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Alaskan Husky

Origin United States
GroupSled Dogs
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Other Names
What other names does the Alaskan Husky have? The breed also known as...
Husky (Alaskan)
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Cross Breed
Price
How much does the Alaskan Husky puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it?
$1000-$1500
If you choose to purchase the Alaskan Husky, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a dog for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Alaskan Husky gets to a happy place.

General Appearance

Size
What is the Alaskan Husky's size? How big is this dog?
Medium
Weight
How much does the Alaskan Husky weigh?
Male: 40-60 pounds (18-27 kg), Female: 35-48 pounds (16-22 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of this canine?
Male: 50 pounds (22.5 kg), Female: 41.5 pounds (19 kg)
Height
How tall is the Alaskan Husky?
20-24 inches (51-61 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido?
22 inches (56 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Alaskan Husky have? What does this canine coat look like?
Dense
Colors
What color is the Alaskan Husky's coat? What color is a proper this fido coat?
GrayWhiteBlondeOrangeBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Alaskan Husky and how often?
Average: The Alaskan Husky requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential. Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes. Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath. If you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of your Alaskan Husky, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Alaskan Huskys shed? How to control, reduce and prevent this canine shedding?
Alaskan Huskys shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Alaskan Husky have?
AgileEnergeticProtectiveAlertPowerfulSensitive
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Alaskan Husky?
Average: Alaskan Husky's has average obedience intelligence. Patience is needed for teaching this breed to any tricks and commands though, but it's worth the effort. They understand and memorize new commands in 25-40 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 50% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Alaskan Huskys easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Alaskan Huskys aren't famous for their trainability. This breed needs more time and repetition to obey. It's challenging to teach them new commands, but not impossible.
Playfulness
How playful dog breed is this dog?
The Alaskan Husky is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive is it?
Alaskan Huskys are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle light punishments very well. They don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Alaskan Huskys are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed doesn't considered as an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does need this dog?
Alaskan Huskys need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Barking
Do Alaskan Huskys bark a lot? Why does my dog bark?
Average to high: The Alaskan Husky is a vocal breed. Not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often bark loudly and howl sometimes. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Are Alaskan Huskys good watchdogs?
Alaskan Huskys are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but observation isn't considered as their main job.
Territorial
Does this canine have an aggressive/protective behavior of their territory/property?
Alaskan Huskys are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective to their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend his territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
How likely are you to get bite from this dog? Why do dog bites happen?
Moderate
The Alaskan Husky has an average chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Alaskan Husky do? How big is the mouthiness potential of this breed?
Alaskan Huskys have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not an aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Alaskan Huskys need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Alaskan Husky to run away? This dog wanderlust potential:
Alaskan Huskys have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command. This breed is also able to cause damage to your fence.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive?
Alaskan Huskys have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Alaskan Huskys are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on leash.
Apartment Friendly
Are Alaskan Huskys good apartment dogs? Can they live in a flat?
Alaskan Huskys are not apartment-friendly dogs. If you don't have a garden, you may have to reconsider your choice for having a puppy from this breed.
Adaptability
Are they adaptive and easy to handle?
Alaskan Huskys adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they good with strangers? Are they friendly with strangers?
Alaskan Huskys are very stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Alaskan Huskys kid-friendly dogs? Are they good with young children?
Alaskan Huskys are average friendly dogs towards children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Alaskan Huskys get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido temperament with cats?
Alaskan Huskys are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Are they dog-friendly with other dogs? How well do Alaskan Huskys get along with dogs? What is this canine temperament with dogs?
Alaskan Huskys are very dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Alaskan Husky can be a great choice.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Are they healthy breed? Do Alaskan Huskys have health problems?
Alaskan Huskys tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Life Expectancy
How long do Alaskan Huskys live? What is this dog average life span?
10-15 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Alaskan Husky breed hypoallergenic?
No
Alaskan Huskys don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Alaskan Husky have? How high is the energy level of this fido?
Alaskan Huskys are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Alaskan Huskys require per day?
Alaskan Huskys need a lot of exercises. Long walks should be on a daily schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Alaskan Huskys are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Alaskan Husky need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1.5 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two or three meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? The risk for obesity:
Low to Average. The Alaskan Husky has a low to the average risk for obesity. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight change, consult your veterinarian to make a meal plan, and measure the Alaskan Husky's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate cold and hot weather?
Prefers cold weather
The Alaskan Husky can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Alaskan Husky has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Do they drool? How much does it drool?
The Alaskan Husky is an average drooler. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog pregnancy last? How long does it take to have a few puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Alaskan Husky: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Alaskan Husky have a litter? Twice a year (maximum)
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Alaskan Husky have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
4-10 puppies

Advantages

  • Weight Gain Potential: Low to Average.
  • Adaptability: Alaskan Huskys adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.

Disadvantages

  • Hypoallergenic: Alaskan Huskys don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Barking: Average to high: The Alaskan Husky is a vocal breed.
  • Trainability: Alaskan Huskys aren't famous for their trainability.
  • Mouthiness: Alaskan Huskys have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Apartment Friendly: Alaskan Huskys are not apartment-friendly dogs.

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