The Alaskan Malamute visually resembles a wolf which is why many people assume they will be good watch dogs, however this is far from the truth. Malamutes are very affectionate and rarely bark, even in the presence of strangers. They can be aggressive with other dogs of the same sex and so it’s recommended that two males or two females should not be kept together. Famous for chewing through drywall, ripping sofas apart, and digging holes, these dogs have a specific need to release their desire to howl and dig. They should be provided with an appropriate time and place to do both. Scavenging is another one of their instincts so be careful of them digging through the rubbish bin. Establish yourself as the alpha or they will not obey your orders.
Lifestyle and Living Environment
The Malamute's double dense coat allows for it to live comfortably in cold climates, and as such these dogs are not suited for hot climates. These dogs are task seekers that love activities like hiking, jogging, sledding, and will even pull you on skis! Expect to whip your vacuum cleaner out quite often because it will be of good use sucking up your Malamute's hair off the carpet. They shed heavily twice a year and it will fall out in large clumps. One of the good things about their coat is that it doesn't smell, Malamutes possessing a cat-like tendency to clean themselves. Due to the stubborn nature of this breed and their lack of desire to recall, the majority of breeders recommend that Alaskan Malamutes should not be let off leash in open areas.
Common Health Issues
Cataracts, Chondrodysplasia, Hip Dysplasia, Hypothyroidism, Inherited Polyneuropathy, Hemeralopia (Day Blindness).