The Alaskan husky is not considered a pure breed. It is defined only by its purpose, which is that of a highly efficient sled dog. The husky is a blend of various Northern breeds, chosen particularly for skills such as pulling. Specializations in type exist within the category, such as freighting dogs (Mackenzie River husky, Malamute), sprint Alaskans (Eurohound), and distance Alaskans.
Alaskan Huskies are primarily bred as working dogs. They have greater endurance in sled racing than Siberian Huskies do. Gentle and playful, this cheerful dog is very fond of his or her family. A puppy at heart, they are clever, sociable and loving, easy-going and docile, though they do generally have a lot of energy, especially as puppies. Good with children and friendly with strangers, they are not watchdogs, for they bark little and love everyone. Huskies are very intelligent and trainable, but they have a mind of their own and will only obey a command if they see the point and if you do not display leadership, they will not see the point in obeying you. Training takes patience, consistency and an understanding of the Arctic dog character.
|Height||20-24 inches (51-61 cm)|
|Weight||Male: 40-60 pounds (18-27 kg)Female: 35-48 pounds (16-22 kg)|
|Colors||Black Blonde Gray Orange White|
|Good In Apartments||
They are not usually recommended for apartments, however they can live in apartments if well trained and properly exercised. Alaskan Huskies are very active indoors and do best with a fenced-in large yard. Because of their heavy coats, these dogs prefer cool climates. One has to use common sense with respect to maintaining them in the heat by providing adequate shade and air conditioning. This breed prefers to live in packs.
|Good With Children||
|Good With Dogs||
|Good With Cats||
Alaskan Huskies need a fair amount of exercise, including long daily walks. Take caution excessively exercising in warm weather. They need a large yard with a high fence, but bury the wire at the base of the fence because they are likely to dig their way out and go off hunting.
The Alaskan Husky can be stubborn and will take advantage of its owner when possible. This breed requires patient, consistent training.
The coat does not need much care except during the twice a year heavy shedding seasons, when they have to be combed thoroughly with a metal comb.
Moderate Shedding: Routine brushing will help. Be prepared to vacuum often!