It is believed that the Alaskan Malamute is a descendant of the domesticated wolf-dogs that accompanied the first Paleolithic hunters across the land bridges of the Bearing Straight more than 4,000 years ago. There is strong archaeological evidence suggesting that the Malamute was the first dog associated with man.
They were named for the Mahlemuts, a native Inuit tribe that settled along the shores of the Kotzebue Sound in NW Alaska and became the official State Dog of Alaska in 2010.
The ancient tribes lived in harmony with the Malamute, sharing food with them in exchange for help with hunting and hauling meat. During the cold Alaska winters, human babies were often put to sleep with the dogs as they could keep a baby very warm.
The Alaskan Malamute is a very loving and trusting breed, they are great with all family members and other dogs. Even though they thrive on roaming free and spending time outdoors, they love being a part of the family too. They are not known to be a barking breed, but they are very vocal and howl often.
Malamutes are very strong and built for heavy work, they require regular exercise and often thrive when given a job to do. Because of their size and strength they can cover long distances in a very short time and due to their very trusting nature they often will accompany anyone on an adventure.
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