Alaskan Husky

Alaskan Husky

This article also relates to: Alaskan Klee Kai

The Alaskan Husky originates from...

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 used in haulage, the transportation of food and supplies to remote locations, and competing in sled races. It is commonly thought to have descended from the Siberian Husky, German Short-Haired Pointer, and the Greyhound. The Alaskan Klee Kai is a smaller version of its cousin, with smaller features resembling that of the Siberian Husky.

The Alaskan Husky is characterised by...

This non pure bred 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, strong jaw, and inherent stamina for long periods of physical exertion. It 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.

The average Alaskan Husky...

While 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 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 dog of this breed will weigh 20-25kg, with a life expectancy of 12-15 years when shown the appropriate care.

Weaknesses...

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.

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