Alaskan Malamutes are large dogs: males grow to approximately
85lbs. The traits that made them so suited to their original
function as long distance freighting dogs; strength, endurance,
independence and intelligence, are still with them today.
They are accomplished excavators and need plenty of
exercise. They moult twice a year so an allergy to
hair will be a major problem.
Malamutes are pack dogs and hierarchy plays an important
role in their lives. The family becomes their pack. They
will try to challenge the family for the alpha role in the
pack. They must not be allowed to succeed. From the point
at which the Alaskan Malamute joins your family you must
lay down the ground rules and administer them in a consistent
and firm manner. You should not allow a puppy to do anything
you will not want the adult to do.
It is important that the dog is socialised
with other people and other dogs. Training should start
by taking the puppy to obedience classes.
In summary you need to be willing and able
Devote the time and energy necessary
to train and socialise the dog;
Spend the time necessary to exercise
the dog each and every day regardless of weather;
Provide a clean and healthy living environment
for the dog;
Afford any necessary veterinary treatment;
Make a long term commitment, which may
be twelve years or more, to take full responsibility
for a living creature depending solely upon you for
its health, training and love.