Statement regarding tragic death of Eliza-Mae Mullane

The Kennel Club's deepest sympathies go to Eliza-Mae Mullane's family at this tragic time. Whilst we do not know the circumstances regarding this terrible incident nor have we had confirmation of the breed, our general advice to families is to ensure that young children and dogs are always supervised when together, regardless of the breed. This is particularly important when a new born baby is brought into a household.

It is critical that people buying a puppy go to a responsible breeder, such as a Kennel Club Assured Breeder, who will have socialised their pups properly and that this is continued throughout the dog's life. It is equally important that people getting from rescue go a responsible rescue home.

Any dog breed can be a wonderful pet or potentially dangerous in the wrong hands, which is why it is critical to have the correct training and socialisation. Alaskan Malamutes can be good pets for the right people but their rapid increase in popularity has largely been fuelled by fashion, with too many people failing to do their research or to understand the amount of training and exercise that they require.

Last updated - November 2013

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