How Much Do Alaskan Malamutes Cost?
The Alaskan Malamute is a large dog that was originally bred as an Alaskan sled dog. Very similar to a Siberian Husky in terms of looks, the Alaskan Malamute tend to be very timid, loyal and very loving. The cost of an Alaskan Malamute will mostly depend on the age of the dog, the breeder selling it and other factors.
How much is it?
- On average, an Alaskan Malamute can cost anywhere from $400 to as much as $2,500. An AKC purebred Malamute that could compete in dog shows will cost a lot more than one that is going to be a common household pet.
- NextDayPets.com, a website that has hundreds of breeders selling Alaska Malamutes, has classified ads that sell Alaskan Malamutes for anywhere from $500 to as much as $2,000.
What are the extra costs?
- Depending on the breeder, some will charge an additional fee to have the dog neutered.
- If the dog has to be shipped across the United States, airline fees can start at $150 and be as high as $400.
- Factor in vet bills throughout the life of the dog for things such as sickness, vaccinations, and preventative exams.
- Maintenance and start up costs such as dog food, toys, accessories and shelter.
What is going to be included?
- Most breeders will have each of their puppies up to date with current vaccinations and the appropriate registration paperwork. This paperwork will show everything that has been done at a local vet clinic. Papers showing that the puppy is purebred should be included as well.
- Pet insurance should be included. This can last up to 30 days after the adoption date. If anything does go wrong in the first month, you will be able to get your vet bills covered. Other breeders can include something known as a health guarantee.
- This breed is known to have hip and elbow problems. To prove that this dog may not have the chance of getting these problems, they may offer something known as an OFA certification. This type of certification will take a close look at the puppy’s relatives to see if any problems existed.
- The Alaskan Malamute can grow up to 85 pounds and can stand as tall as 25 inches. Its coat tends to be a double-coat that is similar to many huskies. The common coat colors include black, gray, or sable. Although they have a life span of up to 15 years, the Malamutes are known to have a few genetic issues; a fair majority of the breed dies from cancer.
Tips to know:
- With this type of breed, many breeders will offer a long-term guarantee. For instance, an online breeder offers a 3-year genetic guarantee. If anything goes wrong, the breeder will cover the procedure.
- If you do not feel comfortable with the breeder from whom you are adopting, ask for references. These references could be people that have adopted from them in the past.
How can I save money?
- Talk with a few breeders in your local town. There is probably a good chance that you can find more than one. Compare the breeder’s reputation and the price of the dogs, and try to meet the breeder in person. You will not only save on shipping fees by doing this, but you will also be able to find out a little bit more about the breeder and the puppies.