The Alaskan Malamute was first recognized by the AKC (American Kennel Club) in 1935.They are the largest and oldest of all the Arctic Sled Dogs.They are much larger and bigger - boned then their cousin the Siberian Husky.The origins of the breed come from the State of Alaska where the native people ,known as the Mahlemiut, used these dogs to pull heavy freight in very cold climates. These dogs were capable of hauling extreme amounts of food and supplies for very long distances. Some of these dogs were also kept home with the family and used as protection for the family against outside treats, such as wolfs and other wild creatures. The Alaskan Malamute has bonded with humans for many centuries, but were discovered by the world during the Alaskan Gold Rush in the mid 1890's . There are two kinds of Alaskan Malamutes of today's world, the "Kotzebue" line and the "M'Loot" line. The Kotzebue line is the most common of today and are considered the 'Standard' line by the AKC because of their size ,which is much smaller than the M'loot line.The 'standard' size being 25 inches tall and 85 pounds for the males and 23 inches tall and not over 75 pounds for the females. The M'loot in contrast is much larger. M'loots males have a weight range any where from 120 to 160 pounds, with some 'True Giants', are known to reach close to 180pounds. The females usually weigh in the range of 90 to 130 pounds.The M'Loot Malamute is much rarer than the Kotzebue's and are also known to produce a variety of different colors than that of the Kotzebue Malamute.The M'loot Malamute is a very proud and majestic dog and remains true to their size of yesterday's Alaskan Malamute.