How well a malamute will do with small children depends partly on the genetic temperament of the individual malamute, and how well supervised the dog and kids are. Some small kids will tease a dog until it reacts, and the dog gets blamed. Some dogs, no matter how well raised, are not going to be tolerant of small kids.
It is best not to trim or shave a malamute coat, but to keep it well groomed to remove dead undercoat. If it is really hot out, keep the dog inside with the air conditioning. A healthy coat helps protect from bugs and the sun, but a matted coat does not help keep the dog comfortable.
Malamutes can be a little hard to train as they can be independent. Most train better with food rewards than just praise. They can have high prey drive so may not be good with small animals, and most are hard to train to be good off leash. They are not the easiest breed to live with.
Answered by paws4hisglory - 9/23/2011 3:57:47 PM