Whatever you do, do not, I repeat do not, go see malamute puppies, before you are totally convinced a malamute is for you, malamute puppies are wonderfully endearing,fluffy little things, that could capture your heart, and then grow up to be nothing like you expected, when this happens the poor malamute, ends up being put into rescue, which sadly happens all too often, some people do not take the time to research the breed, they just want 'a sled dog' as they have seen them on TV, or have fairytale ideas of owning a wolf lookalike. Once you own a Malamute, you will soon learn that its not like on the TV, and that fairytale wolf 'lookalike' that you dreamed about, turns out to be a nightmare, things you should consider, malamute puppies are living breathing very mischievous little creatures, and, entirely reliable on you, once they leave their mother. But, that fluffy dependant little puppy soon becomes a lean machine of activity whose adolescent hormones continuously rage and inspire relentless activity.
Before buying a dog, especially a puppy, ask yourself who will be the one caring for it, more often than not it is the mum of the household that ends up with the responsibility of caring for the puppy/dog, although children, husband, etc. may be wild about the puppy/dog, they are away from the home a lot, at school, work etc so the mum ends up with the job of looking after the pup/dog, so ask yourself, does the mum want the job?
Malamutes are a large breed of dog, and as such can be quite clumsy, so could unintentionally injure a child, even in play, this should be considered, if you have children.
Malamutes have thick luxurious coats, which takes considerable amount of care. To brush an adult malamutes coat takes elbow grease, a quick go over with a brush is not enough, they also shed their coat, dogs normally once a year and bitches approximately twice a year, and believe me, when they do, be prepared for everything and anything to be covered, including clothes, furniture, garden, etc. Would this be a problem in your home?.
Malamutes are not good guard dogs, although they can look intimidating, and could possibly deter "would be" robbers just on their appearance. But if the "would be robbers" are really determined, a Malamute would probably help them carry your TV out for them, so if its a guard dog you are looking for, then, do not get a Malamute.
Malamutes are a dominant breed, so they may not be suitable for a first time dog owner, they can and will take over your house if you allow them to, they require firm but not harsh instruction, they will not accept harsh treatment, nor would they respect you for it. They can be other dog dominant, so if you already have a dog, then this must be considered, as too many dogs are in rescue, because the malamute did not get along with the other house mate. They do have a very strong prey drive, so although your house cat 'may' be tolerated, the neighbors cat is fair game, high strong fencing is recommended for your garden. Malamutes should NEVER be allowed to roam the streets. They require plenty of socialisation with both humans and other dogs, have you the time to take the dog to classes etc? Adult Malamutes require plenty of exercise, can you provide this? They are highly intelligent, therefore get bored easily, are you out of the house for long periods of time?, if so then you may come home to find your carpets ripped up or your sofa destroyed, these are a few of the downsides of owning a malamute, please try to do as much research into the breed as you can, forwarned is forearmed, if you have done plenty of research into the breed and decided you still want to buy a malamute then at least you know what you are in for and can make preparations. I may have painted a very gloomy picture of owning a Malamute, which does sound unfair, but this is only so that you are aware of what you MAY be letting yourself info, now then, the upside of owning an Alaskan malamute is, with good sound training and socialisation, you will have a lovely companion, that will turn heads, that loves to be cuddled, will make you laugh til you cry with its antics, will take your breath away with its beauty, will have you totally in awe with its intelligence and quick thinking, the Alaskan Malamute is totally addictive.
So now you have decided you still want, and are able to take the responsibility of owning a Malamute, then please take notice of the following advice. Try to meet breeder's, you can do this by going to shows (but not just before they are due into the ring), also at working rally's, meet the dogs, decide which type of malamute you like, then ask the breeders of these dogs can you go to their homes to see them in their own environment, pick dogs that are healthy, have good temperament, (the last thing you want is 90- 125lbs of bad temper having a go at you), make sure the breeder has had the dogs hip scored & eyes checked for hereditary diseases, Malamutes can suffer hip dysplasia, and eye cateracts, ask to see the certifications to confirm that the breeding pair are free of these, Ask to see the Dam and sires registration papers, make sure that they are old enough to be bred from, and also that there are no breeding restrictions on them, if there are, then the puppies from this breeding pair will not be able to be registered with the Kennel club. reputable breeders will have KC restrictions on puppies, ie you will not be allowed to breed unless the breeder lifts the restriction, also pet puppies (not for showing) will be required to be spayed/neutered this is perfectly normal and should be expected. If your meeting with the breeder goes well, and you feel you can go back to them for advice etc once you have a puppy from them, then ask to be added to their puppy list, if they accept you, then all you have to do is wait.
AND THE WAIT IS WELL WORTH IT, TO GET THE DOG OF YOUR DREAMS.