Name of Kennel / Prefix / Affix:
Libertia Alaskan Malamutes
What age were you and how did you become involved in the world of Dogs ?
Dogs have always been a huge part of my family. I grew up with working GSDs & Gundogs & continued on with my own GSDs.
What Breeds of Dogs have you had over the years?
I have had several breeds over the last 50 years GSDs for over 30yrs, Akitas ,Rottweilers ,Neapolitan Mastiffs, Dogue de Bordeaux & Alaskan Malamutes
What Breeds of Dogs have you got now?
Currently I have 3 old Dogue de Bordeaux’s,a Rottweiller & Alaskan Malamutes.
What would you consider to be your main Breed and the one people associate you with?
My Main Breed is Alaskan Malamutes although many people would associate me with the Bordeaux’s as I have been involved with them for 17 years.
What attracted you to this breed?
Malamutes are dog that captured my heart from my first contact .A strong highly intelligent breed that is still fit to do the job it was bred for & that never fail to make me smile
What advice would you offer to anybody that is interested in becoming an owner of this Breed?
Research this breed thoroughly before purchase, visit breeders ask to see both parents ,make sure you buy from a reputable kennel that does health checks. Have a list of questions ready to ask breeder
Does the Breed have any specific requirements by way of exercise & grooming?
The Malamute can be a fireside/armchair dog but it does love to work or be active & have good interaction with its Team ,you or other dogs. Socialisation is a MUST make sure you are prepared to go to training classes.
What you put into your Malamute will be what you get back & more you must make sure a Malamute knows who is Alpha as they will try to work their way to the top of the pack & that includes you.Once these simple rules are in place you will enjoy your Malamute 100%.
As with any young dog a limited amount of exercise whilst it is in its primary growing stages,more constructive in puppy stages is lead training as these will become a very strong dog who were designed for working/pulling & being dragged by a big dog is no fun.Teach recall from an early age,Malamutes are especially food orientated & use praise & good clear concise voice commands. Increased exercise as the dog grows in moderation will give you a strong sound dog you can enjoy for years.
Grooming.A wonderful thing about Malamutes is that they are odourless they do blow their coats usually 2 times a year at this time you could fill bags.If you keep on top of it by plucking loose bits & using a good comb or slicker brush it should not be difficult to keep you dog looking good.A Malamute that has completely thrown its coat will look bald,don’t worry it grows back quite quickly.
Does the Breed have any specific health tests that should be done before a Dog or bitch is used at stud or bred from?
Health tests for Malamutes that should be done before breeding.
They should be tested for Hip Displacia & Eyes to ensure no hereditary eye disease or cataracts.There are tests available for long coat & dwarfism & more recently there is a test for Polyneuropathy available for Malamutes .
Finally, how would you sum up the characteristics of this breed and what type of household would they best be suited too?
The Malamute is a strikingly impressive dog like a large wolf & similar in some characteristics.They can be aloof & independent & headstrong,but also very loyal & loving full of fun. They are not a first dog for everyone unless you are prepared to put a lot of training in & have done your research & have a good supportive breeder.
Peri and the Libertia Malamutes have been a long time supporter of Pet Expo and the “team” will be on hand again this year for both days at the Breed Village that is being held in the RDS on the 16th & 17th November.
For more information on the Alaskan Malamute check out her fantastic web site dedicated to this breed of dog