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Has anyone heard of or have one of this breed of dog?

What characteristics should I look out for. What is their temperament like, especially with cats and teenagers.

I previously had a Springer Spaniel, who we sadly had to have put to sleep 18 months ago at the age of 14 yrs.
 

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Just research the Malamute and the Border Terrier, Assume the cross of these breeds will take on all traits of both breeds and if you can cope with all of them, then you will be suited to this cross. If not look elsewhere.
And not just the temperments, but the health issues also. You might end up with a very healthy dog, or a dog that suffers from all the hereditary diseases of both the Mal and the Border terrier.

All breeds can be good with cats and teenagers... just like all breeds can be bad with cats and teenagers, it is all about if the dog was brought up with either or how well YOU can manage the introductions and ongoing training if you are taking on a dog that was never introduced/socialised with either and takes a dislike.
 

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Sorry to hear about your springer spaniel.

Havnt came across any of these mixes...definitely not a mix I would pay any money for! Are you looking at a rescue or an opps litter, or someone purposely breeding this mix? Individually, both breeds tend to have very high prey drive so in theory not great for cats however if you're looking at a puppy or dog who's already used to cats it shouldnt be a problem. Both are very intelligent and high energy. Both breeds are prone to same sex aggression, if you plan to have other dogs in the house.
 

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Never heard of this cross before...and I can't imagine why anyone who cares... would allow it to happen :confused:
By the sound of the owner he doesn't care, the ad says unplanned litter. The mum and the puppies which are 7 weeks old live with 3 cats.

I know Malamutes can suffer with bloating and cataracts, a friends has rescued several Malamutes and fosters them before new homes are found so they can give me plenty of advice, but I don't know anyone personally with a Border Terrier to ask what their good and bad characteristics are.
 

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By the sound of the owner he doesn't care, the ad says unplanned litter. The mum and the puppies which are 7 weeks old live with 3 cats.

I know Malamutes can suffer with bloating and cataracts, a friends has rescued several Malamutes and fosters them before new homes are found so they can give me plenty of advice, but I don't know anyone personally with a Border Terrier to ask what their good and bad characteristics are.
Unplanned litter, Im assuming also un health tested? I would just avoid this like the plague if you were thinking of buying a pup. You could get a mal sized terrier or a terrier sized mal, you could get the worst of each breed or the best, there is no guarantee which.

As for BT a friend has one, very nice, playful and energetic but obviously everything else that terriers entail.
 

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By the sound of the owner he doesn't care, the ad says unplanned litter. The mum and the puppies which are 7 weeks old live with 3 cats.

I know Malamutes can suffer with bloating and cataracts, a friends has rescued several Malamutes and fosters them before new homes are found so they can give me plenty of advice, but I don't know anyone personally with a Border Terrier to ask what their good and bad characteristics are.
I can't imagine an accidental mating between something as big as a mal with something as weeny as a border terrier. They must have had help and I just hope that the mal is the mother not the father. Are you sure he doesn't mean border collie? If the description is right, I wouldn't touch them with a barge pole; I can imagine all sorts of health issues cropping up.
 

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Bet there's going to be some MASSIVE prey drive there. Mals are bad enough add to that a fiesty little Border trait and - WHAM!!! The Mal should be health tested for hip dysplasia and hereditary cataracts. The hip score should be below 13 to breed from and the eye test is carried out yearly and only used for breeding if clear. ;)

Really weird cross IMO, wonder why anyone would! :confused:
 

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By the sound of the owner he doesn't care, the ad says unplanned litter. The mum and the puppies which are 7 weeks old live with 3 cats.

I know Malamutes can suffer with bloating and cataracts, a friends has rescued several Malamutes and fosters them before new homes are found so they can give me plenty of advice, but I don't know anyone personally with a Border Terrier to ask what their good and bad characteristics are.
If the owner doesn't care as you state, I would look elsewhere, even if it was an unplanned litter.
Just curious to know, where is the Dad of the litter? Does he know much about the Dad and is he certain it was a border terrier. Can you see the Dad if you want?
I only ask as you say the Mum and pups live with cats, this suggests the Dad doesn't live with them.

I always get suspicious when only one parent of the puppies is around.
That border terrier could have been a stray over the park, which was not even a border terrier (I am just hoping the Terrier was the dad) ... just looked like one and could also be a dog that suffers with something serious and should not be bred from!
 

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I think you have all helped me to make a decision.

My heart was saying look at them, but there was a niggle in the back of my mind saying no.

Had a look at a look rescue centre website, they have a couple of younger dogs needing rehoming that we are going to enquire about.

One is a Malamute x GSD, another is a collie lurcher both between 12 - 18 myths.
 

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OP This does seem a rather strange mix, you would be taking a gamble when taking on one of these pups. A few of my aunties have always had border terriers so I've met a few growing up and I've always found them to be lovely little characters but I believe they can be quite feisty and vocal, crossed with a Mal could make for quite a challenge. You say this man doesn't care about his dogs, you haven't mentioned money but I certainly wouldn't want to give this person a single penny of my hard earned cash! I would rather take on a rescue which would be just as much of a gamble in terms of health and temperament but at least the people recieving my money would do something good with it ;)!

I can't imagine an accidental mating between something as big as a mal with something as weeny as a border terrier. They must have had help and I just hope that the mal is the mother not the father. Are you sure he doesn't mean border collie? If the description is right, I wouldn't touch them with a barge pole; I can imagine all sorts of health issues cropping up.
Tarnus met someone at the park the other day who had some cocker x GSP pups at home from his bitch and the bitch was.......the cocker :eek:! Tarnus had to walk away before he punched this guy for putting his poor little girl in such danger :mad: :mad2: !
 

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You're very wise to be considering a rescue dog instead- that screamed out Back Yard Breeder to me, a very odd mix! And it's a lot of money to be parting with for a cross breed that's likely to encounter problems.

Good luck in your search for your perfect pooch :thumbup:
 

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Unplanned litter, Im assuming also un health tested? I would just avoid this like the plague if you were thinking of buying a pup. You could get a mal sized terrier or a terrier sized mal, you could get the worst of each breed or the best, there is no guarantee which.

As for BT a friend has one, very nice, playful and energetic but obviously everything else that terriers entail.
Sorry had to like for both those images. Not sure which dog would be more of a handful!!!
 

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wow, what a strange cross! Were there any photos? I would also think it would be a VERY difficult, unhealthy and potentially dangerous cross. Like Malmum says, crossing a Malamute with a Terrier will just create a dog with a ridiculously high prey drive and I for one would certainly NEVER trust a dog of that mix around cats, or anything small and furry.

You are definitely doing the right thing by looking into a rescue dog instead - it's funny how the owner of that litter doesn't care about them but he is more than happy to line his pockets from them. Unfortunately I don't think that litter was any sort of an accident :(

Best of luck with your search for a rescue dog - PLEASE stick around and keep us updated on your progress! This forum is an absolute wealth of knowledge and advice, so if you need any advice or help at all, please don't be afraid to ask!!
 
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