malamut killed a baby

  1. Did anyone else see that story on tv about the woman whose dog killed her baby? It is pretty horrifying. I knew a nurse whose 18 month old was attacked by her malamut and survived. He required plastic surgery but was OK. Both mothers said they would have trusted the dog with their life and never dreamed the dog would have done such a thing. In both cases the dog was in the home for over 5 years before the child was born. I would not want that breed in my home with children. I know some people will say the parent was negligent but the police investigated and did not file charges.
    Last edit by oramar on Jan 29, '03
  2. 25 Comments

  3. by   whipping girl in 07
    Hmmm, I can't say that I would ever leave a child (baby) in a situation where he/she could get attacked by a dog. Sounds like the dog may have felt his position was being usurped and got rid of the competition.

    Breeds that are dominant (such as malamutes) should not be left alone with small children, even for a second. I feel bad for both the mother, the child, and the dog (who was probably not well bred, well trained, or both, and was doing what came naturally to it). Dominant dogs need strong, assertive owners to keep them in check.

    Truly a tragedy. Is there a link to the story?
  4. by   oramar
    This story was on one of those newsmagazine shows on tv. If I ever see it anywhere in print I will post a link.
  5. by   RNonsense
    I have had malamutes my entire life and would indeed, trust them with my own life. I however have never left my babies alone with one...or any other animal for that matter. No matter how well bred the dog, instinct is instinct and you just can't fully trust them with an infant. I feel so sad for the parents.
  6. by   colleen10
    I have evidenced some weird things in the child/dog relationship within my own family.

    Shepherd Husky mix was fine with an infant and very protective of the child. However, once the child became a toddler and was walking it seemed that she was now competition for the dog. I had seen the dog show restraint, holding itself back and snarling but not making a move toward the child. That one time was all it took for my family to keep the dog away from the baby. Of course, by the this time the dog was much older and this sort of reaction may have been a function of "ageing".

    Still pretty scary though.

    Based on my experiences I guess I find it hard to believe that there were never any signals, no growls or snarls.
  7. by   delirium
    Again I think this is a case of a breed getting a bad reputation because of an isolated incident. Unless there are scores of murderous malamutes that I've never heard about.

    My first dog ever was a malamute. Beautiful, loving, well-behaved dog. I'm thinking a.) the dog was never properly socialized, b.) the dog was never prepared for the infant coming home, or c.) the warning signs were ignored.

    Dogs are territorial animals. You have to expect that they will want to maintain their place in the pack and, as a responsible, well-educated dog owner, you really have to put forth the effort to ensure that nothing like this would happen.
  8. by   delirium
    Click here for the story

    And this is a malamute:

    Last edit by delirium on Jan 29, '03
  9. by   oramar
    OH, OH, this hungarian story is NOT the one on tv. The story I saw occured in USA. I wonder how often this is happening. I would not have this breed of dog for another reason. I would be a little afraid of it and it would sense this and try to establish dominance over me.
  10. by   nursegoodguy
    I've owned two that were mixed with wolf.
    I would not leave a child unattended with ANY large animal PERIOD!
    Did I say ANY large animal? I meant to say ANY large animal!
    Why would you put your child in that position to be defenseless against being attacked regardless if you think you "know" your animal?
    We're talking children vs animals...
    All you got to do is hear one story about a child being attacked and it should send off some sort of warning signal?
    Children and large animals do not mix! You don't know how your kid is going to "play" with the animal when you are not around...
  11. by   Ortho_RN
    ANY dog can become DOMINANT... I have a Rottweiler and I trust her... My only worries is when children run, she wants to run and play with them, but she ends up knocking them down...

    This is a sad situation like all dog vs. children but you can't blame the BREED... Blame the owners or maybe the dog had medical issues...

    However people need to look into breeds before they get them... Some breeds are a lil more strong willed than others...
  12. by   delirium
    Really, oramar? Because I couldn't find a story on an attack in the U.S.---I'll try again.

    And let me just say that registered malamutes are not part wolf. Giuseppe may have owned hybrids that were bred from a malamute and a wolf parent but your garden variety AKC recognized malamute is not a wolf.

    It all adds up to parental responsibility, in my opinion.
  13. by   Ortho_RN
    I am sorry be when people breed dogs with wolfs or have wolfs for pets this is just asking for trouble... Wolves are NOT domesticated at ALL... Our pets our domesticated but still have the "hunt to live" instinct in them.. Wolves are nothing but hunt to live animals...

    When I worked at the Vet, a guy had a 100% wolf for a pet... He had her since she was a baby... She was a very scary looking animal.. You didn't know when you were messing with her if she was gonna eat you or lick you...
  14. by   delirium
    I have had wolf hybrids. I love dogs, period, and wolves are cool animals, but they can only be domesticated so much.

    I certainly would not trust a wolf around a child, or even an exuberant person that might irritate the wolf (or myself). I think a deep connection can be made between people and wolves (ok, I can sense I'm getting a little too shaman-spiritual here) but it should not be forgotten that wolves are not your ordinary, benign housepet and one should not be lulled into thinking that is the case, regardless of how well-behaved your hybrid seems.