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Balto

Alaskan Malamute

Overall satisfaction

4.25/5

Acquired: Pet store

Gender: Male

Training: Previous owner

Quick to learn and train

2/5

Emotionally stable

2/5

Family oriented

4/5

Child safety

2/5

Safe with small pets

2/5

Doesn’t bark a lot

2/5

Health

5/5

Easy to groom

2/5

Great watch dog

3/5

Great guard dog

1/5

Dog or Wolf?

By

United States

Posted July 27, 2015

Growing up, I always wanted a husky. So when my family spotted an Alaskan Malamute in a pet store, we assumed they were the same thing. We assumed wrong. As a puppy he was hyper, which is typical of many dogs, but we were able to crate train him without a problem. However, he grew very quickly. He was soon too big for any of my family members to take for a walk. My father was a big man and the dog, trying to be playful, would knock him over easily. His paws were bigger than my head. We would make jokes about him being more of a wolf than a dog, as he constantly ripped apart our wood fence to escape. He'd disappear for days, but he'd always come back. He was typically kind to other animals, he once saved a few baby bunnies whose bunny hole had caved in. But our neighbor had two Rottweiler's that he would fight with often through the fence, and he ended up killing one of them. He never intentionally hurt anyone, but I wouldn't consider an Alaskan Malamute as kid-friendly. Even though he was very playful he was just too big and strong. In the end we had to give him away to another family.

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