Alaskan Malamute

The Alaskan Malamute is the biggest and heaviest kind amongst the family of sled dogs. It’s one of the oldest breeds of arctic dogs and is known for being the most wolf-like dog of all, regarding its character and nature.

History of the Breed

For more than 2000 years, the dogs were carrying goods and sleds in the arctic area. Until the 19th century, the Alaskan Malamute was the only existing breed in the north-western arctic. Its name originates from a clan of the inuits – the Malemutes, who were the first in domesticating these beautiful and strong dogs. When the US-Americans occupied Alaska and drove off the inuits from their land in the late 19th century, the Alaskan Malamute became a popular dog for American sled dog races. But soon, the Siberian Husky was found out to be faster and replaced the Malamute in this area. The breed risked to be forgotten, until the US-American Dave Irving attended to...

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