Before you decide to buy an Alaskan Malamute, there are a few things that you may want to consider. You don’t want to bring the pup home only to realize later that this breed is not suitable for your family. Sure, the bundle of fur may be adorable, but that is not enough to determine if it is the right dog for you.

History of Alaskan Malamute

The Alaskan Malamute breed belongs to Spitz family by it taller. This family, as is obvious from the name, is a native of the north region in the Western Hemisphere. These dogs were bred by the Inuits, a tribe in the Western Hemisphere as all purpose dogs. In winter, they would haul sleds and carry packs and in the summer they would act as hunt and guard dogs. They would not just guard other animals, but also the children in the family, as they are very loyal to their owners.

Characteristics of Alaskan Malamute

The Alaskan Malamute grows as tall as 28 inches and are very strong physically.  They are good natured, loyal, affectionate, friendly and very loving dogs. But, despite all these qualities, if you are buying a dog for the first time, then they are not suitable for you. These dogs need to be trained early to be obedient otherwise, they will rule the family. A dog that rules the ‘pack’ will be dominant and a first time owner will not know how to control them.

However, shouting at them or hitting them will not achieve your objectives. You have to be patient and discipline them with plenty of love. Since they are very intelligent, you have to be firm with them.

Exercising Alaskan Malamute

Since, they are basically outdoor dogs, they need a lot of exercise for about 1 to 2 hours in a day. Keep good control over the dog when you are exercising them and don’t let them lead you when you are walking these dogs. As the Alaskan Malamute is a dog from a very cold region, it has a thick coat. Although they have adapted well to a hotter weather, it is not suitable to exercise them in the hot summer months.

Coat Type of Alaskan Malamute

Their coat is dense with coarse hair that is medium length. You must groom it regularly, but regular bathing is not essential. Another thing that you must know is that they shed hair heavily twice yearly. But shedding is a problem that every dog owner faces whatever breed he owns.

Hereditary Tests of Alaskan Malamute

Every dog owner should essentially know about the parents of the pup that he is buying so that he is prepared for any hereditary diseased that the dog may suffer from. It is good to test the dog for eye problems and Hip Dysphasia before you buy it. If you are buying from a breeder, ask him to show the parents’ medical certificate. This certificate should indicate their eyes to be ‘Unaffected’ at the time of mating and their Hip scores should not exceed ‘13’.

Before you buy the Alaskan Malamute, consider all these features of the dog. If you are getting it as a guard dog, then it would be advisable to buy another dog, but if you are getting a dog for a big family with children, then you cannot go wrong with this choice.