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About Malamoodle

65-120 lb
25-28 inches
8-12 years
Not Applicable
Best Suited For
First time dog owners, families with older kids and other pets, home owners with large yards or acreage.
affectionate, intelligent, energetic, playful
Comparable Breeds
Poodle, Alaskan Malamute
Malamoodle Basics

The Malamoodle delivers love and affection in a great big dog format. He brings the highly intelligent nature of the Standard Poodle together with the family-pack oriented Alaskan Malamute to produce an active family dog who thrives with kids and other pets alike.

The Malamoodle combines the intelligent poodle and the pack-oriented nature of the Alaskan Malamute.


The Malamoodle likely originated in the 1980s when breeders first began crossing various breeds to develop dogs that were smaller, hypo-allergenic or simply gentler variations on some of the more popular breeds.


Because he is not a pure-bred, the Malamoodle does not qualify to join the American Kennel Club (AKC) however both parent breeds are members; the Alaskan Malamute joined the club’s “working” group in 1935 while the Poodle became a member of the “non-sporting” group in 1887.

Food / Diet

The Malamoodle is a large, active dog who will require nourishment that is specifically designed for his size, age and activity level. Look for a nutrient-rich, top quality kibble that will support his need for protein and plan to feed him 2 to 3 times daily versus free feeding. The Poodle’s propensity to bloat means overeating is a big no-no and that any exercise be scheduled at least 2 hours after eating or before.

The affectionate Malamoodle is an excellent family pet that once socialized, gets along well with kids and other pets alike.


The Malamoodle will be a handful when it comes to training. While the super intelligent Poodle side of this big boy makes him quick to pick up commands, the Alaskan Malamute side brings a more stubborn dog who will require patience alongside a firm, consistent approach to establish pack leadership. If you aren’t getting the results you want, bring in a professional but never side-step this important step in raising an obedient, friendly dog. As with most dogs, a rewards-based approach with lots of verbal praise and treats will go a long way in getting the results you are seeking.


Malamoodles are big dogs that can weigh between 65 and 120 pounds.

Temperament / Behavior

This affectionate pooch is an excellent family pet that once socialized, gets along well with kids and other pets alike. He’s known to be a friendly, loving dog who enjoys being part of a family and for that reason, doesn’t do well when left alone for long periods. Because of their “working” background, this dog needs regular mental stimulation and a job to do to keep him from becoming bored and potentially destructive.

Common Health Problems

Though Designer Dogs are typically healthier than their purebred parents, it’s important to be aware of what your new pup could inherit. For the Malamoodle, that can include bloat from the Poodle side, joint issues from both parent breeds and from the Alaskan Malamute side, a disease called Polyneuropathy – a progressive loss of nerve function.

Life Expectancy

The Malamoodle has a life span of between 8 and 12 years.

Exercise Requirements

The Malamoodle comes from two highly active breeds and will require substantial daily exercise to keep him physically fit and mentally stimulated. If socialized, a trip to an off-leash park will be a great way for him to burn off energy, meet other dogs and augment a rigorous walking routine.

The Malamoodle is a friendly, loving family dog.

Recognized Clubs

The Malamoodle is recognized by the Designer Breed Registry (DBR) and the International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR).


No surprises that the Malamoodle has a thick, course double-coat that will require brushing 4-5 times per week to keep shedding in check and his coat looking its best. Shedding may be more pronounced in warmer climates and require daily brushing. Although he won’t require professional grooming, as a floppy eared dog he can be prone to ear infections so cleaning should be done weekly.


If your Malamoodle comes from a breeder, request DNA testing for Polyneuropathy prior to falling in love with your puppy. As this dog is prone to joint issues, exercise and obedience training should be progressive and not over-tax tiny joints and limbs. As bloat may be an issue later in life, get him set up on a feeding schedule that will help avoid him becoming used to overeating and subsequently obesity.

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Mary Simpson
Mary Simpson

Sharing space with three seriously judgy Schnoodles and two felines who prefer to be left alone. #LivingMyBestLife

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