Everyone has different opinions on malamute health.
People who show their dogs or belong to breed clubs believe in health testing. Nothing wrong with this except a lot of conditions can not be tested for and I believe this gives a lot of people a false sense of security when buying a puppy. It is those conditions that cannot be tested for that are causing most problems within the show dogs. Its a problem,
BYB'ers. AKA back yard breeders. These breeders do not test for anything and a lot of them mix and match their lines with other breeders and really have no idea what is in the lines. This is really dangerous. They not only produce a mess of health issues but some very poorly looking malamutes with no concern to the future of the pups.
There are breeders in between. Not many though. We, for our own reasons do not show our dogs. But we do care about the health and future of the breed. I don't focus on the few health tests available for this breed. But I do focus on health overall.
How do I do this?
I have good lines that I have been working with for close to 20 yrs and stick with them. I rarely bring in new lines which limits risks of adding health issues.
I have worked with my lines for 4 - 5 generations so I know them very well.
I recognize causes or possible causes of health issues and avoid them. I don't just assume they are hereditary. Too many people assume some of these are hereditary when they very well might not be. I avoid all possible causes. I take the time to do a lot of research and I keep my dogs all natural as possible. I do my best to keep my lines clean.
I do not show my dogs do to my own personal health issues. I choose to be more than a BYB because I simply care more about my dogs and the breed. Does this mean my dogs produce perfect pups ? No, I am, and we are still human and dog.
But we do our best. No matter how many tests and research, nature still happens. It cannot be avoided but we do our best.
This page is dedicated to natural ways to keep our animals healthy.
It is up to each individual to do their own research and come to their own conclusion.