Majestic and dignified, the Alaskan Malamute is an affectionate and friendly family dog.
He is highly intelligent and learns quickly, but can also be strong-willed, so training should start early. As an athletic breed, daily exercise is a necessity. The Malamute's coat requires regular brushing and occasional bathing.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds. The Alaskan Malamute is a large breed and has a lifespan of 12 to 14 years.
What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
Adapted for harsh, Arctic life, the Malamute's beautiful waterproof double coat requires regular brushing and bathing to stay healthy. They have thick coats, which shed heavily twice a year. Using a pin brush and a metal-toothed ‘greyhound’ comb for brushing will help keep his coat in good condition and keep seasonal shedding more manageable. Be sure to brush him daily and check for mats which can hide fungus and hot spots which may become infected. Thick nails require regular trimming with a nail clipper or grinder. Check ears weekly for accumulated dirt, wax or other foreign matter that may result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
Malamutes are pack animals, and a pack can have just one leader. And in your family “pack,” the leader must be you. If a Mal doesn’t respect you, he’ll wind up owning you instead of the other way around. Firm but loving training should begin in early puppyhood. That said, a well-behaved Malamute is a joy to be with—playful, gentle, friendly, and great with kids. This breed is especially good for families who enjoy outdoor fun like hiking and camping.
Alaskan Malamute &HEALTH
The Alaskan Malamute needs early socialization to people and dogs as well as basic obedience training to grow up to be a well-adjusted, mentally healthy dog. Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own an Alaskan Malamute can gain the education they need to know what specific health concerns exist within the breed.
Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies. Visiting the national breed club’s website is a great place to start your canine health education for a particular breed.