Acquired: Other (stray, given dog by friend etc.)
Training: I haven't learned care / training techniques
Nova Scotia, Canada
Posted February 21, 2015
One thing about Alaskan Malamutes that is really important is their fur coat. Even though I live where it's fairly cold in the winter, Alaskan Malamutes have such thick coats and are made for even colder temperatures, my dog would always have her poor tongue hanging out of her mouth, so having water around is extremely important and a must for these types of dogs.
Besides their lack of being able to handle heat, Alaskan Malamutes are extremely lovable, playful and friendly dogs. Now, my dog never went through the stage when I owned her, but it is extremely important to give Alaskan Malamutes attention so they can burn out their energy. Otherwise, in their bored puppy stage they could chew up furniture or anything in their path when left alone.
Another thing about leaving an Alaskan Malamute alone, there is a chance the dog might become depressed, so you really need to make sure to give it the attention it needs and deserves. Since I only owned my dog for a fairly short amount of time, there were no problems as far as health issues go.
I think Alaskan Malamutes would suit a home with more people, like a family, but if you live alone and think you can handle owning such an energetic, clingy dog than this dog is probably the one for you.