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
The Minnesota Malamute Club offers the following recommendations for those
who are considering adding a Malamute to their lives. First and foremost, be
sure you really do want a Malamute. This means
researching the breed both at the library and
speaking with other owners. They are wonderful dogs, but they won't
fit into all lifestyles. In looking for a Malamute, the following
guidelines can provide a framework for your search.
- Both parents x-rayed clear of hip dysplasia. (See breed problems)
Request an OFA certification on both parents.
- Both parents certified clear of chondrodysplasia (See breed problems)
- Both parents clear of eye problems
- Temperament - neither parent should display signs of either extreme agression or
- Ask for information on health problems of parents. Are either on medication (other
than normal prophylactic medication, such as heartworm prevention)?
- Will the breeder offer a contract with responsibilities clearly stated in the
event problems arise?
- Are the puppies healthy, outgoing, and are they in a clean, well-maintained environment?
- Ask questions, visit the breeder's kennel and find a breeder with whom you can work.
- Be willing to wait for the right puppy. Responsible beeders do not have puppies
available at all times.
- Be willing to be vetted by the breeder. A good breeder is going to ask a lot
of questions to determine if you are "right" for one of his or her puppies. Think
of it as an interview process, because indeed that is what it is.
- Make sure you understand the Malamute temperament.
- They are generally dog-aggressive, meaning they will tend to be argumentative
with other dogs of the same sex.
- They are prey-driven and are hunters by nature. They will not generally co-exist
peacefully with small animals, such as cats.
- They have a propensity for digging holes and will happily terraform
- They cannot be allowed to run loose.
- They are big dogs and require exercise.
- They are people-oriented dogs and do not do well if isolated in a kennel and
left alone for much of the time.
- They are not guard dogs.
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