75-90 lbs
United States
Alaskan Malamute
Great Pyrenees
The Malanees is a 50/50 mix of the two parent breeds, Alaskan Malamute and Great Pyrenees. As can be imagined, this is a very large and beautiful breed, who's main traits are those of the working group dogs. The Malanees has long, thick fur, that sheds often but requires very little maintenance to keep clean. He has a handsome and athletic body, that is both graceful and strong.  Built to pull and act as guardians, the Malanees has a great strength and strong-willed determination; both of which are classic examples of a working class dog. Although powerful and dignified, this breed is also very loving, calm, gentle, and patient, making him a wonderful companion to even the smallest of children. If you are looking into adding a Malanees to your home, keep in mind that he is going to shed a lot and can be extremely independent. This strong-willed nature can make the Malanees a hard dog to train, therefore classifying him as a dog that may be a challenge for new dog owners. However, if you too are a strong-willed person, don't let his independence deter you! With consistent and strong leadership, the Malanees will do very well  and be an excellent addition to any family.
Companion and Working Animal
Date of Origin
Alaskan Malamute and Great Pyrenees

Malanees Health

Average Size
Male Malanees size stats
Height: 25-32 inches Weight: 85-100 lbs
Female Malanees size stats
Height: 23-29 inches Weight: 75-90 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Osteochondrodysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Ectropion
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Deafness
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Bleeding Disorder
  • Diabetes
  • Tricuspid Valve Dysplasia
  • Zinc Responsive Dermatosis
  • Platelet Dysfunction
  • Cervical Vertebral Instability
  • Osteochondrodysplasia
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Hypothyroidism
Occasional Tests
  • Elbow
  • Hip X-Rays
  • Dna For Pra
  • Eye Examinations
  • Blood Analysis
  • Hearing and Ear Tests

Malanees Breed History

Although it may seem like a combination between the Alaskan Malamute and the Great Pyrenees should have been around for a while, the Malanees is actually a relatively new breed. Because of this, the breed does not have a very in-depth origin story. Origins are very important because they provide a background as to why the breed may have been created, and what traits were deemed most important for that breed. Thankfully, although the Malanees does not have a rich backstory yet, both of his parent breeds do; so we can learn a lot of really useful information about the Malanees from his parents. The Great Pyrenees, for starters, is a gorgeous giant who was first created to be a flock-guarding dog  in the French Pyrenees Mountains. Watching over the flocks faithfully, the Pyrenees needed to be large in order to protect the animals from hunters such as wolves and bears. You would think that with such an important dog, the Great Pyrenees would be aggressive and aloof; however, that is not the case. This breed is much loved for his calm, patient, and affectionate attitude. His trademark white coat was a must have with his job, as it allowed the breed to blend in with the sheep that they were protecting. This gave them an element of surprise against their bigger attackers. The Great Pyrenees was so famous due to their bravery that they were eventually chosen to be protectors of important people as well, such as King Louise XIV, who made the breed part of his household guard. It took a long time for these beautiful dogs to make their way to America, but once they did the Great Pyrenees was recognized by the American Kennel Club in the year 1933. They are now primarily used today as companion animals and guardians of the home. The Alaskan Malamute is famous for their love of pulling and ability to shed enough fur to make a whole new dog. These amazing dogs were created many years ago in Alaska by the Inuit people. This nation of people were known as nomads, and relied on strong dogs to help carry their main means of transportation; sleds. The Alaskan Malamute lived for such a job, and this desire to pull still flows through their veins today! However, the breed had other jobs besides just pulling sleds. They were also hunters, aiding their humans in seeking out polar bears and other animals for food. They have a fearless, independent nature that causes them to be wanderers with big and loving hearts. The people relied on the dogs for a lot, from transportation to warmth. The dogs were very close to their people and viewed them as part of their pack; this is why the Malamute is such a lover of people today and does not do well on his own. This breed became incredibly important during the 1896 gold rush, when miners paid high dollar for dependable dogs and fast sleds. Although this may have seemed good for the Alaskan Malamute, it was actually a very dangerous time for the breed. People wanted more of them quickly, so overbreeding and mixing of the breed with other dogs took place. Thankfully, the Malamute genes were strong and the breed didn't change much. In 1935 the American Kennel Club recognized the Alaskan Malamute as a breed and they have been popular since as working dogs and faithful companions. 

Malanees Breed Appearance

Because the Malanees is a mix between the Alaskan Malamute and the Great Pyrenees, his appearance may vary quite a lot. Despite this fact, both parent breeds are relatively similar in size and body type, so the greatest differences that may appear on the Malanees are mainly found in the shape of the ears and fur coloration. Because both parent breeds have thick, double-coated fur, the Malanees is a breed that will obviously do best in cold weather. He will shed frequently, and blow his coat twice a year. The coloring will vary among colors such as pure white, grey, brown, tan, badger, red, and black. The Malanees eyes can range from brown, hazel, and blue; they are an appealing almond shape and always seem to have a spark of mischief laying within the color. While the Great Pyrenees has loose, folded ears, the Alaskan Malamute does not. Considering the Malamute's strong genes, it is very likely that the Malanees will usually have tall, traingular ears as opposed to folded.
Eye Color Possibilities
blue Malanees eyes
hazel Malanees eyes
brown Malanees eyes
amber Malanees eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Malanees nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Malanees coat
gray Malanees coat
brown Malanees coat
red Malanees coat
silver Malanees coat
white Malanees coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Malanees straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Malanees Breed Maintenance

