Alaskan Malamute


"One native Inuit tribe, the Mahlemuts.. settled in the northwestern part of Alaska known as Kotzebue Sound...

"In 1902, sledge driver Arthur Walden, dismayed at the changes spurred by the Gold Rush, left his work in Alaska and returned home to New Hampshire, where he founded the famed Chinook Kennels. He continued working with sled dogs, developing his own breed of "Chinooks" (Based on Saint Bernards), and promoting sled-dog racing in New England until 1927, when he landed a position as leader-driver and trainer for Admiral Byrd's first expedition to Antarctica... he left Chinook Kennels in the care of Milton and Eva Seeley...

"Undisputed among Malamute fanciers is Walden's credit as the father of the Alaskan Malamute. Mother to the breed was the diminutive but formidable Eva Seeley...

".. Seeley began carefully developing a line of Malamutes still referred to as the Kotzebue type...

".. a second Byrd expedition to Antarctica... U.S. Navy commanders cruelly opted to destroy the dogs by exploding an ice floe onto which the dogs had been chained... a serious loss to the available registered breeding stock...

"Malamutes are known as the workhorses of the sledding community, able to each sledge about a half ton through snow.. They were built for strength and stamina, not speed...

"Ironically, these sturdy, wolfish dogs make poor guardians because of their people-loving nature...

"Training a Malamute is necessary but challenging.. Mals "get bored easily and are insulted by repetition... has its own agenda... You don't really own a Mal; they're your equal. If you have any visions of a dog you can keep as a subordinate, don't get a mal"" (Mireault, Gina. "Snow Dogs." AKC Gazette, Oct. 2003, 30-35).


Links:

Alaskan Malamute Home
Alaskan Malamute Rescue, national
Alaskan Malamute Club of America
Alaskan Malamute Club of Canada
Alaskan Malamute Rescue, Texas


Colby Glass, MLIS