– [Narrator] Dogumentary
TV, producing the best breed documentaries on YouTube. (dog barks) (light, bouncy music) – My name is Wendy Corr. – My name is Jenifer Corr. – We represent Onak Alaskan Malamutes, and the name originally
came from my mother who came up with a term
as “one of a kind”, so we took that and made
that into our kennel name. (light, bouncy music) I found my first Malamute
at a vet hospital, and the dog needed a
total knee replacement due to a genetic issue. And I started researching the breed through the AKC standard,
looked for breeders in the area, and found a breeder in
Washington State that had working dogs and show dogs. I contacted her and we started with our first Malamute in 1968. Well, we travel to different
parts of California, and across country. We’ve been to Crufts in London, but we also show them in obedience, we show them in agility. They’re not the best agility dogs as far as listening to
you, but they can get MACs, which is Master Agility Championship, they can get weight-pull
titles, which we’ve gotten, that’s part of their breed is to pull, and they can also do a lot of
backpacking in the mountains, and we’ve done that since 1990. So the dogs are very well
exposed to lots of activities, and I believe that helps them
to broaden their perspective when we show them in confirmation. (light, bouncy music) This weekend there was a local Southern California
Alaskan Malamute specialty, and we brought down a
number of young puppies, and decided we wanted to support the show, and by definition, supporting
the show, meaning entering, because AKC has a standard
of how you collect points. And in order to get your
championship on a dog, you need 15 points, and two big
wins, they call them majors. But they’re big wins with big competition. So, we came down and there was a major, so it allowed us to take our young dogs, and show them to a judge, and
hopefully, maybe we could win. If we didn’t, that’s life. But if you can, that makes it easier to complete your championship. – I will say most confirmation shows start early in the morning, so most of the time Alaskan Malamutes will show early, eight o’clock, nine o’clock. So depending upon where
you’re coming from, that can mean getting up
at 5 a.m. in the morning, that can be getting on
the road and traveling to wherever you’re going;
we’re staying down here, so it makes it a little bit easier. And then if you win best of
breed earlier in the day, you essentially then stay
for group in the afternoon, so the time that you
spend at a dog show can be 12 hours, plus, depending upon
if you have a really good day and you have to stay to the end. From our perspective, getting out there and seeing how our dogs stack up against the rest of the breed and
the rest of the group, is really exciting for us
to see what we’re producing and what we’re breeding. (Wendy laughing)
It’s been very good, Mom did very well, she got best of breed from the puppy classes
with one of her dogs, so that was really awesome. – [Wendy] Well, it’s one of our– – [Jenifer] It’s our dogs. One of our dogs, my dog Midas,
ended up going best of breed so it’s been a very good weekend for us. Being able to win in
some of the large shows is very exciting for us. (deep electronic music) – Because the dogs originally came from two different geographic
areas, some dogs are in a lot of powdered snow, so
they were longer in leg, and they look lankier; other
dogs are from Kotzebue Sound, which is on ice, and they were
shorter, squatted body dogs. So years ago, they took that
and they blended it together, and said, we’re gonna
come up with an average. Well the breed standard,
the average is 25 inches in shoulder for males, 85
pounds, 23 inches to the shoulder for females, 75 pounds,
but the bottom line issue is form and function. The dog has a specific job to
do, and that is to carry cargo over long distances, they
generally can do 8 miles an hour, and they can do that forever, practically, and they carry the Inuits’
cargo, food, transportation, from area to area. That’s the whole purpose of the dog. – [Jenifer] When you look at the standard, it’s a number of pages online. So it’s very specific in a lot of areas. But one of the overall things,
when you look at a Malamute, they were bred to pull
sleds over long distance. So you wanna have a very powerful
dog, powerful-looking dog, that moves very effortless,
and is very efficient with its movement. And so when you look at a
Malamute, you should see power, and you should see effortless movement. – The breed originally
came from the Inuits, which were up in Alaska, and when they did explorations
and things like this, some of the Norwegians or
Americans would want a team, they’d take a team out
and they’d transport them to different areas. And the good thing about
these dogs is they are able to do the job without
a whole lot of food, they eat a minimal amount of
food because that’s where they, that’s how they survived. You couldn’t feed them a lot of food, they had to be able to
survive under harsh climate, they had to have a very
strong coat, a good mind, they had to listen, but they
also had to be independent. So you combine an independent
nature with an intelligent, two year old toddler,
and you hope you come out with a nice, mature dog. (midtempo electronic music) – The Siberian Husky, there’s, again, another standard for that. But generally, they were used to pull a small amount of freight
