The King of
the Working Dogs
Alaskan Malamutes are very Special
They are a powerful,
intelligent, proud, graceful, elegant, an independent breed and
are very strong pack dogs and do best if included as in
integral part of the family unit wanting to be close to people
and are happiest snuggling up right next to the one they love
best. They are very protective of their homes and family, very
gentile with children and will follow small children everywhere
and make great playmates. The facial expressions in
communications are fantastic, expressing what they are thinking
or feeling just by looking into their faces indicates whether
they are bored, excited, angry, or just plain happy. They aren't
frequent barkers but they do so love to talk. It�s almost as if
they are trying to curl their mouths around the words they are
trying to express. They are also well known for their work
ethics in being able to pull the heaviest loads; can travel long
distances by sled with very little food and are great for
sledding, fishing, hunting, weight pulling, and make the best
friend a person could have.
MALAMUTES IN OUR BREEDING PROGRAM
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Our aim is for
total quality to preserve this wonderful breed by
striving for excellent temperament, structure and type.
We also strive for an admirable balance between
companion & working dogs by applying the Breed
Standards as per the Country of Origin as prescribed by
Registration Body in
offering healthy registered puppies to selected homes.
WE OFFER TO SELECTED OWNERS
pedigree papers provided
and transfer of Full Ownership
Today we can truly say that our
Alaskan Malamutes have changed our life's.
One of the most important things we feel
is to have a good and lasting relationship with our puppy owners
in receiving regular feedback on progress made; regardless
whether it is a loving pet or show prospect.
Every litter we plan,
is well researched and planned based on the study of bloodlines
and pedigrees. In fact, we search for the best studs available
in South Africa for our bitches; with the hope to obtain healthy
and strong puppies with the morphological characteristics that
best come close to the standard of the breed.
This website has been
carefully created to emphasize the passion we nurture for this
breed and to showcase the excellent quality of the dogs we own
and have bred. We are located in Rooihuiskraal, Centurion, South
Africa - 17 km south of Pretoria and 11 km north of Midrand. We
are a small kennel and we intend to stay small in being able to
give quality time with each and every Malamute we own and the
pups that are born. We strive towards producing and maintaining
the original Alaskan Malamute Breed Standard.
We belief it will be a
long but rewarding journey and we have found that our love and
dedication to the Alaskan Malamute has only intensified as time
has passed. Our Alaskan Malamutes has brought pure joy and
happiness into our lives.
You too will feel their free thinking spirit. Choosing this
breed - you won't just "own a dog", you will have a friend for
and overview of our Bloodlines
No breed is as loyal, intelligent or beautiful than the strong
Bred to survive, and
used for pulling in the cold arctic, Malamutes have adapted to
being housedog companions to adults and families having children
in modern times. Seldom protective, but friendly, charming and
playful - Malamutes love people. Quiet house pets, Malamutes do
need regular exercise such as walks, running, biking, dry-land
sledding, weight pulling and love to be kept busy. If you can�t
adapt to the above, you will have to change fast; as you will
definitely have a challenge on your hands.
They are large, but not
a giant breed, as smaller was a better use of resources. Alaskan
Malamutes became sturdy, strong and durable. They vary in size,
the correct size is from 27,2 to 34 kg for females and 31,75 to
43 kg for males. However if heavier and taller, size
consideration should not outweigh that of type, proportion,
movement and other functional attributes. The desirable
freighting sizes are; males 63,5 cm at the shoulders and 38,6 kg
in weight; with females 58,5 cm at the shoulders and 34 kg in
weight. A powerful, substantially built dog with a deep chest
and strong, compact body is the desired look and feel. An
Alaskan Malamute in general can take about 3 years to mature in
body and size, with some lines even taking up to 4 years to
The Alaskan Malamute is
a natural dog, domesticated for tens of thousands of years and
is no more related to wolves than are other breeds. It is a
hearty and healthy breed which is large and very impressive.
Malamute double thick fur ranges in colour from red, gray,
silver, black to all white. The coarse guard coat and dense
woolly undercoat should be 2,5 cm to 5 cm in depth when the dog
is in full coat. Open face, mask and cap are typical markings
that distinguish the breed. In winter, though they love the
outdoors, Malamutes prefer being indoors to be near the family.
Malamutes as part of
the Working Group and are often confused with the "Alaskan
Husky", "Siberian Husky", "Greenland Eskimo Dog�, "Wolf Dogs"
Malamutes as registered with many Kennels Unions throughout the
world with combinations of the M�loot, Kotzebue and Hinman
strains which were named after regions in Alaska where they were
strain originally stemmed from Arthur Walden's Mals which
were taken over by Milton & Eva Seeley of Chinnok Kennels in
Wonalancet, New Hampshire. They had a much smaller Malamute
to what we see today.
strain of Paul Voelker from Husky-Pak Kennels feature
strongly in many of our pedigrees today. Although Voelker
was interested in the same breed, he came up with a slightly
different type of Alaskan Malamute.
(or Hinman-Irwin) strain involved only a few dogs but made
important contributions to breed quality. The Hinman line in
combination with the M'Loot strain produced some of the best
representatives of the breed. The Hinman strain also figured
strongly in combination with M'Loot and Kotzebue in
development of the "Husky-Pak" line, and produced many
champion and foundation dogs for the Alaskan Malamute breed.
several lines of Malamutes, but ours predominantly reference
to Del Biagio Kennels of Italy and Zulem Kennel of Spain
with the common factor being bloodlines from Vykon Kennels.
