Alaskan Shepherd

60-75 lbs
Alaskan Malamute
German Shepherd

Alaskan Shepherds take after their large, working dog ancestors as loyal and courageous companions. They are smart animals that require a lot of activity, mental stimulation, and coat maintenance to stay happy and healthy. Alaskan Shepherds require firm training from an early age, but can be great pets for families that are willing to put in the work. This breed is likely to have originated in the early 1900s when its parent breeds, the Alaskan Malamute and German Shepherd, were popular in the United States. Nonetheless, Alaskan Shepherds are unusual hybrids and not recognized by the American Kennel Club roster of purebred dogs.

Companionship, Hunting, Guarding
Date of Origin
Early 1900s
Alaskan Malamute, German Shepherd

Alaskan Shepherd Health

Average Size
Male Alaskan Shepherd size stats
Height: 23-25 inches Weight: 65-85 lbs
Female Alaskan Shepherd size stats
Height: 22-24 inches Weight: 60-75 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Canine Hip Dysplasia
  • Chondrodysplasia (Chd)
  • Degenerative Myelopathy
  • Congenital Heart Defect
Minor Concerns
  • Cataract
  • Panosteitis
  • Glaucoma
  • Pannus
  • Perianal Fistulas
  • Skin Problems
  • Hemophilia
  • Diabetes
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None Known
Occasional Tests
  • Cardiac
  • Hip
  • Blood
  • Dna For Vwd
  • Chd Clear Rating
  • Eye Examination
  • Internal Imaging (x-ray, CT scan, MRI, etc.)
  • Full Body Physical Examination

Alaskan Shepherd Breed History

The name Alaskan Shepherd is a combination of the names of the dog’s parent breeds: the Alaskan Malamute and German Shepherd. The Alaskan Malamute is an ancient breed thought to have descended from wolf dogs that accompanied Paleolithic hunters across the Bering Strait over 4,000 years ago. Eventually, it acquired the name “Malamute” after the Mahlemuts Innuit tribe which inhabited the northwest coast of current day Alaska. Alaskan Malamutes were first bred for hunting large game and pulling sleds through icy terrain. In the 1800s, foreign explorers started to import Alaskan Malamutes to the United States as working dogs for Gold Rush expeditions in the Western part of the country. Eventually, American breeders began mating Alaskan Malamutes with smaller dogs for racing and entertainment purposes. This initiative destabilized the breed’s lineage for many years. In the 1920s, however, there was a successful effort to revive the purebred brand. Today, the Alaskan Malamute is the official state dog of Alaska and recognized by the AKC. As its name suggests, the Alaskan Malador’s other parent, the German Shepherd, hails from Germany where it was developed as a herding dog out of regional Shepherd varieties in the 1800s. It was initially called the German Sheepdog after its original purpose. The breed was so well-behaved and responsive that it eventually was used as a working dog in the German military. In fact, In World War I, German Shepherds helped supply soldiers with supplies and rations. In 1899, the Verein fur Deutsche Scharferhunde SV was established to guide the development of the breed, which lead to its popularity as a guard dog and pet in Europe. The American Kennel Club recognized the German Shepherd in 1908 and the breed grew steadily in popularity in North America. It remains a popular dog in the United States and Europe – especially Germany – to this day. The combination of these two parent breeds has resulted in a large, alert, and affectionate pet. The Alaskan Shepherd may have been breed since the early 1900s given the Alaskan Malamute and German Shepherd’s long history in the United States. Nevertheless, it is a scarce hybrid that is not recognized by the AKC.

Alaskan Shepherd Breed Appearance

The Alaskan Malamute and German Shepherd have many similar physical characteristics. As a result, the Alaskan Shepherd looks very much like both parent breeds; it is longer than it is tall and has erect and pointed ears, almond-shaped eyes, dark nose, and muscular build. It also has a fairly long and plumed tail and large arched paws with heavy padding. The Alaskan Shepherd can also come in a variety of colors that are common to its parent breeds and typically has black markings on the muzzle and forehead. The breed’s coat is very dense. It is thick, straight, and medium in length.

