Species group: Unrecognized and Rare Breed dogs
Alaskan Huskies are tough cold weather dogs bred for performance, especially the ability to pull sleds for long distances at high speed in harsh weather. Because they are developed for performance-- to win races or to get to the destination as fast as possible-- breeders haven't put a premium on breeding for consistent appearance. Different strains look different, and no major registry recognizes them as a breed. This is a dog that gets things done, not a dog to sit and look good in the show ring.
The modern Alaskan Husky can lope at over 20 miles an hour for almost 30 miles, and they can run even farther at an average speed of 15 miles an hour. There many stories about their dedication to duty that has saved lives during time of war, epidemic, or blizzard. The ancestors of these heroic dogs may go back 4,000 years, when they helped native Alaskans hunt or travel over a harsh landscape. They are truly the stuff of legend-- the perfect dog for an owner in a cold climate who has lots of time to work with an energetic animal who needs something to do. But these are frontier animals who need to run in wide-open spaces. They're the wrong pet for the busy city dweller with a postage stamp backyard.
Appearance / health:
Being a mixed breed, the looks of an Alaskan Husky vary greatly. The predominant genes include the Siberian Husky and native Alaskan dogs. Alaskan Huskies are moderate in size and tend to be taller and longer-legged than the Siberian Husky. Eyes are often light blue or brown but can be of any other color. The ears are pricked or drooping. The tail shows great variation.
Alaskan Huskies shed heavily twice a year. During this time, owners brush them with a hard comb.
Because they were developed as working dogs, Alaskan huskies require a LOT of strenuous exercise to maintain psychological as well as physical health. 1 to 2 hours of running, bikjoring, skijoring or other dog-powered sport at least 3 times per week. Failure to provide adequate exercise can result in unwanted behavioral issues.
Bloat is seen in some dogs. Arthritis (Joint inflammation) may also occur. Health issues include hypothyroidism, which is easily and inexpensively treated.
Behavior / temperament:
Alaskan Huskies retain characteristics similar to wolves. They howl in packs and their tough feet are perfect for the cold. They are extremely popular with mushers and racers not only for their performance but also for their hardy yet entertaining nature. Some are shy. Others are loud and boisterous, leaping up to greet every person who passes. These dogs were bred to work and show no aggression toward humans. Their hunting instinct is strong probably owing to their wolf ancestry.
They can be difficult to housebreak. Training as sled dogs requires several months of intensive sessions to build their muscles and health.
They can be very noisy because of their tendency to howl and may cause a nuisance to neighbors. They may howl around 2-3 times a day for about less than a minute. They do not bark much.
sociable, Hard Working Dogs, colder climates, great family dog, children
daily brushing, training, wolflike howling, escape artist, high energy, grooming sessions
sled dog, cold temperatures, bright eyes, Skijoring, Skatejoring, Bikjoring
Max is a treat
Max is a great dog he loves kids and he is very protective of any baby in the house so much so that he wouldn't let my brother get near his daughter my niece whn she first came to visit. My brother had to stand through a 5 min sniff down by max and even then max sat in close guard of the baby girl. And When she began to cry he would howl in a low almost sing tone. mimicking me when i would sing while she cried. As she grew older max became her partner in crime when she came to visit anything she could reach he would jump up and grab for her. That go him the reward of any food she didn't want she would drop it down for max and he of course would eat it. We also taught max how to give a five. He loves doing that when i get home form work.
My only bad thing is when he sheds because of course his hair get on any and everything. However with his cute smile it is hard to stay mad at him.
From showdom Jun 15 2015 8:47AM
Great for certain cases of chronic vomiting
Two main underlying causes of gastroesophageal reflux are recent anesthesia and chronic vomiting, which can be caused by a number of different conditions like chronic gastritis or gastroenteritis, chronic pancreatitis, food allergies, lympangiectasia, parasites, inflammatory bowel disease etc. Dogs suffering from chronic gastritis and duodenitis, which aren't caused by allergens, exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, acute and chronic pancreatitis and lymphangiectasia (if you use low fat i/d), liver disease, and dogs who don't have a particular diagnosis, but have a "sensitive stomach" will benefit the most from this diet. In cases of metabolic and endocrine diseases, inflammatory bowel disease, kidney disease, food allergies, intestinal obstruction, foreign bodies, etc. this type of diet wont be much help, though it's always useful for your dog to eat something which is more digestible when they have GI problems. Foods which are easy to digest move faster through the GI tract and induce less acid production, thus helping the healing process, by reducing the acid production and further damage, as well as reducing the time GI tracts spends digesting food so it can have more time to heal. Hill's I/D and other commercial "gastro-intestinal" diets have been tailored according to research suggesting level of nutrients best for management of GI inflammation. Besides the composition of the diet there are few other factors which can be beneficial. Wet foods are better, and even better if they've been heated to 20-38°C. Also small and more frequent meals work better then just one big meal. .
From Vuk Ignjic DVM 159 days ago
Does Not Work to Teach a Dog to Heel
Many people opt to use a back clip harness on a dog that pulls. Well, this is great if you want your dog to pull a sleigh or become a weight pull champion, but if you want your pooch to learn to heal, then you need to avoid a back clip harness. The dog will not be choked by the harness and indeed be able to put effort into pulling you from point A to point B. You will not be able to teach the dog to heel with such a device.
Avoid a back clip harness as a training tool. It is ineffective if you want to teach your dog to heel. Instead, use a choke collar or a prong collar. .
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