Hello, I am new to the forum and am interested in people's thoughts / advice on selecting an Alaskan malamute. Both my partner and I have come from dog loving homes with Labradors, German wire haired pointers, German shepherds & English settlers. My family have bred English setters and German wire haired pointers so we are used to long haired breeds (English setters ) and working dogs. We love the Alaskan malamutes and we are fortunate to have a reasonable sized house (4 bedroomed detached with garden). I work part time and my partner works early shifts so the dog would be on its own for two days of the week until latest 3.30pm. I am hoping to join the UK Alaskan Malamute Club and get a working dog certificate; dog needs to be KC registered to do this. I do not want to breed from the dog and it would be a well loved member of the family. We don’t really mind the colour, more interested in temperament but has to be KC registered. We have two cats, one of which is elderly but both have been used to dogs. I also have a thirteen year old son. I would like to get a rescue Malamute but know that the prey instinct is strong and easier for them to accept an existing family cat if from puppy. Here’s the dilemma, my partner would prefer a puppy: Pro’s - easier to socialise with existing cats and family. Cons – need to be prepared for ‘baby’ duty again! - anxious about buying from a breeder as I have always had rescue dogs or ones from family. I would prefer a rescue Malamute from Alaskan Malamute rescue: Pros – You never know what dog has experienced and possible socialisation probs. - Would have to come with papers. Cons – Get support from Rescue service, feel less anxious using them. I am also wondering what people’s thoughts are on crate training. I have never done this but my family have crate trained dogs in the past. I am not sure whether it is restrictive for the dog?