The Alaskan Malador 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. The Labrador Retriever was once used as an assistant for fishermen, then rising to popularity as a breed used for hunting. As their name implies, they are talented retrievers, making them skilled in many dog sporting activities. They are also commonly found as therapy or assistance dogs.