The Alaskan Malamute has a long history of tough jobs, cold climates, and epic adventures....
Originally called Mahlemuts by Inuit tribes, these dogs have been in service for a long time in arctic conditions. Hauling big game including whales, caribou, and even polar bears was one of their first jobs for the Inuit people, who held the dogs in esteemed regard.
Eventually, Europeans got a hankering to journey into the frozen northern regions in the 18th century, and they turned to the Alaskan Malamute for help. Malamutes also saw a lot of action during the Alaskan gold rush in the late 19th century. While hauling heavy loads in the rugged frontier was a tough job, their most epic adventure was yet to come. Admiral Richard Byrd chose this tough, capable breed to lead the way on his daring expedition to the South Pole in Antarctica in 1933. After that, they found a role as sled racing dogs. They arent bred for speed, but sheer tenacity counts for a lot as the miles tick by. The Alaskan Malamute was recognized by the AKC in 1935.