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Who Is Life With Malamutes?

Who Is Life With Malamutes?

Are you ready to fall in love with Life With Malamutes? In this article, we explore who they are and why it’s difficult to pull yourself away from their YouTube channel. Get ready for some big dog fun and cuteness!

Let’s learn how they came to be and why they’re so popular. And we look at the traits and characteristics of the dog breed featured on their channel, the Alaskan Malamute, and what makes it a good house dog.

Who Is Life With Malamutes?

Life With Malamutes is a popular social media account run by Emma and Shane, a couple living in the United Kingdom. They started gaining popularity on Instagram and Facebook. They now have a YouTube channel with over 895k subscribers.

The online sensation features three Alaskan Malamutes and a Maine Coon cat doing life with the couple and their two young children. The three Malamutes are the stars of the show. Their names are Phil, Niko, and Teddy. And their other furry family member, the cat, is called Milo.

Life With Malamutes’ social channels shows what it’s like to live with the large teddy bear breed. From outdoor adventures to indoor playtime, life with these dogs can get pretty wild and adorable.

Alaskan Malamute
Alaskan Malamutes are a large teddy bear breed that Life With Malamutes has brought center stage on social media.

What Is Life With Malamutes Known For? 

Life With Malamutes is known for being a social media sensation, particularly around how their malamutes interact with big expressive personalities to baths, toys, new people, and with the couple’s daughter. The family of humans and pets provides joy to thousands. Let’s meet the four main stars of the show. 


Phil is a calm and chill dog, the big brother of the pack. He’s sweet and protective, but also deathly afraid of baths, as we’ll share later on. He and Niko were the first two Malamutes that Emma and Shane added to their family. Both were brought home as puppies. 


Niko was the runt of her litter. She’s the protective momma bear of the pack. She loves to go on walks. All of the dogs are taken on a 10,000-step walk every day. Malamutes require a lot of exercise.  


Teddy, also a Malamute, came along after Phil, Niko, and Milo the cat. Emma and Shane got him when their daughter was 10 months old. So, they’ve grown up together and bonded in a special way.


Milo, the Maine Coon, puts up with a lot. He is a cat among dog giants, after all. The long-haired cat resembles the Malamutes in some ways, making for a fun sidekick. Phil and Milo are secretly best buds, and Phil even keeps him safe outdoors.

Pro Tip: Does your dog require a lot of exercise but you don’t have time for long walks? Consider a dog zip line in your backyard, and check out our guide to setting one up safely.

What Is An Alaskan Malamute?

An Alaskan Malamute can weigh up to 85 pounds or more and get up to 25 inches tall at the shoulder. The breed has a dense double coat, and the outer layer is thick and coarse. They also have a furry plumed tail that lies over their back, straight ears, and almond-shaped brown eyes. 

Malamutes are work dogs that are typically extremely strong. They were originally bred to be sled dogs and haul heavy cargo. They’re heavy-boned with muscular chests and shoulders.

Malamute running through snow
Malamutes were bred to work and pull heavy loads of cargo on sleds.

What Are the Traits and Characteristics of an Alaskan Malamute? 

Alaskan Malamutes are normally highly trainable and quite adaptable. These are helpful characteristics when working. They also tend to have high energy levels but an average need for mental stimulation. So, while they need a lot of exercise and playtime most Malamutes can also be content napping or chilling in the house periodically. 

The breed does shed a fair amount. But regular grooming will help and be needed due to their thick, medium-length coat. On the plus side, as far as maintenance goes, they rarely drool. So you won’t have a slobbery mess on your hands like some large breeds.

two husky dogs
Huskies are often mistaken for Malamutes, but there are differences between the two breeds.

What Is the Difference Between a Husky and a Malamute? 

People sometimes confuse Huskies and Malamutes for being the same breed. But there are a few main differences between these two workhorses. For starters, Huskies were bred to pull light loads fast, whereas Malamutes handle heavy loads. 

Size is the most noticeable difference between the two breeds. A Husky weighs up to a maximum of 60 pounds, and a Malamute can be approximately 20 pounds heavier or more. 

Another difference is Malamutes tend to be better indoor dogs than Huskies. They’re calmer and slightly more social. But Huskies are often more intelligent. 

Is a Malamute a Good Family Dog?

Alaskan Malamutes are protective and vigilant watchdogs. They’re also quite affectionate with people, including children. They like to be around humans and are even receptive to strangers.

Sometimes Malamutes get a bad reputation. They can be stereotyped as always needing to be leashed and not getting along with small animals. But Life With Malamutes has debunked these myths and shown that the breed can be a good family dog with proper training and care. 

Pro Tip: If you’re interested in adopting an Alaskan Malamute, check out our guide to pet adoption websites.

Life With Malamutes Greatest Hits

Life With Malamutes’ YouTube channel has everything from playtime with the dogs to walks and short lessons for living with Malamutes. So, we’ve highlighted a couple of their greatest hits to give you an idea of the fun content Emma and Shane provide.

Phil Hates Bathtime

Phil is not a fan of baths. There are many videos similar to these of Phil sulking and avoiding getting cleaned up. If you’re like us, you’ll be laughing out loud at the poor dog’s misery. Here are two of the funniest clips. 

Emma and Shane even had enlist friends to help try to get Phil in a bath.

Baby And Puppy Growing Up Together

Their channel also has several adorable videos of Emma and Shane’s daughter growing up with Teddy. You might want to grab a tissue.

When their daughter was little, Phil was a good big brother who bonded well with the baby. 

Follow Life With Malamutes for Fun and Cuteness 

If you love Malamutes as we do, we hope you’ll give this awesome channel a watch. You can follow Life With Malamutes on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube. But you might be overwhelmed with cuteness. You’ve been warned!

Is an Alaskan Malamute the dog for you? Let us know what you think of these gentle giants in the comments below.

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About Caitlin Morton, Petrics Co-Founder

Cait has had animals her whole life, from family cats and dogs as a child, to caring for the class reptiles over breaks, to getting her first horse at the age of 12. She swears she never would have gotten through her Business Management degree without the help of her late soul dog, Mocha. She's worked in animal shelters in roles from kennel staff, management, and as a board member for over a decade, and has a serious case of the animal welfare bug.
At house parties, she's that weird friend that makes friends with the host's dog or cat instead of with other people. Currently, Cait travels full-time by RV with her husband Tom and their rescue dog, Luna.
She started Petrics to share her passion for the wonderful world of pets with others.

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