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Wolamute is a breed of dog which is one of the hybrid breeds. It is usually bred by mating an Alaskan malamute with a wolf. A gray wolf or timber wolf is chosen as an ideal parent. Owing to this hybrid combination between a canine dog and a wolf, the crossbreed wolamutes are also referred to as wolfdogs. 

A wolamute can be a lovely pet as it serves many useful purposes. Growing to gigantic sizes, a wolamute body can be as large as that of a fully grown wolf. Wolamutes are excellent crossbreed guard dogs and are used on farms for guarding domesticated animals. Wolamutes also have a very high prey drive and can go on to chase other smaller animals. It is therefore advised not to let small pets in front of a wolamute. Wolamutes are also dominating in nature. If this large canine dog is untrained when it is small, it becomes the leader of its own pack and becomes extremely hard to train after it becomes an adult. Breeding a wolamute is also illegal in many places of the world.

To learn more about this rare Wolf Alaskan Malamute mix, read these interesting facts. You can also read up more articles on the Alaskan Malamute and Husky wolf mix.

Fun Wolamute Facts For Kids

What do they prey on?


What do they eat?

Plants and Meat

Average litter size?


How much do they weigh?

115-175 lb (52.2-79.4 kg)

How long are they?


How tall are they?

27-30 in (68.6-76.2 cm)

What do they look like?

Gray white, black, dark, and light

Skin Type

Thick fur coat

What were their main threats?


What is their conservation status?

Not Evaluated

Where you'll find them?

Taiga And Tundra


North America









Wolamute Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a wolamute?

A wolamute is a breed of dog with a thick fur coat and is usually found in North America.

What class of animal does a wolamute belong to?

The wolamute belongs to the class Mammalia.

How many wolamutes are there in the world?

Wolamutes are rare and are bred for specific purposes. So, it is not clear how many wolamutes currently exist on the planet.

Where does a wolamute live?

As wolamutes are usually guard dogs, they stay with humans. They usually stay in the houses of human beings or on a farm where their behavior consists of their primary duty i.e. guarding the domesticated animals of a particular farm.

What is a wolamute's habitat?

The habitat of the Malamute wolf can't be established precisely because it's a hybrid breed. One of the parents is a canine Alaskan malamute, who lives in the snow-capped mountains with its human owners and serves as a search and rescue animal for lost people. The gray wolf, often known as the Timber wolf, is the other parent who lives in the wild. The offspring, the wolfdog live with the human owners. The habitat can either be a house, apartment, or a farm belonging to the owners.

Who do wolamutes live with?

Since the wolamute is a large hybrid dog breed, it prefers staying with both human owners and other fellow dogs of the same species. Training and grooming the behavior of the thick-furred wolamute puppies can be tough for any dog trainer and thus should be treated very gently with lots of patience. While growing, a wolamute puppy should have adequate exposure to humans and dogs so that it helps in grooming a friendly behavior in the animal.

How long does a wolamute live?

Dogs usually have a lifespan of around 10 years. However, a wolamute or a Malamute wolf has a life span that is slightly greater than the average of a normal dog's life. A wolamute has a life expectancy of around 10-12 years. A greater life span is due to the primary cold habitat in which the dog resides. However, wolamutes can also live in hot places.

How do they reproduce?

A wolamute is a hybrid dog that is the offspring of an Alaskan malamute and a gray wolf or a timber wolf and is basically a Malamute wolf mix. So the reproduction of the offspring is a bit tricky. It is often assumed that hybrid dogs are sterile which is not always true. Wolamutes are usually sterile but sometimes the wolf-like dog can reproduce when it attains the proper age. Like other dogs, a wolamute puppy reaches puberty in six months, however since it is a large breed, puberty can also be achieved after two years of good health.

What is their conservation status?

The conservation status of the Alaskan malamute is Not Evaluated by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, and the gray wolf is listed in the category of Endangered species. Since wolamutes are a hybrid species, the breeding is highly under scrutiny and thus the animal is well checked and documented.

Wolamute Fun Facts

What do wolamutes look like?

Since wolamutes have wolves as their parents they often depict wolf-like body features. These include pointy ears, and a thick furry coat similar to that of a wolf and is often white, black and white, dark and light, gray and brown in color.

Wolamutes are giant dogs and can be as long or large as a wolf.

*Please note, this is an image of a gray wolf, one of the wolves Alaskan Malamute parents. If you have an image of a wolamute, let us know at [email protected].

