Named for an Inuit tribe known as the Mahlemuts, the Alaskan Malamute has been employed by the people of the Arctic since time
immemorial. For their contribution to the tribe, these dogs were treated with great veneration by the Mahlemut people.
The Inuit's giant dogs were known to be the largest and strongest sled and working dogs. They served their beloved owners by
providing protection from Polar bears and pulling heavy sleds thousands of miles while enduring temperatures 70 degrees below zero.
These giant Malamutes sometimes stayed in the igloos to care for the children and ultimately made the difference between life and
death for their masters in the most harsh and severe of all habitats.
Europeans who began to explore the Arctic during the 18th century were drawn to the Malamute. Most notably, the breed was chosen
to pull the sleds of Admiral Richard Byrd on his 1933 expedition to the South Pole. The Alaskan Malamute was recognized by the
American Kennel Club in 1935 as part of the Working Group.
One of the early Malamute breeders, Paul Voelker, believed the Alaskan Malamute to be the oldest breed on the North American
continent and probably the breed longest associated with man. According to Voelker, bone and ivory carvings dated at twelve to twenty
thousand years old show the Malamute essentially as he is today.
Natalie Norris, an early Alaskan Malamute fancier and one of the best-known women sled dog racers said, "The Malamute is too fine and
distinguished a breed to be changed into anything but what centuries of adaptability to its environment has produced. Our efforts
should be to breed not only beautiful Malamutes, but as good specimens physically as were originally found in Alaska. It isn't a question
of breeding a better Malamute, but as good an Alaskan Malamute."
If you are interested in a Malamute, please responsibly invest time in researching the breed.
|the Alaskan Malamute at a glance
|Malamute Eyes (Alosia)
|Alosia Morning Star of Xanadu, CGC
|Alaskan Malamute War History
Helping France in World War I. -- 1914-1918
During World War I., the Alaskan Malamute was called into service by the French
army where troops in far-reaching mountain outposts were surrounded and cut
off from supplies. The Nome Kennel Club shipped 450 Alaska Malamutes to
France where the dogs easily tackled the harsh conditions and moved needed
supplies to save the day.
World War II. -- 1939-1945
The Alaskan Malamute was important to America’s efforts during World War II.
They pulled sleds in snow covered areas that were not accessible to other, more
mechanical means of transportation. They were used as pack animals to carry
weaponry and ammunition, served as search-and-rescue dogs, and sniffed for
mines. The military tried to make the Alaskan Malamute guard dogs, but they
failed the test because they just liked people too much to attack a person
Following WWII, there were only 30 remaining registered Alaskan Malamutes
in the US, due to the loss and sacrifice of so many dedicated dogs. This is a
noble and honorable breed that served our country -- a true American hero.