Wolf vs Husky
Sometimes, people are unable to differentiate between a wolf and a husky, but there are several differences. Husky is a general term that is used for sled dogs. In the olden times, huskies were generally used as sled dogs, in the northern areas, but nowadays, people keep them as pets too. The original term is ‘Eskie’, but it’s corruption has led to the term ‘Husky’. The common breeds of huskies are the Siberian and Alaskan Husky. The wolf, on the other hand, is the largest member of the canine family. Its origins can be traced back to 300,000 years, and it survived the Ice Age. DNA testing has confirmed the fact, that wolves and dogs, have common ancestry.
The wolves are the prime, or apex predators, in their ecological system. The huskies, on the other hand, do not occupy the prime position. Another difference between the two, is that wolves have been known to thrive in various types of climates, like temperate zones, mountains, tundra, taiga and grasslands, but the huskies have a thick fur that protects them from cold weather, and they cannot survive in areas with high temperatures.
Wolves are a protected species in some areas, while in others they are hunted for fun. Huskies are not hunted. The wolves, unlike huskies, regularly feature in the folklores of various cultures across the world.
There are many types of huskies, like the Siberian husky, Greenland husky, Mackenzie River husky, Sakhalin husky and Alaskan malamute.
The wolves generally have a greyish white coat, while the huskies’coats have more colours, like brown, black, and white. The wolves depend more on their stamina, rather than speed, for hunting, while the huskies depend more on their speed.
The wolves’ paws are adapted to be able to walk on a wide variety of terrains. The eye colour of huskies vary from brown to blue. Even though huskies are kept as pets, they show some wild behaviour, like fierce independence and resourcefulness. On the other hand, wolves are territorial animals, and are usually found in packs. They are wild and temperamental. The young wolves stay with their parents up to the age of 1 or 2 years, and after that they leave the pack to form their own. Young wolves never challenge the older wolves to take on the leadership. Wolves that have erratic behaviour, or those which have been shot by a gun, are generally killed by the fellow members of the pack. Some wolf species never socialise, and spend their life in pairs, or as individuals.
1. Wolves can survive in a variety of climates, ranging from tundra to deserts, while husky cannot survive in hot climates.
2. Unlike wolves, huskies can be kept as a pet.
3. Huskies have various coloured eyes.
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Finding an Alaskan Malamute
Whether you want to go with a breeder or get your dog from a shelter or rescue, here are some things to keep in mind.
Choosing an Alaskan Malamute Breeder
Finding a good breeder is the key to finding the right puppy. A good breeder will match you with the right puppy, and will without question have done all the health certifications necessary to screen out health problems as much as possible. He or she is more interested in placing pups in the right homes than making big bucks. Be wary of breeders who only tell you the good things about the breed or who promote the dogs as being “good with kids” without any context as to what that means or how it comes about.
Good breeders will welcome your questions about temperament, health clearances and what the dogs are like to live with and come right back at you with questions of their own about what you’re looking for in a dog and what kind of life you can provide for him. A good breeder can tell you about the history of the breed, explain why one puppy is considered pet quality while another is not, and discuss what health problems affect the breed and the steps she takes take to avoid those problems. A breeder should want to be a resource for you throughout your dog’s life.
Look for more information about the Alaskan Malamute and start your search for a good breeder at the website of the Alaskan Malamute Club of America. Choose a breeder who has agreed to abide by the AMCA’s code of ethics, which prohibits the sale of puppies to or through pet stores and calls for the breeder to obtain recommended health clearances on dogs before breeding them.
Avoid breeders who only seem interested in how quickly they can unload a puppy on you and whether your credit card will go through. Breeders who offer puppies at one price “with papers” and at a lower price “without papers” are unethical. You should also bear in mind that buying a puppy from websites that offer to ship your dog to you immediately can be a risky venture, as it leaves you no recourse if what you get isn’t exactly what you expected. Put at least as much effort into researching your puppy as you would into choosing a new car or expensive appliance. It will save you money in the long run.
Lots of reputable breeders have websites, so how can you tell who’s good and who’s not? Red flags include puppies always being available, multiple litters on the premises, having your choice of any puppy, and the ability to pay online with a credit card. Those things are convenient, but they are almost never associated with reputable breeders.
