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Interesting article about the Arctic - This forum thread is quite long, but so worth it! Gorgeous pictures and information about how hard life is in the arctic where the Malamute is from...when you get to the end, click on the 1,2,3, links as there are several pages of interesting information and photos.



Unfortunately, some very sad news to report.  We have lost Pod to a very aggressive form of mammary cancer.  We first noticed it, it was the size of a half-dollar but within 2 weeks was the size of a softball.  It was surgically removed but grew back almost instantly....and we knew she didn't have much time.  So we spent the last month spoiling her rotten.  She got chocolate and yogurt and all her favorite foods. She will be sorely missed.  Mula and Mocha surprisingly, are taking it the hardest. When we got back from burying her next to Gracie, I found Mocha just sitting in her crate looking a little sad. She will be missed by all...for someone that started out as an ouside member of the pack, she eventually made friends with Mocha, Simone and had a love/hate thing going on with Mula....She never got along with Jazzy (Jazzy & Mula are her litter sisters) and she was loved and adored by her son Max and 'mate' Superman.  So with great sorrow, we say goodbye...we'll see you again at the Bridge.  We love you Pod! 

Well it apperas we may be building our new house next year, but since it has been delayed so long, our youngest girls will be almost 5 and therefore no more litters will be planned.  I'll leave this site up as a tribute to our older guys, and for general information purposes.  Age is creeping up on us faster than expected (haha) too.  Our efforts as we lose dogs will probably shift to rescue and possibly foster care. We don't want to leave the kids with a bunch of dogs to have to place and feel that is the only responsible thing to do. We don't place our old dogs - they're ours for life.  In fact we have several we will never breed and they have been spayed/neutered.  We still expect this website to keep going for some time though, just because we feel it's important to share information and let people know about the breed.   Please feel free to click on the affiliate links for any of your doggy or gift needs - they help support this site.  Have a wonderful new year!

We live in Northern Michigan's Upper Peninsula - right smack in the middle...not far from Pictured Rocks, Marquette, Escanaba, federal & state forests, and 20+ beautiful waterfalls.... It has been wonderful  to have 40+ wooded acres to take long walks with the dogs and enjoy the abundant snow.  

The Alaskan Malamute .... Superman puppy

No breed is as loyal, intelligent or beautiful than the strong, " Alaskan Malamute ". Bred to survive, and used for pulling in the cold arctic, Malamutes have adapted to being housedog companions to adults and families having children in modern times. An Alaskan Malamute will become your best buddy, and while they care for their family, they are rarely protective except of children.  Friendly, charming and playful - Malamutes love people. Quiet house Malamutes, Malamutes do need regular exercise and a job such as pulling sleds, walks, biking, skijoring, weight pulling, carting, running, sledding and keeping busy. Malamute double thick fur ranges in color from red, gray, silver, black to all white. Open face, mask and cap are typical markings that distinguish the breed.  Our Alaskan Malamutes tend to be sables and gray & whites with mostly open faces (sometimes there is a bit of eyeshadow under the eyes like a football player or mascara that ran).

In winter, though they love being outdoors, Malamutes prefer being indoors to be near the family pack. Alaskan Malamutes are part of the working group, and are often confused with the "alaskan husky", "Siberian Husky", Samoyed, "Greenland Eskimo" dog, "wolf dogs" and wolf-hybrids. Purebred Alaskan Malamutes registered by the AKC, CKC and UKC come in Maloot, Kotzebue and Hinman strains, named after regions in Alaska where first discovered. Currently there are several lines of Malamutes; ours include Storm Kloud, Hill Frost, Sno Ridge and Glacier predominantly. We recently outcrossed and brought in Ice Cream lines, which include a tiny amount of Sno Klassic and Nanuke to our lines.

