No, we are not wolves, although many think we are similar in both appearance and sound (we howl a lot):
Super social, friendly, and faithful
Alaskan Malamutes are kind, intelligent, social dogs with lots of love to give. Our breed can be somewhat challenging to deal with. We are not recommended for inexperienced dog owners.
We demand need owners who are determined and consistent. They should be prepared to deal with a high degree of arbitrariness.
With a good upbringing, we Malamutes can become fantastic companions who will welcome everyone.
As you could hear in the clip above, we can make sounds with our voices, but we rarely bark.
We have strong instincts in our bodies, including hunting instincts. This results in an urge to chase animals such as squirrels, hares, and cats.
It is important to train a lot on summoning us! And please socialize us early, so we do not kill the neighbor’s cat.
Pay special attention to our desire to dig. There are many stories of individuals who have dug themselves out of the garden fence.
Alaskan Malamutes are strong dogs that love physical labor.
We were bred as working dogs by the Inuits in Alaska. They focused on creating strong dogs with great endurance.
The result? A dog that can work a lot and for a long time.
We are excellent draft dogs who like to pull sleds and humans. The Alaskan Malamute never resists wearing a hoof.
For active people who spend a lot of time outdoors, we can be the perfect friend and partner. On the other hand, we are not apartment dogs.
We demand to be A LOT of outdoor activities! That's where we really thrive. In addition, it is worth mentioning that we are not typical one-man dogs, since we are so social. We are at our happiest when we live with several people, have plenty of space to frolic and get long varied walks!
By the way, Alaskan Malamute gets along with children, but as always, there should be adults present.
Five things you should know about me
- Alaskan Malamutes require a lot of activation to feel good.
- Some of us can be dominant towards other dogs.
- We get bored quickly and get frustrated when we are alone.
- The breed is created for cold climates, hot summer days can therefore be challenging.
-Be prepared for a lot of fur maintenance
Mamaluten has generally good health
The Alaskan Malamute is generally a healthy breed, but like all breeds, certain diseases and conditions can occur.
Some Malamutes develop, hip and/or elbow joint dysplasia. Some eye diseases can also occur, as well as inherited nerve disease polyneuropathy (PN).
Healthy individuals have a life expectancy of 10-14 years.