While the coat of the Malanees does not need much maintenance in regards to bathing, a lot of brushing is going to be required. The Malanees' fur will have the same type of oils as the Great Pyrenees and the Alaskan Malamute, meaning that they are waterproof and bad doggy odor-free. So, while bathing only needs to happen around once or twice a year for this breed (unless he gets into something nasty), regular grooming is a completely different story. The Malanees is going to shed a lot all year round; twice a year it will tend to get a bit worse when he looses the mass of his winter coat. You will want to brush your dog daily with a regular pin brush to remove any loose hair and dirt, as well as brushing at least once a week with a deshedder tool. This will help to keep shedding to a somewhat more manageable level. Besides brushing and bathing, be sure to trim your dog's nails a couple times a month to keep the paws healthy.
Brushes for Malanees
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Malanees requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Malanees Temperament

The Malanees combines all of the best, and a few of the worst traits, from both his parent breeds. He is loving, intelligent, calm, great with kids of any age,  and a great companion for those who like to be active. However, just like with any dog, there are some negative traits that can be hard to overcome. Barking, a strong independent nature, a tendency to overeat, and stubbornness are all traits that the Malanees may inherit that can be trying for an owner. It is important to remember that these dogs, while wonderful, do take a lot of work and patience; they are not for everyone. Your yard will need to have high fences as the Alaskan Malamute side is very good at escaping, and you may need to warn your neighbors about barking, as the Great Pyrenees loves to be vocal. With these things in mind, the Malanees really does make a wonderful pet regardless. He is an excellent guardian and very gentle with children and other animals. With early socialization, training, and a clear leader, the Malanees will be a great addition to any family.

Malanees Activity Requirements

While both the Alaskan Malamute and Great Pyrenees are working dogs, they are actually only moderately active dogs; meaning that while they need exercise, neither breed is excitable or over energetic.  Because of this, the Malanees will need a decent amount of exercise time during the day, but you don't need to worry about never getting anything done because you are too busy trying to tire out your pup! By simply taking a long walk, a short, jog, training, playing fetch, or even teaching your Malanees to pull something for a job, you can wear your dog out and keep him in great shape.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
17 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
90 minutes

Malanees Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
4 cups
Daily Cost
$2.00 - $3.00
Monthly Cost
$80.00 - $90.00

Malanees Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Malanees size stats at six months
Height: 18 inches Weight: 57 lbs
Female Malanees size stats at six months
Height: 17 inches Weight: 52 lbs
12 Months
Male Malanees size stats at 12 months
Height: 24 inches Weight: 77 lbs
Female Malanees size stats at 12 months
Height: 23 inches Weight: 72 lbs
18 Months
Male Malanees size stats at 18 months
Height: 30 inches Weight: 92 lbs
Female Malanees size stats at 18 months
Height: 28 inches Weight: 87 lbs

Malanees Owner Experiences

7 Years
2 People
House & Yard
Kabar was a rescue. I thought she was Husky/Pyrennees mix, then she got to be 116lbs. So did DNA test. Surprise she's Malanees! She's great always! A little headstrong once in a while, but wouldn't change a thing about her.
1 month ago
11 Months
1 People
House & Yard
High Five
dog tricks
Teaching new
Teaching tricks
Olaf is probably the smartest most lovable dog I’ve ever owned. I’ve had almost every breed typically GSD’s but Olaf surpasses all in how quickly he learns something new. He is only vocal when asked with a command and it is more singsong not actual barking. He’s 92# at 11 months he is white with a very light reddish malamute outline. He’s strong gentle, loves everyone, cats small dogs he’s a joy.
10 months, 1 week ago
3 Months
5 People
House & Yard
Playing in the snow
Car rides
Wonderful! Izzy’s black and white with brown eyes. She can be very playful and very loving. She is super friendly with everyone, including kids and other animals. She does bark a lot but it’s when she wants to play or go outside. She learns super fast. She understands sit, give paw, waiting for her food to be placed down, and is about 90% potty trained. She can be a bit rough when playing with her owners but when she plays with kids she is a lot more gentile. She absolutely LOVES the snow. We live in northeast PA, we get all kinds of weather.
11 months, 3 weeks ago
16 Months
1 People
Car rides
Blue was a rescue and we weren’t sure of his breed until we did a dog DNA test... and now it makes perfect sense! He was abused as a puppy, so he does get scared around new people, but otherwise is a little snuggle bug with both my husband and myself. Couldn’t ask for a cuter pup!
1 year, 3 months ago
8 Weeks
2 People
I first seen my dog on Facebook, my friend I went to high school with was selling 5 week old puppies. At first I was attracted to this dog cause he looked like a fuzzy cotton ball and I knew I just had to have him. I talked my wife into letting me have him so I started doing research on his breed and came across this page. My experience with chewy is he’s a loving dog that is friendly to anyone we let in the house but outside of the house he is scared of his own shadow. He barely barks unless he’s excited or wants attention. He’s mostly lazy but when he’s up playing he’s full of energy. So far he hasn’t shedded much but I know throughout the year he will blow his coat but I still brush him daily. He loves to puppy bite but with proper training he has learn to just nibble and not to bite hard. I’ve had him 3 weeks and he’s learn sit and paw. He’s great with my 3 year old sister in law and he doesn’t try to puppy bite her.
1 year, 6 months ago
5 Months
3 People
Car rides
She’s the best dog a girl could ask for! Although she is a large breed she does extremely well in an apartment. This website states that they bark a lot and also need a yard, but she is the laziest puppy ever! Gypsy gets enough exercise and can only stand about 30 minutes of it before she gives up and lays down. As for the barking, she is extremely quiet and only really ever barks playfully at our cat. All in all she is healthy and lean and is white and black
1 year, 9 months ago
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