Native to the northern regions of the Western hemisphere, this member of the Spitz family was originally bred by a tribe of Inuit’s, the Mahlemuts. The Malamutes were all-purpose dogs and performed tasks such as hauling sleds in winter, carrying packs of freight in summer, guarding herds of caribou and hunting polar bear, moose or wolves. In camp, the dogs were loyal family pets that watched over and kept children warm during long winter nights. Ideally suited to ice and cold weather, this breed has also adapted well to more temperate climates. Malamutes need plenty of space and daily exercise.