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
The way your dog's body was meant to be fed
There are so many misconceptions about raw feeding and I hope to quickly properly educate you so making an opinion for yourself is easier. I am a certified nutritionist for dogs and cats and the moment I finished my education I knew I needed to make better choices for my own personal dogs in regards to how I fed them. There are pros and cons to any feeding method so I cannot say it's going to be easy to know exactly what choices to make. The doubtful mind always says no, so anyone unfamiliar with anything is always hesitant. I see that a lot with other professionals in the field, specifically veterinarians. I am fortunate to have an integrative veterinarian who 100% supports this feeding method. Lets talk about the pros as there are many. There is no possible way to dispute that a dog's (especially cats) digestive system and teeth are designed for a diet of animal tissue, they are carnivores. Having jagged teeth throughout their mouth and a very short digestive tract, their bodies are not equipped to properly process plant material. Think of a cow's or sheep's flat teeth, made for grinding plants, and their 4 chambered stomachs, made to digest and assimilate nutrients from plants. They are herbivores. Feeding a diet of dry dog food, which is very heavy in plant based ingredients of many varieties,synthetic vitamins, and taste additives reeks havoc on their entire body systems over time. Some say feeding raw is expensive and time consuming. I'm part of a group with thousands and thousands of raw feeders around the world and we completely disagree. If you can follow a simple recipe you can make raw food for your pet. Learning how to shop for ingredients on sale and making relationships with local butchers is all you need to make it affordable. I feed two dogs raw cheaper than I wold purchasing an average quality dry food. It CAN be done if your pet's lifetime of health is important to you. There are so many support systems out there for this approach, it truly couldn't be any easier. The shelf life of raw food is far longer than that of dry food. Did you know that the nutrients and quality of dry food diminishes with the passing of each day? My dog's food is kept in a deep freezer and put in the refrigerator for thawing each night, ready for the next day. Freezing locks in all nutrients and can be kept for years without spoiling. Does your dog suffer from chronic conditions like ear infections and skin issues? Did you ever think it could be food related? Well let me tell you that it is. I have assisted with completely eradicating a host of chronic health issues in dogs and cats with diet alone. To most recently include a chihuahua with disc disease and no use of his hind legs. He now climbs steps and runs. He is 12 years old. No other therapy than a raw diet, regular massage, and one veterinary acupuncture visit. Let's talk about the cons. Now, most freeze dried and premade raw can be expensive for the amount you get. Feeding freeze dried is mostly for convenience. I use it when I need convenience like a weekend camping trip. I enjoy making my dog's food. There a lot of satisfaction in it for me. There is so much talk about bacteria like salmonella and e.coli when someone references raw food. Can it be present in raw food? Of course! But, did you know that your dry food can and does have the same bacteria? Dry and canned pet food recalls are a very common for bacteria. I have 100% control over the ingredients, processing, and storing of my pets raw food. Proper handling and sourcing of raw ingredients can and does deeply diminish the probability of bacteria. What about parasites? Again, yes of course raw materials can have parasites. As can dry and canned mass produced pet food. And again, the proper handling and sourcing of these ingredients remove this concern. (As a note: I have been raw feeding for over 5 years and NOT ONE of my dogs or clients have been treated for parasites or bacterial issues) Proper formulation can be a con to raw feeding. Honestly, its ridiculously easy. But without the proper ratio of ingredients you can cause issues. Companies make you think it is hard. They want to make you buy their product. It's a marketing scheme that works and unfortunately affects our pets negatively. I hope this review can shed light into the seemingly scary world of raw feeding. Educate yourselves and don't be afraid to jump in head first. Your pet's health and quality of life will be all the proof you need to know this is without a doubt the best decision you have ever made. .
From Megan S 26 days ago
Crate training for many behaviors
I have always crate trained my dogs (11 in the past 40+ years) from puppies because it is simply the best way to be consistent with each dog in our home. It provides a "safe" spot to go for corrective discipline AFTER they have learned that this space is theirs and theirs alone. Beginning when they are puppies and taking them from the crate in the morning to relieve themselves outside makes quick work of the house breaking job. Continuing to crate the puppy at night, through adulthood, every dog we have loved has benefited from proper crate training. NEVER shutting them in when you are gone for hours during the day, but as a sleeping place at night and self soothing activity place to decompress, crate training has even allowed us to travel with our dogs all over the states. In addition to making us welcome house guests, it also helps the dog feel a sense of his/her own space, safe and secure. .
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