3. A Malamute is not the best choice for apartment life

Malamutes are working dogs, bred not only for hauling heavy loads great distances across the frozen landscapes but for hunting down polar bears and seals with their human companions. Apartment life doesn't allow for the physical needs of the Malamute. That doesn't mean they aren't great companions inside the home if there's a fenced yard available as well. These dogs require plenty of room to burn off their immense stores of energy. While some larger breeds don't need a yard to be happy, the Alaskan Malamute is more content when they have a place to run, play, and explore.

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