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Alaskan Malamute / Black And Tan Coonhound 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 pairing between an Alaskan Malamute and a Black And Tan Coonhound isn't all that common, but you may occasionally encounter this mix in a rescue.

Appearance / health:
All mixed-breed dogs can vary in appearance, so you will have to meet the individual dog in question to see whether it's more like the Malamute or the Coonhound. Either way, expect a fairly large, active animal.

Behavior / temperament:
While it's impossible to predict the exact personality of any mixed-breed dog, the pairing of the eager-to-hunt scenthound with the independent Spitz working dog can result in a real challenge for inexperienced dog owners. You will need to be able to provide calm, consistent leadership no matter what temperament you end up getting. If you really need a special purpose coonhound, you should probably opt for the purebred instead.