I have been doing rescue in my area for years.Word gets around I got a call from a shelter(kill shelter) about a 10 month old alaskan malamute about to be put down becauuse he attacked a chained havanese damages total $1,000. Owner surrendered.Said hes great w/ kids and large dogs nothing small.I dont want this dog killed but I need to do the right thing for this puppy.Prey drive? or aggression? His temperment tests were great a lil seperation anxiety.
I find that many large dogs can't stand a yappy little dog. I'm not saying this was an excuse for this dog to attack the little dog, however I have experienced this phenomenon with my Rottweilers...they hated little yappy dogs. Little quiet dogs they loved. I would save the dog if I had the resources, and time to train him.The Maltese should never have been chained up in the first place, and was probably barking as ferociously as he could, poor little thing.Obviously he would'nt stand a chance against the Malamute, but a lot of questions remain to be answered about the whole incident. I definitely do not think the Malamute should be euthanized.
I agree with Pen2, we had an Alaskan Malamute. My Dad took him in after a family that bought him, couldn't handle such a large dog. He was an outstanding pet. We had a german shepard mix already, so she was about 1/2 his size, but he loved her. He did not have experiences around very small dogs that I recall. But Malamutes can be super family dogs, ours was very trainable, and loving. I hope you can save it, I would go for it if faced with the opportunity. Good luck, let us know what happens!
Thank-you both I just had my husband leave for the 4 hour drive.He'll be safe in our home for tonight.Hes 10 months old also I just found out.We'll do our best and try to find him an amazing home.Maybe our own.:0)
You did the right thing! Hope all goes well, please keep us posted. I would love to have another Malamute, they make me smile and think of my Dad. OH, something I remember about Goliath, my Dad's Malamute. He didn't really like to be inside, he wanted to be outside year round. He would come in for short periods of time, then want back out. In the summer, he dug a huge and I mean HUGE hole beside the house, and would lay there to keep cool. I would have had a fit, being a home owner now, but my Dad didn't care, he loved that dog so much! He also loved to play in water, so he had a big kiddie pool just for him.