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Q: What can you tell me about Malamutes?

June 21, 2009 | By emily c. | 7 answers | Expired: 1883 days ago

emily c.

We are thinking about adopting a malamute-mix from a local rescue group. We just rehomed a German Shepherd-mix because of her aggression with other dogs and the neighborhood kids. What we need now is a dog that's good not just with our kids (which our first was), but also with other kids and other dogs! We're nervous to spend money on something else and let our kids get attached all over again.

This dog is three years old and is supposedly a malamute mix. I don't know much about them and only could find info on the AKC site. Is it true that they don't bark? (this was a problem with our neighbor with the last dog) How are they with kids, really? Is it likely that she'll be overprotective with our kids too? How are they on shedding?

Anything else? Just write back and let me know. We're not quite sure if we should take the chance or not. Help us tip the scales! :)

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Malamutemommy
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Jun 23, 2009

hi, it depends. mals are a pretty friendly bunch most of the time - depending on the bloodlines they come from and the environment they were raised in. like any dog. what is the dog mixed with ?? where did you find this mal-mix dog ?? you can go to alaskan malamute assistance league - they have malamute rescue there - and the dogs have been evaluated. most mals are very in tune to children - depending on their experience - there are alot of malamute breeders who won't sell to family's with children - because of their temperment issues in their bloodlines. they are pack members. they can and usually are food aggressive - they can be runners - and no - they don't bark - not constantly - but they can - especially if their mixed breed - malamutes by nature are howlers - they can get pretty loud. you'll find out the first time the fire whistle goes off. or they are lonely and calling their "pack" members - aka - you. they are a different breed - they need someone assertive - or they will be assertive with you. they need exercise - and training. they blow coat twice a year - depending on what kind of food you feed them. cheap - bad foods tend to make the skin release coat prematurely - on any dog. usually a good bunch - just depends on its background - why was the dog surrendered to rescue - does anyone know -

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Marleydog
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Jun 23, 2009

I LOVE our mal! She is sweet and loving. Malamutes are BIG dogs, and can easily knock over a small child or anyone unsteady on their feet. In general, they are not barkers (ours hardly ever barks!). My girl sheds -- alot. Regular brushing really helps with this "problem."

They are powerful and really like having a job. Depending on the age of your children, they can help your (potential) mal learn such fun activities as urban-mushing, bike- and/or ski-jouring, etc. They are NOT happy to be left alone all day. They generally find cats (& other small creatures) interesting to chase -- bear in mind, each mal is an individual, just as each dog is unique!

Please don't make a snap decision on this (it sounds like you are taking your time and doing your homework -- YAY to you!). Try to meet the dog -- maybe ask the rescue if you could take the mal out for an adventure, etc. If you do choose this dog, you will find your new friend to be very loyal and protective; a great partner for outdoor fun; and , most likely, up for a good pet & scratch session whenever you are available!

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Meghanbrede
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Jun 22, 2009

The Malamute, along with quite a few other dogs such as the Keeshond, American Eskimo and the Japnise Spitz, are part of what is called the Spitz Family. I used to have an American Eskimo mix and I'm guessing that the Malamute has a simalar disposition. Idgie (my Eskimo dog), was loyal, highly intelligent, reasonably good with other dogs and cats. Barked at strange people but once she knew them, she loved them. She live to the good old age of 16 until we had to put her down around christmas, 2008. She loved babies and guarded them. I miss her very much, but we have 2 puppies now. I only know that they will never replace Idgie.

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Courtney H.
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Jun 22, 2009

They are a very strong dog that DOES shed quite a bit.
I would try very hard to find out what the mix is and also ask as many questions about the dogs background as possible.

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Patricia  C.
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Jun 22, 2009

I had a malamute mix when I was in college and he was a wonderful dog. Mine did bark, but he was beautiful and highly intelligent. Try to find what he is mixed with, because that has a lot to do with temperment. Good luck.

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daryl b.
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Jun 22, 2009

this is a strong bodied woorking dog, they are also stong minded. just be top dog. they are also very loyal

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Ches21
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Jun 21, 2009

go to a bookstore or a local library and they may have a book about them if not go online on google and you will find your information that you need. but take into consideration that you will most likely have alot have alot of grooming to do with that breed of dog.

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