This article also relates to: Alaskan Klee Kai
The origin of this breed cannot be pinpointed, but it is believed to date back to the early Inuit communities of Alaska. The result of selective crossing between various Nordic breeds, the Alaskan Husky was widely utilised in haulage, the transportation of food and supplies to remote locations, and competing in sled races. By scrutinising the characteristics of the Alaskan Husky, it is commonly thought to have descended from the Siberian Husky, German Short-Haired Pointer and the Greyhound. The Alaskan Klee Kai is a reduced version of its cousin, with smaller features resembling that of the Siberian Husky.
This non-purebed dog possesses brown eyes as opposed to the blue of the Siberian Husky. Its athletic build reflects a dog equipped for a working lifestyle, with muscular legs, a powerful body and strong jaw, and inherent stamina for long periods of physical exertion. The Alaskan Husky is further characterised by its profuse double coat, aiding the dog's survival in harsh climates. Its long, bushy tail is often used to protect the face when the dog is asleep. Natural runners, the Husky is highly active and boisterous, with keen senses for hunting and an aptitude for swimming.
Whilst not known for its intelligence, the breed is instinctive and will follow its eyes and nose when led. Like the Klee Kai, the Alaskan Husky has a high energy level and benefits from wide, outdoor spaces in which to exercise and play. Affectionate and tactile, the breed craves human attention and contact and is devoted and loyal to its master. The ideal breed choice for the active family or dedicated sole owner, providing its exercise needs are met. The average Alaskan Husky will weigh 20-25 kg, with a life expectancy of 12-15 years when shown the appropriate care.
The Alaskan Husky is notoriously healthy, prone to few genetic or breed-specific diseases. It is, however, susceptible to various optical complaints, including progressive retinal atrophy and cataracts, as well as a hormone disorder called Hypothyroidism.