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Alaskan Goldenmute (Alaskan Malamute & Golden Retriever Mix): Info, Pictures, Characteristics & Facts

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Alaskan Goldenmute (Alaskan Malamute & Golden Retriever Mix)

Height: 23–25 inches
Weight: 65–85 pounds
Lifespan: 12–15 years
Colors: Gray, black, cream, golden, red, chocolate
Suitable for: Cold climates, active families
Temperament: High-energy, patient, protective, intelligent, loyal

What do you get when you cross the popular, happy-go-lucky Golden Retriever with the bold, fearless Alaskan Malamute? In summary, a physically gorgeous, mentally sharp, incredibly loyal canine who absolutely loves to romp around in the snow.

So, you need more information on this stunning Golden Retriever Malamute mix?  Find out all about their quirks, attributes, and health. Then, you can decide if this should be the newest member of your household.

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Alaskan Goldenmute Puppies


The price depends on a few things like location, vet care cost, and litter care. If you see this breed listed for what you would consider a low price, it could mean a lack of proper care or irresponsible breeding has taken place.

To avoid scams or backyard breeding, look into the authenticity of the breeder. Ensure your pup is vet-checked and has lived in favorable conditions. Seeing images or meeting each parent is also a great way to get an idea about what kind of temperament and look your pup will have.

Always remember that you can check out local shelters and rescues for this particular mix. You may find your soulmate at a fraction of the cost—with all vetting done.

3 Little-Known Facts About the Alaskan Goldenmute

1. Both the Golden Retriever and Alaskan Malamute are double-coated dogs, so prepare for lots of shedding.

2. Golden Retrievers have webbed feet, so your puppy may carry that trait, too.

3. Alaskan Malamutes are very vocal—making an array of strange noises and howls—but they don’t bark often.

The parent breeds of the Alaskan Goldenmute
Image Credit: Left – Burin P, Shutterstock | Right – Tatyana Kuznetsova, Shutterstock

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Temperament & Intelligence of the Alaskan Goldenmute 🧠

The Golden Retriever Malamute mix will be incredibly smart and highly receptive. They’ll likely be immensely loyal, even-keeled, and moderately protective. You won’t struggle with training new concepts—and you’ll never miss out on any snuggles.

Golden Retrievers are famously fantastic service dogs for people with a wide range of disabilities. Malamutes are one of the original sled dogs in Alaska, bred to be a muscle powerhouse—which requires both physical endurance and devotion.

Meshing the two breeds creates a dignified, playful, affectionate dog that probably will never know how big they are. They will be doting and docile—unless they sense a threat. This cross will act if necessary to protect those they love.

Are These Dogs Good for Families? 🏡

The Alaskan Goldenmute would make an awesome addition to many living situations. But, if you live in a sweltering environment, these dogs may not fare well. However, if you live in an area with regular cold seasons, it will work in their favor tremendously.

Because of their high energy levels, they don’t make great apartment candidates. But if you have a decent yard or plan to walk them regularly, this partnership will work out tremendously. Goldenmutes will make fantastic jogging buddies. The Alaskan Goldenmute will get along fabulously with children. Even though they will be very maternal towards kids, they may do best with older children. They may not realize just how small a child is and knock them down.

These dogs are protective naturally, so they will alert you if there are any odd goings-on. But they tend to be welcoming of newcomers when properly trained and socialized. However, if someone tries to harm you or your family, they will act with swiftness.

Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets? 🐶 😽

The Alaskan Goldenmute is typically good with other dogs, primarily when they are raised together. Golden Retrievers tend to be more accepting, while Malamutes are a bit more reserved in new situations. If you combine these traits, you get a friendly—but sometimes selective—dog who works in most multi-dog situations. Malamutes are very pack-oriented, so once they find another canine buddy, they could be inseparable.

When the Alaskan Goldenmute is sexually mature, they may be suspicious or territorial with new dogs. But once they realize the dog poses no threat, they acclimate well.

As for other pets, these dogs may exhibit a bit of prey drive sometimes. For this reason, they’re better suited for other canines and even cats. But smaller pets like hamsters and other rodents may be too risky. Be sure to supervise any interactions with small critters.

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Things to Know When Owning an Alaskan Goldenmute:

Food & Diet Requirements 🦴

The Alaskan Goldenmute is going to be a powerhouse of muscle. Adequate protein is the most essential nutrient they can have in dog food. They benefit significantly from dry kibble with at least 34% protein—or even more if you dare.

