What Should You Know Before Adopting a Malamute?


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Potential owners of Alaskan Malamutes should know that they thrive in the cold weather and they are considered very difficult to train and live with. Alaskan Malamutes play very vigorously, and their heavy coats could cause them to overheat in warmer climates. They also become bored easily, which can lead to destructive behavior and constant howling.

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Aggression is another concern potential owners should be made aware of. They can be aggressive towards members of the same gender, and owners should not keep two pairs of the same gender close together. Alaskan Malamutes may also become predatory in nature when kept around smaller dogs and animals.

The Alaskan Malamute can also be quite adept at escaping from pens and enclosures, since their exploratory instincts are very high. Owners wishing to keep them outside should keep them behind very tall fences and ensure that there is no possible way for them to escape. Alaskan Malamutes also have a tendency to really test their boundaries when it comes to leadership in the home. Unless an owner shows that she is the dominant member of the family, Malamutes could become obstinate.

However, Alaskan Malamutes are, in general, very friendly. In fact, they are so friendly that they do not make very good watch dogs, as even strangers are greeted in a friendly manner. Socialization is still important, however, so starting a Malamute's training at a young age is recommended.

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