The Alaskan Goldenmute is a mixed breed, so they don’t have history as their own breed. Both parent breeds, however, are well known and loved. The Alaskan Malamute descends from some of the first domesticated dogs, having begun development into a distinct breed over 4,000 years ago. They were once used for hunting large, powerful animals like seals and caribou. Today, their claim to fame is largely based on dog-sledding. Golden Retrievers rose to popularity in the 1800s, their origins being, as their name implies, duck-retrieving dogs from England. Now, they take their place as the third most popular dog breed in America.