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Pronunciation

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Description

Kugsha Dogs were larger and longer-legged than Siberian Huskies, but not quite as big as many Alaskan Malamutes.

Temperament

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Height, Weight

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Health Problems

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Living Conditions

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Exercise

The Kugsha Dog had a high energy level and needed a lot of exercise, which included long daily walks. They needed to keep busy or could get destructive with property if they got bored.

Life Expectancy

About 12 to 14 years

Litter Size

About 4 to 6 puppies

Grooming

The Kugsha had a dense coat that needed to be brushed twice a week. It shed very heavily. The undercoat came out in clumps twice a year. Bathing was usually unnecessary, as the coat shed dirt readily.

Origin

Kugsha are actually wolf hybrids, also called a wolfdog. The name Kugsha was made up to get around the wolf hybrid laws. Wolfen Kennel, based out of Pennsylvania, bred them. PA laws state any wolf hybrid even with 1% wolf blood has to be permitted and condemned to live in a 8' x 15' x 6' high kennel with a 4' x 4' den area with a totally enclosed top and bottom to prevent escape. They had to stay in their kennel 365 days a year 24 hours a day. If you were caught having one out you were subject to an $800 fine, a revocation of your permits and the animal was killed. There for the Kugsha dog was born. Kugsha stands for KU = Kuhlwind, GS Gorden Smith, HA Habben which were all breeders of wolves and wolf hybrids. Before they were called Kugsha dogs they were being marketed as American Huskies which didn't go over to well.

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Recognition

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