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

Alaskan Shepherd Breed Maintenance

This is not a hypoallergenic breed and thus, not suitable for pet owners with allergies. Alaskan Shepherds have medium length and extremely dense double coats that shed heavily, especially during seasonal changes. Brushing weekly with a pin or slicker, as well as using a deshedder can help reduce seasonal shedding and keep the coat neat and polished. During shedding seasons, however, owners may want to brush their pets daily. Alaskan Shepherds only need occasional baths, but owners should check their tails and undercoat regularly for debris. This breed should also have their nails clipped once or twice a month and teeth brushed every day.

Brushes for Alaskan Shepherd
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Alaskan Shepherd requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Alaskan Shepherd Temperament

Alaskan Shepherds are known to be loyal and courageous, but also independent and aloof at times. They require firm and consistent training; otherwise, this strong-willed breed will walk all over its owners. Alaskan Shepherds can also be aggressive towards strange dogs and people; as such, early socialization is very important for raising a well-adjusted pup. Beyond this, Alaskan Shepherds are very intelligent and can be coached to respond to many commands and perform relatively complicated tasks. Keep in mind that because they are so intelligent, restless or bored Alaskan Shepherds may also become anxious and destructive. As such, this breed is happiest when it receives a healthy balance of mental stimulation and exercise. Additionally, Alaskan Shepherds tend to get attached to one person – the “pack leader” – in the family and are very affectionate towards their owners. They also respond acutely to positive affirmation and can be great dogs for the right type of family.

Alaskan Shepherd Activity Requirements

Alaskan Shepherds come from two hearty working animals, so it’s no surprise that this breed is both high energy and high endurance. They love being outdoors and will eagerly engage in strenuous hikes, runs, and romps outside in large, open spaces. Alaskan Shepherds should have at least 60 minutes of activity a day. This breed also benefits from mental stimulation by way of learning tricks, commands, and playing games with their owners. Since Alaskan Shepherds have thick double coats, they prefer cooler climates. This breed also prefers to live in rural or suburban environments where it 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 Shepherd Food Consumption

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

Alaskan Shepherd Height & Weight

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

Alaskan Shepherd Owner Experiences

2 Years
3 People
House & Yard
Full of energy, loyal, affectionate, friendly, protector, dominate
1 month, 3 weeks ago
11 Months
2 People
Jax is a beautiful dog! He is so smart, and he learned commands and tricks early on as a young pup. He needs lots of activity and he loves to play fetch. We love having him around because he is a big sweet heart!
2 months, 2 weeks ago
5 Years
2 People
House & Yard
He is very stubborn, but very loveable. It took a long time to get him to be house trained because I got him when he was 4.
5 months, 2 weeks ago
6 Years
3 People
I have had my boy for about 4 years and he is great. He is trained as a police k9 and is excellent for the job. He has a off switch, he sits in the car and sleeps for hours until it's work time. The biggest down side is his fur and skin. He gets really dry skin when the weather changes and requires alot of grooming. If you are looking to get this bread they are great for active people. Also he doesn't really show pain (he broke 2 tows on a call and I didn't know for a couple of hours, he also snapped his tooth on a bite and I didn't know till the guy was at the hospital and they pulled wolfie's tooth out of his arm. Be aware that they are almost too resilient so check them regularly) If the dog is occupied then they are great!!!
6 months, 3 weeks ago
5 Months
2 People
House & Yard
Our Gus is a big lad at over 28kg already. He's stubborn and picks things up quickly but does need reminding of his training to keep him consistent. He's very friendly to both dogs and people to the detriment of his training quite often, just to eager to play. Gus has a short coat and it's far easier to keep then I was expecting, even with his liking for diving in to puddles he rarely needs washed the dirt just comes off with a quick brush. Definitely a people dog loves nothing better then to curl up next to us for a nap, just watch the paws :)
6 months, 3 weeks ago
2 Years
2 People
Walking and hiking
Have had 4 GSD previous was told he was one but think more he is an Alaskan Shepherd. He is a rescue so no background on him at all. His lead walk is terrible but other than that he is a marvellous dog
8 months, 4 weeks ago
10 years
2 People
House & Yard
My dog is a snuggler
I have had three Alaskan Shepherds. They are wonderful dogs, definitely with personalities leaning toward their Malamute heritage.
9 months, 3 weeks ago
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