Alaskan Malamute is one of the oldest dog breads that originated in the northeastern area of the Seward Peninsula and due to its isolation breeds genes haven’t been altered for centuries. It was only in 1896, during the Gold Rush when flock of people came from the north with their dogs, Alaskan Malamute was interbred. Mahlemuts tribe, who populated this area long ago, used their dogs to hunt, chase away polar bears, and pull heavy sledges loaded with food or camp supplies.
This breed is particularly suited for harsh cold climate – it has a oily and wooly double coat and large bear-like pawns used as a snowshoes. Alaskan Malamute can survive up to 70 degrees below 0.
Breed is known for its tremendous strength, energy, endurance, independence, and intelligence. Alaskan Malamute has a sturdy body, stamina and strength. Its large statue is perfect for pulling heavy sleds, and hunting seals and polar bears. Alaskan Malamute was bred as a utility dog and therefore is very friendly and sweet to strangers, so it’s a poor choice for a watchdog.
One of the most famous Malamute was George Lucas’s pet Indiana who’s howling had inspired famous director to create Chewbacca from Star Wars.