Alaskan Husky / Siberian Husky Mix

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The basics:
RightPet does not advocate the intentional cross-breeding of purebred dogs. But the reality is that most dogs available for adoption at shelters and rescues are mixed breeds. We think it might be helpful to hear from owners of these mixes to see what traits can be found in these dogs who are desperately needing homes.

The Alaskan Husky mix has a lot of Siberian in it to begin with, and the offspring of a Alaskan Husky crossed with a Siberian Husky will itself often be called an Alaskan Husky. The best of the mixes may be held back as working sled dogs, but you may occasionally find them offered as companion animals. Know how to socialize a large cold weather dog with a stubborn streak.

Appearance / health:
Being a mixed breed, the looks of an Alaskan Husky vary greatly. The predominant genes include the Siberian Husky and native Alaskan dogs. Alaskan Huskies are moderate in size and tend to be taller and longer-legged than the Siberian Husky. Eyes are often light blue or brown but can be of any other color. The ears are pricked or drooping. The tail shows great variation.

Alaskan Huskies shed heavily twice a year. During this time, owners brush them with a hard comb.

Because they were developed as working dogs, Alaskan huskies require a LOT of strenuous exercise to maintain psychological as well as physical health. 1 to 2 hours of running, bikjoring, skijoring or other dog-powered sport at least 3 times per week. Failure to provide adequate exercise can result in unwanted behavioral issues.

Bloat is seen in some dogs. Arthritis (Joint inflammation) may also occur. Health issues include hypothyroidism, which is easily and inexpensively treated.

Behavior / temperament:
Alaskan Huskies retain characteristics similar to wolves. They howl in packs and their tough feet are perfect for the cold. They are extremely popular with mushers and racers not only for their performance but also for their hardy yet entertaining nature. Some are shy. Others are loud and boisterous, leaping up to greet every person who passes. These dogs were bred to work and show no aggression toward humans. Their hunting instinct is strong probably owing to their wolf ancestry.

They can be difficult to housebreak. Training as sled dogs requires several months of intensive sessions to build their muscles and health.

They can be very noisy because of their tendency to howl and may cause a nuisance to neighbors. They may howl around 2-3 times a day for about less than a minute. They do not bark much.

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