Alaskan Malamute as a pet

Malamute

The Alaskan Malamute (some say Malamute Husky)

The Alaskan Malamute as a breed

As a breed the Alaskan Malamute weighs between 32 to 43kgs fully grown.

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Built for stamina and Strength the  Malamute is not a recommended Breed for a flat or apartment neither is it a good first breed. An extremely sensitive breed which is designed for the Colder climate.

An incredibly friendly and affectionate dog to all Humans but apparently not too tolerant of other dogs. Apparently its intelligence makes it an easy dog to train. However the Alaskan Malamute does have a tendency for howling and a high prey or hunting drive, an intelligent dog that will adeptly stalk and attempt to kill anything form birds through Rabbits to Squirrels.

This breed has a high energy level requiring a lot of exercise, also as a breed that is very playful.

Often mistakenly assumed to be part Wolf the Malamute and have indeed been used in place of Wolves in movies and TV.

Drawbacks

This Breed is a raider bins. Apart from their immense size they are not a watch dog, apparently more likely to lick an intruder to death than growl, bite or bark. The Malamute is a notorious digger and will challenge for the Alpha-Leader in the household. Meaning you need to be a strong leader to handle this breed.

With early socialization and training the Malamute can get along with other Dogs and Cats. However they may view an outdoor cat as fair game.

Malting twice a year, they are not a breed that like the hotter climes with their thick double coat, designed to insulate them against the extreme cold of an Alaskan winter.

History of the Alaskan Malamute

One of the oldest known sled dogs, aiding their masters on the trek across Siberia to Alaska when Alaska was owned by the Russians before they sold it to the Americans.

Arthur T. Walden established his Chinook Kennel in New Hampshire and began breeding Alaskan Malamutes. He and his successors, Milton and Eva Seeley, supplied many dogs for the Byrd Antarctic expeditions in the 1930s. The Seeleys began a program to reproduce the dogs found in the Norton Sound area of Alaska. This strain of Alaskan Malamutes became known as the “Kotzebue” strain. Taken directly from Dogtime

As a breed they’re gentle with Children but do, like any dog, need supervision as they are extremely playful and may unintentionally overpower a child.

Rescue Centres

Often purchased without a full understanding off the breed. there are large number of Rescue centres worldwide.

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  1. My experience of Malamutes is that they are not for the faint hearted or inexperienced, they require very knowledgeable owners who have lots of time and energy to devote to them.

    They are very quickly bored and frustrated so need lots and lots of mental stimulation- they also require lots of physical exercise. Malamutes were not built to be quick like the husky rather to pull heavy loads at a trot ALL DAY!!

    They can be trained to run with a bike etc but this would have to be built up over a period of time from when the joints are fully formed or damage can be done to the joints and bones.

    Foodwise they tend to require a ‘natural’ diet as they havent evolved much from their original breed, they tend to have intolerances to wheat gluten and additives as they seem unable to process them, but they are generally big foodies who will pinch and steal if given the opportunity, they think if you eat it they should eat it!

    Whilst extremely intelligent the Malamute wants to please itself rather than the owner, with this in mind training is paramount from as soon as you come into contact with them, dont be fooled by a cute puppy!! Malamutes sit somewhere between a toddler having a temper tantrum and a teenager being stubborn and sulky, they will make you laugh and cry!!

    Recall can not be trusted with these unless you have a secure field to yourself or can see for 5 miles in either direction- they are so easily distracted and whilst very friendly towards people and children , not everyone wants a ‘wolf’ running towards them!!

    They are completely different when it comes to other dogs and small furries, they have a very high prey drive and will instinctively kill and eat rabbits cats birds mice and anything else it can catch, and they are quick as mine has caught some of these whilst being on a lead!
    They can be brought up with cats however it is no guarantee they will accept another as it is not ‘their’ cat and there are many horror stories of killed second cats or kittens. Introductions to other dogs must also be very carefully done, generally they are better with the opposite sex however that still isnt a guarantee.

    Hair- it will produce a carrier bag of hair on a regular basis ( mine is once a week!) and a bin bag when they blow generally once a year, so if you are house proud you need to give these a miss, you will get used to everything coming with dog hair and wearing certain types of clothing that is ‘non stick’ will also be favoured. It is also worth noting that this is not a coat you can clip ( unless surgery) as it ruins it and takes years to recover

    All things considered, they are a fun but hard breed to have, they wont come in when its cold, they dont bark as such but will engage in full blow conversations of woo woo!! They answer back when you tell them to do something, their attitude is one up all up ( summer can be worse! ) walks will take 100 times longer because of the amount of people who want to stop for a stroke or a photo or the dog has introduced itself as it wanted attention! ( I’ve met loads of new friend 😁)

    Think hard before taking on this breed, they can be very difficult for the best of people!

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