Does anyone know if they are raised from a pup if they would be good with cats? I know they have a high prey drive but if they are raised with cats, they should learn to accept them, right?? My fiancee' has wanted one forever and I talked him into getting the 'smaller' dogs. Last night, we were talking about what we wanted to get and he asked me if we could "pretty please" get a Alaskan Malamute. I just laughed. I thought he wanted another little dog. Apparently he just didn't want to admit that he likes 'the big dogs' better than the little ones. Haha, he is so funny, are all men this way?? So I told him I wanted to do some research and we are DEFINTELY waiting until we get a fence up in the spring, so I am looking at next fall but I want to know all I can and find a good breeder way before then. Anybody have any ideas or info?? Thank you!!
I think that if you get any dog as a puppy, they can be taught to leave cats alone, especially if the cats stay indoors all the time. If the cats are outdoor cats, it's a little more touch and go, becuase it's harder for both the dog to accept the cat that isn't around enough to be 'part of the pack' and vice versa.
i think huksies would have a better temp. here is the story of how huskies began to mush the husky people envented a game called mush and was later on used as a form of transport. When the malumutes sore them they thougth there to small to do that and tries it for them selfs. i for get the the rest
All northern breed dogs are high strung. That's the first I'd like to say. Second, any dog that is high strung will chase something if it's running away from them, other dogs, people, cats. I have a Malamute. I also have three cats. He only bothers two of them. Because one has been around him since day one when I brought him home at 7 weeks. She won't run from him. There for she's no fun, and he leaves her alone. The other two cats came on the scene when he was about 6 months old....TOO LATE!!! He never tries to hurt them, in fact if they stop and face him, he'll stop in his tracks because the game has ended. So, I believe that it's more of getting your cat use to the dog. Not so much the other way around. That's the experince I've had.
I have a 'mute. He's very cat curious, and would definitely chase one if given the chance. I have to hold tight if I come near one, otherwise I'm going to get drug along for the ride. (I only outweight him by 20 lbs).
Kiyote, do you have both cats and a mal? Or do you mean strange cats? My mixed breed dog is gentle as all get out around kittens and cats inside our house or a friends house, or ignores them. Outside among strange cats is another story.
My friend had both, Malamute and cats. They were raised together and were all "one pack". I would think that leaving strays, of ANY species alone while on walks would have to be instilled through training. As for shedding, it's like husbands...if you love him enough, you'll put up with his bad habits (like hair in the drains) and leaving his debris all over the house for you to pick up ~ grin. All dogs shed (unless it's one of the rare hairless breeds). It's all a matter of to what degree you're willing to deal with it. I can tell you that my Pyrs shed about as much as my labs did. The difference is that I'm now cleaning up thicker, longer white hair, rather than the black hair. They both make lovely "tumbleweeds" and I do throw them into the yard for birds to use as nesting materials. Lots of lovely, soft, Pyr lined nests. Then again, without the trees now, it's going to be different this year! Read up on the breed, pros and cons then go into it with realistic expectations and everyone will be much happier. Good luck