The Alaskan Malador, or Alaskan Lab, are friendly and affectionate dogs that get along with just about everyone. The Alaskan Malador is a hybrid of the Alaskan Malamute and a Labrador Retriever, and just like its parents, the breed makes a good sporting and companion dog.
Alaskan Malador History
There is not a lot known about the beginning history of the Alaskan Malador, and the date of origin ranges from the 1800s to the early 1900s. The Alaskan Malamute is one of the oldest sled dog breeds of the Artic and can be traced back over 4,000 years and are ancestors of the domesticated wolf-dogs.
The Labrador Retriever originated in Newfoundland, Canada in the 1700s, before making their way to the United Kingdom, and finally to the United States. Originally known as the St. John’s Water Dog, the breed was used to help fishermen retrieve fish and fishing nets. When in England it was discovered that they were great at retrieving while on hunting trips as well, so today they are used mostly as land retrievers, but still have a deep love for the water.
Alaskan Malador Characteristics
Alaskan Maladors are a breed that hasn’t fully stabilized yet, meaning that they can get any combination of physical traits from their parent breeds. There are several eye color possibilities including blue, hazel, brown, and amber. Noses can come in black or brown, and the Alaskan Malador fur can be cream, brown, white, red, black, sable, silver, blue, or gray.
The coats of the Alaskan Maladors tend to be medium in length and very dense, with a straight texture. Generally, they will have pendant-shaped, floppy ears, much like their Labrador parent, and large padded paws. Their paws aren’t the only thing about them that will be large, the males will grow to be about 25 inches and 85 pounds, while the females will be a tiny bit shorter at 24 inches and approximately 10 pounds lighter at 75 pounds.
Alaskan Malador Temperament/Personality
Alaskan Maldors are energetic and lovable dogs that love outdoor play and human company. They become so attached to their owners that they can suffer from separation anxiety when not with their people.
The Alaskan Malador gets along great with everyone in the family, both young and old. Due to their sheer size and power, it is recommended that they not be left alone with smaller children as they can inadvertently get hurt.
In some cases, if they take more after their Alaskan Malamute parent, they can show aggression towards other male dogs upon first meeting.
Caring for Alaskan Malador
Caring for an Alaskan Malador takes some work as they are active dogs who tend to shed and require some constant grooming and attention.
Alaskan Malador Nutrition
Alaskan Maladors should be fed approximate 2 ½ cups of a high-quality kibble a day, broken into two meals, one in the morning and one at suppertime. As they are a high energetic, active breed, it is important to ensure that they are getting the proper nutrients for their size and activity levels. Due to being an offshoot of the Labrador Retriever, they have a propensity to be overweight, so at times you may need to adjust their portion sizes to keep them at a proper weight.
Alaskan Malador Grooming
Alaskan Maladors shed a lot, and all the time, particularly during the change in seasons. Daily brushing is recommended to stay on top of the shedding and prevent any mats or tangles that may form. Bathing should only be done every other month if it can be helped, as just like it’s Labrador parent, they have a tendency to develop dry skin.
Alaskan Malador Activity Levels
The Alaskan Malador is a very energetic and active breed who benefits from regular exercise and should have at least 60 to 90 minutes a day of physical activity. Both parent breeds love the outdoors and adventures and the Alaskan Malador is no different in this sense. Vigorous exercise is recommended in the form of a strenuous hike, swimming, a large area to run around in, and some play time with other dogs.
Alaskan Malador Maintenance
The Alaskan Malador should have their teeth brushed on a daily basis, their floppy ears checked and cleaned weekly, and their nails trimmed about once a month.
Alaskan Malador Health
There are several health concerns that can arise with an Alaskan Malador, mainly having to do with eyes and joints. Some of the major concerns are gastric torsion, epilepsy, hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, chondrodysplasia, and osteochondritis dissecans.
Some minor health concerns to be on the lookout for should include otitis externa, progressive retinal atrophy, cataracts, glaucoma, skin problems, and diabetes.
Don’t let this deter you from this breed as these dogs have an average lifespan between 10-15 years, which is longer than many other breeds.