They can be a fantastic breed, I have worked with Akitas who have a very similar headstrong attitude.
If you can get them trained they are great dogs, but getting them trained is the hard part, and without consistent and constant training they fall back into old habits.
Training isn't just weekly obedience classes, you have to be pretty tough on them all the time.
As some of you know I have poodles, smart breed, I teach them something, it takes a day and then they are done. Headstrong breeds, like Malamutes, Akitas, Huskies etc need a lot more mental stimulation and need to be... I guess... 'reminded' of their training and will try to test your limits more.
ADD - A Malamute may be perfect for LukeDG's situation, I don't know, but they don't KNOW that because it is obvious they haven't done any research at all but are still adamant they are getting one.