Alaskan Husky Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Alaskan Husky so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginUnited States flagUnited States
Other Names
What other names does the Alaskan Husky have?
Husky
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Cross Breed

Alaskan Husky Price and Availability

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? How much money is an Alaskan Husky?
$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 Alaskan Husky for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Alaskan Husky gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Alaskan Husky? How many Alaskan Husky are there in the world?
Rare: You may rarely see each other in everyday life, but you might catch a glimpse of each other at dog shows.

There are very few of them, and there have been times when they have almost drifted to the brink of extinction, so few are left.

Alaskan Husky Size

Size
Is an Alaskan Husky small, medium or large dog?

How big do Alaskan Husky get?

Medium
Weight
How much does the Alaskan Husky weigh? How much should the Alaskan Husky breed weight? What is the normal weight of an Alaskan Husky?
Male: 40-60 pounds (18-27 kg), Female: 35-48 pounds (16-22 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of an Alaskan Husky?
Male: 50 pounds (22.5 kg), Female: 41.5 pounds (19 kg)
Height
How tall is the Alaskan Husky? Alaskan Husky height:
20-24 inches (51-61 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of an Alaskan Husky?
22 inches (56 cm)

Alaskan Husky Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Alaskan Husky have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
Dense
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Alaskan Husky's 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 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 Husky dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Husky?
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.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Alaskan Husky need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Alaskan Husky every day?
4-6 weeks
Average. Experts recommended at least every 4-6 weeks for this family pup. According to a study, 56% of pet parents don’t bathe their dogs as frequently as they should, and 60% use the sniff test when deciding when it’s bath time.

Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.

Alaskan Husky Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Alaskan Husky have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
AgileEnergeticProtectiveAlertPowerfulSensitive
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Alaskan Husky? Is the Alaskan Husky breed dumb or smart?
Average: It takes patience to teach this breed any tricks or commands, but the effort is worth it. They understand and remember new commands after an average of 25-40 repetitions.

The Alaskan Husky ranks average in the intelligence ranking of dogs.

Trainability
Are Alaskan Husky dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
A slightly harder to train than average. 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 is this breed?
The Alaskan Husky is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Alaskan Husky sensitivity:
Sensitive: Alaskan Huskys don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits.

This breed's emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle punishments well.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is an Alaskan Husky a good family dog?
Average to High: Alaskan Huskys are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Husky need? Alaskan Husky social needs:
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 Husky dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Husky 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 the same barks could have different meanings.

Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.

Watchdog Ability
Is Alaskan Husky good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Alaskan Huskys are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Alaskan Husky dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Alaskan Huskys are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend its territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do Alaskan Husky bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Husky? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Alaskan Husky? 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.)
Bite Force
Does the Alaskan Husky has a hard bite? What is the bite force of an Alaskan Husky? How much bite force does an Alaskan Husky have?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Alaskan Husky bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI.

The Alaskan Husky, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained.

However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.

Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Alaskan Husky do?
Alaskan Huskys have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not 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? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Alaskan Husky roam?
Alaskan Huskys have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a 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? Does Alaskan Husky have high 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 Husky dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Alaskan Husky good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Not an apartment-friendly dog the Alaskan Husky breed. If you don't have a garden, think carefully about your decision, keeping Alaskan Husky indoors can cause a lot of problems.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
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.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can an Alaskan Husky be left alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.

Alaskan Husky Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Alaskan Husky temperament with other people:
Alaskan Huskys are very stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Alaskan Husky dogs get along with other pets? Are Alaskan Husky dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Alaskan Huskys do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Child Friendly
Are Alaskan Husky dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Alaskan Husky temperament with children:
Alaskan Huskys are average friendly dogs towards children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Alaskan Husky dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Alaskan Husky breed live with a cat?
Alaskan Huskys are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Alaskan Husky good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Alaskan Husky dogs get along with other 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.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Alaskan Husky breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Alaskan Husky breed suitable for first-time owners?
No
Alaskan Huskys are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Office Friendly
Are Alaskan Huskys good office dogs? Do Alaskan Huskys make good office friendly dogs? Can Alaskan Huskys be office dogs?
No
Alaskan Husky is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Alaskan Husky dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Husky temperament with senior people? Are Alaskan Husky dogs good for elderly owners?
Alaskan Huskys are commonly okay with elderly people.

Alaskan Husky Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Alaskan Husky dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Alaskan Huskys tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Alaskan Husky breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Alaskan Husky breed? Most common health risks of Alaskan Husky:
HyperthyroidismLaryngeal ParesisProgressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Alaskan Husky breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Alaskan Husky see the vet?
Frequent
The Alaskan Husky should have a complete physical check-up at least once (but preferably twice) per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Alaskan Husky dogs live? How old can a Alaskan Husky be? What is the age limit of the Alaskan Husky? How many years can the oldest Alaskan Husky live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of an Alaskan Husky?

