Wolamute, a cross between the Alaskan Malamute dog and Gray Wolf (Timber Wolf), is considered one of the oldest domesticated wolf-dog hybrids in the world. It inherits the physical characteristics and behavioral patterns of its parents. Like the Gray Wolf, this large breed has pointy ears and a combination of dark and light markings that are visible on its body throughout its lifetime.
|Other names||Malawolf, Timber Wolf/ Alaskan Malamute hybrid|
|Coat||Thick, medium-sized, straight|
|Color||White/Cream, Brown & White, Black & White, Pepper & Gray/Salt|
|Breed Type||Canid-hybrid (dog-wolf hybrid)|
|Group of Breed||Wolfdog, Working dog|
|Life span||10-15 years on average|
|Weight||115-175 lbs (52-79 kg)|
|Size and Height||Large|
|Temperament||Protective, territorial, intelligent, affectionate|
|Size of litter:||3-8 puppies|
|Good with Children||No|
|Country Originated in||United States of America|
Video: Wolamute Puppies
Temperament and Behavior
Depending on the wolf content, the personality of Wolamutes can vary significantly. Dogs with low wolf content are better suited as a pet than those with mid and high contents.
Like its Malamute parent, these dogs are well tempered and affectionate towards their owners. However, they remain distant with strangers and do not warn their owners about the presence of an intruder, which makes them inappropriate as watchdogs. Since they are territorial, they may not like to share their food and space with other pets in the family. Digging and chewing are a few of the common characteristics observed especially in the mid and high contents.
To keep them cheerful and active, they should be kept under constant attention. When left alone for long hours, they can start barking loudly and may become destructive. As they have the hunting instincts of a wolf, it is not a good idea to keep them alone with kids.
These wolfdogs should be kept in a large enclosure with proper fencing to prevent escaping. Since they are not highly energetic, taking them out for a brief walk or a session of play in the yard takes care of their exercise needs. Be sure to use a lash to prevent them from chasing small animals when taken out for walks.
Although their thick, weather resistant coat requires no special care, it needs to be brushed occasionally to maintain the natural shine and for removal of dead hairs. Use mild dog shampoos and a wet sponge to bathe your pet dog only when needed.
Though these malamute wolf hybrids are naturally healthy, they may suffer from a few problems related to bone health like arthritis, elbow and hip dysplasia, and cancer.
As the wolamutes possess the characteristic aggressiveness of a wolf, they should be handled firmly.
- Stopping the undesirable wolf-like behaviors: Lack of entertainment and mental stimulation often leads to destructiveness including climbing fences, digging dens, chewing of household items, and territorial aggression. Providing them with antlers, KONGS, squeaky toys, and rope toys ensures a fun time. A multi-level platform on which it can stand, play, and sleep can also be constructed in their enclosure. This gives them the opportunity to overlook their domain.
- Socialization: This training process should be started when your pup is 4 weeks old and continued until it is 10 months of age. Get your wolamute puppy used to the sight of people, pets, moving vehicles, and other common objects that it would encounter throughout its life. Reward with treats or praise if your pet approaches an unknown person or a new object and accepts their presence.
The wolamute’s regular diet should include 4.5-6 cups of quality dry dog food containing adequate amounts of protein, vitamins, minerals, and fat. Also, make sure that your dog has continuous access to fresh drinking water all day.
- Although the wolamutes are ideally suited for the colder climates, they can adjust themselves in warm climates too.