Whether you’re planning to get your new best friend from a breeder, a pet store, or another source, don’t forget that old adage “let the buyer beware”. Disreputable breeders and facilities that deal with puppy mills can be hard to distinguish from reliable operations. There’s no 100% guaranteed way to make sure you’ll never purchase a sick puppy, but researching the breed (so you know what to expect), checking out the facility (to identify unhealthy conditions or sick animals), and asking the right questions can reduce the chances of heading into a disastrous situation. And don’t forget to ask your veterinarian, who can often refer you to a reputable breeder, breed rescue organization, or other reliable source for healthy puppies.
The cost of an Alaskan Malamute puppy varies depending on the breeder’s locale, whether the pup is male or female, what titles his parents have, and whether he is best suited for the show ring or a pet home. The puppy you buy should have been raised in a clean home environment, from parents with health clearances and conformation (show) and, ideally, working titles to prove that they are good specimens of the breed. Puppies should be temperament tested, vetted, dewormed, and socialized to give them a healthy, confident start in life.
Before you decide to buy a puppy, consider whether an adult Alaskan Malamute might better suit your needs and lifestyle. Puppies are loads of fun, but they require a lot of time and effort before they grow up to become the dog of your dreams. An adult may already have some training and will probably be less active, destructive and demanding than a puppy. With an adult, you know more about what you’re getting in terms of personality and health and you can find adults through breeders or shelters. If you are interested in acquiring an older dog through breeders, ask them about purchasing a retired show dog or if they know of an adult dog who needs a new home. If you want to adopt a dog, read the advice below on how to do that.
Adopting a Dog from an Alaskan Malamute Rescue or a Shelter
There are many great options available if you want to adopt a dog from an animal shelter or breed rescue organization. Here is how to get started.
1. Use the Web
Sites like Petfinder.com and Adopt-a-Pet.com can have you searching for an Alaskan Malamute in your area in no time flat. The site allows you to be very specific in your requests (housetraining status, for example) or very general (all the Alaskan Malamutes available on Petfinder across the country). AnimalShelter can help you find animal rescue groups in your area. Also some local newspapers have “pets looking for homes” sections you can review.
Social media is another great way to find a dog. Post on your Facebook page that you are looking for a specific breed so that your entire community can be your eyes and ears.
2. Reach Out to Local Experts
Start talking with all the pet pros in your area about your desire for an Alaskan Malamute. That includes vets, dog walkers, and groomers. When someone has to make the tough decision to give up a dog, that person will often ask her own trusted network for recommendations.
3. Talk to Breed Rescue
Networking can help you find a dog that may be the perfect companion for your family. Most people who love Alaskan Malamutes love all Alaskan Malamutes. That’s why breed clubs have rescue organizations devoted to taking care of homeless dogs. The Alaskan Malamute Club of America’s rescue network can help you find a dog that may be the perfect companion for your family. You can also search online for other Alaskan Malamute rescues in your area.
The great thing about breed rescue groups is that they tend to be very upfront about any health conditions the dogs may have and are a valuable resource for advice. They also often offer fostering opportunities so, with training, you could bring an Alaskan Malamute home with you to see what the experience is like.
4. Key Questions to Ask
You now know the things to discuss with a breeder, but there are also questions you should discuss with shelter or rescue group staff or volunteers before you bring home a dog. These include:
What is his energy level?
How is he around other animals?
How does he respond to shelter workers, visitors and children?
What is his personality like?
What is his age?
Is he housetrained?
Has he ever bitten or hurt anyone that they know of?
Are there any known health issues?
Wherever you acquire your Alaskan Malamute, make sure you have a good contract with the seller, shelter or rescue group that spells out responsibilities on both sides. Petfinder offers an Adopters Bill of Rights that helps you understand what you can consider normal and appropriate when you get a dog from a shelter. In states with “puppy lemon laws,” be sure you and the person you get the dog from both understand your rights and recourses.
Puppy or adult, take your Alaskan Malamute to your veterinarian soon after adoption. Your veterinarian will be able to spot problems, and will work with you to set up a preventive regimen that will help you avoid many health issues.