Dog Breed Group: Extinct
Life Span: 10-12 years
Weight: 132.5 pounds (60 kg)
Height: 23.5 inch (60.5 cm), Female: 23 inch (58.5 cm)
Origin of Name: A variety of sled dog that was developed by the Argentine Army from the 1950s.
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The Argentine Polar Dog originated in Argentina in the mid-20th century. It was created by mixing breeds such as Alaskan Malamute, Greenland Dog, Manchurian Spitz and Siberian Husky. As Argentina began to establish its identity as a bi-continental country, the Argentine army wished to reach the South Pole.
The Argentine Polar Dog serves as an excellent transport means and protector. In the 1950s, General Hernan Pujato brought sled dogs from Greenland and Alaska. After that, a team of more than thirty non-commissioned officers began an effort to breed. They needed a dog that could lift heavy weights, could easily travel long distances, and could breed easily.
The Argentine Polar Dog met all the requirements of the Argentine army. They were excellent means of transport and circulation, due to which the breed flourished in the military tribe.