The Alaskan malamute is a good dog for an outdoorsman to have. You’ll see why in this video.
Malamutes are highly intelligent and loyal dogs. If a large animal, such as a bear or a moose, gets too close to the malamute’s human owner, the dog will instinctively distract the animal and lead it away to a safe distance. A dog like that can be handy in Alaska, where bear and moose are real dangers for outdoorsmen.
The video opens with a malamute barking at a stubborn moose that’s standing in the driveway of an Alaskan home. The malamute deliberately antagonizes the moose to distract it’s attention away from the people in the driveway. The clever dog barks and prods at the moose and leads it down the road away from the home. From a malamute breed overview:
The Alaskan Malamute possesses tremendous strength, energy, endurance, independence, and intelligence. He was originally sought to pull heavy sleds over long distances as well as to hunt seals and chase away polar bears. Now chosen primarily for companionship, Alaskan Malamutes succeed in several dog sports, including conformation, obedience competition, weight pulling, skijoring, backpacking, and recreational sledding.
The dog’s owner explains this protective malamute behavior off camera to the other people standing in the driveway. He’s very nonchalant about the encounter, probably because he’s experienced the same scenario with his malamute several times before. Warning: There is some profane language in this video.
Moose can be very aggressive animals, especially when they feel threatened. A few weeks ago, we posted a video of a Canadian woman getting sucker punched by a moose. Last week, we reported on an encounter between a snowmobiler and an aggressive moose in the middle of a wilderness trail. The snowmobiler decided to dispatch the moose with his sidearm. If he had an Alaskan malamute, he might have taken the softer approach. .
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