2006 Snow Flake Days Race Results
The Rainbow Bridge
Frequently asked questions
Glossary of frequently used terms
"Teaching Your Dog To Pull"
A Primer on Working the Alaskan Malamute
Equipment and Supplies
Recommended books (with ISBN numbers)
Tips for prospective owners
Comparison Between the Malamute and the Siberian
How Old Is Your Dog?
Flystrike! A Serious Warm Weather Hazard
An expanded look at hip dysplasia
Chondrodysplasia: A Closer Look"
A Pictorial Case History of Coat Funk
Early sterilization of puppies
How a Dog Show Works
Just for Fun
"How the Malamutes Saved Christmas
- Are Malamutes the ones with blue eyes?
- No, Malamutes always have dark
eyes. Siberian Huskies can have blue eyes, brown eyes, or one of each.
- What's the difference between a Malamute and a Siberian?
The Alaskan Malamute and the Siberian Husky differ in physical characteristics
as well as purpose. Each breed has specific differences found in characteristics
such as ear set, coat length and tail set. The Malamute is a larger, heavy-boned
dog bred for freighting and hauling heavy weights over long distances. The
Siberian Husky is a smaller dog bred for speed and agility.
For a more complete explanation plus pictures, please see the
Malamute versus Siberian comparison chart.
- Don't they get hot in the summer?
- If they have adequate shade
and water, they will tolerate the summer heat without problem.
- Don't they eat a lot of food?
- Malamutes, as well as most
northern breeds, eat surprisingly small amounts of food. Perhaps due to
their arctic heritage, their nutritional needs are quite modest.
- Are they part wolf?
- No, they are not part wolf.
- How large are they?
- They are not considered to be a giant
breed of dogs. There is a natural range in size for the breed. The desirable
freighting sizes are 25 inches at the shoulders and 85 pounds for males and
23 inches at the shoulders and 75 pounds for females.
- How do you teach them to pull?
- Most Malamutes are natural draft dogs.
They usually have the instinct to pull. See "Teaching Your Dog To Pull"
by Terry Miller.
- When do you start to work them in harness?
- At 6 to 8 months of
age they are introduced to a harness and start light pulling.
- Where can I buy a harness?
- See our
- How do you control a dog team?
- Dog teams are controlled by vocal
commands, such as "gee" or "haw". See our glossary
for the commands used to control teams.
- Do they get along with cats?
- The Malamute is by nature a
hunter. Consequently as a breed they tend to view all small animals as fair
game. However if they are raised with animals such as cats, they can often
co-exist quite peacefully with them. It depends on the individual dog.
- Are they good with children?
- Many families with children also have
Malamutes. However, as with any large breed of dog, it must be remembered that
they don't know their own strength and can get overly-exuberant in their
enthusiasm for rowdy activities. If a Malamute has not been raised with
children, it is best to be on the cautious side.
- Are they good guard dogs?
- Malamutes are total failures as
guard dogs. They like people too much and would cheerfully trade the family
silver for a pat on the head. A milkbone would be even better!
- Do they get along with other dogs?
- As a breed, Malamutes tend to be
aggressive with other dogs of the same sex. For example, males won't get along
with other males. However through years of work, breeders have greatly
improved the temperament of the breed. Malamutes can get along with other dogs,
as evidenced by their work in dog teams. Early socialization is a primary key to
their successful integration into canine co-existence.
- Are Malamutes easy to train?
- They're not as easy train as some breeds,
but on the other hand it's not an impossible task. Many Malamutes have achieved
advanced obedience titles, but it does take patience. Early obedience training
is the key to a successful relationship with your dog.
- Are they noisy?
- Malamutes are in general a fairly quiet breed. But
all your neighbors will know when it's feeding time!
- Do they need a lot of exercise?
- They do require exercise to remain
healthy and happy. Like many other breeds, if left too long to their own devices
without attention and exercise, they can become quite destructive.
- Do they dig holes in the yard?
- Malamutes are world-class hole diggers
and will happily terraform your yard! They dig out of boredom, to help alleviate
stress, and to find a cool spot.
- How much grooming do they need?
- Their grooming requirements are quite
modest in comparison to some breeds. In warmer weather they will exchange their
heavy winter coats for a lighter summer coat, dispensing large quantities of
undercoat in the process. They do need an occasional brushing with a good pin
brush, and nails should be cut regularly.
- How do I go about purchasing a Malamute?
- The Minnesota Malamute
Club has members that are active breeders. You can find them listed
in our membership directory. Most breeders are aware
of breed problems and direct their breeding programs to eliminate them.
Please see our breed problems page for further details.
Tips page for questions to ask when considering the
purchase of a puppy.
- How much does a puppy cost?
- There is a wide range of prices for
puppies. On the average however you can expect to pay several hundred dollars
for a puppy. It is important that people looking for a Malamute seek out
an ethical and respected breeder with
whom you can establish a comfortable
working relationship. Temperament, physical health, genetic background,
and socialization should be requirements for any prospective puppy, and an
established and ethical breeder is a "must".
- What is the difference between a pet and a show puppy?
- Pet, or
puppies generally lack one or more physical characteristics that the breeder considers
important to the breed. These characteristics may be completely transparent to the
new owner and do not affect the dog's ability to lead a happy, normal life.
Consequently they are often sold with a contract to
be neutered. A show puppy, on the other hand, is considered to be a very
good specimen of the breed and their price is generally much higher than
a pet or companion puppy.