Things to know before you adopt an Alaskan Malamute

Somebody once told me ‘Gift me an Alaskan Malamute and I wouldn’t ask for anything else ever’!

Well, for those who have such a big craze for Malamutes, this piece is surely going to be an eye-opener, before you think of adopting this high-maintenance breed. And now they have become a family pet, but having said so, I am repeatedly mentioning, to own an Alaskan Malamute is not a thing to be taken lightly, as they demand a dedicated owner. Keep reading to know more before you get one.

Malamutes cannot tolerate hot climate

Alaskan Malamutes are highly heat sensitive, which means if you live in a place where the temperature is likely to go above 26 degrees, you must instantly drop the plan of getting a Malamute. Even when it’s summer, Malamutes should be provided with enough water and shade, to keep them in a cool ambiance. Although malamutes love to exercise, in summer you are not supposed to make them do one, rather she should avoid exercising. Temperatures above 21° should be set as the maximum for the malamute to perform any strenuous activity.

Malamutes love exercising

Isn’t it amazing to know how this breed can work hard through and through and is known for its strength and stamina? They have been bred not just to work all day long but to pull sleds for a long distance. Other than that, the breed excels in Bikejoring, or pulling someone on a bike, hiking, skijoring, pulling someone on skis, carting, and other agility-based tasks, you will be amazed to see.  So, you see how this breed loves being outdoors, hence I would advise you not to adopt a Malamute if you live in a closed apartment.

Demands a firm leader

For someone who is trying to get his/her first pet dog, Alaskan Malamutes might not just be a good option. These dogs need a firm and understanding leader who has experience in tackling dogs. So, if you are willing to put in that much effort, you can go for one, and if this has already intimidated you, you can better hold your thoughts unless you are trained. They can in fact disobey owners if they sense you are not a strong leader, but will surely do stuff happily for you once you get to know her behavioral traits.

Health disappointments

Malamutes are prone to catch dental problems. If tartar builds on their teeth, it infects their roots and gum, which can damage your dog’s teeth. Extensively it can affect their liver, heart, and kidney as well if not taken good care of. So, if you are getting one, make sure to brush their teeth twice or thrice a week, just as you would do for your little baby kid.

Do you think you’ve got everything that takes to own this lovely breed of Alaskan Malamute and give it a forever home?

Elisa Ghosh

Young at heart, independent by nature, rolling down straight from the hills of Meghalaya. I get my adrenaline rush writing about facts and myths happening around. You’ll find me spending most of my time either dreaming about food or the mountains. Here to make net surfing more enticing for you!
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