NEW YORK -- Just like our immigrant ancestors, most of the dog breeds we know and enjoy today originated in other countries and came to the United States later on. However, there are a number of AKC registered breeds which were developed on American soil, and each has its own unique history and heritage:
- Alaskan Malamute - The Alaskan Malamute was named after the native Innuit tribe called Mahlemuts who lived along the Kotzebue Sound, Alaska. The Malamute was developed for its abilities as a draft animal, and is one of the oldest Arctic sled dog breeds. Malamutes served to allow natives to travel over the harsh Arctic landscape. Later on, the breed transported mail throughout the land. A famous Malamute named "Balto" lead a team that saved residents of the Alaskan city of Nome from diptheria in the great Serum Run of 1925. Balto's statue can be seen in New York's Central Park. This loyal and devoted breed that has become a popular sled dog among sportspersons was registered by AKC as a Working dog in 1935.
- American Eskimo Dog - Contrary to popular belief, the American Eskimo Dog is not descended from working sled dogs. The "Eskie," as it is nicknamed, originated in the Spitz family of dogs, also known as the Nordic breeds. During the 19th century, in this country, Eskie's were most commonly found in communities with German immigrants. Later in that century, the Eskie became a popular dog for use in traveling circuses throughout the U.S. Thanks …