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Alaskan Malamute

Temperament

The gorgeous Alaskan Malamute is the closest you’ll get to having a wolf-like creature in your family. Described as one of the oldest Arctic sled dogs, their appearance is very similar to that of wolves. They are powerful with well-muscled bodies.

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The Ultimate Guide to Alaskan Malamutes

Key Characteristics Of Alaskan Malamutes
How Can I Take Good Care Of An Alaskan Malamute Puppy?
Most Asked Alaskan Malamute Questions
Similar Dog Breeds

The gorgeous Alaskan Malamute is the closest you’ll get to having a wolf-like creature in your family. Described as one of the oldest Arctic sled dogs, their appearance is very similar to that of wolves. They are powerful with well-muscled bodies.

 

Alaskan Malamute Origins

These dogs get their name from the Mahlemuts, an Innuit Tribe that was the first to domesticate them. The Alaskan Malamutes originate from several breeds. These include Eskimo dogs of Greenland, the Russian Samoyed and the Siberian Huskies.

Many years ago the Mahlemuts used this breed to hunt polar bears and seals. The Malamutes also made excellent sled dogs. At some point in the 1700s explorers became interested in this dog breed as they were fascinated by the dogs’ incredible strength and affection.

In the 1896 Gold Rush era, miners began using Malamutes in weight-pulling games. At about that same time, these dogs were crossbred with other breeds. The aim was to try and increase their speed.

The outcross led to the diminishing of the breed. It was not until the 1920s that breeders thought of purifying the breed. This is how they developed the Alaskan Malamutes that we see today.

Currently, Malamutes are still being used as sled dogs for personal travel and to haul cargo in some parts of the world.

 

Key Characteristics of Alaskan Malamutes

Are Cavoodles Family-Friendly?These dogs get on well with their owners. But because of their small size, they are better suited for families with older kids as toddlers can be a bit rough.
Daily Exercise Needs?A short walk for half an hour or so is enough.

As cavoodles are playful, they burn off energy throughout the day. They do so by playing with a range of toys, which keep them mentally stimulated.
Common Health Issues & ConsiderationsCavoodles may suffer from:
● Syringomyelia- a condition where their skulls turn out to be too small for their brains.
● Mitral Valve Disease- it’s a condition that affects the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
● Cataracts- it’s characterized by the formation of a cloudy membrane over your dog’s eye.
Lifespan10 to 14 years.
Nature / Temperament
Cavoodles are a gentle and sweet-natured dog breed. They are lively and friendly dogs that are very sociable. This is not surprising since both of their parents have these traits.

Even though they look like teddy bears, these dogs are intelligent as they are trainable.
SizeWeight:
Both males and females weigh between 5 and 12 kg

Height:
30 to 35 cm
Suitable EnvironmentThis is mainly an indoor dog. Its small size makes it perfect for an apartment. Plus, it does not create a mess at home. Although it has a curious nature, the Cavoodle likes observing its surrounding silently.
GroomingThey are non-shedding to low shedding dogs. But even though they don’t shed that much, their fur still needs regular grooming. It’s a good idea to brush their coat on a weekly basis to prevent it from getting tangled.

Other considerations:

● Having been bred as working dogs, Alaskan Malamutes thrive on intense activities.

● They excel at hiking, skijoring, sledding and agility classes.

● They have strong pack instincts and therefore love spending time with their owners.

● They should not be left alone for more than a few hours.

● They don’t do well in hot climates; hence, should be kept indoors during summer.

● If you plan to take them outside, look for shade and give them plenty of water.

● Malamutes love digging. They need reminders and corrections to prevent this.

● The adult male Malamutes can haul between 500 to 1500 kgs of weight.

 

How can I take good care of my Alaskan Malamute or Alaskan Malamute Puppy?

Nutrition

Malamute owners need to look for dog foods formulated for large sized breeds. Consult a vet and get advice on the best foods for Alaskan Malamutes. Keep in mind that these dog’s nutritional requirements will change as they grow.

Grooming

Alaskan Malamutes have long coats. Therefore, they need brushing at least twice a week. For the best result, you’ll need a soft brush to get rid of knotting. You can then use a wide-toothed comb to brush their hair. This type of comb is the best as it slides easily through their hair.

Important to note is that these dogs coat should not be clipped or shaved. Their coats are meant to protect them from the freezing weather.

In fact, their hairs help in regulating their temperature during summer and winter. When you shave or clip them, you may expose them to a risk of overheating, and heat strokes.

Recommended Grooming Tips:

● Check their eyes daily and wipe them with a wet cloth which prevents accumulation of bacteria.

● Brush your Malamute’s teeth on a regular basis.

● Trim their nails at least every 6 weeks.

● Check the paws weekly, and trim the hair on the bottom of their pads.

● They can be washed every 2 months.

Exercise

Alaskan Malamutes need exercise on a daily basis. Here are a couple of recommendations on how to exercise your pup:

● Long walks.

● Sledding.

● Hiking.

● Games.

Training

To train your Malamute successfully, it helps to understand what their temperament is like. Though playful, Malamutes are also smart, independent, stubborn and dominating.

Therefore, consider these characteristics and find a way to work with them during training.

When you first bring your Malamute home, make it clear to them that they are at the bottom of the hierarchy. Which means, they are the least dominant member of the family.

It’s also important to show them love and affection. This is because Malamutes respond better to positive reinforcement training methods.

Most Asked Alaskan Malamute Questions

Are Alaskan Malamutes good with children?

Despite their gigantic size, Malamutes can be good with kids. As long as they’re well socialised from an early age, they should be tolerant, and protective of toddlers.

As is the case with other giant breeds, they must always be supervised around children.

What is the ideal environment for an Alaskan Malamute?

These dogs have strong pack instincts. Therefore, owners should do their best to include them regularly in family activities.

Do they make good watch dogs?

Unfortunately, they generally are not the first choice. While their size can act as a deterrent, they lack protective instincts.

How much is an Alaskan Malamute?

Alaskan Malamute puppies for sale range between $500 and $2200 approximately.

This is general information and should not be relied on as adoption or purchasing advice.

Similar Breeds

Samoyed

Akita

● Siberian Husky

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