasing games. The Mal particularly thrives with owners who have previous experience working with large breeds.
Is a Malamute close to a wolf?
Malamutes are known for their resemblance to wolves — they sport similar coats, builds, and facial features. However, they aren’t genetically closer to wolves than any other breed. They also have distinct physical differences. For example, Malamutes carry their tails over their backs while wolves carry them low.
Malamute mixes are just as lovable (and affectionate) as their purebred counterparts. As we’ve shown above, there are plenty to choose between, each unique in their own right.
Are you the proud owner of a Malamute mix? Which gorgeous mutt is your all-time favorite? Let us know in the comments down below — we’d love to hear all about your Malamute pup!