Alaskan Malamute: reviews. "Malamute is not a sofa dog!"
Malamutes are working sled dogs. Moreover, if the husky traveled shorter distances, but quickly, then the Malamutes can be called heavy trucks. However, in sledding, the Malamutes participate in speed competitions in their breed class.
The nature of Alaskan Malamute
Malamute is a pack dog, they love the company very much, and it is the company of their own kind. For example, if shepherd dogs and malamutes walk together, then the malamutes will “group” together.
Malamutes have always been a kind of "vehicle", so any person (not necessarily the owner) could take dogs, harness the harness and go where he needed to. Dogs that showed even the slightest aggression towards humans were simply disposed of. Therefore, the Malamutes from the beginning are benevolent and trusting to absolutely all people, this is a dog "for humans."
In the breed there are such concepts as “giant malamute” and “standard”. Giants are, rather, a relic of fashion, a desire to have a large and beautiful animal, absolutely not taking into account the health of the dog and its psyche. Such dogs more often than others have problems with the musculoskeletal system and can be aggressive not only towards other dogs, but even to humans. The standard malamute is distinguished by a more compact size, balanced by the psyche, it is precisely these dogs that are mostly represented at exhibitions and work in teams. According to the standard, the desired height at the withers of such dogs for females is 58.5 cm, for males - 63.5 cm and weight 34 kg and 38 kg, respectively.
Of course, with all its sometimes frightening appearance and impressive size, Malamute is by no means a guard. However, a large male malamute can be brought "as if to guard", so that through the fence it would appear that there is a large dog on the territory. On this their watchdog qualities end. Strangers may be afraid of them ... the first 10 minutes of acquaintance, and then “hugs” begin. Even if a robber makes his way into the house, they will also help - they will show where what lies.
Breeder's Observations: Malamutes are great for children. We take our dogs to all children's events, and this gives great joy to both the children and the Malamutes themselves.
There is a myth that Malamutes can “press” the owner if he does not behave firmly enough. But this is a fallacy. With any dog you need to deal with and build relationships, otherwise the dog, regardless of breed, will sit on its neck, taking advantage of the weakness of its person.
Another mistake of the owners is that the malamute puppy is perceived as a plush charming toy and allows you to do absolutely everything. Therefore, a charming malamute can “sit on its neck” faster than a dog of another breed.
Malamutes can be aggressive towards other dogs of their gender, and can be friends with some other dogs.
Breeder's observation: Yes, and in our “ladies' flock” there are sometimes clashes, which are usually associated with the establishment of the hierarchy and its “revision”, but we do not even have time to leave the house when the dogs have already figured out everything and went away. We have a “malamute mother”, which occupies the highest position and is capable of resolving a conflict situation if we are not around. And considering that the body of these dogs is protected by a very thick coat, as a result of such skirmishes there are not even scratches left.
Dogs can have a "showdown" more impressive, they can sometimes "bully" other dogs. As soon as the enemy shows that he has obeyed, the stronger immediately leaves him alone.
The hunting instinct in the Malamutes is quite developed, they are able to independently earn their own food. For example, outside the city, they would like to hunt other people's hens or cats. But pets living in the same family are willing to endure.
Malamutes are completely independent dogs.Often, if they run in a team along a familiar route, a person can enjoy the views, and the dogs move themselves. Only if you need to change the route, is it worth hinting that it would be necessary in the other direction - and they turn. Sometimes the Malamutes themselves try to predict which route to take.
Observation of the breeder: But with all its independence, the loneliness of malamute does not tolerate at all. If Malamute lives in an apartment, he begins to occupy himself. For example, he finds a sofa, a wall or a wooden door, and he wonders: what is inside? And the dog immediately satisfies his curiosity.
When the Malamute sees you leaving, the howl can be very loud. So, if you live in a city apartment, the neighbors can be extremely unhappy.
Malamutes are curious, they will stick their nose into any gap and will not leave anything unattended. Cowardice is not peculiar to them.