very quickly to the next town. So when you think about
the diphtheria outbreak with the Nome run, those were
Siberians that were taking a very small load very
quickly to the next town. Where Malamutes, if you think about them, they’re supposed to take
everything else that the people would need,
all the other supplies, but they’ll get there two weeks later. Because they’re taking
much more heavy loads for much slower pace,
and they’ll get there. So when you look at a Husky,
you usually look at it and consider it a sports car. Very small load, get there quick. When you look at an Alaskan Malamute, you consider it a semi, Mack truck. It’ll take a very large load,
but it’ll take a long time. – The Alaskan Malamute
can make a very good pet in a very active family. You have to be interested in running and backpacking and doing outdoor sports. You can’t take the dog off leash. There’s no guarantee the dog will come when you call the dog; that
is a negative to the breed. The dogs don’t generally lend
themselves to apartments, but there are exceptions. I’ve seen people take
their dogs out and they get multiple walks, and they do
quite well in a small dwelling. A large acreage area, turning a dog loose, such as a Malamute, would
never be a good idea because it probably would
figure out how to get out, and it is not a good ranch dog. It’s been known to go after
chickens and things like that, so it really is a dog
that needs structure, and that needs a confined space, and needs an active family. – [Jenifer] For the most
part Malamutes don’t have to be groomed frequently. If you think about it,
the Inuits didn’t go out in the Alaska tundra and start grooming their dogs all the time. From a practical standpoint
of living with a Malamute, you should groom it every couple weeks, and about twice a year
they will drop their coat, what we call shed, and there
will be an abundance of coat that will come out, and so
you need to get that coat out in order for it to be a good dog at home in order to not have hair
just falling everywhere. – The breed is extremely intelligent, and that is to the detriment of the owner. The dog is what I would
describe as a gifted child, and in a toddler mentality. You must have the dog
trained, you must take it to socialization classes, you
must spend time with the dog, walking it, introducing it to other dogs, making sure it behaves
well, working in obedience with other trainers, other
people, the dog needs to be a part of your life and needs
to be able to ride in a car, needs to ride in a crate,
and feel comfortable, needs to be able to go to the
vet, and if you tell your dog to stand, which means just stand
there and don’t go anywhere the dog will do that so your
vet can examine the dog. The life expectancy of an
Alaskan Malamute can vary due to some factors that
we have no control over. Genetically we do have some issues. We have hip dysplasia. We do have juvenile cataracts
which doesn’t seem to shorten a dog’s life
because they can do surgery on the eye and remove the cataract, but they can have… Other issues, they can
have polyneuropathy, which is a neurological disease, and they can have some
other cardiac issues that could potentially
shorten a dog’s life, but normally, a healthy dog
that’s been genetically screened can live for, males can make
it 13-14, females can make it to 15, there are exceptions
but that’s a generalization. The Alaskan Malamute will howl. It’s not unusual if there’s
a siren that goes by, and they howl at the siren,
but then they’ll be quiet. They’re not a barky
dog, but they can bark, and generally if they
do, it’s a warning sign. They are not, how shall I
say, considered guard dogs. They would not necessarily
attack a person, but if the dog felt it was… (stuttering) the owner was being
compromised or under a threat, I’ve seen my Malamutes
cross in front of me and bear their teeth at a stranger and not let them get near me. Ray is a nine month,
pushing 10 month old puppy. She is very energetic, full of energy. She is still growing, so her
height is probably right now, 21-22 inches, and I believe
she’s 60-something pounds. And she has not gone backpacking yet. She will enjoy that come summer. – [Jenifer] Midas is two
and a half years old. And he weighs about 84 pounds,
so he’s right on standard. He is a dog we’ve taken
backpacking before, and so he’s primarily our family pet. He stays at the house,
sleeps on the couch, loves to roll in bed,
all that kinda stuff. – I’ve only been interested
in Alaskan Malamutes, haven’t been interested in
any other breed, because they seem to meet my inner desire… They’re active, I love to be active, I love to do different things. I love to try obedience,
agility, I love to try weight pull, backpacking,
and they’re the type of dog that can do a variety
of different activities, and you can have a lot of fun with them. That’s why I like them and I can’t imagine not having Alaskan Malamute. – [Jenifer] And for me, I
was literally born into it, so I didn’t have a choice, but that’s… – [Wendy] That’s true.
– I’m joking, too, I could’ve chose something
else if I wanted. But my first steps, my
first walking that I did was holding onto Alaskan
Malamute, and same sort of thing, I couldn’t imagine life without them. I did travel around the country
and work for a professional handler, and showed a
number of other breeds, after doing that I still
couldn’t imagine myself without having an Alaskan Malamute. (light, bouncy music)


