Frequently Asked Questions
What are they like inside a house, being
Alaskan Malamutes, aside from the occasional invasion of masses of fur when they are shedding coat, are excellent house dogs. They are extremely clean dogs and surprisingly quiet. They are very sure-footed and in no way clumsy around furniture. They will often pick out a favorite sleeping spot and stay there for hours. Favorite spots seem to be tiled and linoleum floors in warm weather, soft pillows or beds at other times.
How much do they eat?
Most Malamutes love food, however they eat surprisingly little for their size. The actual amount of food will vary depending on the metabolism and activity level of the dog, and the type of food that is given. A working adult will eat approximately 4 cups of high density food per day. Other dogs will generally eat less. Puppies require smaller, more frequent meals.
How strong are they?
The Malamute is a very strong dog. They were
originally freighting dogs and as such, are able to pull tremendous amounts of
weight. Just from looking at the Malamute, and the size of his bones and his
stature, it is easy to see that they are indeed very strong animals. For this
reason, many people use them in weight pulling competitions, where they will
pull thousands of pounds.