Here at The Malamute Mom, we love everything to do with the Alaskan Malamute and that includes the wide array of crossbreeds that have come about in recent history. That’s why we’ve counted down our list of the 5 best Alaskan Malamute mixes to give you an insight into the world of Malamute crossbreeding.
This list was chosen based on their popularity in the breeding world and the compatibility of the breeds involved. In our eyes, so long as the resultant crossbreed is healthy and happy, then all Malamute crossbreeds are wonderful.
They may not be recognised as official breeds by the American Kennel Club but that doesn’t stop them from being worthy pets who are deserving of our love.
A note on crossbreeding
Before jumping into our list, we felt it was important to mention that crossbreeding should only be done by professional and accredited dog breeders. Alaskan Malamutes are a specialist breed and they should only be bred with dog breeds that have a similar temperament to that of a Malamute.
Not only this, but we all too often see Alaskan Malamutes mixes ending up in dog shelters due to behavioural problems and expensive health issues that were not considered before breeding.
To ensure you get the healthiest Alaskan Malamute mix possible, always go to an accredited dog breeder. If you have the available time and resources, we also ask you to check your local dog shelters before coming to a final decision.
1. Huskamute (Alaskan Malamute x Siberian Husky)
The Huskamute, also known as an Alusky, is the most common Alaskan Malamute mix by far and is the result of a Malamute breeding with a Siberian Husky.
It’s clear to see why this mix is so popular. Both the Alaskan Malamute and Siberian Husky have a distinctive wolf-like appearance and originate from arctic climates as working breeds.
Despite having differences between them, the Alaskan Malamute and Siberian Husky are relatively similar breeds in terms of temperament and exercise needs when compared to other dogs, making them perfect to breed together.
A typical Huskamute will be a large dog, weighing somewhere between 60 and 100lbs. They will require a lot of exercise to keep them occupied throughout the day and are usually very sociable and loyal. Their needs are generally very similar to a Malamute’s or a Husky’s.
They will require regular grooming to keep their coat in good condition and a stern owner to keep their stubborn behaviours in check.
When it comes to appearance, Huskamutes retain their wolf-like features from their parents. They can have either brown or blue eyes making them unique to Alaskan Malamutes who only have brown eyes. In fact, if your Alaskan Malamute has blue eyes there’s a very good chance you’re actually the owner of a Huskamute already!
2. Alaskan Shepherd (Alaskan Malamute x German Shepherd Dog)
If you’re looking for a strong crossbreed, an Alaskan Shepherd could be the right dog for you. They are the result of an Alaskan Malamute and a German Shepherd Dog breeding and are undeniably a fierce-looking dog.
Temperament wise, an Alaskan Shepherd is known to be independent and often quite stubborn, much like an Alaskan Malamute. They are usually very friendly and will be a faithful family member and companion. The Alaskan Shepherd is actually commonly used as a watchdog thanks to their loyalty and vigilance.
Taking a look at their appearance, a typical Alaskan Shepherd is a large breed that can grow up to 130lbs. The colour of their coat will more closely resemble that of a German Shepherd dog and they will usually have brown eyes.
The unique markings of both an Alaskan Malamute and a German Shepherd Dog mean no two Alaskan Shepherds look the same!
3. Alaskan Goldenmute (Alaskan Malamute x Golden Retreiver)
The Golden Retriever is one of the most popular dog breeds out there thanks to their gentle temperament and soft features. It should come as no surprise, therefore, that they are also one of the most popular dogs to be bred with Alaskan Malamutes to produce Alaskan Goldenmutes.
In contrast to other Alaskan Malamute mixes, the Alaskan Goldenmute can be quite lazy and will often spend most of the day sleeping. They are incredibly friendly and a perfect family dog, retaining their loyal nature from Alaskan Malamutes.
Unlike Alaskan Malamutes, an Alaskan Goldenmute will often thrive in a multi-pet home and are suitable to live with young children.
The Alaskan Goldenmute is also one of the smaller Alaskan Malamute mixes, with the average adult weighing between 60-80lbs. Their build typically resembles that of an Alaskan Malamute but the colourings of their coat and their facial features are usually dominated by the Golden Retriever genes, giving them a softer appearance.
4. Alaskan Malador (Alaskan Malamute x Labrador Retriever)
We have to admit that one of the cutest Alaskan Malamute mixes you can get is the Alaskan Malador, which comes as the result of breeding a Malamute with a Labrador Retriever. Their gentle appearance and cuddly nature have landed them the number 4 spot on our list.
The Alaskan Malador is again, one of the smaller mixes on this list with adults ranging from 65-85lbs in weight. Their appearance can vary quite a lot due to instability within the breed. In general, their build will more closely resemble a Labrador Retriever with markings that match those of an Alaskan Malamute.
The texture and length of their coat will usually be dominated by the Malamute’s genes, giving them the soft and dense double coat we’ve all come to love.
Alaskan Maladors are very intelligent and are easier to train than an Alaskan Malamute. They are highly people orientated making them prone to separation anxiety, but they also do well in multi-pet households.
Just like the Alaskan Malamute and the Labrador Retriever, the Alaskan Malador is a highly energetic breed and they will happily spend all day playing with you. Make sure you have a large yard before considering this breed!
5. Malanees (Great Pyrenees x Alaskan Malamute)
Last but certainly not least on our list of the best Alaskan Malamute mixes is the Malanees which is a cross between an Alaskan Malamute and a Great Pyrenees. Known for their incredible strength, the Malanees is commonly used as a working dog.
Their temperament is fairly typical of a standard working dog and they will be very strong-willed and determined, just like the two breeds they descend from. We therefore wouldn’t recommend a Malanees to new dog owners – they need an owner who can be just as stubborn as them!
Don’t be deterred though, owning a Malanees is a fulfilling experience. As long as you show them strong leadership, they will reward you with loyal companionship.
With both the Alaskan Malamute and the Great Pyrenees being very large dog breeds, it’s no surprise that the Malanees can grow to be up to 110lbs. They will have a large, stocky build and a dense coat that requires daily grooming.
Their coats will usually have the markings and colourings of a lighter Alaskan Malamute, but the long fluffiness of a Great Pyrenees. Their eyes will typically be a dark brown.
Whilst there are many great Alaskan Malamute mixes out there, our top 5 are some of the most popular and compatible crossbreeds available. If you have any questions about the breeds mentioned in this article, please don’t hesitate to contact us here or leave a comment below.