Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Training: Previous owner
Posted January 21, 2016
We don't think Keisha was 100% Alaskan Malamute. She had some very unusual behaviors for a Mal, and I read *everything* about Malamutes. Now that she's gone, at the ripe old age of 17, we think she was part wolf, or maybe coyote. I have seen wolves look exactly like her right down to the eye color. She never howled like a Alaskan Malamute, but she did 'talk'. I listened to her when she didn't like someone.
We trained her to not pull, to sit, to heel, and to play dead at the word 'Bang'. She was a very beloved family member, but yes needed watching with younger children because she was large. The cats didn't have to worry, she wasn't inclined to chase them... but the pet rats... She could never figure out why Mom and Pop kept dietary supplements in cages and didn't let her have one.
I would say, if there was another just like her, you should be an experienced dog owner to own one like her. You have to research Northern dogs to understand how to treat and train these dogs, or they will walk all over you.