Please take a moment to visit all of our information pages this will help you to decide if an Alaskan Malamute is the right breed. Of coarse we would be happy to answer any questions that you may have.
Super cute right!? So cute it just makes you want to go out and adopt one as soon as possible right!?
Well, before you bring an Alaskan Malamute into your home, you need to STOP and CONSIDER, is this REALLY the right breed for you!??
The Alaskan Malamute is a very attractive breed and often finds itself in unsuitable homes with owners who have no understanding of the origins, instincts and needs of the breed. In other cases owners simply find they do not have the time or room for a Malamute, or perhaps are moving or have suffered a marriage break up.
Whatever the reason, there is a constant need to find new homes for Malamutes and they end up in shelters everyday.
Please, do your research and make sure this really is the breed for you before deciding to adopt an Alaskan Malamute. Don't risk putting a dog through the trauma of being placed in a home, only to find itself back in the animal shelter or being passed on to someone else.
Are you aware that the Alaskan Malamute is quite likely to:
· not be friendly towards other pets (especially small ones)
· dig up your lawn and garden
· require very good fencing and strong gates
· be difficult to train
· pull on lead
· run away if let off lead, doesn’t come when called
· be too strong for children or the elderly to walk
· hunt other animals
· not be friendly to other dogs, particularly those of the same sex
· require a lot of exercise, obedience training and mental stimulus
· do just about anything for food (including fighting another dog!)
· shed massive amounts of hair at certain times of year
· not require much washing but will need a lot of brushing
· not be a good guard dog
· not bark much, but occasionally howl (or howl a lot)
· require an owner that understands the breed and is firm but fair.
So, if you are thinking of adopting an Alaskan Malamute please consider very carefully and be realistic about whether this breed really is the dog for you. Don't let your emotions get in the way of realistic thinking.