MALAMUTES, THEIR TEMPERAMENTS AND MALAMUTES WITH OTHER PETS
MALAMUTES AND OTHER ANIMALS:
*It is believed that Malamutes do not get along with other animals or small dogs.
*From my experience with being owned by Malamutes I found out it is all in how you raise them. What you want him or her to be OK with as an adult, he or she must be around while they are a puppy. This does not mean to leave them alone unattended- and does not mean it works everytime..
*it is always a good idea to monitor Malamutes with young children, puppies, small dogs, other animals, etc..
*Malamutes do have a prey drive, so teaching a Malamute as a puppy to get used to other animals if they will be around them as adults is a Must. I have had bad experiences bringing in adult Mals to my home so if you have other animals or small pets please raise your Malamute as a puppy. Although I cannot stress enough, do not leave your Malamute unattended with livestock, chickens, children, or other smaller animals even if they are raised around them. .
* Since they are pack oriented, Malamutes are generally not "one-man" dogs.
*They are an extremely intelligent breed that can be very stubborn and easily bored.
*They are not typically recommended to a first-time dog owner as mistakes are easy to make and sometimes hard to correct unless you really know what you are doing. They can be a challenge to train, due to their stubbornness. It is said that to teach a Malamute to do something once or twice is very easy, because they are quite intelligent and quickly learn new tasks. To get them to repeatedly do something over and over again is much more challenging, due to their stubbornness and the fact that they become easily bored. This trait is quite common in all of the northern breeds. Many Malamutes end up in the pound and even destroyed because an owner fell in love with the cute puppy but could not control the large, stubborn, powerful adult.
*Owing to their strong pack nature, Malamutes can be more aggressive towards other dogs than other breeds. Because of this, great care should be taken on the part of the owner to socialize their Malamute puppy as much as possible with other dogs. Due to the character of the Malamute, they should never be actively trained to be protective, vicious, or aggressive. Their very nature makes them lousy watch dogs. It is against their instincts to make them into watch or guard type dogs. It has been tried in the past with disastrous results. Malamutes are as likely to greet a potential thief as warmly as a trusted family member. This is part of what makes a Malamute a Malamute
*Most Mals love kids. They are not, however, a child's pet. Mals are just "too much dog" for a child to handle — kids simply lack the stature, presence and tone of voice to be perceived by your malamute as being alpha. And, of course, they do not have the physical strength to manage such a powerful dog. However, it is vital that kids, working under their parents' supervision, take an active role in training your pet, so he or she will learn that although not alpha, children do rank above him or her in the "pack" social order. Start early, and have your children do as many different training exercises with the dog as possible, being sure to choose only exercises which the child can complete successfully. Young children must NEVER be left unsupervised with any puppy or dog — yours or anyone else's! The vast majority of problems involving children and dogs are a result of parents or other responsible adults failing to provide proper supervision and education.
*Alaskan Malamutes possess a strong "prey drive" which is part of the hunting instinct. If it moves, swims or squeals, a Mal will chase it - sometimes with dangerous consequences. Malamutes have been known to kill many small animals, and this is why it is recommended at a young age to get your Malamute socialized. Anything you want your Malamute to be ok with as an adult get him or her around as a puppy. This is a Must!!
* Malamutes tend to be very pack oriented, unlike most other breeds. Pushy and dominant - the Alaskan Malamute is difficult for some people to live with. Alaskan Malamutes tend to howl, dig, challenge authority, and be quite mischievous.
*Alaskan Malamute's fur sheds and will "blow" during the warmer months. In the house, they do shed quite profusely a couple of times a year. Combing daily will eliminate much of the hair, but still, if you can't stand dog hair, it might be better to get a short-coated breed. Malamutes are "high-maintenance".
*"no such thing as bad dogs, just owners who don't know how to train their dogs..
*Malamutes are NOT guard dogs. The only thing they will guard is their food. They will not guard your house, your valuables, your person. They may look intimidating but are almost always people lovers. Trust is everything between you and your Malamute. However, they may guard toys, food, treats, water, or their crate (especially from other dogs!) if not corrected properly as a young puppy. From my experience passers-bye will think Malamutes are mean due to their howl, but all they really want is love and attention.
*They are NOT an obedient dog. People who've had "herding breeds" such as German Shepherds and Rottweilers often think they can easily handle a big dog like a malamute, until it gets stubborn and just refuses (by growling, howling or rolling on it's back, or even pawing at you)... That is, until it gets "selective hearing" and doesn't listen... ....
*He will prefer to pull you down the road rather than walk beside you (and Lord knows without a leash he'd take off after the first squirrel no matter how loud you yell). They are not obedient without lots of work and motivation training. If you want a dog that obeys without question, that you don't have to explain "why" to, then this is not the dog for you.
*The first 6 months to a year are very very important. Though you will be training this dog its entire life (and doing lots of review work), bad habits and behavior allowed to go on in the first year will likely continue forever. It's much better to do it right the first time. To "do it right" you must be a prepared owner. A malamute is NOT a good dog to buy on impulse! They NEED to be near the family.
*A dog left alone for long periods with nothing to do can be destructive, will probably howl, and can get in quite a bit of trouble. Putting him outside doesn't solve the problem either - there he can dig, howl, bark, chew on the fence and escape. Malamutes like to dig. They can be taught to not do this, but it takes work and persistence. If you must have beautiful landscaping, this may not be the dog for you.
*Malamutes are people lovers, not dog lovers, unless socialized extensively to other dogs. He probably will not like most strange dogs he meets unless he played with lots of dogs outside the family as a young puppy and dog. He will fight with a dog that does a kamikaze attack (even a small one). You will be forever on the lookout for these kinds of dogs and their stupid owners. Malamutes dislike when other dogs stare at them (they consider it very rude!). Malamutes tend to be very dog aggressive - particularly to their own sex, unless raised as a young dog or pup to be around all types, sexes and breeds. A new owner without "malamute experience" should never take on same sex siblings from a litter or even different age Malamutes of the same sex unless you have a way of keeping them permanently apart should it not work out.
*It's also quite common for them to "invent" their own games - usually some sort of chase or hunting game.
*They are curious and tend to get into things. Malamutes are talkers. They will tell you what's on their mind. They do this by wooing, barking (yes, they do bark), grunting, groaning, growling, singing, whining, screeching, screaming, mooing, and yodeling. Some are never quiet it seems.
*Chaining is never recommended as it can create a type of territorial aggression. A chain is very frustrating for any dog, but particularly so for a malamute. They are very strong. They are persistent. If they think they can intimidate you they will - just for fun!
*They are energetic and need exercise daily.
*They have tremendous problem-solving intelligence and may outsmart you quite often. When training you may have to change your techniques quite often to keep him interested.
*They are con-artists and clowns. A Malamute OWNER needs a terrific sense of humor, flexibility and a "don't sweat the small stuff" kind of personality. A new Malamute owner must be willing to learn and have the patience to hang in there when the dog is driving them crazy. Poor owners are those that must dominate their dog, bully it and be boss - and you can't tell them anything!