Leeds Live has joined forces with our brand new sister site, TeamDogs, and the fabulous Pooch & Mutt food for dogs company, to find out which dog breed really is the nation’s favourite.
Here, Saints Sled Dog Rescue champions the Alaskan Malamute and explains exactly why it is the best breed.
If you agree – or disagree – we’ll give you the chance to vote in the search to find the UK’s favourite dog breed.
Head over to teamdogs.co.uk to find out who is at the top of the league table. Remember the rankings will keep changing so do cast your vote.
The breeds with the lowest number of votes will end up in the Dog House. The 10 lowest ranking will be eliminated each week until we end up with our worthy winner!
As a Northern breed rescue we are a little biased on the amazing Alaskan Malamute, but it isn’t all almond shaped eyes and wagging tales.
The Alaskan Malamute is an ancient working breed dating back 4,000 years, a breed known for strength, resilience and stunning appearance. Although the wolf-like creature catches lots of attention she may not be for everyone – not unless you are up for the challenge?
Malamutes, Mallies or Moots are often confused with their smaller partners in crime, the Siberian Husky, despite the close resemblance they are very different breeds. A true Malamute packs a punch in size and personality, she is unbelievably stubborn with an attitude of a pre-teen with her phone confiscated in the summer holidays whilst going through hormonal changes.
She can have an unforgiving nature, is wilful, dominant, manipulative (when necessary) and ignorant to the owner’s call. Whilst dealing with her we must mean what we say, earn her respect over time with patience and boundaries, pushing her unceremoniously will not bode well and she will not be fooled by trickery and fickle bribery.
Once owned by a Malamute we take a bit of her everywhere we go, quite literally! Her dense, double coat ranges from short, coarse fur to a long, woolly mane, shedding her undercoat twice yearly for six months at a time. We’ve learnt that hoovering is second nature and food with fur in is a delicacy.
She’s physically and mentally strong, hardwired to endure long distances, weighted sleds in tow and pulling is in her genetics. Owners must learn the 45 degree ‘lean back’ position while walking, begging the question “who walks who?”
The need for mental stimulation will keep boredom at bay – destructiveness of sofas and walls will meet a sorry end if she is not kept entertained. And, don’t think a offlead walk will be a easy fix, she cannot be exercised off lead – her nature is to hunt and run, she will not hear your shouts of recall.
Despite her challenges, with time and patience the Malamute will become your most loyal family member, best friend and protector. She will answer you back in an argument, be there when you need her and make you snort laugh uncontrollably.
What more do we need to say?
Remember, an Alaskan Malamutes never forget, find a better hiding place for her treats next time!
Take a look at the Team Dogs leaderboard and cast your vote. If your favourite isn’t there, just email us at [email protected] with 200 words telling us how brilliant the breed is and why it deserves to win and we’ll add it to the competition