The Alusky, or Alaskan Husky, are bred from an Alaskan Malamute and a Siberian Husky. Both parent breeds were bred to be sled dogs, and the Alusky can hold its own at the sport as well. In addition to sledding, they are used for carting, search and rescue, freight hauling, and racing. Aluskies are extremely friendly, and for this reason would not make good guard dogs, as they have such a propensity for befriending strangers.
There is no known date as to the beginnings of the Alusky, however it is believed to have originated around Northern Canada and Alaska, an offshoot of the Canadian Native Village. They were developed by mushers who wanted a dog that was bigger and hardier than the Eskimo Village dogs.
There is no standard for the Alusky as it is a considered a type of dog and not technically a breed, so there are no restrictions to what its ancestry can be. They tend to be a mix of Nordic dogs, and more recently have been introduced to hounds and pointers.
Aluskies can grow to be up to 28 inches tall and weigh up to 100 pounds, so these are large sized dogs. With both parent breed having a beautiful coat, the Alusky doesn’t disappoint with its thick, dense coat and fluffy tail.
The Alusky coat can be found in several colors including, silver, light brown, red, white, golden, gray, brown, cream, and salt and pepper. With muscular legs and powerful paws, they are just as big and powerful as one might think.
Aluskies are extremely friendly, sociable dogs, who get along with everyone, even those they’ve just met. While they are social, they can be quiet and subdued around a lot of noise and activity. They have a pack mentality, but don’t need to be the leader of the pack, so it’s much easier for the owner to become the pack leader.
The Alusky likes the outdoors but prefers to be where its human is so it can develop separation anxiety and destructive behavior if kept outside, or away from their owner too long. They need plenty of attention and like to sleep inside, next to their people.
Caring for Alusky
Caring for an Alusky takes some work as they are active dogs who tend to shed and require some attention.
Due to their high energy and activity levels, Aluskies should be fed approximate 3 – 4 cups of a high-quality kibble a day, broken into two meals, one in the morning and one at suppertime. It is important to get a food that is formulated for your dog’s size, metabolism and activity level to ensure that they are getting the proper nutrients.
Aluskies have dense coats and require regular brushing, it is recommended to brush them several times a week and increase that to daily during their heavy shedding periods with the change of seasons. Bathing is only necessary when they are dirty so as not to dry out their skin, causing issues.
Alusky Activity Levels
The Alusky is a very energetic and active breed who benefits from regular exercise and should have at least 60 to 90 minutes a day of physical activity. Both parent breeds love the outdoors and adventures and the Alusky is no different in this sense.
While they love the outdoors, attention should be paid when in a hotter climate, these dogs were meant for colder climates and can overheat easily. Aluskies also like to dig, so giving them a spot, that’s not too close to a fence, could give them plenty of fun.
The Alusky should have their teeth brushed on a two to three times a week and their nails clipped about once or twice a month.
Some other areas of maintenance to consider is the size of living quarters and yard. Aluskies are large breeds and need a lot of space, both inside and out. In addition, due to their propensity to dig, it is recommended that you check the perimeter of your fenced yard on a regular basis to ensure they haven’t dug an escape route.
On average the Alusky is a very healthy breed and it is not uncommon for them to live to be 15 years old.
Some health issues that have been noted in the breed are hip dysplasia, various eye problems, hypothyroidism, stomach and bowel issues, and larynx deformation.