The Alaskan Shepherd 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 tddog-sledding. The German Shepherd was once used as a herding breed, as their name implies; however, their use has expanded over the years, first in the military and then as service animals. Their popularity in the US grew exponentially after the success of the Rin Tin Tin series.