Alaskan Malador

60-75 lbs
United States
Alaskan Malamute
Labrador Retriever
Alaskan Lab

Alaskan Maladors are active and affectionate family pets that get along with almost everyone. They require quite a bit of exercise, attention, and maintenance. In return, however, pet owners get a loyal dog that will accompany them on all sorts of outdoor adventures. Alaskan Maladors are also easy to train and great at learning commands and tricks due to their intelligence. This breed is likely to have originated in the early 1800s when its parent breeds, the Alaskan Malamute and Labrador Retriever, were present and popular in the United States. Though great family companions, this breed is uncommon in most parts of the world and not recognized by the American Kennel Club roster of purebred dogs. 

Companionship, Sporting
Date of Origin
Early 1800s
Alaskan Malamute, Labrador Retriever

Alaskan Malador Health

Average Size
Male Alaskan Malador size stats
Height: 23-25 inches Weight: 65-85 lbs
Female Alaskan Malador size stats
Height: 22-24 inches Weight: 60-75 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Gastric Torsion
  • Epilepsy
  • Hip And Elbow Dysplasia
  • Chondrodysplasia (Chd)
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans
Minor Concerns
  • Otitis Externa
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Skin Problems
  • Diabetes
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None Known
Occasional Tests
  • Blood
  • Chd Clear Rating
  • Eye Examination
  • Ear Examination
  • Internal Imaging (x-ray, CT scan, MRI, etc.)
  • Full Physical Examination
  • Hip and Elbow X-rays

Alaskan Malador Breed History

The name Alaskan Malador is a combination of the names of the dog’s parent breeds: the Alaskan Malamute and Labrador Retriever. The Alaskan Malamute, is thought to have descended from the first dogs associated with mankind. They originated over 4,000 years ago and acquired the name “Malamute” after the Mahlemuts Innuit tribe which inhabited the northwest coast of what is now present day Alaska. Alaskan Malamutes were loyal companions originally used for hunting large animals, including seals and bears. They also helped tribes people navigate rough terrain and harsh climates by acting as guides and sled dogs. Eventually, explorers from North America “discovered” the Alaskan Malamute and imported it to the United States as a working dog in the 1800s. In the United States, this breed assisted Gold Rush prospectors in carrying out expeditions in the Western part of the country. Eventually, American breeders started mixing the breed with smaller dogs for racing and entertainment purposes. This weakened the purebred lineage significantly. Fortunately, in the 1920s there was an effort to revive the Alaskan Malamute variety, which revived the fading breed. In 1935, the American Kennel Club officially recognized the Alaskan Malamute and in 2003 it became the official state dog of Alaska. The Alaskan Malador’s other parent, the Labrador Retriever, hails from Newfoundland, Canada. As its name suggests, it was bred to retrieve items – such as small, wounded game and hunting trappings (like a net) – from both land and water. Due to a dog tax in the late 1800s, the Labrador Retriever population declined significantly in the region. However, it exploded in the United Kingdom, where Englishmen had imported the breed since the early 1800s. The Labrador retriever was imported to the United States shortly after and recognized by the AKC in 1917. It has been one of the most popular breeds in the United States ever since. Alaskan Maladors may have been breed since the early 1900s given the Labrador Retriever and Alaskan Malamute’s long history in the United States. Nevertheless, they are an uncommon hybrid and not recognized by the AKC.

Alaskan Malador Breed Appearance

As a hybrid that isn’t fully stabilized, the Alaskan Malador can inherit any combination of physical traits its parent breeds. Generally, however, this breed looks like a lean Labrador with Malamute markings on the face and body. It has a muscular body, with a moderately wide chest, and slightly arched neck. It has pendant ears like its Labrador parent and wide, almond eyes like its Malamute parent – giving it a distinct Spitz-like appearance. Its eyes can be blue, hazel, brown, or amber, and its coat can be multicolor combinations of colors that are common to both parents. Additionally, the coat is dense and short, while the undercoat is soft and wooly. It is also common for Alaskan Maladors to have conspicuous black markings around its face. Finally, the Alaskan Malador has large, heavily padded paws and a tail that is medium in length as well coated, with the possibility of feathering along the ridge.

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

Alaskan Malador Breed Maintenance

Alaskan Maladors are not a hypoallergenic breed and are not suitable for pet owners with allergies. Their coat is dense and sheds heavily, particularly during seasonal changes. To some extent, owners can reduce shedding by brushing their pets with a pin, slicker, or deshedder brush on a daily basis. Beyond this, Alaskan Maladors should be bathed occasionally – no more than once every other month to avoid drying out the natural oils in their coats. They should also have their pendant ears cleaned regularly, teeth brushed daily to avoid dental problems, and nails clipped monthly to avoid painful overgrowth.

Brushes for Alaskan Malador
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Alaskan Malador requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Alaskan Malador Temperament

Alaskan Maladors are energetic and outdoorsy pups that love human companionship. They love to explore and are the happiest when they spend all day on a hike or adventure with their owners. The Labrador Retriever influence in this breed makes them very people-focused, so much so that Alaskan Maladors are prone to separation anxiety. Owners can combat this to some extent by keeping their pet on a consistent and balanced schedule. This hybrid is also very smart and is highly trainable; it is great at learning and performing tricks as well! Keep in mind, however, that restless and bored Alaskan Maladors can be boisterous and destructive. Beyond this, Alaskan Maladors are friends to all – they do nicely in multi-pet households and get along with children very well. They respond well to positive affirmation and affection. Overall, this large dog will do best with an active lifestyle and loving family home.

Alaskan Malador Activity Requirements

This hybrid is known for its stamina and loves vigorous exercise and activity. Both its parent breeds enjoy outdoor adventures, and Alaskan Maladors are no exception. They enjoy strenuous hikes, swimming, and romps outside in large, open spaces (possibly in the company of other dogs). Because this dog is so active, it requires 60 to 90 minutes of physical exertion every day. Alaskan Maladors are also quite intelligent and like to learn tricks, commands, and play games with their owner indoors. While this breed does well in all types of climates, it thrives in rural or suburban environments where its has a yard and/or ample outdoor space to run around in.

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

Alaskan Malador Food Consumption

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

Alaskan Malador Height & Weight

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

Alaskan Malador Owner Experiences

7 Years
2 People
House & Yard
Great dog; can be stubborn/headstrong; loves training but not easy; loves to pull - lots of training to try to achieve loose-leash walking; prone to separation anxiety; had some health issues with immune system - on a special diet and seem to be past those now.
6 months ago
9 Months
6 People
going for walks
On my experience, maladors are very active dogs when awake. They are very fast runners. Maladors are loyal and good gaurd dogs. Even at the age of 9 months, my puppy takes naps all day. They are friendly until theys ee a starnger walking by their house or in their territory. THeye love their family. Maladors are extremely smart and learn very quickly, mine was potty trained in 3 days and learned tricks such as giving paw in under a week.
9 months, 2 weeks ago
3 Years
3 People
House & Yard
We have had him for 1 month. He is a rescue and is still settling in. He was just unconed after his castration. He is extremely afraid of water and we suspect was sprayed when he was younger. It is a chore to get him to eat. He is very affectionate with us and gets more at ease with every day.
1 year, 6 months ago
9 Years
2 People
He is a rescue from Detroit, MI. Roamed the streets his first year, being shot with high power pellets and stabbed.Rescued at a year old. Extremely friendly.Very smart and easy to train.Smartest and most caring dog i have ever owned. Absolutely loves children. I had his DNA done. He is first generation Malador. He is larger than the above stats. He's 27 1/2 inches at the shoulders and 110 lbs.
1 year, 11 months ago
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