Alaskan Malamute / Chow Chow 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 Chow Chow isn't all that common, but you may occasionally encounter this mix in a rescue. As the offspring of two dominant breeds, this mix is unlikely to be right for the inexperienced dog owner.

Appearance / health:
All mixed-breed dogs can vary in appearance, but the Alaskan Malamute / Chow Chow Mix is likely to look deceptively "cute" and fluffy for its size. Don't assume the dog is a teddy bear based on its adorable appearance. This is no stuffed toy.

Behavior / temperament:
While it's impossible to predict the exact personality of any mixed-breed dog, Chow mixes in general are often too dominant for the average owner. With both Malamute and Chow in the mix, you have to be prepared to socialize an animal that might test you to see who's really the alpha in the relationship.