9-15 years
The average lifespan of Alaskan Husky: 12 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? What is the activity level of the Alaskan Husky?
Alaskan Huskys are high-energy dogs. An active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does an Alaskan Husky need? How much exercise do Alaskan Husky dogs 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 the Alaskan Husky breed need?
Alaskan Huskys are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend too much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does an Alaskan Husky need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does an Alaskan Husky breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Alaskan Husky? How much food should I feed my Alaskan Husky?
1.5 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two or three meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Alaskan Husky 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 and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers cold weather
The Alaskan Husky can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog. Dogs can suffer from frostbite and hypothermia in extremely cold weather, so it is important to take precautions to keep your dog safe and comfortable during the winter months.
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
Does the Alaskan Husky 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.

Alaskan Husky As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Alaskan Husky be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Alaskan Husky is not the best breed for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Alaskan Husky be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Alaskan Husky be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Alaskan Husky is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Alaskan Husky be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.

Alaskan Husky is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Alaskan Husky be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Alaskan Husky is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Alaskan Husky be a boat dog?

Not really

Alaskan Husky breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Alaskan Husky be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.

Alaskan Husky is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Alaskan Husky dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Alaskan Husky Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is an Alaskan Husky pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Alaskan Husky breed is pregnant?

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 female 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 female’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.

Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Alaskan Husky have in a litter? How many puppies can the Alaskan Husky breed have for the first time? How many puppies does an Alaskan Husky have? How many puppies can an Alaskan Husky give birth to?
4-10 puppies

Alaskan Husky Recognition

AKC Group
Is Alaskan Husky recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Alaskan Husky recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Alaskan Husky breed?
Dog Registry of America Inc.

Alaskan Husky Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Low to Average: The Alaskan Husky has a low to the average risk for obesity.
  • Adaptability: Alaskan Huskys adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Dog Friendly: Alaskan Huskys are very dog-friendly dogs.
Cons
  • Trainability: A slightly harder to train than average.
  • Health Issues: Alaskan Huskys tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Hypoallergenic: Alaskan Huskys don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Not an apartment-friendly dog the Alaskan Husky breed.
  • Mouthiness: Alaskan Huskys have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Alaskan Huskys have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
  • Cat Friendly: Alaskan Huskys are not cat-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Alaskan Husky is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Alaskan Huskys are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

Alaskan Husky History

The history of the Alaskan Husky begins with the numerous native village dogs of North America that lived in the area long before Europeans and Russians arrived. Before Colombus’s voyages, archeology has proven that there were a wide variety of dogs. There was everything from the small Innu Canoe Hunting Dogs, to Salish Wool dogs who were specifically bred for their wool to make blankets and clothing. In addition to these native dogs, common Indian and village dogs were found all over North and South America, of which the Alaskan Village dogs were a northerly version. It is from these early village dogs, more specifically the Coastal Eskimo dog and the Alaskan Interior Village dog, that the Alaskan Husky was derived.

Both the Coastal Eskimo dog and the Alaskan Interior Village dog are descendants of ancient dogs that migrated with their nomadic masters across the Bering Strait into Alaska over 14,000 years ago. For the early tribal groups of North America, these dogs were a crucial part of survival and fulfilled a variety of roles. As the early nomadic inhabitants of Alaska migrated from one place to another, the dogs were used for carrying loads in the summer and dragging goods on the snow in the winter. It is believed that early sledding technology or the advent thereof played an important role in and had the most significant influence on the development of the modern-day Alaskan Husky. The advent of sled led to small village competitions as local tribesmen wanted to know who had the fastest dog. They began to breed these early sled dogs purposely for strength, endurance, and speed, as well as hunting ability.

Furthermore, besides the ancient breeds, genetic studies have proved a close relationship between the Alaskan Husky, Siberian Husky, and the Alaskan Malamute. However, the Alaskan Husky shows more evidence of cross-breeding with dogs which were later imported to the continent by European settlers. Other breeds implicated in its development include Greyhound, Saluki, and German Shorthaired Pointed, which may go some way toward explaining the slender profile and generally low proportion of body fat in the Alaskan Husky when compared with other Arctic breeds. Today

The Alaskan Husky developed along distinct lines, bred for different features, some for strength, but most for speed and endurance. Due to their lean physique, they are known to require more care and attention than other, similar breeds, but their superior athleticism ensured that Alaskans remained the preferred choice of many ‘mushers’, frontiersmen who relied on their dogs not just to era a living but for their survival. Although the Alaskan Husky is still used to deliver freight in some Northern villages, today’s mushers are mostly competitive sledders.

As a result of the considerable variety in its look and other features, it is not recognized by any of the kennel clubs, but its continuous popularity as a working dog appears to ensure its survival.

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Alaskan Husky Comments, Reviews and Questions

  • gp

    Aug 10, 2021, 4:23:38 PM:

    In many parts very inaccurate.

  • sofia

    Jan 14, 2021, 1:06:10 AM:

    i love huskies and i disagree with you rosella huskies are way better than golden retrievers

  • Rosella Rose

    Oct 26, 2020, 1:22:52 AM:

    Huskies are amazing, but golden retrievers are even more AMAZING! Golden retrievers are way better than huskies, but anyway, huskies are good too.