Characterized as strong-willed, independent and very alert, the Alaskan Malamute is an excellent family dog. They are loyal and, as a rule, quite fond of people. A highly intelligent breed, they are notoriously stubborn, so obedience training is recommended. They find training stimulating and enjoy interaction but may choose to play instead of train when bored. Be aware of their heightened prey drive around smaller animals, however; this is thought to be a remnant of their ancestry with wolves.
If you decide to adopt a Malamute, you will need to socialize him with people, other dogs, and pets at an early age. If dogs, in general, are not properly socialized, they will often become anxious, depressed, or aggressive. The Alaskan Malamute is no exception to this rule. When they are puppies, socialize them with other canines, other pets (especially smaller ones), new environments, and new people. Then, they will know they are safe around others, even when you’re not there.
Due to their size, Alaskan Malamutes may not adapt well to small apartment living since there just is not enough room. However, with proper exercise, they can adapt to more spacious indoor living and will typically be well-mannered indoors. They are great with children, loyal, and loving. They can adapt to a wide variety of physical activities with their owners and would love a good jog daily.
The Malamute adores cold weather so winter activities are a plus! They are a trusting breed and like to roam. Because they are pack-oriented, they much prefer company rather than spending long periods of time alone. It is important to establish control and teach your Malamute respect with other animals and children at an early age so it does not try to become dominant.
The Alaskan Malamute is generally healthy but can be prone to hip or elbow dysplasia, cataracts, or hypothyroidism. Other less common ailments such as gastric torsion, luxating patella, day blindness, and retinol atrophy can be found in the breed. Research on the Malamute breed will help ease your mind regarding these issues.
To keep your pet healthy, we suggest regular vet checkups, a nourishing diet, and an exercise routine. Discuss ailments or possible future ailments with your vet. By deciding on a specific diet plan, you and your veterinarian will help your dog enjoy good health for years to come. Like humans, as your dog matures we also suggest beginning physical therapy and possible brainteasers. This will keep the mind and body sharp while they age.
Each breed is unique in personality and needs. Make sure you understand and research this breed before purchasing your Alaskan Malamute puppy from one of our reputable Malamute breeders. Don’t be afraid to contact a prospective breeder and ask any questions you may have. You will be pleasantly surprised by how excited breeders are to discuss their puppies and practices.
Alaskan Malamutes have a dense double northern coat, and it is somewhat harsher than the smaller Siberian Husky. The usual colors are various shades of gray and white, sable and white, black and white, red and white, solid white, or even blue and white.
The Malamute sheds its winter coat in spring and more grooming is needed to prevent matting. Daily brushing is recommended all year long to keep their coats healthy. Experts on the breed recommend a bath every 6 to 8 weeks, however, more frequent bathing will mean less shedding and a healthier coat and skin.
The Malamute requires a substantial amount of exercise. Built for heavy work, daily walks and outside play time is a must to keep your dog happy and to avoid destructive behaviors. These pups are athletic and can adapt to a wide range of activities as a family member such as jogging, swimming, hiking, and, of course, sled/weight pulling activities.
Alaskan Malamutes love to dig. It cannot be trained out of them because it is instinctive. Therefore, it is best to have an area designated for them to dig. You can train them to dig only in that location, saving your flower beds or yard from a digging disaster. The Malamute can be a chewer, so crate training is recommended when you are unable to supervise your puppy indoors. Provide plenty of chew toys and activity coupled with training to reduce chewing behaviors.
They are 23 to 25 inches in height and 75 to 110 pounds in weight.