Feeding and Nutrition
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The Alaskan Malamute needs Quality FeedingPicture Alaskan Malamute
By: Jane R. Bicks, D.V.M.
Affectionate, friendly dogs, the Alaskan Malamute needs to be worked
or else boredom sets in and your house will pay the price,
they are not dogs that like to just lay around.
Because they are picky eaters, leave down a high quality
protein and fat dog food so they will have the entire day to
meet their nutritional needs, while keeping their stomachs full.
What you should feed your Alaskan Malamute.
Vegetable enzymes added to the food, along with daily
combing and brushing are essential to decrease shedding.
If you're feeding a supermarket food, add bee pollen plus a fatty
acid supplement. Brewer's yeast and garlic are welcome
skin and coat treats, especially during the flea season.
Alaskan Malamute Dog Treats
The Alaskan Malamute - Must have a Strong Human Companion
The Alaskan Malamute is a dog that is bred to be large and
strong. They are solidly built with wide heads and proud
expressions. Malamutes are Arctic dogs that have dense
double coats and a plumed tail. They have tough pads and
furry feet. Of all the dog breeds, they are one that most
closely resembles their wild cousins the wolves.
Alaskan Malamutes have erect triangular ears that face
forward. Their eyes are almond shaped and small, and are
placed obliquely in the skull like those of the wolf. The
eye color is usually brown and this is preferred. But
sometimes the eye color can be blue and this is considered
to be a fault by the AKC.
The coat length averages around three inches and can be
black and white, red with dark highlights, white, wolf gray,
or wolf sable. Sometimes they will also have a cap or dark
mask. The muzzle and legs are almost always white in color.
The dog can be larger or smaller than the breed standard.
It is important that the owner is the pack leader with the
dog. Alaskan Malamutes require strong leadership and
guidance. When these emotional needs are met they become
affectionate, intelligent, loyal and sweet towards their
masters. They mellow into mature dignified dogs when
properly trained. They are very good with children that are
old enough to play with such a large and active dog.
The Alaskan Malamute does not make a good watch dog as they
are overly friendly with strangers. They are happiest when
they live outdoors, especially when they have a lot of pack
members that live with them. These dogs need mental and
physical exercise otherwise they can become destructive
nuisances and start acting like rambunctious puppies.
Warning: these dogs love to chew and if left unchecked they
can destroy furniture, clothing, carpet, table legs, and
etcetera. They will need firm training to break them of this
habit and proper diversions and chew toys. Consistency and
firm training are required, but Malamutes are intelligent
and love to please their leaders so they are easy to train
and do very well with some consistent reminders on proper
These dogs may also be difficult to housebreak. They do not
need a lot of food and eat less than you would think. They
do have a tendency to eat quickly, which can lead to obesity
if overfed, as well as bloating, gas, and risk of intestinal
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