So, you want to own an Alaskan Malamute! What? Are you crazy? There is so much more to this dog breed than meets the eye. There is so much more to an Alaskan Malamute than the fluffy puppy you saw in a pet store or at a dog show. Here are the top then things to do to ensure you'll make a great forever parent to an Alaskan Malamute.
One: Research, research, research! Live, breathe, and immerse yourself in everything Alaskan Malamute. There is an overwhelming amount of information at your finger tips, hit the good old Google and start reading!
Two: Volunteer at a Rescue! Locate the Alaskan Malamute or arctic breed rescue in your area and volunteer! Help walk, brush, wash, feed and clean for the people who tirelessly look after so many dogs who are looking for their forever homes. It is a great way to see if this dog breed is a match for your lifestyle.
Three: Assess your lifestyle, your house, and other pets. Alaskan Malamutes are not a breed to sit in your backyard quietly while you are at work. Do you have the time to exercise your dog and make their life interesting? Do all family members in your household agree? Malamutes don't always make perfect partners to cats, birds or farm animals. Is your yard and house ready for a dog that can jump, climb or dig. Take a big step back before you bundle that puppy up and bring it home and have a serious look!
Four: Join a Club! Most states have an Alaskan Malamute Club. Join! Meet other owners and ask lots of questions. What are their biggest challenges? How do they handle all the hair - and yes, we mean lots of hair! Do they have one Malamute or more? How are their dogs while they are at work? What activities does the club host that your Malamute may enjoy for mental and physical stimulation.
Five: Assess your finances. Are you ready for the financial cost of owning a large breed dog? Leads, collars, bedding, food, the list grows! Consider the benefits of pet insurance. Large breed dogs can have health issues like hip dysplasia and other hereditary diseases, be sure to ask questions from the breeders you consider. Do they test for hereditary diseases? How long have they been breeding. Nature sometimes has control you can't determine however doing the research in the beginning may reduce the chance of costly veterinary bills later.
So you've done the research and you pick up your Alaskan Malamute puppy soon? Enjoy the most magnificent, naturally evolved, intelligent breed there is!
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