Alaskan Pit Bull

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60-75 lbs
16-24"
Unknown
Alaskan Malamute
Pit Bull Terrier
Mally Pit

This large dog combines the stamina of the Alaskan Malamute with the loyalty of the Pit Bull Terrier. The result is an affectionate and devoted family pet that loves to cuddle as much as it loves to run wild in the great outdoors. Alaskan Pit Bulls are also a robust breed with few chronic health problems. They originated in the late 1800s or early 1900s when both parent breeds become popular in the United States. Though lovable, they are not recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) roster of purebred dogs or widely popular in any area of the world. 

Purpose
Companionship, Sporting
Date of Origin
Late 1800s
Ancestry
Alaskan Malamute, Pit Bull Terrier

Alaskan Pit Bull Health

Average Size
Height: 19-26 inches Weight: 65-80 lbs
Height: 16-24 inches Weight: 60-75 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Canine Hip Dysplasia
  • Chondrodysplasia (Chd)
Minor Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Skin Problems
  • Diabetes
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None Known
Occasional Tests
  • Internal Imaging (x-ray, CT scan, MRI, etc.)
  • Skin Biopsy
  • Orthopedic Exam
  • Ocular Exam

Alaskan Pit Bull Breed History

The name Alaskan Pit Bull is a combination of the names of the dog’s parent breeds: the Alaskan Malamute and The American Staffordshire Terrier, also known as the Pit Bull Terrier. The Alaskan Malamute originated over 4,000 years ago and is the namesake of the Mahlemuts Innuit tribe who inhabited the present day northwest coast of Alaska. The tribe originally relied on Alaskan Malamutes for hunting bears and seals, as well as sledding across harsh terrain. During the 1800s, Alaskan Malamutes were imported to the United States to assist Gold Rush prospectors on the West Coast. Once in the United States, breeders started mixing Alaskan Malamutes with smaller dogs for racing purposes. The breed became very diluted as a result; however, in the 1920s, there was a successful effort to revive the purebred variety, and the AKC recognized the breed in 1935. The American Staffordshire Terrier was developed in the English region of Shaffordshire in the 1800s for dog fighting. It was likely a mix between an Old English Bulldog and various Terrier breeds. In fact, it was originally called the “Bull and Terrier”. The breed fell out of fashion when dog fighting was outlawed. Nonetheless, some specimens made their way over to the United States during the 19th century and American breeders developed an animal with more heft and a larger head. This variation became known as the Pit Bull Terrier. It was recognized as such in 1936; however, over thirty years later, the breed was renamed the American Shaffordshire Terrier. Alaskan Pit Bulls may have been breed as early as the late 1800s given the Malamute’s and Pit Bull’s long history in the United States. However, they are still an unusual hybrid dog and not recognized by the American Kennel Club. 

Alaskan Pit Bull Breed Appearance

This breed it is not fully stabilized and can inherit any combination of physical traits from the Pit Bull and the Alaskan Malamute. Generally, however, the result of these two purebreds yields a large dog with the lean and imposing body of a Spitz descendant, but the smooth, trim coat and square muzzle of a Pit Bull. If the dog takes after the Malamute, it will have erect ears. If it takes after the Pit Bull, it will have small, pendant ears. In any case, these pups have short and dense coats that can be black, blue, fawn, red, white, brown or silver. They can also have a sable, agouti, or brindle pattern and/or a mask, points, spots, or markings. Beyond this, Alaskan Pit Bulls are powerful animals made of pure muscle from their medium length tail, to deep chest, to their sturdy legs and well-padded toes.

Eye Color Possibilities
Blue
Hazel
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
Black
Brown
Coat Color Possibilities
Black
Blue
Fawn
Red
White
Brown
Silver
Brindle
Sable
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Alaskan Pit Bull Breed Maintenance

Despite the Alaskan Pit Bull’s Spitz heritage, this dog has a relatively short and easy to maintain coat. It sheds moderately; however, owners can control this to some extent through weekly brushing with a slicker brush. Alaskan Pit Bulls should be bathed no more than once a month to avoid drying out the natural oils in their coat. Beyond this, they should have their ears cleaned regularly, teeth brushed daily, and nails clipped monthly. Note that Alaskan Pit Bills dogs are not hypoallergenic and pet owners with allergies will not enjoy the company of this dog.

Brushes for Alaskan Pit Bull
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Alaskan Pit Bull Temperament

These pups are true pack and people animals. Alaskan Pit Bulls love to give and receive affection. As such, this versatile hybrid makes a great family dog that is just as eager to go on a hike as it is to sit on the couch with its family. Beyond this, Alaskan Pit Bulls are known to be extremely loyal to their families. They openly develop strong bonds with everyone in their household. Additionally, Alaskan Pit Bulls love being around others and will get along with kids and other dogs (so long as they are well socialized) just fine. Keep in mind, however, that this breed is a confident and bold breed, so it’s important to be firm with them from the beginning – if not, this dog will run the show. They also have streaks of independence during which Alaskan Pit Bulls simply require alone time. Because of this, many dog owners think that this hybrid strikes the perfect balance between warmth and self-reliance.

Alaskan Pit Bull Activity Requirements

This hybrid come from two very energetic parent breeds. The Alaskan Malamute, in particular, is known for its endurance and vitality. It follows that the Alaskan Pit Bull requires vigorous exercise for about an hour every day. Like many Spitz descendants, this breed enjoys outdoor activities; they love hiking and long walks the most. Alaskan Pit Bulls may also enjoy trips to the dog park, learning tricks, and playing games with family members. This dog can thrive in almost all types of climates; however, because of its size and energy, this dog is best suited for rural or suburban environments where it has access to a yard and/or ample outdoor space.

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

Alaskan Pit Bull Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2.5 cups
Daily Cost
$1.5 - $1.9
Monthly Cost
$39 - $52

Alaskan Pit Bull Height & Weight

6 Months
Height: 13 inches Weight: 24 lbs
Height: 11 inches Weight: 22 lbs
12 Months
Height: 16 inches Weight: 48 lbs
Height: 15 inches Weight: 45 lbs
18 Months
Height: 20 inches Weight: 70 lbs
Height: 20 inches Weight: 67 lbs

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