The Alaskan Malamute knows how to tough it in harsh snowy terrain, able to endure temperatures dropping 70 degrees below zero. As sled dogs, these animals are also used to pulling humans in a number of sports, including skijoring (where a person on skis is pulled by a horse or dogs), bikejoring (a person riding a bicycle is pulled by dogs) and canicross (cross-country running while hitched to a dog). While bigger and slower than the Siberian Husky, the Malamute can pull heavier sleds for longer periods. They have broad pads on their paws acting like snow shoes, and their bear-like claws allow them to grip onto the ice without problem. Look no further than the Malamute for a strong, adventurous dog that can bear the cold.
When looking for a canine friend, it's important to do your research and have an idea of characteristics you want. But realize breeds don't tell the whole story. Like people, canine personalities vary, and it's important theirs complements yours. To properly train dogs, find a dog whose energy level isn't much higher than yours. Take some time and get to know prospective pooches before taking them home.
Loyal, courageous and adventurous - it's no wonder dogs are man's best friend.