Adopt an Alaskan Malamute puppy by using a website such as Adopt-A-Pet to find a local dog that's up for adoption. Enter a ZIP code or a city and state in the search tool, then specify optional preferences, such as color, age, sex and size. After locating the desired puppy, contact the shelter for information on the adoption process. Check with a dog rescue group, such as Alaskan Malamute Assistance League, to find adoptable puppies.
Shelters and rescue organizations take in Alaskan Malamutes and other dogs and then make them available for adoption. Puppies may need to be housebroken, and their personalities may not become apparent for some time. Malamute breeders sometimes have too many puppies, so they drop some off at a shelter or a pure breed rescue group, where they are put up for adoption. Malamute puppies may not be the most suitable dogs for adoption if they are in the company of small children.
Alaskan Malamutes are large dogs, bred for severe cold climates and strenuous work. They are willful, independent dogs that require daily exercise to avoid developing behavioral problems. Malamutes are energetic and affectionate dogs that tend to be friendly with humans, but may not tolerate other dogs and pets. They have extremely thick coats, and owners need to brush them weekly.