Named after the ancient tribe the Malhemuts, the Alaskan Malamute is one the earliest Arctic sled dogs , and one of the oldest dog breeds in the world.
This breed is known as a â€œpack-animalâ€ because of its great strength and athleticism, and ability to lead or be led.
They are often mistaken for the Siberian Husky, although the breed distinguishes itself with its size.
Because of its origin, it has a thick, warm coat and a muscular, well-built body, with the ability to pull heavy freight long distances.
The Alaskan Malamute comes in a variety of colors, but typically has a white underbody, and is said to be mature and well-behaved around strangers.
Like most other working dogs, they are prone to canine hip dysplasia.
Alaskan Malamutes were famous for leading explorers to the South Pole, as well as being featured in the sled-dog movie 8 Below.