Species group: Mixed Breeds
RightPet does not advocate the intentional cross-breeding of purebred dogs. But the reality is that most dogs available for adoption at shelters and rescues are mixed breeds. We think it might be helpful to hear from owners of these mixes to see what traits can be found in these dogs who are desperately needing homes.
In some cases, especially with a rescue dog where you don't know the lineage, it may be a matter of opinion whether or not you have an Alaskan Husky or an Alaskan Husky mix. 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. If you are not competing, you may not care if you have a mix as long as you get a dog that suits your situation.
They are energetic and love to roam over wide-open spaces, making them a great jogging or sledding partner in a cooler climate. They are not likely to be happy in a postage stamp yard or cramped apartment.
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.
Behavior / temperament:
Alaskan Husky mixes can vary a lot in personality but assume they'll retain some 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 with humans. Give them something fun and/or worthwhile to do to channel that energy.
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