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A few Malamutes are still in use as sled dogs for personal travel, hauling freight, or helping move heavy objects;
some however are used for the recreational pursuit of sledding also known as mushing, as well as for skijoring,
bikejoring, and canicross. However, most Malamutes today are kept as family pets or show dogs or performance
dogs in weight pulling, dog agility or packing. The Malamute is generally slower in long-distance dogsled racing
against smaller and faster breeds and their working usefulness is limited to freighting or traveling over long
distances at a far slower rate than that required for racing. They can also help move heavy objects over shorter
The Malamute retains more of its original form and function than many other modern breeds. If a dog owner
cannot cope with a dog that will not comply with the owner's every command, a more compliant breed should be
selected. This dog has a long genetic foundation of living in the harshest environment imaginable, and many of
its behaviors are evolved to conform with "survival of the fittest." Independence, resourcefulness and primitive
behaviors are common in the breed. While intelligent, they are widely believed to be one of the most difficult
dogs to train. However, if the training is kept fun for the dog and not repetitively boring, success is within reach.
There is reason to believe that Alaskan Malamutes sometimes cope greatly with smaller animals, including other
canines; however, this has been difficult to document in detail beyond observational data. It is difficult to pinpoint
why many Malamute owners have observed this behavior with smaller animals, though some might speculate
this is due to the Malamute's uniquely divergent ancestry, at one point cross-breeding with wolves. Due to
their naturally evolved beginnings, the Malamute tends to have a heightened prey drive when compared to
some other breeds of dog. So while Malamutes are, as a general rule, particularly amiable around people and
can be taught to tolerate other pets, it is necessary to be mindful of them around smaller animals and children.
Malamutes are quite fond of people, a trait that makes them particularly sought-after family dogs. Malamutes are
nimble around furniture and smaller items, making them ideal house dogs, provided they get plenty of time
outdoors meeting their considerable exercise requirements. If they are year-round outdoor dogs, letting them
play in a baby pool filled with cold water in summer keeps them cool. In the winter, they love snow.
The majority of Malamutes are fairly quiet dogs, seldom barking like most other dog breeds. When a malamute
does vocalize, more often than not they tend to "talk" by vocalizing a "woo woo" sound. They may howl like
wolves or coyotes, and for the same reasons.
|An undeniably impressive Artic Dog from the
largest state in the Union, the Alaskan Malamute
was originally bred to haul sledges across the
icy tundra of Alaska for its Mahlemut keepers.
Settlers in the region recognized the native sled
dogs' superior working ability and prized them
for their speed and racing acumen. Although few
Malamutes are used as haulers or racers today,
the breed still retains the strength, determination
and ability to perform as a working dog of great
endurance. The breed's abilities have been
effectively harnessed to transform it into an
exceptional pet and loyal family companion.
This book is an excellent introduction to the
Alaskan Malamute, including a look at the
breed's fascinating origins, special traits and
characteristics. The book discusses the breed
standard and offers advice on selecting a
well-bred puppy, raising the puppy,
housebreaking and obedience lessons,
grooming and much more.
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