The Afghan Hound Alaskan Malamute Mix, is a mixed breed dog resulting from breeding the Afghan Hound and the Alaskan Malamute. Both of these dogs can be friendly but personalities differ, so you never know. The Afghan Hound is known for being aloof, clownish, and dignified. All dogs need proper socialization and that will be a big factor in how they interact with others. What does this mixed breed look and act like? Is it more like the Afghan Hound or the Alaskan Malamute? Those are the questions we will try and answer below. Continue reading below to see pictures, videos, and learn more about the beautiful Afghan Hound Alaskan Malamute Mix.
While we really recommend that you acquire all animals through a rescue, we understand that some people might go through a breeder to get their Afghan Hound Alaskan Malamute Mix puppy. That is, if they have any Afghan Hound Alaskan Malamute Mix puppies for sale.
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All hybrid or designer dogs are tough to get a good read on as there isn’t much history to them. Breeding specific dogs like this has become common in the last twenty years or so even though I am sure that this mixed breed found it’s share of dogs to the shelter due to accidental breeding. We will take a closer look at the history of both parent breeds below. If you are looking at breeders for new, designer dogs please beware of Puppy Mills. These are places that mass produce puppies, specifically for profit and don’t care at all about the dogs. If you have a few minutes, please sign our petition to stop puppy mills.
Afghan Hound History
The Afghan Hound is known as a basal breed. What is a basal breed? There are six breeds classified as these and they simply mean that they have split from the family tree. The original breed name was Tazi. They all predate the emergence of the modern breeds in the 19th century. The afghan hound is most closely related to the Saluki. The modern dog of today comes from dogs brought to Great Britain in the 1920s, these original dogs were given as gifts from King Amanullah of the Afghan Royal Family Like a lot of modern breeds, many were used as hunting dogs,some as companions and many as a combination. There are approximately 13 different varieties that can be dated back to Afghanistan. Obviously once the breed left and they started moving into other parts of the world it started to change a bit.
The Afghan Hound’s voluminous, flowing coat was needed for warmth in the cold Afghan Mountains. They remind you somewhat of a greyhound as they are highly valued for it’s ability to run. They can run very fast and for a very long time. They are very courageous, holding animals such as leopard at bay until their human can catch up. They are also valued for their independent thought. They are known for being mischievous and a little bit challenging to train.
You might notice this beautiful dog alongside Barbie as her companion as this is where it made its way into the American mainstream.
Alaskan Malamute History
The Alaskan Malamute has a storied history as a utilitarian dog, working, hunting, and living alongside humans as well as pulling heavy sleds over short distances. They are one of the oldest sled dogs, Her descendants came from Siberia to America via the Bering Strait, and were faithful companions of the indigenous tribe known as Mahlemuts. That is obviously where they got their name. Aside from being great pulling dogs, they were also great hunters and excelled at getting along with the people in the community. The dogs also had excellent hunting abilities, they were used to hunt large predators such as bears and were also used to find seals by alerting their owners to blowholes in the ice. Like a lot of human canine relationships they were very intertwined, when one excelled the other did as well. Surviving north of the Arctic Circle was much easier when they worked together. During the Klondike Gold Rush of 1896, the Alaskan Malamute and other sled dogs were invaluable to new land speculators and settlers looking for gold. They were obviously interbred with one another throughout this time. They are obviously bred do pull very heavy loads and not necessarily run fast, they also helped aid Rear Admiral Richard Byrd to the South Pole
They became recognized as a breed in 1935 but losses during World War 2 nearly eliminated them. After the war there were only about 30 of them left. In 2010 the Alaskan Malamute was named the official state dog of Alaska.
Height: 24 - 29 inches
Weight: 44 -60 pounds
Lifespan: 12 - years
Height: 22 - 26 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 70 - 100 lb.
Lifespan: 10 - 12 years
The Afghan Hound and the Alaskan Malamute are known for being courageous and protective. They are also very loving dogs. This dog will require a very strong and firm owner who makes sure to assert that they are the alpha and not the dog. They are cautious, yet non-threatening with strangers, and are affectionate towards family and children. Early socialization helps take care of any bad habits that could develop. She responds well to positive reinforcement, like all dogs. She should be rather affectionate and enjoy spending lots of time with you. Don’t plan on leaving her alone for long periods as he won’t do well alone. She wants to be with the “pack.”
All dogs have the potential to develop genetic health problems as all breeds are susceptible to some things more than others. However, the one positive thing about getting a puppy is that you can avoid this as much as possible. A breeder should absolutely offer a health guarantee on puppies. If they won’t do this, then look no more and don’t consider that breeder at all. A reputable breeder will be honest and open about health problems in the breed and the incidence with which they occur. We obviously recommend that you look for a reputable animal rescue in your area to find your new mixed breed. Health clearances prove that a dog has been tested for and cleared of a particular condition.
The Afghan Hound mixed with the Alaskan Malamute might be prone to joint dysplasia, eye problems, allergies, among others.
Note that these are just common problems in both breeds.
What are the grooming requirements?
Even if you know the breed, sometimes it is hard to tell if it will be a heavy shedder or a light shedder. Either way, Get ready to invest in a good vacuum if you want to keep your floors clean! Give them baths as needed, but not so much that you dry out their skin.
What are the exercise requirements?
Plan on taking them for extremely long walks and hikes to keep their energy level down. This mix will more than likely have a high energy level. This exercise will keep them from being destructive. A tired dog is a good dog. A tired dog is a good dog though. Never tie your dog up outside - that is inhumane and not fair to him.
What are the training requirements?
This is an intelligent dog that will be a little bit challenging to train. They are going to want to take the alpha position and need someone with a firm, strong, hand that can let them know their place. The best thing you can do is break the sessions into shorter daily sessions to keep their attention span higher. It might have a prey drive and be disposed to running for and chasing small prey, but if handled properly this can be managed. All dogs respond best to positive reinforcement. So make sure to praise her when she does well. She is an intelligent dog who loves to please, and loves a physical challenge. The more exercise she gets the easier she will be to train. Proper socialization is imperative to all dogs and puppies. Make sure to take her to the park and doggy day care to get her around as many people and dogs as possible.
"A lot of times diet is done on a per-dog basis. Each one is unique and has different dietary requirements. Most dogs in the U.S. are overweight. A mix like this one that is prone to hip and elbow dysplasia should really be on fish oil and glucosamine and chondroitin supplements as soon as possible. A good diet to look into is Raw Food Diet. A raw food diet will be especially good for the Wolf background.
Overfeeding any dog is not a good idea as that can really exacerbate health problems such as elbow and hip dysplasia.
I good diet to look into is Raw Food Diet. A raw food diet will be especially good for the Wolf background."