Are you thinking of adopting your very own Alaskan Malamute puppy? It’s awfully hard to resist an Alaskan Malamute’s fluffy coat and active disposition, so it’s easy to see why anyone would want one.
There are some things you should know about Alaskan Malamute puppies before you run out to your local rescue and adopt one, though. While they make great companions, this is a breed that takes special care and patience.
Here’s everything you need to know about Alaskan Malamute puppies.
They’re A Natural Breed
These athletic pups are considered a natural breed, meaning humans haven’t drastically altered their evolution. They weren’t bred explicitly to interact with humans, even though they have grown with us.
The Inupiat people, called Mahlemut (today known as Kuuvangmiut and Kobuk), used these dogs to hunt large game and carry supplies to their village, and while they considered the dogs family and bred them, they did not breed them to change in any manner.
This means that even if you get an Alaskan Malamute as a puppy, it will take some patience on your part to win over their heart. But once you do, they’ll be incredibly loyal.
They Can Be Aggressive When Not Socialized
While Alaskan Malamute puppies do make great pets, they can become aggressive with other animals and small children if not properly trained. If you already have a dog the same sex as your Alaskan Malamute, you’ll need to take extra care introducing the two.
If you have small children in your home and you really want an Alaskan Malamute, it’s important to teach your children how to interact with the pup. Teach your kids to respect your dog’s boundaries — and vice versa — and they’ll get along just fine.
In fact, a well-trained Alaskan Malamute is considered an ideal family pet!
They Need A Lot Of Exercise
Alaskan Malamutes are large working dogs, and they need a lot of exercise as adults.
This means that as a puppy, your Alaskan Malamute is going to have a ton of energy! Alaskan Malamute pups enjoy playing physically active games, lengthy hikes, and mental stimulation.
As they get older, you can exercise your Alaskan Malamute in other ways. These dogs love to have a job to do, so anything from Bikejoring (pulling someone on a bike) to agility classes will keep your Malamute not only in shape, but stimulated enough that they won’t tear up your house out of boredom.
They Also Need A Lot Of Grooming
One of the most attractive things about the Alaskan Malamute is how cute and fluffy they can be. Unfortunately, if regular grooming isn’t your thing, you may want to reconsider an Alaskan Malamute.
According to the Alaskan Malamute Club of America (AMCA), the Malamute’s thick, double coat requires daily brushing. Skipping a day of brushing every once in a while is fine, but the club advises brushing to help avoid matting, which can lead to fungal infections.
The club also suggests regular baths to help cut down on shedding and that not-so-great, smelly dog odor.
Just because the Alaskan Malamute can be a little high maintenance doesn’t mean they’re not amazing pets. Just know that they will require extra fur care in the long run.
You may want to try getting this de-shedder brush to help manage the flying fur!
Their Coats ‘Blow’
Alaskan Malamutes may shed fur throughout the year, but they’re also seasonal shedders. This means that, come the spring and the fall, your Alaskan Malamute may shed so much that you could practically make a second dog with the fur!
Many Malamute parents say that their puppies had a major shedding moment around the age of one-and-a-half to two years old. This is when your Alaskan Malamute pup sheds their baby coat for their adult coat.
Females often shed more than male Alaskan Malamutes. Spaying your female Alaskan Malamute won’t completely eliminate her coat-blowing, but it will cut down on the hormones that contribute to a hefty shedding season.
Allergies may flare up during this time, as well, so make sure anyone in your family with allergies is comfortable.
They’re Independent & Intelligent
Often, experts do not recommend Alaskan Malamute puppies for beginner dog parents.
This cold-weather-loving dog is very smart and independent, which can make training difficult for even the most experienced dog lovers. They have a very strong sense of pack hierarchy. This means your pup needs to know who’s the boss – you!
Training is important with every dog, but it is especially so with a large, strong dog who, if left unchecked, could become uncooperative and difficult.
Fortunately, Alaskan Malamutes aren’t as headstrong as their lookalikes, Siberian Huskies, but they can definitely still be a handful!
They’re Prone To Some Health Ailments
Both of these conditions can lead to arthritis and other issues that can make it difficult for your Alaskan Malamute to get around during their senior years.
If you plan on getting an Alaskan Malamute — or any other large dog breed — make sure you’re financially prepared for these potential health maladies in the long run.
A healthy diet and the proper amount of exercise will help keep your Alaskan Malamute strong and happy and can help put off some of these issues.
They Make The Best Pets
The majority of this list may seem like a slew of reasons as to why you shouldn’t get an Alaskan Malamute, but the truth is, these pups make excellent pets.
They’re great with children, and many Alaskan Malamute parents say that their dogs stick to them like glue. As long as you train your Alaskan Malamute and keep them well-exercised, you’ll have a lifelong friend!
Remember that you can find just about any breed of dog in a shelter or rescue. Check our adoption page that lets you search for local adoptable dogs by breed and zip code!
Would you adopt an Alaskan Malamute puppy from the shelter? Have you ever had one in your family? Let us know in the comments below!
Training a puppy is one of the first things you need to do if you are going to raise a puppy. When a puppy is born, it is usually so adorable that you will want to spend hours each day with him or her. The trouble comes when your puppy starts to grow and you realize that you will not be able to take a puppy to every activity that you want it to do, or even handle any other aspects of raising a puppy because of its size and the need for your attention. You will have to get creative.
So let us look at puppy training timetable by activity. First, you should set aside two hours per day for puppy training, no matter what puppy breed you have. Use this puppy training timetable with the pups in puppy classes and with your own pups as well. With the two hours, reward every time your puppy successfully completes one of the tasks, even if it is something that is not a very difficult task, as long as you think the puppy was doing his or her best.
After the two hours, start lengthening the puppy training timetable by an hour per week. Some dogs need even longer periods of time to be trained. When you first bring your puppy home, you may be afraid that it may already be too long of a socialization period with your family, friends, and other people. But you must remember that puppies may only need a couple of days with their new owners before they adjust to the presence of other people and animals. As long as you are patient, your puppy will soon get used to the fact that he or she is supposed to please the people around them.