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Taking Care of Alaskan Malamute Puppies

Updated on November 14, 2010

Alaskan Malamutes are among the most beautiful, intelligent, and hard-working breeds in the dog world. And are their puppies cute! Many people would love to adopt or purchase malamute puppies. But they should be careful what they wish for, as a malamute puppy can often be more than a new and inexperienced dog owner can handle. As we all know, that puppy will grow into a dog, so all owners looking for malamute puppies for sale should be aware of the characteristics of the breed before purchasing. Not all dogs are right for all individuals or families. This hub will describe some of the features of the Alaskan Malamute and tips for how to take care of these pups.

General Breed Characteristics

Malamutes begin life as large dogs and don’t get any smaller. Though they look a lot like Siberian huskies, they have some important differences. Alaskan malamute puppies grow to be quite large dogs. Males weigh on average 85 pounds with a height of 25 inches, and females weigh in at 75 pounds and 23 inches. They are well-built, muscular dogs with a double coat that keeps them warm and dry during the winter months. Litters contain 4 to 10 puppies. They are often colored a distinctive combination of black, white, grey, and sometimes red. They have almond-shaped eyes in various shades of brown. Some breeders offer giant malamute puppies, who will eventually fill out to 120 pounds plus, but these do not fit the breed specifications.

Alaskan malamutes belong to the working breed of dogs. They were used as sled dogs in the Arctic (like in Alaska, of course). Unlike their cousins, the huskies, they are not built for speed, but rather for pure pulling power. Today they are still used occasionally for pulling freight, but most mals are family dogs or show and performance dogs. As such they are powerful, tireless animals who have been bred for work. If they do not have a physical outlet, whether copious amounts of work or play, malamute puppies will direct their energies elsewhere in your home.

Their temperament is warm and loving. They are very intelligent and loyal dogs, making them a great family companion, even around smaller children. They are so friendly, in fact, that they make poor guard dogs. Their intelligence can sometimes trend into stubbornness, as the mal is an independent thinker and requires a firm hand to enforce obedience. They are smart dogs, so if they don’t see the point, they will simply not do as ordered unless the “pack leader” is commanding enough. These are very difficult dogs to train, and as such are not suitable to the beginner.

Health Issues

Like many large breeds, malamutes may develop health problems as they age. Overall, however, mals are quite healthy and robust. Potential problems could include hip dysplasia, chondrodysplasia, and bloat. Some have heart and eye problems. The average life expectancy for mals is 12 to 15 years.

Malamute Puppy Behavior

In short, malamute puppies have a ton of energy and they don’t waste it. If you get a malamute puppy, make sure it will have enough room to run and play, as it is a very rambunctious pup. While malamutes are very friendly to humans, they do have some instincts of violence against smaller animal, so monitor your dog when he or she is outside.

As with any puppy, the Alaskan malamute will mellow out as it ages. The adult mal will still need exercise and will have a lot of energy, but he will be relatively calm compared to his younger self.

Taking Care of Malamute Puppies

Before you go out and answer that “Alaskan Malamute Puppies for Sale” ad, make sure you know what you’re getting into, as there is some upkeep involved with these dogs. Due to their heavy double coat, they will shed a lot. No matter how much you brush your dog (and you will have to brush her twice a week), you will still find hair everywhere. This will become quite clear during shedding season (twice a year). Fortunately, they will not need to be bathed often due to this shedding. They are also quiet dogs, rarely barking and only occasionally yelping or howling, so you won’t have to worry about much noise pollution from your dog.

As stated above, malamutes need a lot of exercise. They will do well in most environments, although very hot climates will be hard on them, mostly because they will not be able to exercise as much as they need. If you have a small home, such as in a city, with few open spaces, you might want to reconsider getting a malamute puppy, as they will then redirect all its energy to you and your home, potentially driving you crazy and costing you cash. If your dog can’t run free, you’ll need to take him or her for a good walk at least twice a day.


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      stacy 5 years ago

      I have a malamute puppy. Named Nali. She all we expected n more. Thanks for info. She is 4 months n over. 70 pds. She is Crete train n great.