Alaskan Malamute / Alaskan Husky Mix

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The basics:
RightPet does not advocate the intentional cross-breeding of purebred dogs. But the reality is that most dogs available for adoption at shelters and rescues are mixed breeds. We think it might be helpful to hear from owners of these mixes to see what traits can be found in these dogs who are desperately needing homes.

The first generation Alaskan Malamute / Alaskan Husky is a cross between the pure Malamute and the pure Husky, although subsequent generations may have different proportions of the two breeds in the mix. This pairing may be unintentional, or it may be the result of a breeder seeking a sled-dog larger than a Husky but smaller than the full-blooded Malamute. These large, somewhat challenging dogs are not for hot climates or first-time dog owners.

Appearance / health:
This mix will most often resemble a large Husky, especially to people not really familiar with Malamutes. Blue or heterochromatic eyes are possible.

Behavior / temperament:
This mix will present the usual challenges faced by owners of these Arctic working breeds. They are independent-minded and sometimes very difficult for inexperienced owners to train. If you are uncertain about your ability to handle a large, strong breed with a mind of its own, you should pass on this mix.