Alaskan Malamutes

They are sweet. They are loyal. They are smart. Additionally, when they are puppies, they look like tribbles. So if you are considering making an Alaskan Malamute the next member of your family, be prepared. They do not look like tribbles for long. Alaskan Malamutes originated as sled dogs. They were trained to work in teams pulling supplies and medicine across the frozen tundra. Their thick, double-coats were perfect for this work as they spent the brunt of their lives in cold temperatures. Their loyalty and “people-friendly” demeanors’ have given them the nickname “Big ole teddy bears.” And it is a well-deserved nickname. From the time they are puppies until the day they leave the world, Alaskan Malamutes require a lot of attention. Their dependence, though beneficial to the bonding process, comes with a price…STUBBORNNESS.

Malamutes are not recommended for first time dog owners. Because of this stubborn streak, bad behavior can be hard to change if a mistake is made. This particular personality trait is enough to turn most people away from answering that “Alaskan Malamute Puppies For Sale” sign. Then, when you least expect it, you catch site of the puppy. You cannot resist and you take your new friend home. Now the fun begins? First, you should be aware that Alaskan Malamutes are not fully mature until they are 18 months old. Though many Malamute owners prefer to free-feed their new best bud, while they are pups, a regular feeding schedule should be adhered to. Ideally, your new little friend should be fed at least three times a day. Second, though a Malamute can grow to be as large as 85 pounds, be prepared for an inside dog. Alaskan Malamutes are happiest when they can join in family activities. They should be able to come and go as they please through a dog door. And what about medical problems?

Alaskan Malamutes are prone to a host of medical problems.

• Hot spots – raw skin can develop with a poor diet. So remember to feed your friend a diet high in protein.

• Bloating – like all big breeds, Alaskan Malamutes can develop bloating in the prime of their life. This is caused when the stomach increases in size because of excess gas or fluids. Unfortunately, the cause of bloating is not known. There is noting you can do to prevent it.

• Hip Dysplasia – Hip Dysplasia is another common ailment to the Malamute, as it is to other large breeds. For the most part, hip dysplasia is a genetic problem and can be controlled through proper breeding. Beware though, just because you get a guarantee from the breeder that both parents were hip dysplasia-free, you are not guaranteed a disease-free dog. But do not let this deter you from choosing the Alaskan Malamute as your next pet. Though they can be stubborn, and shedding can be a problem, at least two times a year anyway, Alaskan Malamutes are loyal and family-friendly. As long as they have plenty of water and lots of shade in the summer, (they are walking around with a thick fur coat year-round after all), a Malamute can be your best friend for life. And isn’t that what we are all looking for with man’s best friend?

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