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Alaskan Husky

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Alaskan Husky sitting on dirt with mouth open

Adult Alaskan Husky who actively enjoys sled pulling and pulling her owner on skis


Alaskan Huskies are usually somewhat larger than Siberian Huskies. Alaskan Huskies are usually leaner in build than Siberians. Siberians often have blue or any combination of blue and brown eyes, whereas Alaskan Huskies often have brown eyes.


Alaskan Huskies are primarily bred as working dogs. They have greater endurance in sled racing than Siberian Huskies do. Gentle and playful, this cheerful dog is very fond of his or her family. A puppy at heart, they are clever, sociable and loving, easy-going and docile, though they do generally have a lot of energy, especially as puppies. Good with children and friendly with strangers, they are not watchdogs, for they bark little and love everyone. Huskies are very intelligent and trainable, but they have a mind of their own and will only obey a command if they see the point and if you do not display leadership, they will not see the point in obeying you. Training takes patience, consistency and an understanding of the Arctic dog character. If you are not this dog’s 100% firm, confident, consistent pack leader, he will take advantage if he can, becoming willful and mischievous. Huskies make excellent jogging companion, as long as it is not too hot. Huskies may be difficult to housebreak. This breed likes to howl and gets bored easily. They do not like to be left alone, so if this is the breed for you, you may want to consider having two. A lonely Husky, or a Husky that does not get enough mental and physical exercise can become very destructive. Remember that the Husky is a sled dog in heart and soul. They are good with other pets if they are raised with them from puppyhood. Huskies are thrifty eaters and need less food than you might expect. This breed likes to roam. Alaskan Huskies can make wonderful companions for people who are aware of what to expect from these beautiful and intelligent animals. Although there are exceptions to every rule, there are a number of breed characteristics that are generally present among members of this Arctic breed.

Height, Weight

Weight: Males 40 - 60 pounds (18 - 27 kg) Females 35 - 48 pounds (16 - 22 kg)

Health Problems


Living Conditions

They are not usually recommended for apartments, however they can live in apartments if well trained and properly exercised. Alaskan Huskies are very active indoors and do best with a fenced-in large yard. Because of their heavy coats, these dogs prefer cool climates. One has to use common sense with respect to maintaining them in the heat by providing adequate shade and air conditioning. This breed prefers to live in packs.


Alaskan Huskies need a fair amount of exercise, including long daily walks. Take caution excessively exercising in warm weather. They need a large yard with a high fence, but bury the wire at the base of the fence because they are likely to dig their way out and go off hunting.

Life Expectancy

About 10 -15 years.

Litter Size

About 4 to 10 puppies


The coat does not need much care except during the twice a year heavy shedding seasons, when they have to be combed thoroughly with a metal comb.


Alaskan Huskies are carefully bred to produce the best working dogs possible. The breedings of the Alaskan Husky are planned breedings and are technically pedigreed, however they are not consider pure and are not registered by the AKC or CKC because they are sometimes crossed with other Northern and non-Northern breeds to produce the best working dogs possible.




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Luna the Alaskan Husky sitting on grass wearing a red bandana

Luna the Alaskan Husky at 4 years old—"We rescued Luna from the MSPCA at 8 months. She looks very much like all of the sled dogs we see in Northern New England. She's very smart, listens well and very good with children and other dogs."

Luna the Alaskan Husky laying on side with rope toy in front of her

Luna the Alaskan Husky at 4 years old

Forrest the Alaskan Husky on a leash standing on a sandy path with a person in the background

"This is Forrest. His full name is Forrest Gump. He was 4 years old here. He came from a family in Destin, FL that didn't want him because he was too big. So far he has been the best dog in the world!! I love him so much!! My family has three children that range from age 5 to 14. Our youngest son Dakota sleeps with him at night. Forrest is an Alaskan Husky. We have had him for 6 years now and he has been wonderful. Laid back, doesn't bark, good with dogs and children, and knows how to properly heel at your side. He even listens to our 5-year-old son Dakota!! Wonderful family dog. He needs a bigger yard though, but we exercise him every day by running or walking him down the street."

White Alaskan Husky sitting in the dirt with grass in the background

Adult Alaskan Husky

White Alaskan Husky sitting in the dirt and gravel with its ears pinned back and its mouth open looking like it is smiling.

Adult Alaskan Husky

Lupus the Alaskan Husky close up headshot

Lupus, photo courtesy of the Alaskan Husky Homepage

Lupus the Alaskan Husky standing on a rock in the middle of tall grass

This is Lupus. Photo courtesy of the Alaskan Husky Homepage

Lupus the Alaskan Husky laying on its back in a dog bed

Lupus, photo courtesy of the Alaskan Husky Homepage

Beast the Alaskan Husky walking on leafy path with mouth open and tongue out

Beast the Alaskan Husky

Jonna the Alaskan Husky sitting in leaves with a trash can behind it

Jonna the Alaskan Husky

Silver the Alaskan Husky standing on leaves with trashcan behind it

Silver the Alaskan Husky