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        Alaskan Malamute puppies purchased from a breeder have no doubt already developed a feeding routine and got used to a certain type of food. The breeder should inform you about your Alaskan Malamute puppy’s diet and suggest which foods would be best for it, as well as how often it should be fed. As a puppy, the Alaskan Malamute will have a different feeding frequency, compared to the adult Malamute. Your breeder will be able to explain to you how it is best to feed your pet throughout its lifecycles.

When the puppy first arrives into your home, it is recommended to follow the breeder’s guidelines, at least until the Alaskan Malamute puppy gets used to the new surroundings. Sudden changes to a dog’s feeding pattern and food type can be very harsh to a puppy’s digestive system and can cause gastric problems, such as diarrhea, to your poor pet. Once your Malamute adapts to its new home, you can slowly change its diet according to your schedule and preferences.

An Alaskan Malamute dog can be either free-fed or fed on a strict schedule, depending on the owner’s preference. Your Malamute puppy should be fed at least three times per day, if you don’t have time to split the ration in several smaller meals, or you can try free-feeding. Like other large breeds, the Alaskan Mal matures slowly, meaning the puppy is not fully mature until the age of 18 months, which is why it’s important for your Alaskan Malamute puppy to meet all its nutritional requirements, in order to develop properly.

What a dog eats should obviously be proportionate to the dog’s level of activity, which means free-feeding is not a good choice for everybody out there. Like other dogs, a Malamute will immediately eat any food you put in front of it. With time, this excessive behavior in dogs with low activity levels will lead to severe health problems such as obesity and bloating.

It is important to note that the feeding formula you choose for your dog can have some repercussions on your dog’s health, if it’s not properly selected. There are studies that suggest feeding puppy food to your Alaskan Malamute for too long might increase the occurrence of hip dysplasia in dogs that are predisposed to this health problem. For this reason, there are breeders who begin feeding their puppies adult food fairly soon.

Despite the fact an Alaskan Malamute is not fully mature until the age of 18 months, the majority of people progressively change to an adult dog food formula during the 8th to10th month time period. Should you feel the need, please discuss this issue with your vet and your breeder to insure your Alaskan Malamute is fed properly.

The brand of the food you are going to serve your Alaskan Malamute is up to you, as any dependable dog food manufactured formula should provide your dog with the nutrients it needs to stay healthy. The advantage premium brands have over the standard ones is that less amount of food is still plenty nutritionally rich. Less ingested food also means your Alaskan Malamute’s stool size will usually be reduced. Finding the right feeding pattern might be challenging but it is up to you to find out what works best for you and your dog, according to your preferences and your Alaskan Malamute’s needs.

No matter what you pick, make sure you stick to this routine, but don’t forget to adjust it when your dog’s activity levels change. For example, a working Malamute should be fed a Performance formula, whereas a Mal that only goes for walks should be fed a Maintenance formula. If you’re still not sure about how to properly feed your dog or have additional questions, make sure you discuss them with your vet or the dog breeder who sold you your Alaskan Malamute.

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