Summit Rescue Farms' Mission:

Summit Farms is recognized for rescuing Alaskan dog breeds such as Malamutes and Huskies. Our mission is to adopt and save as many dogs as we can.

What is the history and origins of Alaskan Malamute?

The Alaskan malamute breed became the Alaska's state dog in 2010 by students and their efforts made it through the Alaska Legislature to make this breed the offical dog of Alaska. Malamutes are born to withstand the cold temperatures with their thick coat and were historically used in Arctic adventures.

This breed dates back 5,000 years ago when settlers in North America kept Alaskan Malamutes as companions and sled dogs. These dogs acted as a tool of communication and transportation by carrying mail and goods across the frozen tundra.

Alaskan Husky

These dogs are not purebred like the Siberian Husky, and they are a bit bigger than the average Siberian. With the genes of the Siberian, it weighs between 35 to 60 pounds and a lifepan up to 15 years. This breed originates from a mix of various Northern breeds such as the Siberian Husky, Greyhound and German Shorthaired-Pointer. Today, these dogs are typically bred to preform dog sled racing.

Alaskan Huskies are not purebred, so they are classifed as working dogs because of their bigger physique, silm body and sniffing abilities.

Siberian Husky

Just like our Alaskan Huskies, Siberians are purebred dogs that share the same qualities. They are high-energy, athletic and expert escape artists.

These can be challenging pets to own due to their high-energy and exercise, but they are good pets to have for those interested in running or outdoor activities.

Seppala Siberian Sled Dog

Compared to the Siberian Husky, these Seppala are considered working dogs as to huskies being show lines. Seppala tend to have longer legs and body and are generally lighter in wieght. They are very trainable, but it requires firm and consistent leadership for them to obey. If not, they tend to be very mischievous and take advantage of the owner.

Seppala are great with other animials, if they grow up together, and they like to hunt small creatures because of their hunting instincts.


With a thick white coat, these dogs have a smiling, graceful appearance but that doesn't mean they follow the same traits as other huskies. Also known as "Sammies," this breed can range up to 19 to 23 inches tall and weigh about the same as an Alaskan Husky.

Their smiles are a practical function because the upturned corners of the mouth prevents drooling and, in the arctic temperatures, removes any icicles that may form.

American Eskimo

American Eskimos are similar to Sammies in appearance with their all white coats and fluffy fur. However, they do not share the same traits since they come in three typical sizes: standard, miniature and toy. Also known as a Eskies, they move with a bold and agile gait. Eskies are very socialable, but they can develop behavior problems if undertrained and neglected.


The Greenland Dog is not as heavy as sled dog as shown above, but they do have a thick coat and dense under wool that allows them to withstand constant outdoor living in below zero temperatures. They tend to be very aloof and independent, but once they find an owner with a strong bond, they are loyal, lovable creatures.