The Official State Dog, The Malamute Husky
- The history of the breed dates back a seriously long time. 5,000 years ago, the first
settlers of North America kept Alaskan Malamutes as their companions and as work dogs.
- Some relatives of the Alaskan malamute you might
recognize are the Samoyed, the Siberian husky and even the Labrador.
- If you want one of your own, keep in mind they need daily exercise (they are sled dogs, after all).
They don’t bark much, but they are vocal and love to stretch their vocal chords and howl sometimes.
- They’re built to withstand cold temperatures, and were
historically used in Arctic expeditions. They helped settlers hunt,
track, look out for bears and also helped to haul gear across
snowy terrain, pulling heavy sleds.
- Alaskan malamutes have even been known to act
as babysitters, although we wouldn’t recommend this.
- They’re credited with helping to open Alaska up for
settlement and development by performing tasks like
carrying mail and transporting supplies.
- During World War I, 450 Alaskan malamutes were shipped
to France to deliver supplies to French army troops isolated in mountain outposts.
- During the Gold Rush, these dogs were in extremely high demand as
hopeful prospectors used them to haul massive amounts of food and supplies over mountain passes.
- Alaskan malamutes were also used in World War II,
this time to sniff for mines, carry weapons and act as search-and-rescue dogs.
- Endlessly helpful to their human friends, Alaskan Malamutes were also a part of the historic 1925 Serum Run.