The Alaskan Malamute is a strong, powerful, resistant, sweet and affectionate dog.
Only by living with the Malamute you will understand and appreciate his character.
The Malamutes are strong, determined and extremely intelligent. They are comparable to that of the wolf.
The Malamute considers you part of his pack.
The behavior of a purebred dog mainly depends on the purpose for which he was originally bred. With the Malamute it was working and surviving under the hardest conditions. This still determines his current character: survival = first me and then you. The Malamute is a smart and strong dog.
The Malamute cannot be compared to the more popular breeds like shepherds or retrievers, and for good reason:
his temperament and the many primal drives he still has do not make him one of the easiest breeds.
A Malamute owner must therefore make the necessary efforts to properly train and supervise his dog.
The key with a Malamute is coexistence and respect.
The Malamutes actions must always have a purpose.
A Malamute has a strong tendency to test the boundaries of its owners. He knows exactly with whom he can go how far. An adult dog of about 40kg to who notices that he can use aggression successfully should not be underestimated. That does not mean that he needs a tough approach, but one with expertise. So you should study dog behavior and language.
Malamutes are very clear in their behavior towards dogs: their body language is unmistakable. Despite the fact that they have to run for a sled with other dogs, that does not mean that they always like strange dogs and want to play.
It will be good that from an early age you start socializing your Malamute in a wide variety of situations; this will make him confident and at the same time balanced and calm.
Good species-oriented socialization with different types of dogs: large, small, fluffy, bald, white or black, is essential, but even so, they do not shy away from conflict with dogs of the same sex.
It may happen that the Malamute growls towards other dogs. It is our task to understand and fulfill the Malamute as much as possible. It is the puppies need to be respected to have a place of his own where no one (including children) goes to disturb him!
Adult Malamutes are not friends with other dogs and the Malamute owner will need to keep his dog from trying to show all other dogs who is the strongest. They still seem to play nice as a puppy, especially when males reach sexual maturity, they start to consider other males as serious competitors. When they start fighting, things can get really hard and the winner’s experience allows him to become the scare of the neighborhood.
Most Malamutes have an average tolerance towards children. But only as a puppy are well socialized with children and have not had any bad experiences.
Malamutes are not suitable “playmates” not only because of their size and sometimes rudeness but also because they have completely different interests than children.
It is nonsense that arctic dogs cannot learn anything, it is mainly the owner who sometimes needs more effort and perseverance than with the more owner-oriented breeds and it is also a matter of the right instructions.
Malamutes can use not only their legs, but also their head. In fact, dogs often become more tired from mental activities than from physical ones. Obedience training, tracking and even agility are therefore excellent activities for a Malamute.
If the Malamute has less exercise he will put his energy into other things: trying to dig in the garden or does the plants not like him?, Turning a sofa into a chair, the wallpaper was already not pretty, etc. And if he also has to stay home alone then he just give a crying concert for the whole neighborhood! Because they are still real pack animals, some can have trouble with being home alone and they express this by letting everyone hear where they are.
An additional point of concern with the Malamute may be that some are quite food-oriented, after all they are bred to survive.
Other animals are prey. The urge to survive is very deeply rooted, including his hunting instinct. Most dog breeds sometimes chase a cat as a game, Malamutes really still pretend to be a wolf. That means they hunt, kill and eat if given the chance.
We can say that the Malamute needs space, motion and contact with its owner. If you don’t have time to walk or train them,
then don’t bring a puppy in your family.
Alaskan Malamutes are a joy to live with, but need an active lifestyle to make sure their needs are met.
They are a loyal companion with a tremendous personality, if raised correctly, they will give you the most rewarding and challenging relationship.