The state dog of Alaska. If you met one of these soft-natured canines in a friend’s home, you would be surprised to learn that they were once used to hunt large prey like seals, and even bears! These large canines were originally bred as Arctic utility dogs, and could be seen hauling freight, pulling sleds, or assisting their human companions in the hunt – essential to survival in those demanding environments. Today they are extremely popular as house pets, and are often employed as therapy companions. Just make sure they get their exercise!