|Group:||Utility (Group 6)|
|Club:||Alaskan Malamute Club Of Victoria Inc|
|Contact:||Mr James Ganson|
|Phone:||0409 939 211|
Background Alaskan Malamutes are big, powerful, active dogs that have been bred for their ability to pull heavy loads over long distances.
Average Lifespan When considering a dog, please realise that you are taking it on for its lifetime. Alaskan Malamutes live to 8 - 10 years of age.
Breed Personality/Characteristics/Temperament Alaskan Malamutes are friendly, intelligent dogs that love people. Because of this they are not good guard dogs, and cannot be attack trained (although their size and appearance makes them an effective visual deterrent). They are, however, as strong willed and determined as they are friendly, and must have obedience training in order to be under control at all times. If Malamutes make up their mind to chase something, they are frequently impossible to call back until they are ready to return. They can be extremely stubborn and demanding. What’s more, their friendliness does not extend to other dogs - especially those of the same sex. Malamutes can and often will, take the opportunity to scrap with other dogs, and have been known to hunt down and kill other animals, especially cats, possums and farm livestock. They will also dig up gardens and plants with equal vigour. Malamutes are not "one-person" dogs, nor do they offer blind faith and obedience. Rather, they use their independence and intelligence to establish relationships with people they come in contact with, whether they be family members or strangers. These dogs make superb companions, as they are anxious to please and eager to take part in an active and exciting lifestyle.
Compatibility with other pets Aggressive with other dogs.
Care Requirements Alaskan Malamutes need a large amount of exercise - and will take as much as you can provide. The mental stimulation gained through regular exercise is also important, as a bored Malamute can easily become a one-dog garden-remodelling unit! Good fences are essential. These are hardy, robust dogs, capable of enduring extreme cold, yet also able to deal with the heat of an Australian summer, provided that they are given shade, plenty of cool water and the care of an owner who is aware of the dangers of them overheating. Malamutes need surprisingly little food, being extremely efficient eaters. However, they will eat anything they can lay their paws on - having a survival instinct that leads them to believe that any meal could be their last. This breed drops hair constantly, all over the house, car, clothes and furniture. They also have a major moult at least once, sometimes twice, a year.
Please Take Note The breed’s size and amazing strength makes it unsuitable for many people. These dogs are simply too powerful to be left under the control of children or the elderly. While the fact that they do not bark can often be an advantage, it should be noted that they have a daunting howl.
Ideal Owner/s Unless you are a person who enjoys getting out and involving yourself and your dog in a wide range of activities, this may not be the breed for you. Likewise, if having a dog that likes to look you in the eye (usually by putting its paws on your shoulder) does not appeal, look elsewhere. However, for those people seeking a dog whose lovable nature and good looks is matched only by its intelligence and personality, an Alaskan Malamute can offer a lifetime of enjoyment and fun.
In Conclusion Now you know a little about the Alaskan Malamute and have decided this is the dog for you or you want more information, make contact with the breed club or your State controlling body for purebred dogs. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog shows where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs.