If you're looking for an 80-pound fur baby, who enjoys carrying on conversations with you and is an affectionate and loving companion, the Alaskan Malamute may be the dog for you. This breed is powerful, and its size can be intimidating, but don't expect these canines to take on a guard dog role. It's not in their trusting nature. They'd prefer to have fun, playing, or taking long excursions alongside their human BFF.


1. Malamutes hunted polar bears and hauled heavy loads

The Malamute originated in Alaska. Breed historians say the Malamute gets its name from an Inuit tribe in northwestern Alaska, the Mahlemuts. They're not sure of its exact origins, but Malamute descendants may have been hunting companions of the Paleolithic hunters who arrived in North America more than 4000 years ago. Three different strains of the breed developed due to the vast distance between Inuit settlements. The American Kennel Club recognized the original strain, Kotzebue, in 1935. It wasn't until after World War II and the near-extinction of the breed that the AKC listed the other two strains, M'Loot and Hinman, into the official record and pedigree for the breed. Modern Malamutes are a mixture of the three.

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