Alaskan Goldenmute

60-75 lbs
North America
Alaskan Malamute
Golden Retriever
Alaskan Golden, Goldenmute

The Alaskan Goldenmute is a descendant of two great dog breeds: the Alaskan Malamute and Labrador Retriever and is likely to have originated in the mid 1800s when both parents first became popular in North America. This hybrid mix is not for laisse faire dog owners; it requires a lot of attention, exercise, and coat maintenance. Though great family companions, Alaskan Goldenmutes are uncommon in most parts of the world and not recognized by the American Kennel Club roster of purebred dogs. Nonetheless, this breed amazes dog lovers with its vivacious energy, affectionate disposition, and incredible sense of adventure. 

Companionship, Sporting
Date of Origin
Mid 1900s
Alaskan Malamute, Golden Retriever

Alaskan Goldenmute Health

Average Size
Male Alaskan Goldenmute size stats
Height: 23-25 inches Weight: 65-85 lbs
Female Alaskan Goldenmute size stats
Height: 22-24 inches Weight: 60-75 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Hip And Elbow Dysplasia
  • Chondrodysplasia (Chd)
Minor Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Trichiasis
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Glaucoma
  • Allergies
  • Skin Problems
  • Bleeding Disorder
  • Pyotraumaticdermatitis
  • Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis
  • Diabetes
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans
Occasional Tests
  • Cardiac
  • Eye
  • Hip
  • Elbow
  • Dna For Vwd
  • Chd Clear Rating
  • Internal Imaging (x-ray, CT scan, MRI, etc.)
  • Full Body Physical Examination

Alaskan Goldenmute Breed History

The Alaskan Malamute and Golden Retriever were bred to create the Alaskan Goldenmute hybrid. The Alaskan Malamute, a descendant of the first dogs associated with mankind, originated over 4,000 years ago. It was named after its early “owners”, the Mahlemuts Innuit tribe of present day Northwest Alaska. This breed was used for hunting large animals, such as seals and bears, and pulling sleds for tribe’s people. In the 1800s, explorers from other parts of North American realized that Alaskan Malamutes would be great working dogs in the wild west of the United States. These explorers started to important the breed to help with Gold Rush expeditions during that time. Eventually, American breeders started mixing the breed with smaller dogs for racing and entertainment purposes, weakening the purebred lineage. In the 1920s, however, there was an effort to revive the fading breed and the purebred population bounced back. In 1935, the American Kennel Club officially recognized the Alaskan Malamute and in 2003 it became the official state dog of Alaska. The Alaskan Goldenmute’s other parent, the Golden Retriever, originated in Victorian England and was developed for hunting and – appropriately – retrieving game and waterfowl. It rose to prominence for because of its adept sporting skills and overwhelmingly affable disposition. English families began to take notice and keep Golden Retrievers as pets. Eventually, Golden Retrievers made their way over to North America and the AKC recognized the breed shortly after in 1932. Since then, the breed has become one of the most popular breeds in the United States and featured in mainstream Hollywood in movies such as Homeward Bound, Air Bud, and Marly and Me. Alaskan Goldenmutes may have been breed since the mid 1900s when both parent breeds had growing populations in the United States. However, because the Alaskan Malamute is not a common breed, this hybrid is relatively unusual and not recognized by the AKC. 

Alaskan Goldenmute Breed Appearance

The Alaskan Goldenmute is not fully stabilized in appearance so it can inherit any combination of physical traits from its parent breeds. Normally, however, Alaskan Goldenmutes look like Alaskan Malamutes with Golden coats and facial characteristics. The breed is powerful and athletic with a medium-length and lustrous double coat which comes in many color combinations that are common to both parent breeds. Some Alaskan Goldenmutes even have faint black markings around the face and muzzle, like its Malamute parent. Its tail is relatively long and feathered, while its almond shaped eyes can be blue, hazel, or brown. The breed’s ears are a true compromise between its two parent breeds – being half pricked and slightly pointed. Finally, the Alaskan Goldenmute has large, heavily padded paws, made perfectly for tramping around outdoors.   

