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Old 05-31-2012, 08:08 PM
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Long story but a friends younger sister came home with this pup last week.... She came from what we can only assume is a BYB seeings how they just let her show up, drop cash and take her home... No questions asked...

She is a peach but said young lady knows nothing about dogs really, they have a bulldog but she's never been involved in his care, they sold her the pup as a Malamute? She looks too fine to me, but admittedly I have only met two adult Malamutes... She is TALL for a 4 month old!!! Pics don't show just how big this girl is! She's 43lbs!!

I honestly feel she's got in way over her head... Hope I'm wrong...



And here is Moose, he's chubby but I'm not sure how bulldogs are supposed to look, he's the only one I know! He's an absolute sweetheart but if he runs into you it's like getting hit by a short brick wall!!! He adores my hubby.. They are fighting skin problems with him constantly and are researching raw for him...



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Old 05-31-2012, 09:05 PM
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She looks about right for a malamute to me. A little fine, but she's young and probably hasn't been worked much in her life. It's probably just a lack of muscle, she'll fill out later on. She also still has her puppy coat, so she's going to look finer than adults who have thicker, fuller coats. There are also some people out there breeding "Giant" Mals, so there's that as well. She will continue to get bigger and bigger. The largest "Giants" top out around Mastiff size...140lbs and around 30''. It's ridiculous, but there are stupid fads in every breed.

She's awfully cute, though. Her ankles/pasterns worry me a bit. I'd keep an eye on that as she ages. It's probably a genetic thing if she were BYB, but a look at her food and calcium/phos levels wouldn't hurt either.

Were you looking for breed info to pass along? I know nothing about Bulldogs, but Malamutes aren't too different from Sibes!
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Old 05-31-2012, 09:11 PM
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Anything I can slyly pass along would be appreciated :-)

To my friends who are good friends but more average or typical dog owners I sometimes come across as a flake or a know-it-all even though I am far outranked by truly knowledgeable dog people!!

I want to help them, and their dogs... But value their friendship as well and don't want to come across to strongly if that makes sense?

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The bulldog I am not as concerned about, they are working with the vet on his skin and even researching RAW, the Malamute belongs to the sister, and is her first dog (long story but she was pretty much raised by our friends but does not live there anymore, just visits and stats over at times) I am worried she bought a cute pup with no clue what she's in for!

Oh, and I asked, she's feeding Taste of the Wild....
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Old 05-31-2012, 09:22 PM
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She does look like a Malamute, not a Husky. More pics would help. Malamutes are a large breed. I have seen some HUGE male Malamutes. The females are a bit smaller but I have seen some big girls in my line of work at the shelter also.

The bulldog looks kinda chubby but they are a thick breed. I hardly ever see English Bulldogs where they are not fat or bulky. Both are super cute!
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Old 05-31-2012, 09:29 PM
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I will get more next time I am over, Moose is an absolute peach, I adore him and though I love visiting and cuddling with him!

Maybe, most likely after googling Malamutes I just am used to the only two I ever see, they look like this:



Then google showed me this:



I assume she'll be a BYB version of the dog above..
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Those two in the pics are pretty typey dogs. Remember that they come in a wide range of looks variation just like Sibes do.

That said I'd definitely be screening her joints when she's of age because of being from a byb.

Like Sibes they can have very sensitive tummies and tend to do best on high quality grain free or raw. Most of the other raw feeders I know where I live are malamute people actually.

Socialize, socialize, socialize, and socialize some more!

Always, always on sturdy leash/collar. Much like sibes, they will jet if the opportunity arises.

Unlike sibes that are normally extremely social with other dogs and can be social with small animals, a huge majority of Malamutes are not at all keen on socializing with strange animals and of course the prey drive is very very strong. There's a huge need for pet free foster homes, at least in our local Malamute rescue org. That said, if properly managed she should be fine living with the bulldog since he's a male.

Same need for hard daily running once grown applies. I'd be careful before 18 months because of how large the breed is and the fact that she's from a byb. Rambling long line walks on soft trails would be good and you might suggest they make a flirt pole for her and play with her with it.

Good positive training from day one. She's gonna be big and she's gonna be fuuun when she gets to the douchy teen stage.

My local rescue has a tab on their site that links to breed info.
http://www.moonsongmals.org/
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Yes, definately look at Moonsong Malamute Rescue that monkeys23 posted for breed info. They are awesome.
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Omg, I love Al-Mals! Jealouuuus

Some of the sweetest, most lovable dogs I know are Al-Mals, and most of them are from BYBs. I know a fat, horribly bred Al-Mal named Calypso and she's one of my favorite dogs ever, such a doll! I would honestly say they have much less of a risk for aggression (people or dog) and are less "dog" than Huskies. They've been pet bred a lot, so their temperaments are more easygoing. Just be glad that she didn't get a BYB Husky.

As long as she's well socialized, trained with love, rewards and strict consistency, and not allowed to be bossy or rude, she'll probably turn out to be a great dog. It's great that her owner is making an effort to feed her good food! Bulldogs are generally much more DA than Mals, but if that Bulldog is friendly and they grow up together they'll probably be BFFs. I don't know of any Mals who are DA with their "siblings", it's usually a same-sex strange dog thing. One thing that I wouldn't want to deal with in the breed is all that FUR!!! They need to be brushed out weekly, really well, or they'll shed you out of house and home and get matted. I had to shave a 150 lb Al-Mal with 2 foot long, deeply matted fur because he was clearly in pain and his coat had been completely neglected... his owners threw a fit, called me a bitch, went to my manager about it & my manager insisted that the grooming was free, along with the next grooming! I quit my job shortly thereafter, because it's not fair that I don't get paid for 8 hours of painstaking work and literally pounds of fur flying everywhere, and his owners had completely neglected him (I would call severe matting abuse) and didn't learn their lesson or care whatsoever. Depending on how her coat turns out, she's going to need tons of brushing. At least you live in a cooler climate, I hate seeing Mals living here in California with awful, unbrushed, matted coats just languishing in the heat.
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