*Both Zulem and Del Biagio-lines reference back in their
pedigree-lines to Kennels such as Uyak, Kodara, Polar-Pak,
Yukon, Tigara, Storm Kloud, De Chabek, Pak-n-Puls,
Keikewabics and Del Lago Degli Orsi plus many others coming
from the first registered lines for the breed. When
analysing the history and pedigrees of our bloodlines they
all reference back to the original strains of M�Loot,
Kotzebue and Hinman-Irwin. *Source: Alaskan Malamute
Registry - Pedigree Database as compiled and administered by
Dan Anderson, AMAL President.
The Malahmut Indians,
who used these dogs, took better care
of their Alaskan Malamutes
than many of the other tribes. The Malamutes were depended on
for survival and expected to earn their keep by sledding heavy
loads and as hunters of Polar Bears and Seals for their owners.
The Malamutes were required to work hard and make independent
decisions on the trail. There was no need for a protection dog,
and the Malahmuts did not allow the dogs to be aggressive
towards humans. People-aggressive dogs were eliminated. Thus the
Malamute is a people-loving dog, with no guard dog tendencies at
all. But most bad guys would probably not mess with such an
impressive wolf-like looking beast. It is not likely to bark
much, but "woo-woos" greetings and will howl if lonely or if
sirens are heard. It can be taught to alert you to strangers if
Although the Malamute
is a real people-oriented dog, it will not always likely come
when called or readily obey. It is an independent, free-thinker
and is not likely to stay on your property without a fence. As a
natural dog, it is sensitive to dominance hierarchies (pack
order) and will fight other dogs if they challenge dominance.
You can have some control over this; as well-socialized and
trained dogs are not as likely to fight. Dominance-related dog
aggression is a characteristic of the breed and it is
unrealistic to expect an un-neutered mature male to get along
with other un-neutered males. Males and females usually get
along very well. A responsible owner avoids situations which may
result in a fight e.g. never let your dog run loose in public.
Malamutes are great
with children as a rule, but keep in mind the size of this
breed; the Malamute could injure a small child accidentally by
knocking it down or playfully pawing it. Regardless of the
breed, no child should be left unattended with any dog. A well
behaved child is also important, as incidents can also be
referred back to mis-treatment by children � after all no dog
likes to be mistreated an being hurt.
Although they are very
large, they make excellent house dogs, usually content to lay
quietly by the family. They are capable of incredible
destruction (just ask those who came home to find his new couch
dis-emboweled!) and should be crated for everyone's health and
happiness when left alone during the growing up stage.
Most Malamutes like to
be outside and of course the colder the better, but they
tolerate heat well, with shade and cool water. They shed twice a
year; once from January to June and once from July to December.
Seriously folks, these guys have HAIR. Actually, shedding is not
bad most of the year, but once a year for most males and twice a
year for most females, they "blow coat" This means over a two or
three week period they shed out about four shopping bags full of
hair. You can brush it out and save your house from being
totally fuzzed. Other than this, they require brushing at least
twice a week to keep them in good looking condition.
magnificent. Walking a well-trained, beautiful, Malamute down
the street or in parks can turn heads. They are wonderful
companions which can really enrich your life.
Malamutes tend to be very pack oriented, unlike most other
breeds. Pushy and dominant and can be difficult for some to live
registered breeders we aspire to
be reputable breeders that abide by regulations and consider ourselves to be credible breeders.
Why TOMARCTUS SA Kennels for your puppy?
Our breeding focus has always been to breed
very selectively as we take breeding very seriously
to preserve the
excellent conformation and working ability of the Alaskan
Malamute. We also
provide continuous support to our puppy
Our breeding are planned well
in advance and we only use dogs from world renowned lines and prescribed
to the breeding regulations for the breed and
thereby offering healthy off-spring. In addition, we also have
the eyes of our breeding stock and puppies screened by our Ve.
We always strive for total quality in trying
our outmost to preserve the magnificence of the breed by
striving to improve the breed the best we can.
We place high importance on temperament,
correct structure and type, enabling them to do the work they
are designed for and thereby striving for longevity. Our dogs
are imported from very successful and top USA, Spanish and
Italian bloodlines which have been instrumental in producing
world champions of note. In our breeding program we work for a
balance between show, working and companion dogs and usually
have puppies available to new approved homes.
WORKING YOUR ALASKAN MALAMUTE
Mushing is one of the
many activities that you can involve your Alaskan Malamute with
and it is a fun and rewarding experience for both you and your
So, what do we need and
how do we do it? You will need to have a harness which ideally
should be custom made for your dog, a mushing scooter or cart, a
bungee line for mushing, a bike helmet and, most importantly, a
dog over 18 months of age. Your dog doesn't need to be
particularly fast, in fact most Malamutes will just plod along
at their own pace, but your dog does need to be in good health
and reasonably fit and so does the musher! and receive adequate
nutrition in doing so. From 12 months you may to start to
introduce your Mal to mushing by adding him to a well trained
team for very short runs.
The number one priority
is the safety, welfare and healthcare of your Mals. Malamutes re
not out there to win, but primarily to have a good time working
as a team. After all Alaskan Malamutes cannot compete against
the likes of Alaskan Huskies or Siberian Huskies for that matter
To prevent your Mals
suffering from heat stress there is a maximum temperature
restriction of 15oC, so mushing are only scheduled
from late autumn to very early spring and commence early in the
Remember, your dedication is to the benefit of your Alaskan
Malamute - allow them to do what they can do best - to be part
of a mushing team in pulling.
You will be amazed the enjoyment they get out of it.
You also will experience the free spirit of working and running
your Alaskan Malamute.