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Building a Malamute Proof Kennel

So you want a malamute proof enclosure? Are you wondering just how to go about building one, or without it costing an arm and leg? Well, I hope this article will give you some ideas on how to build your own luxury malamute enclosure. But first I am sure you are wondering what are my qualifications? After all, we have all probably had to deal with that very special malamute who can escape anything. Well, no malamute could escape like my Keela, so aptly nicknamed "The Fiend" by Susan Conant.

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So You Want an Alaskan Malamute?

Great! You've seen them on TV, in the movies, or you've been to a dog show or two. Maybe you just met a pair in the park or a cute happy puppy and said to yourself...

"I want a Malamute!"

Now that you know what you like, you need to ask yourself the question: "WHY?" ...and please, do be honest!

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Canine Bloat and GDV - A Layman's Overview

Ozzie anticipated each morning with an early walk, but on this particular day, he lay depressed and listless. Concern over his unusual behavior soon grew into an emergency veterinary visit. Ozzie was quickly diagnosed with GDV and rushed into surgery. His stomach was found rotated 360 degrees, both damaging organs and destroying other body tissues. Ozzie did not survive surgery.
Thousands of dogs require similar emergency treatment every year. A third of GDV cases are fatal and about half the survivors may not fully recover. The condition can occur in any dog, but the usual victims are deep-chested adult dogs, especially those of large and giant breeds.

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A Brief History of the Alaskan Malamute

At least four thousand years ago, but very likely even earlier, the Eskimos crossed the Bering Straits when the tribes migrated East from the cold barren lands of Siberia. Arctic anthropology indicates the presence of Eskimo civilization at Cape Krusenstern as early as 1850 B.C.

Eskimo means "raw flesh eater" in the language of the Canadian Indians, the Eskimos referred to themselves as "Innuit" which means "the people." Culturally they are quite different from the other races in the New World; their history is mysterious and much of this surrounds the dog. Thus its history and early development are largely conjectural.

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Alaskan Malamute - Siberian Husky Comparison by Breed Standards

Do you have difficulty recognizing an Alaskan Malamute, or distinguishing a Malamute from a Siberian Husky? This page is intended to help you in breed identification and distinguishing between these two arctic breeds.

The chart below is a breed comparison based on the Malamute and Siberian official breed standards. There is also a wide variation of actual size, build, and color of individual dogs, especially "pet quality" dogs.  

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Health Issues in the Alaskan Malamute

There are several medical concerns, or health issues, which may be found in the Alaskan Malamute. Every Malamute owner and prospective buyer should be aware of these serious problems. The medical conditions listed in this overview can vary greatly in severity or may not affect your dog at all. This is not a complete listing... only the more common or serious ailments known to the breed.

A more detailed explanation and general health information may be found in a good canine medical reference guide, or from your veterinarian. If you suspect that your Malamute is effected by any of these ailments, please consult your veterinarian for diagnosis or personalized care and treatment.

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Gastric Dilation/Volvulus (Torsion)

Gastric dilatation/volvulus (or bloat &/or gastric torsion to most of us!) is one of the the biggest emergency surgical problems seen in dogs. It is most common in middle-aged large and giant breeds of dog, usually with deep chests. A relatively recent (1989) survey of cases seen in pure-bred dogs recorded over the previous 9 years from 12 American veterinary teaching hospitals showed Alaskan Malamutes as the 14th breed in a ranking of risk. A total of 1,934 cases were recorded. Great Danes were ranked 1st, followed by St. Bernards, Weimeraners, Irish and then Gordon Setters 5th.

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AMAL Information


The Alaskan Malamute Assistance League (AMAL) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and charitable organization supported by the national breed club, the Alaskan Malamute Club of America. We are an all-volunteer national rescue network which includes state and local breed rescue groups, as well as individual members.

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