Do Alaskan Malamutes Shed?
Yes, Alaskan Malamutes shed. They are known to be heavy shedders in the dog community, just like most huskies and other spritz-sized dogs. Because they come from very harsh environments, they have a double-coat to protect them from all kinds of weather. The inner coat, also known as the undercoat, acts as an insulator in the summer and makes sure that they stay warm at all times. The outer coat is a bit harsher to touch in comparison to the soft, fluffy inner coat. The outer coat is also slightly oily to the touch. This is the coat that protects the Alaskan Malamute from dirt, dust, snow and ice. If you own one of these guys, you need to be prepared to find random Alaskan Malamute hair on your bed, on your clothes, in your purse and even in your fridge.
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When Do Alaskan Malamutes Shed?
Twice a year, the Alaskan Malamute will shed heavier than usual (which means for this breed, they will shed an absolutely ridiculous amount). This is known as blowing out their coats. This happens with the season change, in the fall when the weather changes and we see less hours of sunlight per day and then again during daylight savings end time in the spring when we start to see more hours of sunlight every day. At these times, the Alaskan Malamutes will shed enough to fill a pillow up every couple of days. At these times, they will completely shed their undercoat and basically get a new one altogether.
Managing Your Alaskan Malamute’s Shedding
Although Alaskan Malamutes shed heavily, there are a couple of things you can do to make sure that they do not shed all over your house and everywhere you do. First of all, since the Alaskan Malamute shed it is important for owners to get a proper brush and brush the down a couple of times a week. Be careful about how you brush your dog. The proper way to brush is by making sure that you are brushing in the direction of the hair growth and not away from it. Take the brush and brush down in long strides from the top of their heads all the way down to their tails. If possible, try to brush them outside or on a dog-training mat (somewhere that you can easily clean up after brushing them down). It is, however, important to make sure that your dog is comfortable while you are brushing them down.
Given that the Alaskan Malamute shed, you can give your dog a supplement to speed up the growth of their new coat and also help in recuperating their skin after a full blow-out season. This can be made by using the following recipe-
- Mix together 1 lb. wheat gem, 1 lb. brewer’s yeast powder, 1 lb. milk replacer power (you can also use infant milk) and 1 lb. powdered eggs
- Add 8 oz. of cod liver oil and some cooking oil (usually about 16 oz.) to make sure that everything holds together well. You can add 2-3 spoonful of this to your dog’s dinner. These will keep them from shedding excessively, make sure their new coat is shiny and that their skin is protected.
Now that you know that your Alaskan Malamutes sheds, you can also give them fish oil supplements with Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids to keep their coat healthy and well-protected throughout the year. There are many different brands of these available and you can either buy the kind that you can give to your dog as a treat or the oil kind that can be mixed in with their food.
One interesting fact about the Alaskan Malamute shedding is that the dog wool can actually be saved and spun. It is really soft, like angora, and is long-wearing and warm. Once it has been spun and knit up, it should be hand washed and then dried flat.