The Alaskan Malamute is derived from a work dog kept by the Mahlemut tribes in the Norton Sound area of Alaska. They were bred as working dogs, used in hunting seals, let loose in packs to course the polar bear, and to haul heavy sleds of supplies. The were treated well, but they were not “pets.”
In the early 1900’s Paul Voelker Sr. and Paul Voelker Jr. brought dogs from Alaska to the States and developed a slightly different “strain” of Malamute. Some of these dogs saw service in World War I and World War II. This strain was generally known as the “M’Loot” strain.
The Malamute is a member of the Working Group of dogs, and was frst registered by the AKC in 1935.