** RUHMANNS' ALASKAN MALAMUTES **
We have been raising Alaskan Malamutes for nearly 15 years. Our goal has always been to produce healthy, beautiful and well-socialized Alaskan Malamutes as family companions. We've been extraordinarily fortunate to have become acquainted with a diverse group of people who share a common attribute - we all love the Alaskan Malamute!
For those unable to visit our kennel in person, I've created a page entitled "Our Kennel" and posted pictures of each of our outdoor kennels to enable those of you selecting a kennel from which to purchase your purebred family pet to "see" our kennel and know that our dogs are very well cared for - NOT raised in cages and/or small dog runs - they all have lots of room in which to run and play!
It is with heavy hearts that we have decided to begin downsizing towards the goal of closing our kennel. Click here to read our letter to our patrons and suggestions on how to select the kennel from which to purchase your family pet.
Welcoming a pet into your home is a commitment for the life of that pet! For the sake of both you and your pet, it is important that you thoroughly research the characteristics of the breed of dog you select as a family pet! The Alaskan Malamute is not suited to every person and/or lifestyle! Beautiful and cuddly as they are as puppies, the adult Alaskan Malamute is as head-strong as it is intelligent and as powerful as it is beautiful. Training and socialization with persons of all ages, as well as with other animals - of different species, size and temperament - is a MUST and should be commenced the moment you welcome an Alaskan Malamute puppy into your home!
When adopting a puppy, remember that NO puppy should be banished to the back yard by itself upon arriving "home". It has been separated from its mother and its littermates - it NEEDS companionship and someone - even another canine companion - with whom to bond and from whom to learn. Basic obedience training should be commenced immediately - it is a necessary component of the socialization of your puppy and enables you AND the puppy to establish a lifelong bond and companionship.
The Alaskan Malamute is truly magnificent in both beauty and character! It has been our experience that lovers of the Alaskan Malamute are devoted to the breed and, when one is lost for whatever reason, they generally seek to welcome another Mal into their home!
We are committed to ensuring that our puppies are placed in homes where they will be loved and well-cared for. Towards that end, it is essential that both our puppies and the family that has chosen to adopt them are equally happy with the decision to welcome an Alaskan Malamute into the home. We continually update the information on this site in an effort to educate those considering the adoption of an adult Alaskan Malamute or the purchase of an Alaskan Malamute puppy - and we encourage prospective "parents" to research other sites as well to enable them to make an informed decision whether the Alaskan Malamute is compatible with the family's lifestyle. For that reason, this site is a continuing "work in progress" - your patience is appreciated. Photographs of our Alaskan Malamutes, as well as past puppies as they grow, are updated periodically, so be certain to visit our website often!
If you wish to reserve a puppy, please send an e-mail and let us know whether you prefer a male or female, and the color you prefer (black/white, sable/white or red/white). Notification of the arrival of litters is made in the order of reservations received depending upon the sex/color you prefer.
As our puppies grow, we invite "adoptive parents" to send us pictures to be placed on our website. This enables all of us to watch our "babies" grow and lets prospective "parents" select the "look" they want in an Alaskan Malamute. The "slide shows" created for each dam are still accessible and showcase puppies placed over the years. For example, to view pictures of past puppies from Mercedes .. click on "Mercedes' Family Album.1". Underneath each picture, I note the pup's name, the names of the dam/sire and the state where the pup lives. Please visit our "Family Albums" (first, click on "Slide Show" to your left, then, click on each slide show)!
Additionally, a new feature has been added to our site! A photo album includes the most recent pictures of our puppies as they grow with their new families! For all those who send regular photos of the pups engaged in their favorite activities, we thank you! We truly appreciate being able to watch our puppies grow and we are equally proud of their accomplishments as they tackle obedience training, weight/sled pulling, carting, training/certification as "assistance" or "therapy" dogs, or graduates of the Canine Good Citizenship program!
"Standard" v. "Giant"
With the exception of Kodiak, our Alaskan Malamutes (males) are slightly larger than AKC "standard". Our females weigh 75 - 120 lbs. Our males weigh 120 - 160 lbs. A true "giant" Alaskan Malamute may weigh 180+ lbs. Both "standard" and "giant" are "teddy-bear cuddly" - even as adults. Regardless of size, the Alaskan Malamute is a powerful dog ... take a moment to click on the photographs of Chinook and Yukon! At a mere 85 lbs., they are each able to pull in excess of 1,600 lbs!
We were last inspected by AKC on August 12, 2012 and passed with no deficiencies! Click here to view AKC Compliance Report, August 2012. A copy of the inspector's report will be made available upon request. AKC inspections are not conducted on a scheduled basis, but, rather, are triggered by the number of litters registered with AKC annually from a kennel. We are a small kennel by AKC standards and generally produce only 3-6 litters annually.
Our vet visits our kennel annually to administer vaccinations and provides veterinary care for all of our dogs as needed throughout the year. He will attest to the good-natured temperament of our adult dogs and their overall health. Also, he tends to the needs of all of our puppies. If you have questions regarding our kennel: Gary Bynum, DVM, Bynum Veterinary Clinic, Beggs, OK 74421 (918-267-4393) Monday-Friday from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM.
Our older females have been retired/spayed and have been placed for adoption. Our younger females range in age from 3 - 5 years of age. Aurora, Gizmo, Nakita, Keisha, Kiska, Shiloh and Shinook were originally whelped at our kennel. Skye, Nessie, Maui and Phoenix were purchased as adults. Skye is a granddaughter of our Cheyenne and Juneau.
We will gladly provide references upon request. All puppies are sold w/limited registration unless purchased with the stated intent of breeding and/or showing, in which case we offer full registration. We DO NOT sell to pet stores or brokers.
If you have comments and/or suggestions which will make our website more informative, please don't hesitate to e-mail us.
Chinook and Yukon (right) are brothers ... puppies of ours' that compete in weight-pulling in Colorado. I've created a page just for them to showcase their accomplishments!