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Alaskan Husky

Origin

Alaskan Huskies are carefully bred to produce the best working dogs possible. The breeding of the Alaskan Husky are planned and are technically pedigreed, however they are not considered pure because they are sometimes crossed with other Northern and non-Northern breeds to produce the best working dogs possible.

Description

Alaskan Huskies are usually somewhat larger than other Huskies or similar breeds. Alaskan Huskies are usually leaner in build than Siberians. Siberians often have blue or any combination of blue and brown eyes; where as Alaskan Huskies often have brown eyes.

Temperament

Alaskan Huskies are primarily bred as working dogs. They have greater endurance in sled racing than Siberian Huskies. 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, although 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 can be trained easily but they have a mind of their own and will only obey a command if they deem it necessary and the person commanding demonstrates leadership.

To be able to educate and train the Alaskan Husky takes much patience, consistency and an understanding of the Arctic dog character. If you are not firm, confident, and the pack leader required the Alaskan Husky will take advantage if he can, becoming over bearing and naughty. Huskies make an excellent running companion as long as it is not too hot.

This breed likes to howl and gets bored easily. They do not like to be in the house for too long by themselves so if this is the breed for you, you may want to consider having two for companionship. A lonely Husky or a Husky who is not allowed the level of exercise required can become bored and develop problems.

Remember that the Husky is a sled dog in heart and soul. They are good with other pets if they are raised with them from puppy hood. Huskies are thrifty eaters and need less food than you might expect. This breed likes to roam. Alaskan Huskies can make wonderful companions.

Height, Weight

Height: 66 – 71cms.
Weight: 34 -41 kg.

Health Problems

Given the correct exercise this breed should not have health problems remaining in good health.

Living Conditions

They are not usually recommended for small dwellings or flats. Alaskan Huskies are very active indoors and do best with a fenced large garden. 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.

Exercise

Alaskan Huskies need a fair amount of exercise with at least two long walks allowing them to run.Take caution excessively exercising in warm weather. They need a large garden or outside space with a high fence, but bury a boundary at the base of the fence because they are likely to dig their way out and go off hunting.

Life Expectancy

About 12-15 years.

Grooming

The coat does not need much care except during the twice a year heavy moulting season, when they have to be combed thoroughly with a metal comb.

Group

Working


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