It is recommended to be no be more than 1 dog already to a household. If so, NOT the same sex. Malamutes are VERY people friendly but often dog, especially same-sex aggressive. There are ALWAYS exceptions.
Have you, as an adult, owned and trained a dog? Malamutes are very intelligent but VERY strong, independent and stubborn. If you want a dog to obey EVERY time, then this breed is NOT for you!
If you want a guard dog…this breed is definitely NOT for you, The only thing they will guard is food and their own possessions!
If you have not owned a Malamute before, you must research the breed thoroughly as they are high-maintenance dogs requiring frequent grooming, ongoing training and DAILY exercise.
Do you have the considerable time, patience and resources to commit to caring for an Alaskan Malamute?
If a Malamute does not receive the physical exercise and mental stimulation it needs, be aware it may destroy your home and yard.
Malamutes need a very firm, but patient, hand. Motivational training is required. You must have the patience and stamina to repeatedly engage in contests of willpower with a large, powerful animal without becoming angry and NEVER abusive or aggressive with the dog.
Are you prepared to involve the dog in family activities, allowing them plenty of time inside as well as outside? They do NOT cope well on their own as they are “people” dogs that require a LOT of attention.
You must not have a problem with copious amounts of dog hair, nor even blizzards of it when they “blow” their coat twice annually..
Do you have the time to brush a Malamute at LEAST once a week or if a long-coated or thick Woolly…every day?
Malamutes generally have little to no doggy odour if cared for properly.
Will you be able to bathe (and dry, to prevent risk of ‘hot spots’) the dog every 3 months minimum, including regular nail trimming or grinding?
Overfeeding a dog can increase risk of lymphoma, kidney disease, heart failure and above all, hip dysplasia? Food is not a substitute for love, exercise or attention!
Can you afford to pay for any reasonable veterinary care the dog will require on an annual basis or in event of an emergency?
Although Mals are often great with and love kids, understand they can also be far too boisterous and difficult for young children to handle and the more children you have, the greater the risk of accidental injury.