Alaskan Malamute

Breed Group: Working
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Overview
Alaskan Malamutes are large working dogs. They have been used through the years as sled dogs, but aren't naturally as fast in the long run as there blue-eyed competition (huskies). Originally bred as a sled dog they were taught to think independently which sometimes results in them being a bit stubborn. Absolutely magnificent coloration and such a beautiful and strong overall build. Highly intelligent and loyal they are certain to make a nice family pet.

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Character
The Alaskan Malamute is friendly, affectionate, and loyal, but can have a mind of its own. Although a hardy breed hereditary health problems may include hip dysplasia, chondrodysplasia, and bloat. Life expectancy is around 12-15 years.

Does your Alaskan Malamute bark, howl, and cry whenever you leave the house? Separation anxiety is extreme anxiety experienced by your dog when you are away from him.
Temperament
Extraordinarily loyal, intelligent, and friendly. After maturity the Alaskan Malamute usually settles in to a nice calm and quiet adult. With their friendly personality, they really aren't suitable as a guard dog. Although very intelligent they can prove to be stubborn. They have strong instinct so it's advised to keep an eye on them around small animals.
Care
The Alaskan Malamute has a very thick and coarse coat and would do well with a good brushing twice a week. They are very heavy shedders and there undercoat comes out in clumps twice a year. Bathes for this breed really aren't necessary as they easily shed dirt. Also as an energetic working dog they do best with some space to run or a walk at least twice a day.

If your dog is displaying behavior uncharacteristic of his normal actions, call the Vet.
Coat
This breed sports a very beautiful double coat. The top coat is thick and coarse protecting it from even the most extreme weather conditions. Beneath the coarse coat is a very soft, dense, and oily coat. Colors may include light grays shading to black as well as sables to red. The legs and muzzle nearly always white.
Training
Bred for sledding and independence the Alaskan Malamute can prove to be stubborn. Don't let the stubbornness fool you though because they are highly intelligent! Teaching your dog to sit, lie down, and stay is vital to the training of your new puppy. There are several accepted methods of house training your new Alaskan Malamute puppy. Consider crate training if you need to adapt your dog to a safe and confined environment for various safety and comfort reasons.
Activity
Alaskan Malamutes are very energetic and active. If you have the space they will run and play outside all day. Make sure to monitor them if the conditions are too hot. Socialization is one of the single most important things you can do for your puppy.
Weight
Male: 85; Female: 75 lbs
Height
Male: 25; Female: 23 inches
Color(s)
light gray through to black, with white shading and a white mask or cap; also shades of sable or red with shading, or all white

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Alaskan Malamute Questions

Would it be considered okay to have a malamute and live in Miami? As you might know we don't have winter at all and it can be very hot in the summer. If the answer is affirmative then what breeder of Giant Malamute puppies would you recommend

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No, I would never recommend you get a Malamute when living in the area you live. This is a Northern breed that was bred for cold and cooler weather. The heat of Miami would be too much and the risk of heat-stroke, dehydration and potential death is too great. This is a beautiful breed of dog, but please choose a breed that would do better in the area that you live.

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I've owned mals in Texas (just as hot as Florida). If you make smart decisions about animal care you could have a mal in Florida. I kept up with brushing (2-4 times a week) and bathed mine about every three weeks with a deshedding shampoo and conditioner. My dogs always had access to fresh, cool (not iced because that can cause bloat issues) water and were exercised during cooler times of the day (usually 6am-8am and 8pm-10pm during the summer). My dogs were big swimmers so we would go out to the lake or we would take them to the dog park where there were doggie swimming pools so they could cool off as well. You can always buy a cooling vest which will help with overheating as well. It's all about common sense. I wouldn't go for a run at 2pm on a scalding hot day in July in Texas, so why would I do that to my dog? Nutrition will also play a big part in the amount of hair your dog sheds as well as general health.

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Having a malamute in Miami is fine. Even though it was bred for cold temperatures, as long as you keep it relatively cool, it should be fine. We've had a husky in Phoenix AZ. He didn't mind so much, but we did shave his fur off a little.

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If you can keep a malamute inside the AC in the summer and exercise when it's cooler, it should be fine. Do NOT shave your malamute, even just a little. The coat insulates it against the heat like it does the cold.

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Agreed. I had mine in Houston. I had a couple of rude people come up to me and tell me off for having my dog in Houston Tx. Like I told them, I bought her here, I didn't birth her here. I took great care for her, lots of water at all times, didn't take her out in the hottest part of the day. She stayed indoors a lot with me where she was spoiled. Go out when the weather was cooler. NEVER shave them ever. Not good for them. Make sure you have the energy to keep up with one before you buy it, especially in Miami. Your dog is not going to be able to just run around outside because of the heat and if you don't have the patience and time this breed needs, they can become destructive out of boredom and a strong need for companionship with you. We had a neighbor who loved the looks of the dog, got it and then thought they would just let it hang out alone all the time like a Christmas ornament in a tree. Very depressed dog, who spent all of her time looked on the 2nd story porch. She spent her time howling and crying for hours and hours- killed me to see her like that. These dogs take a lot of time and patience and a mind that is always coming up with new things for her/him to do- repetition bores them and they will not work with you if you treat them like a regular dog that is super mellow like a yellow lab or golden retriever. :)

We live in NC and the summers are very hot 90-100, and very mild winters. Would these temperatures be too hot for a Alaskan Malamute? I don't want the dog to be uncomfortable.

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The temperatures in the summer would be too hot for an Alaskan Malamute. Really, the only way for the dog to be comfortable during the winter is that the dog is inside with A.C, is routinely brushed thoroughly to eliminate bulk hair, has access to cool fresh water at all times and is not walked during the day time when it is at its hottest. Though they are amazing dogs, I do not think the Alaskan would do well in your area. I would suggest possibly a Smooth Collie, or an Alaskan Husky. Which both have less fur and could do fine in your area granted you keep them cool during those hot summers.

How big is an Alaskan Malamute?

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The Alaskan Malamute ranges in height between 22 - 25 inches at the shoulder and weigh between 70 - 95 lbs depending on if the dog is male or female.

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They can reach 130 pounds also. I know because I had a Male & a female, they were is good condition too. I think it also depends on their gens.

How much do Alaskan Malamutes usually cost from a breeder?

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The average price of an Alaskan Malamute puppy from a responsible, reputable and knowledgeable breeder ranges from $1200.00 - $1700.00 per puppy.

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Beware of "breeders" who charge an excessive amount. Paying a lot for a puppy doesn't mean it's of exceptional quality. More than $2000-$2500 is excessive, especially for a "giant."

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