The Malamute is a powerful, heavily-boned dog. It has a broad head proportionate to its body with brown almond-shaped eyes and triangular ears. Males should be around 65 centimetres tall at the withers and weigh 85 pounds. Females should be about 58 centimetres and 75 pounds.
The breed has a double coat: thick, coarse outer guard coat longer at the withers, and a dense, woolly undercoat. The standard colours range from light grey through shades of black. Another variety is from gold through shadings of red to liver. Its underbody, feet, legs, and masks always have white markings. The Malamute is generally a clean dog so bathing can be done a few times per year. Frequent bathing can strip off natural oils and make the coat very dry and dull. However, it requires daily brushing to maintain its beautiful coat and prevent mats. This breed is a heavy shedder and its hair falls in large lumps.
The Alaskan Malamute, like any dog breed, requires regular basic grooming if you want to keep this dog happy. It doesn’t have any particular needs but other grooming regimens must not be ignored. Brush the Malamute’s teeth twice or thrice a week to prevent potential gum disease. The nails must be trimmed if it becomes too long. Check the ears for any signs of infection such as redness or bad odour. Examining the Malamute during grooming can help you detect any signs of abnormality early on.