Dog Breed Facts: Alaskan Husky

1. Alaskan Husky is not an actual breed.

The name “American Husky” is often used to describe a husky mixed with something else. The American Kennel Association does not recognize it as a registered. It is classified as a working dog. It is often a mix of a Siberian husky, greyhound, and the German short-haired pointer, just to name a few. They are bred purely for their working ability, not looks or blood-line. Breeders decide on what breeds they need based on the work the dog will be doing. Alaskan Huskies are bred for long-distance running, sprinting, or for pulling heavy loads. The breeder will have this in mind when selecting dogs to breed. They are often medium-sized dogs with a variety of face shapes within the breed.

2. Alaskan Huskies are confused with other breeds.

When you first see an Alaskan Husky, you might think you see a Siberian Husky or an Alaskan Malamute. However, they tend to have a more trim physique and less hair than their more famous cousin, the Siberian Husky. They often have brown eyes rather than blue eyes. Their tails curl over their backs. They are thought of as a Spitz breed, which is a northern breed such as Samoyeds, Akitas, and Norwegian Elkhounds.

3. Endurance to the max!

As you can imagine, these dogs are literal beasts when it comes to running. They are also fast. Not too surprising since they were bred specifically for pulling sleds. They are still used to this day for sled dog racing and freight pulling. Alaskan Huskies have been clocked at running 28mph. Your dog will always have the energy to run another block with you. Just be sure you and your pet are hydrating regularly.

4. Alaskan Huskies get bored easily.

Before you run out and get yourself one of these amazing dogs, there are several things to keep in mind. They are a beautiful breed to be sure, but they are not there to lay around and look pretty. The Alaskan Husky is an active breed. They will need lots of exercises. These are intelligent dogs, so they’ll need to be trained by someone with a lot of patience and a few tricks up their sleeve.

Alaskan Huskies will become bored by too much repetition. Remember, it is classified as a working dog. It will be a constant source of anxiety for you if you don’t give it a job to do. It needs tasks and activities to feel content. If you are looking to keep your husky occupied and give you bonding time, consider obedience training and trials. Once trained, Alaskan Huskies are even known to be adept herding dogs.

5. Alaskan Huskies are very social.

Remember boredom? Don’t leave your husky outside by themselves. Otherwise, their next hobby will be digging or barking and howling for you and your neighbors. They are escape artists as well. Don’t put them in any fenced area; they can dig their way out or easily escape.

6. They love being active!

These types of dogs are best suited to someone who is going to be active a lot with their dog. They are great to take on hikes and make great running companions. Alaskan Huskies enjoy different types of canine competitions, such as endurance or agility runs. They love the outdoors. They are not an apartment dog. Do not leave them at home alone too much. They will begin to entertain themselves by digging out of the yard or chewing their way through the walls.

7. Cool climates are best.

Alaskan Huskies do best in a cool climate. Their thick fur with multiple layers is meant to keep them warm during Alaskan winters for long periods. For this reason, they are great at skijoring and accompanying their owners on snowshoeing, snowboarding, or skiing trips. If you live in a warm or hot climate, the Alaskan Husky is not the dog for you. This type of dog sports two layers of fur. The outer layer and a thick thermal layer.

8. Not a cat lover.

While training and conditioning are key, it would be a good idea to flag your new canine friend for any aggressive tendencies towards small animals. This is important if you are adopting an adult dog and have a cat or other small animal companion. Alaskan Huskies tend to view cats and other small animals as prey.

9. Health concerns?

Since Technically the Alaskan Husky is a mixed breed, there are fewer health concerns than other purebred breeds. However, that does not mean there are no inherited health concerns for this breed. This is something you will want to discuss with your veterinarian. If you are getting a puppy from a breeder, be sure to ask what tests may be available. A reputable breeder will test for genetic deficiencies or diseases on the parents. It is important to be well informed before purchasing your puppy.

You want to find a breeder who is responsible for their dogs and reputable. Some diseases that Alaskan Huskies can carry include a genetic eye disease known as progressive retinal atrophy. Progressive retinol atrophy will cause the retina to degenerate. In time this may lead to vision loss or blindness. Alaskan Huskies are predisposed to hyperthyroidism, in which the thyroid gland is underactive. The most serious of all these disorders is Encephalopathy. This affects what a dog can process from its food. With Encephalopathy, the canine is unable to absorb thiamine the way it should. The result is a host of neurologic symptoms such as seizures. The cause of this is lesions in the brain. There is no cure for Encephalopathy.

10. Alaskan Huskies are pack animals.

Alaskan Huskies are truly social creatures. They crave your attention and time. They are normally very good with other dogs. After the activities you and your husky have accomplished for the day, your husky will reward you with snuggles. Alaskan Huskies love to cuddle with their owners or lay in piles with other dogs.

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