Alaskan Husky

AKC Group: Working

As their name suggests, these dogs did originate in Alaska where they were bred for sledding, pulling and racing. They are very fast and have taken the title of the best sled racing dog away from their Siberian Husky cousins. Alaskan Huskies are essentially mutts, mixed from Siberian Huskies, German Shepherds, Inuit Huskies, even Border Collies and more.

Size: 45 to 65 pounds, about 25 inches.

Color: Not recognized as an official breed by the AKC, Alaskan Huskies can be a multitude of colors. They are usually grey, black and white, but cream, brown and red are seen at times too.

Life span: Up to 14 years.

Health problems: Hyperthyroidism, cataracts, glaucoma.

Alaskan Huskies are friendly, curious, calm dogs. If you’re looking for a watchdog that won’t bark excessively, this is the dog for you. They are good with older children, but your family cat or youngster may only see his annoying curious personality. Alaskan Huskies are much calmer than Siberian Huskies.

To keep your Alaskan Husky mentally stimulated, he needs a yard and the bigger the home you can afford, the better; Alaskan Huskies need a lot of room inside the home too. They are lively, playful, intelligent, mischievous pets that can sometimes lapse into wilful or stubbornness. For the most part, Alaskan Huskies are very easygoing dogs. If you are able to give your Alaskan Husky another (largish) dog companion, he’ll be happy. If you can’t, he’ll need to go to a dog park to give him social interaction time. Bred for sledding activities and racing, Alaskan Huskies need a lot of exercise. This physical exercise will also impact their mental health. If you give them enough physical stimulation, you’ll allow their positive personality traits to shine like a beacon. A bored Alaskan Husky will be incredibly destructive. A canine Houdini, it’s best to have a tall fence that won’t allow him to tunnel under.

A final note: Don’t be surprised if your Alaskan Husky sometimes sounds like a wolf, they have that Husky howl.

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