In addition to the whole protein, they need healthy carbohydrates, fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals to replenish their body daily. You can also offer wet or homemade soft food as a scrumptious topper to kick things up a notch. As for treats, they will beg for just about anything on your plate. However, they should have wholesome snacks like fresh fruit, crunchy, veggies, dehydrated meats, or homemade treats.

Some Goldenmutes could develop food-related allergies. Specialized diets like grain-free or limited ingredients may be necessary for this situation. If you believe your dog has a food allergy, you should confirm with your vet before changing their diet.

Exercise 🐕

Your Golden Retriever Malamute mix will adore the outdoors. You can expect a good hiking buddy, ready to take on nature at every turn. Whether they jump in the creek for a swim or accompany the family on a sledding adventure, they will enjoy every minute.

Alaskan Goldenmute puppies can be quite a handful during the first 2 years. They’re going to be bursting with unquenchable energy. Because they require a proper outlet for all this activity, some of them can benefit a lot from obedience training.

If you don’t adequately stimulate your Goldenmute, they may become destructive. Giving them lots of play toys can help curb chewing tendencies. However, you don’t want this to turn into bad behavior where they act out when they’re left alone.

Because of their high energy, these dogs aren’t good candidates for all-day crate dwelling. They need to be able to move around. Locking them up or restricting their activity can cause hyperactivity or even depression.

Training 🦮

In terms of training, the Malamute can be more challenging than the Golden—so, this will depend on what side your puppy takes after. The Golden Retriever has an award-winning history in obedience training, learning everything from good manners to advanced life-saving skills.

These dogs work best with positive training methods but also require a firm hand. Goldenmutes have a natural desire to please, so it won’t take them long to latch onto new concepts. You can get as in-depth as you want with training since they have the personality and brains to boot.

When you work with your Goldenmute, keep an even-keeled, patient approach to training. Stay consistent, and they will follow suit. Basic commands and house training should come quite naturally to them.

Grooming ✂️

If you know anything about either breed, you may have already guessed grooming won’t be a walk in the park. These dogs have a lot of hair, and so with your couches—it’s inevitable.

But if you’re the type that doesn’t prefer fur decorating your furniture and clothes, don’t fret. There are ways to manage this hairy beast. Both the Golden and the Malamute have thick coats. Inevitably, your pup will have the same. This cross tends to favor the Malamute in terms of looks. Often, you’ll see classic Malamute markings, even if they have a Golden’s smile. That often includes the coarse, thick plumes of hair over soft, frilly golden locks.

In any case, you’ll be doing a lot of hair removal. De-shedding tools and frequent brushing at home can help combat the endless shedding. These dogs also benefit from a professional deep-grooming session roughly every 6-8 weeks.

Health and Conditions ❤️

Minor Conditions
  • Obesity
  • Skin Allergies
Serious Conditions
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Cancer
  • Von Willebrand Disease
  • Thyroid Problems

Serious Conditions:

  • Hip Dysplasia — A joint disorder where the hip bones rub together, and it’s increasingly painful for dogs
  • Cancer — Especially from the Golden Retriever side, cancer is a common and unfortunate ailment
  • Von Willebrand Disease — This is a blood disease that causes clotting
  • Thyroid Problems — Issues like hypothyroidism can happen, which is when the thyroid doesn’t produce enough hormones

Minor Conditions:

  • Obesity — These dogs can become obese, which can eventually turn into more prominent health concerns
  • Skin Allergies — This breed can be sensitive to environmental and food-related allergies

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Male vs. Female

There’s a lot of wiggle room with the Alaskan Goldenmute. After all, you have tendencies from both parents to consider when you ponder potential personality. But gender plays a role, too. It may come as no shocker—males are generally bigger than females. Stocky, muscular, and capable, they will outman their fare ladies.

Males seem to be slightly harder to train since they can be very stubborn. They can also exhibit territorial aggression and destructive behavior more so than their female counterparts.

Females may be aggressive in same-sex situations if they have the dominant trait. However, females are docile and patient with children. They can be a little more selective about what they’re in the mood to put up with, so they can seem particular. But either way, the differences won’t be too drastic. Choose the puppy that you feel the most connection with.

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Final Thoughts

The Alaskan Goldenmute is a unique combination—offering the friendliness of a Golden with a Malamute edginess. Malamutes tend to be more brave-hearted, while Goldens are more happy-go-lucky. This cross leads to a well-balanced temperament from both sides.

If you want a protective sweetheart who loves a snowy winter, consider this Alaskan Malamute Golden Retriever mix. Don’t forget to check with your local shelters and rescues to potentially save a life.

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Featured Image Credit: Left – Golden Retriever (Lumi Studio, Shutterstock), Right – Alaskan Malamute (fotorince, Shutterstock)

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