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Finn MacCool Alaskan Malamute & Husky Mix Gaithersburg, MD

  • Young
  • Male
  • Medium
  • White / Cream


Sweet, Smart, Eager to learn, Well behaved
Coat length
Vaccinations up to date, spayed / neutered.
Prefers a home without
Other dogs, cats, other animals. No small pets of any kind. Most Northern Breeds predatory behavior is overstimulated with small dogs, rabbits, and squirrels.

Meet Finn MacCool

Born in 2017, Finn is a small pup who weighs around 55 lbs. Just a petite bundle of stunning WHITE fur with little slivers of chestnut on the top of his ears. He stays clean too. He can be shy & even fearful of some humans or just lean into you as he melts to the floor with his belly up for affection. Because he can be fearful of "some" people it's important to give him "space" and go slow with introductions. He has met older children and enjoyed their calm attention but to help him with his excitability he prefers a home with older children. He has blossomed with positive dog training (no force, no fear, no pain) and build his confidence while strengthening your bond. Finn is seeking his human soulmate. He is an amazing young boy & is waiting patiently for the right home.

OTHER DOGS: Currently, if we can't avoid a dog during our walk, then we keep a safe distance like on the other side of the street, in a calm voice tell him he is a good boy, watch, & we toss a treat in the air for him to catch. We allow Finn to watch the dog, but break his stare with something positive to change the experience. This also helps him refocus his energies to something delicious. With "some" dogs, this has worked well. There are still some dogs that he reacts to due to fear. Finn tends to be intimidated by large dogs & can't help but want to chase small dogs, which is completely natural for Northern Breeds. He has met playful females and has done well with a slow introduction. He has also met some that made him fearful.

INSIDE THE HOUSE: Finn is calm inside the house as long as he gets a nice walk. We also give him a frozen toy filled with chicken broth & a couple of treats, which he loves to lick. Licking is very soothing to dogs & helps them stay busy. He enjoys chewing & licking toys. We always leave his crate open and he is kept in a gated area during the day, which is the kitchen as well as Finn's den. He is a very good boy & tries not to counter surf. He enjoys jumping on furniture & can learn which sofa is his spot.

BACKYARD FUN: Finn enjoys your company while he runs around in the backyard. He enjoys keeping the garden free of critters, bugs, & eating fresh tomatoes off the vine. Thanks to Finn, the garden have survived! Finn hopes to have a fenced yard, so he can sniff and show you his zoomies, be your gardening assistant. He loves going outside & sprinting in happiness, especially in the winter! He also loves to lay on his Kuranda dog bed under the shade after sipping water in between his own party in the backyard. He likes to play hide & go seek too. He also enjoys nuzzling his head in between your legs for affection in between his fun time. Just an amazing companion.

Finn typically walks a mile 3 times a day. He sits nicely (with his paw up as if to say please hurry) for treats too. He has great potential & learns quickly too. The husky side of Finn is excitable. So it's important to help him practice calming down by asking for a sit, then a down, and then zen with long strokes on his back or a belly rub. He loves this & often melts into your side, then your feet with his belly up for love. In a new environment, it is important to remind him how to relax. He is a complete angel with his foster family, but they follow these guidelines earned his trust. He enjoys being with his foster family and is very affectionate. He loves to sleep on the bed & will initiate affection for a while, then goes to his side of the bed to sleep.

TRAVEL COMPANION: Finn also travels well. He prefers to be seated close to his foster family. He is a family dog and loves with all his heart.

TOYS & PLAY: Finn likes squeaky tough toys (he destroys stuffed animals in seconds) and will trade his toy for a treat with no problem. He is quite playful & loves to smell & find things. He would do well-performing nose work. Finn enjoys being a "good boy" & loves working for a reward. It's important to provide with Finn a calm demeanor and go slow to help him blossom. Finn likes to play the "find it" game and he also likes to sit, wait, and catch a treat as you toss it in the air. He loves rotisserie chicken sandwiches, which he considers a high-value treat. We use it when counter conditioning scary things like dogs.

SPACE: When introducing Finn to new things, we practice letting him go at his own pace and treating, repeat, etc. This has built his confidence. Trust is important for Finn. It is important to give him space and allow him to enter into your space when meeting him. Finn like most dogs does not like having his head pat by, especially strangers.

We believe Finn is part Husky/Malamute, his Malamute side likes to keep his distance from other male dogs. His foster mom simply calls him and lets him sniff rotisserie chicken sandwich as she lures him to walk in a different direction ("this way"), he is rewarded with small bites. He responds nicely! He has so much potential.

BACKGROUND: Finn came to CHAAMP after living with a family on a farm with fur siblings. He was too interested in the chickens and the cats. He also wasn't getting along with the male dogs in the household. He was said to have high predatory behavior, which is normal for Northern Breeds. Finn can go from 0 to 70 in a blink of an eye due to excitement or if you go too fast and scare him.

Finn's foster family has gone slow, provided structure, and practice positive dog training to help him make good choices. He is an amazing & affectionate young furry companion who loves his foster family & is seeking to fall in love with a special human.

If you are interested in adopting Finn, please contact CHAAMP at for an application. You may also complete an application online thru our web site,

CHAAMP accepts applications ONLY from Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington DC. The information on your application will help CHAAMP determine which of our dogs is a good match for you and your family, based upon your lifestyle, other pets, etc. A home visit is required prior to all adoptions. Many of our dogs are fostered in private homes and cannot be visited until you have been approved for adoption.

~Adult dogs, the fee is $275.00
~Older dogs (eight years old or over) the adoption fee is $100.00
~Puppies between 6 months and 1 year are $350.00
~Puppies under 6 months old are $375.00

All dogs are micro chipped, spayed and neutered and up to date on vaccines. These fees help us cover these costs. The rates are higher for puppies because they require more visits to the vet and shots.

CHAAMP IS NOT A SHELTER. We are volunteers over a 7-state area dedicated to helping Malamutes in our rescue area. You can read more about Malamutes and about CHAAMP by visiting

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  • Alaskan Malamute
  • Young
  • Male