Alaskan Malamute Bites

Alaskan Malamute Attacks

Alaskan Malamute Puppy Alaskan Malamute attacks are very rare; The majority of Alaskan Malamutes make great pets. They are typically regarded as friendly and outgoing. However, attacks have been reported from time to time. One study shows that between 2014 and 2020, there were  15 reported attacks and one death involving Alaskan Malamutes in the United States. Another study by Global News stated that from 2005 to 2014, there had been at least three people killed by Alaskan Malamute attacks. Of the three maulings over that 15-year period, two of those victims were young children. In reality, a negligent or even abusive dog owner can turn any breed of dog into a biter. If you or someone you love is attacked or bitten by a dog, talk to a Houston dog bite lawyer about holding the negligent dog owner accountable. At Simmons and Fletcher, P.C., we have been helping dog bite victims recover from negligent dog owners since 1979. Call (800) 298-0111 for a free consultation.

 Alaskan Malamutes’ Background

 Originating from Alaska, Alaskan Malamutes are known as the oldest and largest dog breed. Typically kept as Arctic sled dogs and hounds, Alaskan Malamutes are often confused for Siberian Huskies. However, Alaskan Malamutes have distinctive characteristics that differentiate them from Siberian Huskies, such as their curlier tails and larger size, which can range anywhere from 75 pounds to around 120 pounds. Most Alaskan Malamutes, however, are about 75 pounds for females and 85 pounds for females.

 Most Alaskan Malamutes are known as gentle giants. They are described as being very affectionate and loyal to their owners, making them an ideal family pet. However, if not properly trained, any dogs’ misguided loyalty and pack leader tendencies can turn into aggression, which can become dangerous for visitors and owners. Due to their formidable size, trying to stop an attack when they become aggressive can be very difficult, especially if they attack a small child. Additionally, Alaskan Malamutes are known for their endurance and playfulness. They need to be regularly exercised and partake in mental stimulation exercises daily. If their needs are neglected, Alaskan Malamutes can become disobedient and bad-mannered. Disobedience can turn into biting.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are Alaskan Malamutes Vicious by Nature?

No. Alaskan Malamutes tend to be very gentle and loving pets. This further suggests that when one does attack or bite someone without cause, it is due to mishandling, neglect, laziness, or other negligence on the part of the owner.

How Do You Prove Liability When Bitten by an Alaskan Malamute?

How you prove liability after an Alaskan Malamute bites or attacks someone depends upon what state you are located in. Some states follow Strict Liability Law whereas other states, including Texas, follow the One Free Bite Rule. Under Strict Liability Law, an owner is strictly liable for her dog biting someone unless the person is a trespasser. The One Bite Rule, however, only imposes liability if the owner knows that the dog has vicious tendencies towards humans. The latter is proven by showing evidence of a prior bite or aggressive act and can be done through prior bite reports or witness testimony.

How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Lawyer after an Alaskan Malamute Attack?

Our dog bite lawyers work on a contingency fee. That means the consultations are free and you pay no money up front. Our personal injury attorneys front the expenses, and; if we do not make a recovery, you do not reimburse our investigation and litigation expenses and you do not owe us any attorney fee.

If I Report the Alaskan Malamute Bite, Will My Friend’s Dog Be Put Down?

People are often hesitant to report dog bites when they know the owner of the dog out of fear of retaliation or straining the relationship. When you report a dog bite, the dog is generally not put down unless the animal control officer determines that the dog is a dangerous dog, has a history of aggression towards people, poses a threat to the officer, or has rabies. Typically, animal control will quarantine the dog on the first bite simply to determine whether it has rabies or not. If it is a second or third bite, they may keep the animal and/or put it down.

What is the Difference Between an Alaskan Malamute and a Siberian Husky?

While the Alaskan Malamute and the Siberian Husky have a similar appearance, the Alaskan Malamute is a bigger, stronger dog than the Siberian Husky. Adult Siberian Huskies range from about 35 to 60 pounds depending on sex and age. This makes them a smaller dog than the Alaskan Malamute. The Alaskan Malamute was bred to pull heavier loads than the Siberian Husky. Greater strength translates to greater ability to overpower someone or pull away from a leash. Thus, it is important to understand the difference when choosing which is a better pet.

Protect Your Rights After an Alaskan Malamute Bite

 If you or a loved one has been attacked or bitten by an Alaskan Malamute, you know that dog bites can cause serious harm as a result. Don’t wait to contact a Texas dog bite attorney to see what your options are. At Simmons and Fletcher, our attorneys understand the consequences that a dog bite can have and the financial burden it may cause. Call us for a free consultation with a lawyer who is knowledgeable of dog bite law and can help fight for you to receive the recovery you deserve under the law. Call us at (800) 298-0111 today.

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