Named after the native Innuit tribe called Mahlemuts, who settled along the shores of Kotzebue Sound in the upper-western part of Alaska.
The Mal is one of the oldest Arctic sled dogs.
The Malamute is the native Alaskan Arctic breed, cousin to the Samoyed of Russia, Siberian Husky, and the Eskimo dogs of Greenland and Labrador.
The Mal was recognized for AKC registration in 1935.
The Mal is a popular sled dog.
When sled racing enjoyed its heyday in the early 1900's, the Alaskan Mal breed was intermingled with some outside strain, leading to the period from 1909-1918 to be called the age of "decay of the Arctic sledge dog."
Alaskan Malamute Designs by Mike McCartney Designs