How cute are they?

Wolamutes are generally very cute. Like the Alaskan Malamute breed, it is a cute fluffy giant. A giant wolamute can be a very good companion for a child and can really help in the proper growth of a child. Since wolamutes constantly require human interaction it can be considered very peaceful to play with your dog from time to time.

How do they communicate?

Like their parents, wolfdogs communicate with each other through their body signs and by barking and with 'play bow'. Wolfdogs also have the knack of howling which also derives from one of their parents. As for humans, they communicate with humans like normal dogs.

How big is a wolamute?

Wolamutes are huge animals and they have a height of 27-30 in (68.6-76.2 cm). The wolamute size is usually larger than an average Alaskan malamute while it generally grows up to the normal size of a wolf.

How fast can a wolamute run?

Wolfdogs are excellent runners and they attain a speed of 35-40 mph (56.3-64.4 kph) during sprinting. These speeds come really handy for their health and welfare if they are in the wild and they are on the hunt for some smaller prey.

How much does a wolamute weigh?

In terms of wolamute's weight, 115-175 lb (52.2-79.4 kg) is the average which is similar to the weight of a fully grown wolf.

What are their male and female names of the species?

A male dog is called a dog while a female dog is referred to as a bitch.

What would you call a baby wolamute?

Since wolamutes are a species of dogs, a baby wolamute can be called a pup or a puppy.

What do they eat?

Wolamutes usually consume proper dog food. A proper dog food consists of a well-balanced mixture of proteins and vitamins. The food consists mainly of chicken, beef, and ham as well as a little bit of brown rice. However, for wolamutes it is preferred that the food is a bit higher on the protein part. It should also be ensured that the dog receives adequate fresh drinking water throughout the day.

Are they rare?

Wolamutes are very rare as they are specifically made for pets. Since they are so rare, they are also quite understudied.

Would they make a good pet?

Being a good pet is a bit tricky for a wolamute during the early phase. Since it is a hybrid species, proper and affectionate training must be provided to it from its childhood to be a great pet. Be it a black wolamute or an Alaskan wolamute, these pets start to become pack leaders if they are untrained during childhood. Once it gets a proper trainer, it follows the trainer obediently and can become a very good pet that has a proper exercise routine. These dogs as pets, when properly trained, are very affectionate towards their owners, and affectionate to other breeds as well. However, the training phase for these pets is a bit tough and requires a lot of patience.

Did you know...

It is believed that a wolamute puppy is one of the oldest designer breeds of dogs, however, they are still not considered a proper dog puppy by any Kennel club in the world. In fact, a wolamute puppy or a wolamute dog breed is actually illegal in many places.

Like other dogs, a wolamute dog can get sick. Arthritis, hip dysplasia, and elbow dysplasia are the most common diseases, hence proper health training and exercise should be incorporated into the daily routine of this wolf-size dog. Proper exercise can lead to an appropriate weight for the dog. Elbow dysplasia and hip dysplasia are very common problems for this wolf-size dog.


It is pretty impossible to predict the temperament of a wolamute. As it is a hybrid species of a timber wolf and an Alaskan Malamute, the temperament of the offspring will be hard to predict and really uncertain until the third generation of the offspring. The character of the wolf dog grows with the passage of time, from the time it is a wolamute puppy. Since wolamutes have a high prey drive, they should not be kept near children unattended or left alone. It generally is friendly and affectionate around known children but acts in an aggressive manner in front of strangers. In general, proper respect and care must be shown and given to the dog.

Having Your Own Wolamute

It is not advised to have or own your own wolamute dog or wolamute puppies. In the United States of America, the breeding and growing of wolamutes are banned in 40 states. If any wolamute or wolamute puppies are found in those states, they are immediately killed. Since it is illegal to own a wolf in the United States, it is also illegal to own a wolamute wolf dog.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other mammals including miniature Husky, or Eurasian wolf.

*The main image is of an Alaskan Malamute, similar to a Wolamute. If you have an image of a Wolmaute, please let us know at [email protected].

You can even occupy yourself at home by drawing one on our wolamute coloring pages.

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Moumita Dutta

Moumita is a multilingual content writer and editor. She has a PostGraduate Diploma in sports management, which enhanced her sports journalism skills, as well as a degree in journalism and mass communication. She's good at writing about sports and sporting heroes. Moumita has worked with many soccer teams and produced match reports, and sports is her primary passion.

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