Alaskan Malamutes are large, but not a giant breed, because smaller was a better use of resources. Alaskan Malamutes became sturdy, strong and durable - able to survive arctic winters. A giant Alaskan Malamute or what is often called a Mackenzie River Husky has less stamina to survive and would require larger quantities of food than an ordinary Inuit family could provide. There are also wooly malamutes - where the coat is longer and thicker.   The AKC standards says the correct size is from 60 to 75 pounds for females and 70 to 95 pounds for males, which is what we breed. A profile of the breed, health information, grooming, history, temperament, about breeders, hints, psychology, and miscellaneous information on housepet Malamutes, dog shows, and puppies are here at O'Mal Alaskan Malamutes website. Note I said house Malamute Malamutes, since that's what we have - no kennel dogs here! Yes, it gets pretty crazy having them all in the house!

Sadly, many of these beautiful arctic canines get abandoned at shelters or rescued by purebred rescue organizations every year. Malamutes tend to be very pack oriented, unlike most other breeds. Pushy and dominant - the Alaskan Malamute is difficult for some people to live with. Shelters prefer to adopt most northern breeds to homes having fenced yards - Alaskan Malamutes won't stay on unfenced property - roaming, hunting small animals and deer.

The AMCA or "Alaskan Malamute Club of America" educates puppy buyers on the breed temperament and unique characteristics of the arctic sled dog. Members of the AMCA since 1989, we aspire to be reputable breeders that abide by the club's code of ethics, and consider ourselves hobby breeders. We live in Trenary, Michigan and my web site contains stories, pictures and general information regarding Malamutes as well as general characteristics of the breed.

We occasionally breed AKC registered puppies available to Malamute homes and sometimes to show. Did you know an incorrect long coat is called a wooly coat? It looks similar to the fur on a Collie. Groomed it is beautiful to look at, but may pose quite a chore due to matting and may require a professional groomer's assistance. Most breeders sell Alaskan Malamute woolies as Malamutes (or should!) and typically woolies aren't shown since the wooly long coated Alaskan Malamute is incorrect, albeit beautiful.

Malamutes originated in Malmut Sound Alaska and were bred by the Inuit people of northern Alaska. A native American breed, Alaskan Malamutes have been recognized by the national breed clubs and AKC, CKC, UKC as strong, intelligent and dominant requiring exercise and a fenced yard. The Malamute was recently named the official state dog of Alaska! Alaskan Malamute puppies may be cute, but Malamute rescues and humane society organizations get them too often as Alaskan Malamutes tend to howl, dig, challenge authority, and be quite mischievous. Sled dogs are capable at showing, working, and pulling but can be difficult to train in obedience or agility. They were bred to pull heavy loads over long distances in the arctic for Inuit families until the turn of the century when snow machines became the preferred mode of transportation.

While an Alaskan Malamute may be comfortable in cold arctic winters in Northern Alaska, he can make a wonderful housepet too. Alaskan Malamute fur sheds and will "blow" during the warmer months, so they can be comfortable indoors year-round. They have beautiful double coats, and require regular grooming. Proper care of an Alaskan Malamute's coat allows best comfort in warmer climates as house Malamutes. Breeders of quality Malamute companions of excellent temperaments, we hope to produce purebred Alaskan Malamutes that enjoy conformation, obedience, agility and most of all, be wonderful family Malamutes. We don't use kennels, our dogs live inside our house and love children. O'Mal's goal is to improve every aspect of genetic health and temperament of the Malamute as he fits into modern society long into old age.

Our dogs are our pets, show dogs, and family and live in the house with us. Please look around and meet our pack. We offer a wealth of information about what the breed is REALLY like. We don't gloss over the details and want you to understand the tumultuous ride  you're in for if you're a first time Alaskan Malamute owner - BEFORE you buy a puppy somewhere and it ends up in a shelter or rescue!  We are celebrating our 14th anniversary online - we are probably one of the longest running personal websites about the Alaskan Malamute.  If you discover any problems with anything, or would just like to say hello, I'd love to . As breeders, we practice accepted methods of linebreeding  to ensure the health and temperament of every puppy. Thanks for your long time support and interest in our family website. I just love when you call years after a first contact just to let us know how you're doing or when you're thinking of another mal.  Just makes my day knowing that your first mal had a great home and a person that hung in there despite the challenges!

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