Character of Alaskan Malamute

If you have decided on a Malamute because you wish to have a good guard dog at home, then think again. The Malamute has absolutely no guarding instinct whatsoever. The only thing that will ward off strangers from your house is the Malamute's size and resemblance to a wolf. Whoever, despite this, approaches, will be welcomed with enthusiasm, whether in your garden, the house or the car. The people who initially raised these dogs were nomadic so the dogs never developed the sense of guarding territory or property. In the hard life conditions of the north, any stranger was only too welcome. A Malamute which is aggressive towards people only appears very rarely but is a fault which cannot be tolerated in the breed. Beacuse of their huge physical strength, Alaskan Malamutes with such characteristics would be very dangerous and therfore there is no way that they are allowed for breeding.
The Malamute has preserved the psychology of a pack of wolves and will therefore periodically try to domineer you and members of your family. Their young, especially males of about eight months old, will begin to oppose whoever they have recognised up until now as the leader of the pack. This will be displayed in cases of slight disobedience, and then is the time that you must appear very authoritative and take strict measures to put into force your desire. You must not forget that your agreeable little puppy will grow into a 40 to 50 kg beast. If he leads the pack, then he will use your armchair, settee or even your bed.

The Malamute is very intelligent and will immediately understand what you expect of him - you must just persevere until he does this. He is a serious dog, but will sometimes behave like a clown, especially whenever he has a guilty conscience or is avoiding carrying out your command. When you take him for a walk, he will run off on his own and you will think that he has forgotten all about you, but if you try to hide from him behind a bush or in tall grass, in a moment he will miss you and start to look for you. He will also find you very quickly and happily brush up against you. When the Malamute reaches maturity, it becomes a very serious dog which sleeps a lot. But do not be misled, the 'King of the North' is not lazy, but a dog which has had a hard life in the cold north. Therefore it uses its energy very economically and thus takes every possible opportunity for a rest in order to gather new strength.

Caring for a Malamute is not demanding. During the spring, when the dog loses its winter coat, it is necessary to brush it well every day. Once it gets its new coat, it is enough to do this just once a week. Malamutes are very clean animals. They constantly clean themselves, similar to cats and they do not have a characteristic 'doggy' smell. It is enough to bath them once or twice a year. The majority of this breed of dogs do not know how to bark. They will 'talk' to you with indescribable tones.
The Alaskan Malamute is a dog which does not conform to our standard criteria for a dog. He will often surprise you with his ability to anticipate your thoughts and mood. Be aware that Malamutes must be with you as much as possible. If you leave them alone at home for entire days, you will never discover everything that this dog has to offer. This is of course true for all dogs, but especially Malamute.

Roald Amundsen, who conquered the South Pole with Malamutes, said: "It is difficult to come across an animal, which is capable of expressing its own feelings like a dog. Joy, recognition and a guilty conscience - we see all of these in his eyes. As people, we mistakably belive that we are the only ones capable of expressing emotion. Take some time to look into eyes of a dog. You will find exactly the same expressions as those which you find in people's eyes. By all means dogs also have what we call the 'soul'."

Balto and his little lamb

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