Saturday 31 March 2012 11.15pm
Tom Pepper wrote:
Apropos of nothing, I picked up an account customer at the Kennel Club in Clarges Street W1 some time back. Whilst driving her to her destination we got to talking about dogs, and she asked me if I had one.
I replied in the negative, but said that if I ever decided to get one, I'd likely go for a malumute, or husky type dog, as I thought that they were beautiful animals.
She said that you have to be very vigilant with that breed, they are pack animals, and if another dog walks into their view, they are inclined to "join up" with that dog and toddle off to start, (in the malumute's mind), a new pack.
The fact that you might worship the park that they exercise in, or supply the dog a plentiful supply of fillet steak doesn't mean diddly to the dog if he gets half a chance to join a new pack.
You were told utter rubbish. Which isn't at all surprising from someone associated with the kennel club. Malamutes are very testing and often ignore commands but they're more likely to start a fight with a strange dog than join up with them. There is something to be said for 'being alpha' with all dogs and especially with Malamutes or Huskies but just living with you will make you much more part of their family than a strange dog.