Alaskan Shepherd

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Alaskan Shepherd History

The Alaskan Malamute is a canine that originated from the Pleistocene epoch, about 10,000 years ago. They were originally used to pull sleds and haul freight for hunters and traders. The bloodlines of the Alaskan Malamute have been traced back to Siberia, Alaska, and the Northwest Territories of Canada. The Alaskan Malamute is known to be very social as well as intelligent and affectionate. They are very active and are known to be good with children. They are hardy, athletic, and well-built. They require plenty of exercise. The temperament of this breed is very gentle but quite forceful, and may be reserved with strangers.

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Alaskan Shepherd Physical Characteristics

The Alaskan Shepherd is a large, medium-to-large-sized, working breed that typically stands between 24 and 28 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs between 75 and 150 pounds. They have a long, lean body with a broad chest and a thick, shaggy, double-coated, weather resistant outer-coat and a dense, woolly undercoat. They have a tight, water-repellant undercoat and loose, water absorbing topcoat. They have a large head with erect ears and eyes. The Alaskan Shepherd is a working breed that was originally bred to herd.

Eye Colors

Blue, Hazel, Brown

Nose Colors

Black, Brown

Coat Colors

Gray, Red, Cream, Brown, Black, White, Sable, Silver, Blue

Height Range

Male Height Range: 23 – 25 inches

Female Height Range: 22 – 24 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 65 – 85 lbs

Female Weight Range: 60 – 75 lbs

Alaskan Shepherd Health

Description of breed health.


10-12 yrs

Alaskan Shepherd Health Concerns

Canine Hip Dysplasia, Chondrodysplasia (Chd), Degenerative Myelopathy, Congenital Heart Defect, Cataract, Panosteitis, Glaucoma, Pannus, Perianal Fistulas, Skin Problems, Hemophilia, Diabetes, Von Willebrand’s Disease, Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency

Alaskan Shepherd Temperament and Behaviour

The Alaskan Shepherd dog breed has a temperament that can best be described as being quiet, independent, and reserved. They are not particularly outgoing or sociable, preferring to spend most of their time alone or with their family. They are intelligent and have a strong work ethic, which makes them excellent working dogs. They are also loyal and protective of their family and home, and can make excellent guard dogs.

Alaskan Shepherd Activity Requirements

The Alaskan Shepherd is a medium-sized, intelligent, and hard-working dog. They are the ideal choice for families who enjoy the outdoors. The daily routine of an Alaskan Shepherd includes running, walking, hiking, and pulling. They need space to run, but they will also thrive in a backyard. If you are looking for a companion for outdoor activities, the Alaskan Shepherd may be a great choice.

Miles Per Day

12 miles

Activity Per Day

60 minutes

Daily Food

2.5 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Alaskan Shepherd is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Alaskan Shepherd is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Alaskan Shepherd is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Alaskan Shepherd is part of the Unclassified group.

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