The Alaskan Malamute is an ancient breed that was named after a native tribe in Alaska. The tribe began breeding Alaskan Malamutes around 1000 BC and the breed is one of the oldest Arctic sled dogs in existence. During the period of 1909 through 1918, breeders experimented by breeding the Alaskan Malamute in crosses with other Arctic dogs. They hoped to produce an even stronger and more resilient breed that would be better equipped to survive in the hostile environment of the Arctic. In 1926, an effort to protect the bloodline was initiated and the American Kennel Club recognized the Alaskan Malamute in 1935.