This thread makes me think of arguments declaring which is the "worst" dog breed. I have Malamutes (and a Ural). Mals are my favorite breed. They are not a breed for everyone. Some folks say Mals (Urals) are a shit breed because they suffer from selective hearing, they don't win speed races, sometimes are a bit clumsy going around corners. They can be amazingly independent, and love to argue. They don't fetch frisbees (they prefer a catch-and-chew policy), they are amateur landscapers, and they shed incredible amounts of fur. Like other large breeds, they don't live as long, and are more prone to breakdowns out of the factory (like bad hips from iffy breeders), than little yap-yaps. Without proper care and maintenance they will break down sooner than the yap-yap. So why would someone get one? Hopefully, because after doing their research, and committing to the training and care, they will find that there is really someone in there...(or a bike with some personality and challenge). Not just a loud, zoomie little rat, or a dull witted setter (not that there's anything wrong with loud, zoomie little rats, or dull witted setters). A Mal(Ural) is someone they can work with, learn with, even argue with. Mals are incredibly intelligent, Urals not so much. A Mal (Ural) is someone that can go places with you that you'd never dare take a chihuahua, and also take into town. A general purpose working dog with a lineage that is close to the original that first hooked up with people. It isn't an over-bred, over-refined single-purpose unit. Some folks get a Mal (Ural) WITHOUT KNOWING WHAT THEY ARE GETTING INTO because of how incredibly cute a Mal puppy (Ural picture/UDF) is. When adolescence hits, they then want to dump the dog instead of working to make it a great pet. It's not the dog's problem, it's the owner's problem. If you want a turnkey, no effort dog, don't get a Mal. If you want a turnkey, no effort bike, don't get a Ural. But, if you're willing to put in the effort and understanding, you will find both bring great reward.