Before you decide you ARE ready to share your life with a Malamute, take a moment to read all about grooming them!
Though historically given little attention to such things, the Malamutes require regular grooming to maintain their double coats, keeping it free of burs, knots, snags, and (in some places) grass seeds. The Eskimos had little time to devote to pampering their dogs, and the breed evolved without the requirements of extraordinary care. However, it is recommended that Malamutes be thoroughly groomed at least twice a week. Once a day is optimal, but not always necessary.
The Malamute's undercoat 'blows', up to twice a year, and ought to be brushed more regularly during this time. Tufts of downy fur will come free to litter the yard and home, and can be difficult to control if not brushed out properly.
During winter this dense undercoat serves to insulate the Malamute as the coarser guard hairs protect it from snow. Malamutes, curled into knots with their tails across their faces, can sleep very comfortably in harsh winter climates
It is important to start grooming your dog early, to get a puppy accustomed to being handled and brushed and combed, using treats to condition your puppy and help them to eventually enjoy the experience, which will make it easier on the owner trying to groom the adult dog. The same can be said for cleaning ears, clipping nails, and the infrequent bath - Malamutes have less natural odour than most breeds and require less bathing.
When brushing the Malamute coat, it needs to be done through to the skin, rather than brushing superficially across the coat. This will ensure coat health and free knots, burs, and dangerous foreign objects - such as grass seeds, which will burrow into, and eventually kill a dog if not removed soon enough.
There are many tools available, and though everyone has their favourite recommendation, ultimately it is personal choice as to which you feel is most effective for your dog. But being thorough is key, whether you brush your dog daily, or twice a week (Siino 1997).
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