Eye Color Possibilities
blue Alaskan Goldenmute eyes
hazel Alaskan Goldenmute eyes
brown Alaskan Goldenmute eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Alaskan Goldenmute nose
brown Alaskan Goldenmute nose
Coat Color Possibilities
fawn Alaskan Goldenmute coat
cream Alaskan Goldenmute coat
white Alaskan Goldenmute coat
sable Alaskan Goldenmute coat
silver Alaskan Goldenmute coat
blue Alaskan Goldenmute coat
red Alaskan Goldenmute coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Alaskan Goldenmute straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Alaskan Goldenmute Breed Maintenance

Alaskan Goldenmutes are not a hypoallergenic breed and not suitable for pet owners with allergies. They have dense and medium-length coats that sheds heavily, especially during seasonal changes. Owners can use a variety of tools to control shedding including a pin or slicker brush, dematter, and/or comb. Daily brushing will help owners keep their Alaskan Malamute’s coat clean and neat. Because they have such ample natural jackets, some owners trim their Alaskan Goldenmutes, while other opt for professional grooming. Alaskan Goldenmutes should also be bathed occasionally have their ears cleaned regularly, teeth brushed daily to avoid dental problems, and nails clipped once or twice a month.

Brushes for Alaskan Goldenmute
Pin Brush
Brushing Frequency
Alaskan Goldenmute requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Alaskan Goldenmute Temperament

Alaskan Goldenmutes are delightful and rustic animals that are very attached to humans. They also love other animals and do very well in multi-pet homes. They are a great fit with active owners that enjoy outdoor adventure. Because Goldenmutes are so people-oriented, they are prone to separation anxiety and do best with a consistent schedule and constant companionship. When Goldenmutes are young, they can be hyper-active, especially if they don’t receive enough exercise or attention; however, if owners administer firm and consistent training from an early age, this breed can be extremely well-trained as an adult. Beyond this, Alaskan Goldenmutes are very sensitive animals that respond acutely to positive (and negative) affirmation. All in all, this pup needs a lot of love and exercise to stay happy and healthy.

Alaskan Goldenmute Activity Requirements

Alaskan Goldenmutes are very high energy, especially when they are under three years of age. This hybrid is known for its playfulness and love for vigorous exercise. They love to play games with humans, such as fetch, as well as with other dogs. Beyond this, the Alaskan Goldenmute enjoys adventure and will eagerly go on a long hike or run with their owners. Overall, this breed needs at least an hour of activity a day. Alaskan Goldenmutes can also be entertained by learning tricks and commands. They prefer homes with access to large outdoor spaces, but will do well in any type of climate. 

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
14 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Alaskan Goldenmute Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2.5 cups
Daily Cost
$1.50 - $1.90
Monthly Cost
$39.00 - $52.00

Alaskan Goldenmute Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Alaskan Goldenmute size stats at six months
Height: 14 inches Weight: 27 lbs
Female Alaskan Goldenmute size stats at six months
Height: 11 inches Weight: 22 lbs
12 Months
Male Alaskan Goldenmute size stats at 12 months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 56 lbs
Female Alaskan Goldenmute size stats at 12 months
Height: 17 inches Weight: 50 lbs
18 Months
Male Alaskan Goldenmute size stats at 18 months
Height: 24 inches Weight: 72 lbs
Female Alaskan Goldenmute size stats at 18 months
Height: 23 inches Weight: 67 lbs

Alaskan Goldenmute Owner Experiences

1 Year
5 People
Tiny is like a big fur-ball of goofiness. He loves to run and bounce all over the house. If he wants to play, he'd get his ball, sit and wait until someone plays with him. He also loves kids which I am very much grateful because I have 2 toddlers.
4 months, 3 weeks ago
7 Years
5 People
House & Yard
Koda is the most gentle dog I've ever owned and I love him to pieces. He's very good with other dogs, our two cats, and our smaller animals. He loves going for walks and is quite lazy however he needs grooming almost every day as he gets mats fast.
6 months, 3 weeks ago
2 Years
2 People
Amazing breed, very loving
1 year, 1 month ago
5 Months
5 People
Tiny is a big bowl of sunshine. A very energetic and affectionate pup.
1 year, 2 months ago
2 Years
5 People
House & Yard
I've had a lot of pure bred dogs but this one by far is the smartest and most well behaved and most lovable dog I have ever come across has a personality that u can't keep from falling in love with l wouldn't trade him for all of the dogs I've ever owned absolutely love this dog
1 year, 10 months ago
21 Months
1 People
House & Yard
learning tricks
I got my Alaskan Goldenmute from a home that needed to rehome her, because her prey drive was so high, and they were a sheep farm. She's the best dog every. Everyone who meets her falls in love with her. She's very friendly, but not in a way that makes people back away from her. She's super smart! When I took her to a boarding/training program they told me at the end that they taught her twice what they normally teach a dog in that amount of time.
1 year, 10 months ago
Book me a walkiee?
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