Robert Zoller

Robert Zoller

Owner at Husky-Pak Kennels

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History & Origin of the Alaskan Malamute | Aquila Kennels

The two lines were not crossbred for a long time until Robert Zoller, the owner of Husky-Pak Kennels, decided to try and obtained outstanding results.
Robert Zoller - History of the Alaskan Malamute - The different types - Aquila Kennels - The Alaskan Malamute Robert Zoller began looking for Alaskan Malamutes by visiting Chinook Kennels. Of his meeting with Hinman, Zoller wrote : "Dick Hinman was a barber and when I got there, he was in the middle of Zoller felt the Hinman-Irwin dogs compared favorably with dogs of both the Seeley's and Voelker's breeding. However, Robert Zoller qualifies this by saying "like," since too few were ever bred to justify identifying them as a strain. During the war, the young naval officer Robert Zoller was very impressed with a dog he saw in Argentina , Newfoundland. He was told it was an Alaskan Malamute. "I was fascinated by this appearance of fierceness and power, and yet the gentle disposition that the dog had". Later he and his wife Laura discovered the Malamute was actually an AKC-recognized breed. They wrote for the names of some breeders which is how Robert ended up talking to Dick Moulton and visiting Dick Hinman. Zoller was very impressed by the two dogs there, "Irwin's Gemo" and his son, "Hinman's Alaska". Bob Zoller was well aware of the differences between the M'Loot and Kotzebue dogs, as well as the strong rivalry between the two camps that at times blossomed into antagonism. His first dogs were definitely more M'Loot in appearance. As Zoller said "They were a little more LIKE each other; type and more 'fixed'". The dog was "Toro of Bras Coupe", and Zoller immediately wrote to Earl Norris and had the dog shipped to him for breeding to "Arctic Storm". Robert Zoller While Robert and Laura Zoller were busy raising their dogs and children, other M'Loot owners were going their own ways.

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Kotzebue, M'Loot and Hinman strains in the Alaskan Malamute dog

Then along came Robert Zoller, the owner of Husky-Pak Kennels, who decided to try crossing the two lines - he liked traits of both and thought there might be some merit to combining them.
Most Malamutes today are descended from a combination of both lines.

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Eva B. Seeley's Chinook Kennels

Robert Zoller of Husky-Pak Alaskan Malamutes was one of the few people to stand up to "Short" successfully.
His article the Zoller Files (MS Word download) is well worth reading just to understand her psychology and the lengths to which she would unhesitatingly go to exert control over a breed.

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