I'm a lover of all things 'dog' (particularly the exploration of cross breeds - and just like to write about man's best friend.
Malamute x German Shepherd = German Malamute
When you are intending on getting a dog brought into your family home, there is a good chance you will end up looking at mix breeds.
These are often very intelligent – if demanding – dogs to own. For many homeowners, though, having a dog like this at home would be far more preferable to having a ‘normal’ dog at home.
The mix dogs out there are so exciting, and many of them can be just amazing to have around the place. One of the most amazing dog breeds that you could own when it comes to a mix, though, is a Malamute German Shepherd Mix.
Powerful and impressive, this is a dog that comes with a hugely impressive sense of self.
Many dogs of this style can be a bit annoying at first, but these tend to arrive more or less ready to be around.
Given the parentage of this dog, though, that might not be as big a shock as it might sound at first.
If you are serious about finding a dog that you can easily love, though, this breed is very much a fine starting point.
What is a Malamute German Shepherd Mix?
This particular dog is going to be a happy blend of a Malamute and a German Shepherd.
The Alaskan Malamute is a dog that many love, while the German Shepherd is very much a classic dog.
The Alaskan parentage means that this is a dog with a genetic history of being used for its power and its ability to work hard and move things with consummate ease.
This leaves it with a thick, strong, powerful body.
Another impressive sign about these cross breeds is that it tends to have a very strong sense of physical durability.
Given the fact that the German Shepherd is a dog known for its powerful and nimble, this is a dog that manages to combine together physical pace with some impressive brawn overall.
The mentality and mood of this particular dog can be one that is hard to judge at first. That size and power makes them quite ferocious dogs to spend some time around at first: however, perceptions are often deceiving.
Despite their dominating shape and form, the Malamute German Shepherd Mix is one of the friendliest and most intelligent dogs you can meet.
They do not take long to get your meaning or your intention when you tell it something.
As such, they are often quite affectionate dogs – the kind that you can spend a lot of time around.
They are often good dogs to have around the kids, though their independent streak often means you should spend some time looking after the dog and helping it settle into a new life – especially around children.
New owners should also be careful to set boundaries that let the dog know who is in charge: they often don’t mind throwing their weight around, so keep that in mind!
In terms of lifespan, this is a dog that can often live a life of around 13 years.
While that can change depending on the animal due to lifestyle etc., they are often robust, long-living dog mixes.
What Do They Look Like?
When you get a dog like this, you will often notice just how easy they are to spend some time around.
One thing that we think is important to note, though, is their size.
They could get anything from 21-24” in size: quite big for a dog in that case.
While other larger dogs will exist, this might make the dog the biggest in your area.
While they are often caring and friendly dogs, don’t be shocked to see it stand up for itself – or a smaller dog – as it uses that physical power to help put itself in a position of dominance.
They tend to be a happy mix between both parents, creating quite adorable dogs that are easy to look after.
You will, though, need to get used to cleaning up after them.
With a double-coat, they tend to have a coarse outer layer with a denser, softer undercoating.
That being said, this breed is often a dog that has a lot of shedding, so you will have to get used to running around dealing with all of that coat that gets all of your floor, couches etc.
With regards to their actual looks, they usually have a black or brown nose and a nice pair of brown or blue eyes.
They might also have a set of nice upright ears: it is very rare indeed to see a Malamute German Shepherd Mix that does not have upright, pointed ears of a fairly large size.
With the ability to weigh anything from 64-130lbs in weight, too, these can be big, big dogs to care for.
As you might imagine, this means having to deal with a fairly sizable range of eating habits. If you intend on owning one, you might have to get used to the fact that they do love a big eating session.
In terms of their look, though, you would have to go quite far to find a dog that is quite as distinct looking as the highly impressive German Malamute.
Do They Have Health Problems?
While the quality of parentage often means that these crosses - can live for many years, they are dogs that can have some health problems.
Some of them come from genetics, while others will come from their lifestyle. When it comes to caring for these dogs, we recommend that you look out for problems such as:
- Bone conditions due to calcium build-up. This is known as cartilaginous exostosis and could be a serious problem for your dog if it is not dealt with.
- Hip dysplasia, which can cause the bones and cartilage of the dogs’ hips no longer being as strong or as mobile as they once were.
- Leg issues are common, especially in the hind legs. It is not uncommon to see these breeds with real problems moving their hind legs.
- Eye disorders and visual illnesses are sadly commonplace, too, which can vastly limit the quality of life.
- On Willebrand Disease is also a very important condition to look out for. If you see your dog losing blood, get it to a vet ASAP.
How Do I Feed Them?
Feeding a dog like a Malamute Shepherd can be it of a challenge at first.
The main thing we recommend is that you take your mix to a vet as soon as you get them.
Have them checked out for any deficiencies: this will give you an idea of what kind of portions to feed it, and what food it needs.
Like most dogs, a happy mixture of high-calcium and high-protein foods will be a good place to start.
Also, make sure that your dog gets as much raw meat as it can: this is often very good for this kind of dog.
We recommend around 2-3 meals per day, with plenty of exercises afterward.
Give the unicity of these dogs, we do recommend spending as much time as you can with the vet to build up a clear understanding of the food it needs.
If you do this, you are much more likely to avoid the numerous weight-related problems that they can suffer from.
Like many dog breeds, obesity is commonplace here, so be sure to pay attention to how much your mix eats.
What about exercise?
- Just take a single look at a German Malamute, and you can see why they might be hard dogs to keep happy physically.
- Their parentage ensures these are high-stamina, high-energy dogs that know how to keep themselves nice and strong.
- Not only are they dogs with a huge need for physical movement, but it has to be strenuous.
- Get it out there taking on lots of high-endurance physical activities, with exercise at least for one hour every single day.
- You also need to help your dog to work out mentally as much as physically. Get a large space for this dog to be able to move around freely and give it as many toys as you can afford.
- As an intelligent dog, this is one that will love learning and playing from toys. The tougher the better, too; these are dogs that have a bite as bad as their bark!
Should You Get One?
While the Malamute Shepherd might be a tough dog to get to know at first due to their independent nature, once they feel part of the family it’s a brilliant dog to have.
They tend to be easy to spend time around and to bond with as soon as you earn their respect.
Do that for long enough, and you’ll have a dog who you should have no problems at all in forming a lasting bond with.
Teething pains will exist, but if you get beyond that you’ll have a tremendous canine companion.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
© 2019 Harry Sheen