Mals love to dig and howl, and are very protective of their people. They may be reserved towards strangers a bit, but eventually they open up. If you socialize an Alaskan Malamute at an early age to be around other canines and felines, there should be no issues. However, because of their natural hunting history and dominating candor, they may become too aggressive with other smaller animals. Breaking this habit immediately is important.
Although they have become such wonderful companions today as pets, they are widely used in transporting freight. After all, why stop a good thing? Today, Mals even enjoy sledding recreationally or for competition in contests. While they don’t fare well in speed or racing competitions, the Alaskan Malamute does quite well with agility and packing.
An Alaskan Malamute is typically happiest in colder climates as it is known for living in brutal conditions. They are very playful and can be great around small children when supervision is present.
They will bark when they have to, and are somewhat active. They don’t need to run, but they do like to have something to do. This breed can be destructive towards the home or livestock when it’s bored. Keep your Mal plenty of entertained.
The Alaskan Malamute is dignified and independent, it knows it can survive most if not all environments. More importantly, you will have a hard time finding a breed as loyal and compassionate as an Alaskan Malamute.