  • Love when you find people who breed/show dogs to talk about them. Their passion for the breed is always so evident, it's great they get to share their love for the breed with us. Started with their first malamute in 1968, 50 years ago! Working dogs are so beautiful

  • we used to own one and it whas way bigger than these dog´s it whas a pure breed and these one´s in this video look like malaumte husky mix…


  • The breeders on this channel are so knowledgeable, it’s always a pleasure to learn from them!

  • I love show breeders that work their dogs. Show breeders aren't my thing but if they can work their dog and do well? They have my respect.

  • Finally ❤️ thank you will watch it with my Malamute girl, she’s 1 year and three months she is about 75 cm and 50 kg love her such a sweet baby

  • Beautiful dogs 😍 nice work!!!!! Zeke this channel is on a another LEVEL!!!!!! Netflix or National geographic should be giving you a call ☎ ASAP!!!! to make a show for them 👍👍✔✔

  • My akita looks same as malamute, even colour, in size these two breeds are same" such a playful breeds and they love babies can babysit them also"

  • 85 pounds is not a "large" breed as it states. Why is it so low. Most described large dogs hit around 150 pounds. Even a rott is medium/large and gets 130 pounds. If this dog is supposed to be a mack truck for heavy pulling and supposed to be there job then why is the standard so small? Even the akita standard is a much heavier ideal standard. May as well get a rott for haulage since they potentially could pull more since there standard is bigger and based on simple physics the rotts gonna pull more… shouldnt be the case. Up the standard! You can still do this without jeopardizing health!

  • a malamute goes slower then 8 mph because a Siberian will go 5mph over long distance just look at the Iditarod right now there is only 1 Siberian team racing the rest are all Alaskan huskies witch are the fastest sled dog for distance a malamute team will pull a heavy load
    but the musher will walk in front of them to brake trail for the dogs this is how the Inuit people used them. the Siberian can pull a lot and go faster

  • Would appreciate if you could do more videos of working dogs, or those who breed for working purpose. Deciding which is a good working dog based on looks sounds ridiculous. Great video, though. Thanks!

  • I have a 7 month old alaskan malamute puppy and really enjoyed watching this, very knowledgeable

  • I definitely disagree with their point that “malamutes are breeds you absolutely cannot take off leash and that they won’t come back to you in open areas.” I walk my malamute daily off leash and he does very well, I leash him when people or other dogs come into view.
    I do love their comments on backpacking with them. My malamute loves backpacking and winter camping.

  • if you look for dog for hiking or jogging… mal is best breed. If you compare them with huskies mals have much better character. They are superb if you want agile and friendly dod, but if you want guardian dog they are hopeless. And grooming… neverending story.

  • these never should be mistaken for huskies. Malamutes are noticeably and significantly larger and not a slim shaped of dogs. they're stockier and have wider thicker heads and snouts. I love both of them, but they are distinct and not identical.

  • My mal is 2 and has always been off lead – he has amazing recall compared to my Doberman. Regarding the guard dog part – my dobie is supposed to be the guard dog – nope he's protecting his beauty sleep whereas my mal patrols the garden whereby we have a 3 foot fence and not once has he tried to escape.
    I think with my two breeds they've bounced off each other. Very loyal and very loving.
    Those dogs in the video are just stunning!

  • I enjoyed your comments. I owned the malamute breed for ten years. I kept six dogs and ran many miles sledding all winter long. They are extremely intelligent, powerful and loving. They are pack oriented and were aggressive with any other dog outside the pack and I would add very protective of family. They seldom barked but would love to howl.

  • An Alaskan Malamute is going to be my next Dog of choice 👍❤️🐕 Can't wait to find one. I Love them. 🐾

  • I had a Alaskan Malamute working bread. He always came when called and I could walk all over Barrie Ontario with him not on a leash, he would heal and stop when I did, I could also leave him in sit and go in a store and he would not move until I came our, even with kids trying to get him to move. They are a very smart bread, and with the wright training, will do what you ask. He was also a great lead dog for my sled, You just have to give them lots of love and they will return it. And when the kids next door left the gate open he would go and sit on the front step and wait for some one to let him in.

