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 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. <br>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
"Best way to prevent, or at least prolong the time before your old dog becomes arthritic is to keep them lean and strong. This is also important for longevity and overall health, so it should be your main goal if you want to keep your dog alive and well for as long as possible. I can't stress the importance of keeping your dog fit and strong if it has osteoarthritis. If your dog is overweight joints have to bear more weight, and if it's muscles aren't strong joints bear even more weight then they should, which leads to increased friction and damage of the joints. If your dog is in perfect physical condition (body condition score 4-5 on 9 point scale) joints bear minimum amount of weight they have to, and if it's muscles, tendons and ligaments are strong they reduce weight bearing of the joints even more. This is important for overall health, as well as in cases of osteoarthritis and other orthopedic conditions. So keep your dog fit and strong. ."
From Vuk Ignjic DVM 35 days ago
"House training is something that every dog owner has had to go through, most times without much dog training knowledge and patience. There are dozens of methods you can use to teach your dog but you will achieve better and faster results by using Positive Reinforcements. By shouting at your dog or rubbing his nose in his own (?), you will only stress him and yourself, jeopardizing your relationship and bond. By using Positive Reinforcements you will simply do the opposite instead. There are a few effective steps you can follow: - The most important thing is to reward your dog when he goes to toilet in the garden or when you are out walking him; keep a few treats in your pocket or bring out his favorite toy. If you don’t have anything on you, simply make a big fuss when he releases himself by praising/petting/cuddling him. - If your dog is really young, try to bring him out as often as possible, every other hour or so. - Make sure he ALWAYS has access to fresh water, even before going to bed (teach him to use an old carpet or rag if he needs to go to the toilet during the night; this applies for young or elderly dogs alike). - If he evacuates inside the house, especially if he does it in front of you, don’t scold him nor clean it in front of him; clean up after him once he is out of the room and use a product that covers the smell. This process shouldn’t take too long, for some dogs is a matter of a few days, for others it may take a bit long; just be patient and learn how to understand your dog, by reading the signals he is sending to you. ."
From Luca Trainer 164 days ago