Club History

The Alaskan Malamute Club of Gauteng has as its main goal the betterment of the breed and asserts that its membership has an obligation to the Alaskan Malamute breed to preserve the magnificence of the breed without exploiting it.

To that end the Club was established and those goals are kept in mind as we expand into each new area of involvement with our breed.

The Club’s membership is actively involved in all those facets of the breed that contribute to these goals and is a non-profit Club.

The AMCG has been in existence for 21 years now and has been affiliated to The Kennel Union of Southern Africa for 17 years.

Purpose

The purpose of this site is to try and share some of our experiences with you and to try to encourage more Alaskan Malamute owners to become club members and participate in some of the events we share in.

Areas of interest that the Club pursues with active involvement include confirmation showing, working sled dogs, carting, obedience, genetics and hereditary problems.

We publish a Newsletter every three months which devotes itself to club information, articles of an educational nature, breed showing results, working, sledding, general medical information and other fun articles.

We encourage membership to the AMCG as a means to pursue your interest in our beautiful breed

The Alaskan Malamute: A Brief History

The Alaskan Malamute is one of the few products of evolution in the world of dogs, and survival of the fittest produced the breed, as we know it today. The name malamute was derived from an Inuit tribe of Eskimos known as “Mahlemuits”.

Many fanciers believe that some wolf blood is in the background of the Malamute. True, the Malamute has some wolfish traits and an appearance that could substantiate claims that the breed evolved from crossing the North Greenland Eskimo Dog with wolves. On the other hand, experts quickly recognize significant differences and say these more than offset the similarities. Since both are canine products of evolution in the same general environment, it is not surprising that similarities emerged.

The Alaskan Malamute is believed to be the oldest breed on the North American continent with bone and ivory carvings dating back twenty thousand years essentially depicting the Malamute as he is today. It is also believed to be the breed longest associated with man.

In the harsh Arctic conditions men, women and dogs were all totally dependent on one another and the dogs not only worked for their keep but were used to keep the Eskimos warm during the cold Arctic nights. Because hunger was an ever-present problem for both the Eskimos and the dogs they all competed for the same food and any dog which attacked man in order to secure his food was immediately destroyed. As a result aggression to man was unknown amongst the Malamutes and even today is considered to be totally unacceptable.

The Alaskan Malamute was first registered with the American Kennel Club in 1935 with the first champion being made up in 1936.