The breed takes its name from the Mahlemut tribe of Eskimos who had developed and used the breed for pulling heavy loads over long distances. It is the strongest of the sled dogs. Spitz-like in its features, the Malamute is built to survive in his environment, where he will often sleep outside in all weathers, his double coat protecting him against the extreme cold. Even the insides of his ears are furred. His tail, carried like a waving plume, is a hallmark of breed type.