The Alaskan Malamute was originally bred for heavy hauling and later, as a sled dog. Could this breed be the one you’re looking for? Read on to find out more about this pooch!
Alaskan Malamute: The Howling Sled Dog
An Alaskan Malamute is a large working sled dog who needs a constant job to avoid being bored, making it more challenging to handle. It is considered as a basal breed who has a genetic connection with the ancient dogs or wolves of the past. Originally, they pull heavy sleds and hunt seals and polar bears. Reigning as one of the oldest breed with no significant alteration on its original physical looks, the Alaskan Malamute is similar to other arctic dogs like the Canadian Eskimo, Siberian Husky, Samoyed, and Greenland Dog.
What does an Alaskan Malamute look like?
The Alaskan Malamute has a larger body built and facial markings different from the ones a Siberian Husky has. They have broad heads, triangular ears (that erect when alerted), bulky muzzles, and a dense long coat with a coarse guard coat protecting their undercoat. The coat color of this pooch can vary from light gray to black and shades of sable to red.
What is an Alaskan Malamute like?
This breed is a powerful dog with a sturdy body for stamina and strength — a fitting feature for any working dog breed. They are playful and friendly even to strangers, making them a great family dog. Not a fitting guard dog, though, since it doesn’t usually bark but it howls with a “woo woo” sound.
Alaskan Malamutes are highly intelligent and can easily learn whatever it is you’re teaching. They can be curious as well which sometimes lead to destructiveness. However, this could be prevented if you properly train it. Being a strong-willed and independent fido, it would be wise to start your training during its early stages.
What are the possible health concerns of the Alaskan Malamute?
It’s generally healthy especially if it was responsibly bred and cared for but like any other breed, it’s prone to certain health issues too. These issues don’t have a 100% assurance of showing but being aware of them can increase the chance of avoiding having it. For the Alaskan Malamute, these conditions may include Cataracts, Chondrodysplasia, Hip Dysplasia, Hypothyroidism, Inherited Polyneuropathy, and Hemeralopia (Day Blindness).
How to groom and care for an Alaskan Malamute?
It’s bred to be a working dog so having the adequate amount of work or exercise fitting its age is a must. Otherwise, it could get bored and destructive. They are known to be diggers, thus, it would be best to have a place or a sandbox for them to dig unto. Accustom your dog to being brushed when it’s still a puppy and have its nails trimmed once or twice a month. Check its ears for bad odor or redness weekly.
How are Alaskan Malamutes with other pets and people?
The Alaskan Malamute is generally a good family pet and loves the company of its people. They are patient with kids and would love to have their attention but be careful with their size since it could knock your kid down. When they’re socialized with other dogs or cats and have been taught not to chase, they can also do well with them.
Are Alaskan Malamute dogs hypoallergenic?
Since Alaskan Malamutes are heavy shedders, this dog breed is not considered as hypoallergenic. They shed heavily two times a year, with their hair falling out in large clumps. This means, this breed will produce more dander — an allergen that could cause reactions to allergy sufferers.
The plus side is though these adorable pooches shed, they’re odorless. During the shedding season, it helps if you do frequent brushing to keep the loose hair under control.
How much do Alaskan Malamute puppies cost?
Alaskan Malamute puppies can cost around US $950 to US $1,500. Depending on where you purchase a pup, some breeders might sell it on a much higher price.