Nurturing and training Alaskan Malamute
Malamute is well-trained, but keep in mind that this is not a shepherd dog, which at the same time readily fulfills any requirement. Malamute can be stubborn, but the owner’s task is to interest the pet and find contact with him, explain why you are doing this or that. It all depends on the owner.
Breeder's recommendation: Our Malamutes and Frisbee catch, and Agility runs around - and it’s “high” for them, because we have such a relationship with dogs. If there is contact, everything is possible. Question - why? If you need obedience and immediate execution of commands from a dog, then it is better to choose a shepherd, and not to "pull" the malamute.
However, there are habits that you just have to put up with. For example, Malamutes, like real miners, steal what is “bad”, it can be food on the table or an open trash. Fighting this is useless. Although, of course, there are exceptions, and much depends on education.
Feeding Alaskan Malamute
Malamutes are prone to obesity, but at the same time in terms of nutrition they are very "economical." Not in the sense that they can not be fed or poorly fed, but in the fact that they need less food compared to other breeds of the same size. If you feed malamute like, for example, a German shepherd, then it will be just a nightstand with legs.
And although they eat with pleasure and almost everything that you offer, you can not overfeed them. But nutrition must be of good quality and balanced. Poor nutrition instantly affects the appearance of malamute.
Alaskan Malamute Health
Malamutes are quite healthy dogs. But there are genetic diseases for which tests are done: these are dysplasia and eye diseases.
Care and maintenance of Alaskan Malamute
Malamute needs to give energy output.
Breeder's recommendation: When we lived in Minsk, I got up at 5 a.m. and walked actively for an hour - in this case, only the sofa suffered a little. But if I woke up to work and we ran to the first bush and returned, then in addition to the sofa, flowerpots and other home decoration suffered. It is advisable for Malamute to walk at least 3-4 hours a day - if you live in a city. But ideally, these dogs, of course, need real team work and life outside the city.
Malamutes have double wool that needs to be looked after. We wash dogs only before shows, we use special shampoos for double coat, they are on sale. After washing, be sure to dry the dog thoroughly and comb to avoid diaper rash. However, there are dry shampoos.
Breeder's Observations: Shedding Malamutes catastrophically. If such a dog lives in your apartment, then during the molting period the wool will be everywhere, and you will walk in improvised woolen “socks”. Moreover, keep in mind that in the conditions of the city, due to the heating season, the molting cycle may go astray. After full shedding, the volume of malamute is reduced by about half.
Malamutes are very difficult to tolerate heat. We provide dogs with shelters in the shade, everywhere there are basins with water, we take dogs to the river.
But even if it seems to you that the dog is very hot, it is absolutely forbidden to shave the Malamutes. Wool allows you to maintain body temperature, and therefore protects both from cold and heat. That is, the "woolly" malamute easier to survive the heat than shaved.
There are pluses: malamutes are very clean and practically odorless. Moreover, their hair (according to personal observations) is less likely to cause allergies than the coat of some other animals.
How to choose a puppy Alaskan Malamute?
If you came to the nursery, and 7 charming kids run out to meet you, choose an active, courageous, kind and positive.
As a rule, if we take a dog for sport, then we choose older puppies (about 4 months), but we can just take a puppy and younger puppies to our family, however, we give recommendations regarding the need to train, train and engage again.
If a person is self-confident and understands the breed, you can take an adult dog. But in this case, it is better to know exactly why the dog is looking for “good hands” and what it has experienced in the past - otherwise you may encounter problems that you are not ready for.
What kind of owner is needed for the Alaskan Malamute?
Alaskan Malamute can even be taken as the first dog - provided that you take it for a joint active lifestyle. And, of course, if the owner decides to join in sledding.
Nowadays they like to bring representatives of the breed into apartments, but Malamute is by no means a “sofa” dog. This dog is not for beauty and, quite possibly, not for the city at all.
When selling puppies, we always ask why a dog is needed, why this breed was chosen, and what the potential buyer knows about the breed. We also conclude an agreement with new owners.
Having got yourself a malamute, you need to prepare for financial expenses. It is expensive to keep a dog, this is not an area where you can save money. However, this applies to any breed.
Photo of Alaskan Malamutes from the personal archive of Dmitry Verkeev«