What type of 'child' should i have, i can't decide

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    Jul 19, 2011 12:12 PM GMT
    So picking the right dog is important in a gay mans life. Although the two breeds are very similar, i can't decide between a Siberian Husky or the Alaskan Malamute.

    I've done some research, on both breeds. Yes i know the physical differences, with size, eye colors, and health concerns, and have looked a little into personality, but am still not sure which would be best for me. I am a very active person and plan to run with him often and have the time for him too, so that isn't much of an issue.


    I've asked my facebook friends to help and didn't get much of a reply, i don't think many have experience with either of the two. So i figured i'd ask my gays, since dogs are important to us, and i'm sure several here have either of the two.


    so tell me, which do you think?
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    Jul 19, 2011 2:08 PM GMT
    I only have experience with malamutes, and the experience is little. I haven't owned one, but have dog-sat and helped to train a friend's. I also go hiking, mountain biking, and backcountry snowboarding with them (the guy and his dog).

    The dog was a bit difficult to train, but was also very smart. He picked up on recall fairly quickly, but was a bit stubborn at times. We had to have REALLY good treats to get him to come when called. If he saw a squirrel out on the trail though, forget it. Best to just keep going and let the dog catch up. What sucks is that the dog doesn't like to stay on trail. That may not be a big deal where you live, if neighbors have fences set up to keep animals out of their yard, or if you don't mind keeping it on a leash most of the time.

    How hot does it get there in the summer? My friend's malamute had trouble when temps got up above 70 degrees. He was slower, required a lot of water, and would sometimes just stop and lay down out of exhaustion.

    I wouldn't dream of getting a husky or malamute unless you have a house with a yard. Keeping that breed of dog in an apartment can be pretty difficult, due to limited amount of space for them to run throughout the day. The dog will find a way to get exercise when it gets bored while you're at work, so if you're in an apartment, that means it will run around the place and tear things up. If you are in an apartment and are insistent on getting a husky / malamute, be sure to have a spare room to keep a play pen in, or plan to crate train if you're able to get home around lunch time every day to let it out to run.

    Other than that, from playing with other friends' huskies and malamutes (they were popular where I lived in Vermont, and also here in the Rockies), the personalities were just about the same to me. If you ski, you've just found a great companion for back-country or cross-country skiing. Mainly because they can help pull you and your gear uphill, haha.
  • mikey_101

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    Jul 19, 2011 2:16 PM GMT
    Have you looked at Utonagan? Best of both worlds......

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    We have a rescue one - wonderfull dog, beautiful to look at, intellegent and good natured.... although still a bit of a puppy at 4!
  • calibro

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    Jul 19, 2011 2:56 PM GMT
    get one of each icon_biggrin.gif


    btw... at first i thought this was going to be some thread al a angelina jolie where you were going to ask where you should adopt a baby from
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    Jul 19, 2011 3:33 PM GMT
    My cousins had Huskies and Malamutes when we were growing up. Both breeds are smart and actually very funny. They're very talkative. They make these goofy growling/warbling/barking/howling noises for no other reason than apparently making conversation. There are tons of videos of talking Huskies and Malamutes on youtube. icon_lol.gif








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    Jul 19, 2011 4:35 PM GMT
    calibro saidget one of each icon_biggrin.gif


    btw... at first i thought this was going to be some thread al a angelina jolie where you were going to ask where you should adopt a baby from



    haha yea that was what i was kinda going for


    but yea i'm living in NC now, i have a couple friends who've got them, and i LOVE THEM! it gets warm, but i'm sure with plenty of shade and water they should be ok. I'm planning on moving so a less humid enviornment in the next year or two, so that shouldn't be an issue.

    and the exercising will be fun, it'll force me to do cardio, i live next to a lake that i run at on weekends, but once i get my doggie, i'll probably go every evening. and the good thing about being in college is that i can come home between classes to be consistent with training/let him out.

    i'm leaning towards husky but still not sure. and i love the vids
  • d_1M

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    Jul 19, 2011 4:49 PM GMT
    zsocerstar saidSo picking the right dog is important in a gay mans life. Although the two breeds are very similar, i can't decide between a Siberian Husky or the Alaskan Malamute.

    I've done some research, on both breeds. Yes i know the physical differences, with size, eye colors, and health concerns, and have looked a little into personality, but am still not sure which would be best for me. I am a very active person and plan to run with him often and have the time for him too, so that isn't much of an issue.


    I've asked my facebook friends to help and didn't get much of a reply, i don't think many have experience with either of the two. So i figured i'd ask my gays, since dogs are important to us, and i'm sure several here have either of the two.


    so tell me, which do you think?


    i had both

    the alazkan tends to be less active at time both loose hair at some time of the year like the whole coat, and the husky seems to me better for you they more playfull loyal and they very active as i remember.
    http://www.amrescueohio.com/MalvsHusky.html
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    Jul 19, 2011 5:41 PM GMT
    my dog was half wolf and half Australian Shepard, very large and strange he was. weirdest dog i ever had
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    Jul 19, 2011 6:36 PM GMT
    I got a Labrador and we love each other to death, but it has been a long road to it icon_razz.gif
  • EricLA

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    Jul 19, 2011 6:40 PM GMT
    I'm glad Pyrotech asked the question about weather. I meant to ask it in your other thread. If it gets hot in your area, it's not ideal for either of these breeds.