How To Go About Alaskan Malamute Grooming

As far as appearances go, Alaskan Malamutes have plenty in common with Siberian Huskies. Both groups of dogs are renowned for their resemblance to wolves in their appearances. Both of their coatings are marked with white markings, including on the front part of their faces. Both the Alaskan Malamutes and Siberian Huskies hail from the frigid Arctics where they have historically been used as sledding dogs.

So, if you have mistaken an Alaskan Malamute for a Siberian Husky, it certainly is easy to see why. If you are in need of help with Alaskan Malamute grooming, you will want to keep on reading down below.

The Alaskan Malamute Grooming Process

1. Brush Your Alaskan Malamute’s Hair

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Alaskan Malamutes are heavy shedders of hair, especially during the fall and spring seasons. So, you will want to brush your Alaskan Malamute’s coating in order to get rid of the dead hair because if they aren’t brushed out, they will end up on your floor or furniture.

Your Alaskan Malamute has a thick double coating and so another thing that you will want to brush out is the mats. That is because your Alaskan Malamute can experience skin pain if matting isn’t dealt with.

I recommend that you get the Hertzko Self-Cleaning Slicker Brush as it is effective at brushing out the dead hair and mats from a thick double coating like that of your Alaskan Malamute.

The brush can do that without scratching your Alaskan Malamute’s skin because of the fine bent wire bristles that the brush has. The brush also comes with an easy way for you to clean out the brush by having a button that you can just press in order to do that.

Once you have the brush, you are all set to start brushing your Alaskan Malamute’s coating. In order to have the best results, you will want to brush your Alaskan Malamute’s coating in the direction that the hair grows.

As for how often to brush your Alaskan Malamute’s coating, during the two seasons that he/she is shedding heavily, you will want to do the brushing on a daily basis in order to keep the shedding under control. Outside of the shedding seasons, doing the brushing one to three times per week is reasonable.

2. Brush Your Alaskan Malamute’s Teeth

Your Alaskan Malamute needs to have his/her teeth brushed. That is true for all dogs, not just the Alaskan Malamute. Brushing your Alaskan Malamute’s teeth is needed in order to prevent tartar buildup on the teeth which can result in tooth decay if not taken care of.

Veterinarians often recommend that dog owners get the Virbac toothpaste for their dogs’ teeth. So, you will want to go with that as well. You can use a toothbrush to brush your Alaskan Malamute’s teeth.

Be sure to brush your Alaskan Malamute’s teeth regularly. So, if not daily, then you should do the tooth brushing two to three times per week at a minimum.

3. Bathe Your Alaskan Malamute

Alaskan Malamutes have the ability to self-clean their coatings. So, because of that, your Alaskan Malamute only needs to be bathed once or twice per year. If this is one of the rare times that you do bathe your Alaskan Malamute, here is how you can do that.

First, take your Alaskan Malamute to your bathtub. Fill a cup with warm water and then pour it onto your Alaskan Malamute’s coating in order to get it all wet. Now, thoroughly apply the shampoo onto your Alaskan Malamute’s coating, taking care not to get it into his/her eyes.

If you aren’t sure about which shampoo to use, I would go with Buddy Wash Dog Shampoo and Conditioner as that is one of the best shampoos that I can find. Once you are done with the shampooing, rinse your Alaskan Malamute’s coating until every trace of the shampoo is gone.

With the bathing over, proceed to dry out your Alaskan Malamute’s coating with a bathing towel. Once your Alaskan Malamute’s coating is all dry, go ahead and re-brush it.

4. Clean Your Alaskan Malamute’s Ears

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You are going to want to clean out your Alaskan Malamute’s ears because they can become breeding grounds for wax buildup and that can lead to ear infection if it isn’t cleaned out of his/her ears.

So, be sure to check on your Alaskan Malamute’s ears from time to time. If you see that your Alaskan Malamute’s ears are dirty, go ahead and clean them out.

You will want to use the Virbac ear cleaner to clean out your Alaskan Malamute’s ears as that is the one that veterinarians often recommend for cleaning out a dog’s ears. You can apply the ear cleaner on cotton balls and then use them to clean out your Alaskan Malamute’s ears.

5. Clip Your Alaskan Malamute’s Nails

You will want to clip your Alaskan Malamute’s nails in order to keep them short because it isn’t a good thing for the dog to have long nails as that can cause paw pain for him/her.

So, be sure to check your Alaskan Malamute’s nails periodically or listen for any clicking sounds when he/she is walking around so that you will know for sure when his/her nails need to be clipped.

You can use a nail clipper like Millers Forge Dog Nail Clip to clip your Alaskan Malamute’s nails. Be careful not to cut the quick part of your Alaskan Malamute’s nails as that can easily lead to bleeding.

Alaskan Malamute Grooming – Conclusion

There you have it for Alaskan Malamute grooming. As for whether to give your Alaskan Malamute a hair trim, given that he/she sheds his/her hair heavily during the fall and spring seasons, I don’t recommend that you do so because if you do that, you run the rusk of trimming his/her hair to the point that it will be difficult to grow back properly.

Trimming you Alaskan Malamute’s hair can also strip him/her of the ability to keep him/herself warm and cool during the winter and summer respectively. So, your Alaskan Malamute’s coating is best left alone except for the paws which you may want to trim using a pair of scissors.

Also, if you are finding that your Alaskan Malamute isn’t cooperating with you while you are grooming him/her, this post has you covered for gaining his/her cooperation.

What are your thoughts? Have you groomed an Alaskan Malamute before? Feel free to leave a comment down below.

4 thoughts on “How To Go About Alaskan Malamute Grooming”

  1. I have heard of the Siberian Husky, but this is the first time I have heard of an Alaskan Malamute. They are beautiful looking dogs, but they look very high maintenance with all that beautiful fur.

    You say it is not a good idea to trim his hair? If the climate is very hot, won’t the dog be more comfortable with shorter hair. I see a lot of people in our region shave their long haired dogs in the summer to make them more comfortable.

    • The Alaskan Malamute and Siberian Husky are similar in their appearances to the point that they could be mistaken for each other and, like you said, they are both beautiful dogs indeed. Yes, Alaskan Malamutes do require daily brushing during the shedding seasons, but outside of that, doing it one to three times per week should do it.

      You are correct in that I don’t believe that it is a good idea for an Alaskan Malamute’s coating to be trimmed. Without knowing what dog breeds the dog owners in your region have, it is hard for me to tell for sure, but that could be coming from an unfortunate misunderstanding of how their dogs’ coatings work as some dog breeds have coatings that are designed to keep them cool during the summer and warm during the winter.

  2. Wow, I am not a fan of dogs but it’s good to know that taking care of a dog Alaskan Malamute can be as fun as taking care of a baby. Just like a baby, this cute creature is also dependent on its owner for everything; from feeding to body care and also in training the dog to be a good one.

    Thank you for sharing.

    • I completely understand if you aren’t a fan of dogs. Dogs aren’t for everyone after all. Even so, thank you for taking the time to read this article on grooming an Alaskan Malamute. At the least, I hope that you will share this article with those you know who owns an Alaskan Malamute and needs help with grooming one.

      Also, you make a good point about dogs being like babies in their dependence on their owners.


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