Border Malamute Terrier

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15-20 lbs
15-17"
Unknown

The Border Malamute Terrier is a lively, alert and intelligent small to medium sized dog breed which originated from the Alaskan Malamute and Border Terrier. These hybrids often have a medium length, dense fur coat that might be rough to the touch due to its wiry texture. However, they are typically low to moderate maintenance as they aren’t considered heavy shedders, nor do they require regular bathing.  These dogs often have a high prey instinct and are not suited to homes with cats and small animals. As not much is known about this hybrid, it can be assumed that its current purpose may simply remain as a companion pet. 

Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
2000s
Ancestry
Border Terrier, Alaskan Malamute

Border Malamute Terrier Health

Average Size
Height: 15-17 inches Weight: 15-20 lbs
Height: 15-17 inches Weight: 15-20 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Hip Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Hip
  • Knee
  • X-Rays
  • Eye Examination

Border Malamute Terrier Breed History

Both Border Terriers and Alaskan Malamutes are recognized purebreds on the American Kennel Club roster. The Border Terrier is a small breed foxhunting dog said to have originated near the border of England and Scotland during the 18th century. These little Terriers were said to have had incredible stamina, flexible bodies and water resistant coats that enabled them to assist hunters in chasing out foxes from holes. Not known much beyond the border territory until the 19th century, the Border Terrier was welcomed into the England Kennel Club in 1920. Considered one of the oldest breeds, the Alaskan Malamute is thought to have originated in Serbia around 4000 years ago. Crossing the land bridge between Siberia and Alaska, these hard working dogs were said to have been sled dogs to eskimos and were thus designed to tolerate extremely cold climates, and deal with limited food sources. In the Gold Rush of the 1800s, this breed began to lose its anonymity; the American Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1935.

Border Malamute Terrier Breed Appearance

As there is no current documentation on the Border Malamute Terrier, one should expect the appearance of the hybrid may take on traits of any of the parent breeds. As this hybrid is a cross between a large and small dog, it is safe to assume that your hybrid may be a relatively smaller-medium sized breed of dog. His coat may be thick and wiry with a mixture of colors such as brindles, fawns with greys, agoutis (bands of color) and whites. Legs and body may be short but strong, the muzzle will not be long nor will it be too short, eyes will be bright and alert, ears can either be flopped partially or upright. Tails may be thick at the base, medium length, and sickle-shaped.


Border Malamute Terrier Breed Maintenance

 It can be assumed that due to their mellow nature, small size, and minimal shedding, Border Malamute Terriers are low maintenance dogs. Owners may simply get away with bathing their hybrids once a month if the animal develops a dirty coat. Generally, owners can regularly use a wet cloth to clean their dog's fur. Brushing is always recommended on a weekly basis in order to remove loose fur and prevent tangles. As with all dogs, teeth and ear cleaning, nail trimming and regular brushing should be done on a consistent basis in order to not only maintain the animal’s health, but to familiarize him with the process of sitting still and being patient while touched and groomed.

Border Malamute Terrier Temperament

The Border Malamute Terrier may take on traits common to that of its parent breeds. These include a very friendly, playful and affectionate demeanor. Both parent breeds tend to be excellent for families with children. However, they are not recommended for households with cats or smaller animals. These dogs have a low protective, guarding instinct and so your hybrid may not be as cautious around strangers as a dog with a high defensive instinct would be.

Border Malamute Terrier Activity Requirements

Border Malamute Terriers may have bursts of energy throughout the day and so would require at least 35 to 45 minutes of activity per day. Like their parent breed the Border Terrier, these hybrids when bored may be quite destructive and may dig up lawns or play in garbage. As such, it is recommended that owners provide mental stimulation for their hybrid; this can include swimming, walks, hikes, runs, plenty of free time with toys, and socialization with other dogs. These dogs can be well suited to all climate types and all home types including apartments. However, owners should exercise caution when living on larger properties as this hybrid is assumed to have a high tendency to wander.

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