  • I've been following your channel for awhile, and I really appreciate how informative your interviews are. Excellent job! I hope to see more content from you, hopefully borzois and pharoh hounds in the future.

  • I love these videos…can you please do one like this in Great Danes based solely on showing that would just be great…this video was amazing !

  • Hmm, thought the Inuit used Greenland dogs/Canadian Eskimo dogs. Thought the Alaskan Malamute was created in the early 1900's….

  • Make sure your breeder is a credited certified breeder. I now have an Alaskan Malamute with polyneuropathy. A very very common illness in this breed.

  • 100th comment! For real I’m just up at 2:30am and I’m looking for a dog. Been through about 10 of your dogumentaries so far and none of them disappoint. Great info, clear and concise. Thank you brotha!

  • Thank you for your spot-on representation of this breed. While not always for the inexperienced dog owner, they are an incredible dog and their loyalty and commitment to their pack is unrivaled. As you both said, I can't imagine my life without a Malamute! For those who are not showing or going for titles, please consider rescue! American Malamute Assistance League is amazing and will direct you to rescues in your state/area. My beautiful woolly Malamute, Stormy, was a rescue and by far the best dog I've ever had. He is my absolute joy in life.

  • I shared my life with an amazing 90 lb female Alaskan Malamute for 17 years. Not sure who was the boss though. She went out for 4 miles everyday until she was 16. I lived in an apartment for a couple of years with no problems. She was a couch potato indoors.

  • Nice video. 
    Malamutes are not a breed I would ever want to own but I certainly understand why some people love them.

  • Beautiful Mallys! Great info! Hope you’ll stop by and visit my sweet bo Kalamals Treasure of the Blue Ridge “Jasper”. Couldn’t imagine life without him! 🐾❤️🐾

  • I notice these dogs are a little thinner than the ones in the other videos, but I like the big poofy ones better because there's more to cuddle! Such fluff and fur!

  • In the 90's Australia among other nations who were present in Antarctica legislated that all introduced species in Antarctica were to be removed/euthanized. Australia had ended up with a husky/sled dog that had been in Antarctica with the Aussie's for nearly a century. The dogs had developed over that time to be their own type( I'm not an expert & can't say in what ways they were different). The Australian govt was not going to allow the dogs to come back to Australia they wanted the dogs euthanized. The dogs were bought by a guy from north America who entered them into the Iditarod. By the time they raced they had only been in the northern hemisphere 6 weeks, they hadn't seen trees or rocks. They had not been trained for the race & they won!!!!! They beat teams of melamutes etc that had been trained just for this race. I'm an Australian & I remember this clearly with such pride. It was a prime example of the Aussie "mongrel" that we have. After that we heard no more about the beautiful Australian husky or what became of the team

  • Are Alaskan Huskies good with Cats ?
    Can I take them with me on Horse back rides? Will they Stay with me? Or run off.
    Oh darn , they'll run off 🙁

  • Please, please, PLEASE don't breed them into what you want. You, the AKC, have already messed up other breeds.
    If you ever run across a 120-lb male named Rowdy at the Cow Palace, yell "John" and see what happeens.

  • Had a 90 lb female Malamute for 17 years. Spent. 5 years living in apartments and she was wonderful. Yes, I made sure we walked about 4 miles a day or she took me on a bike ride twice a day for 2 miles each time. A real couch potato otherwise. She did love to hunt and would often catch and eat rabbits at a wooded area near our house.

  • Not mentioned but important to know, the Inuits kept their mals inside with the family. Mals do best living with their family inside. Yes, they are active. Mine goes on a 2.2 mile walk every morning. But keep them close when they are not exercising.

  • Well this videos was informative but never showed the dog in action for what is was design to do. They put a standard on the dog but I thought these dogs where for sledding.

  • Even though the breeders in this movie are knowledgeable, I do get a strange feeling about breeders talking about standards, which are determined standards by breeders which they think is the "perfect" Malamute.

    First of all, they are working dogs and seeing them in a ring for showing is a bit strange. Secondly I believe that a perfect dog or in this case a perfect Malamute should be healthy, well taken care of, with plenty of work on daily basis and lots of affection of course.

    If the size is off the "standards" so be it, I doubt that it will affect their personality. My two will not meet those given "standards" but have great personalities and are great pulling dogs in wintertime with the sled. For me they are perfect.

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