Alusky

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United States
Alaskan Malamute
Siberian Husky
The Alusky dog is the offspring of the Alaskan Malamute and Siberian Husky. Both of these dogs were originally bred as sled dogs and the Alusky is known to be quite skilled at it as well, among other things. These dogs are very active and will be a great match for owners who love to bring their dogs on walks or runs. However, you should be cautious exercising them in the extreme heat, as they are more suited to colder climates. Due to their high intelligence level, these dogs will be fairly easy to train and can catch on to concepts quickly. The only problem could be their stubbornness, which is why they will be a challenge for first time dog owners.
Purpose
Sledding, carting, search and rescue, freight hauling, racing
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Alaskan Malamute, Siberian Husky

Alusky Breed History

The Alusky is the mix between a Siberian Husky and an Alaskan Malamute. This hybrid breed will claim characteristics from the parents, and, as in the case of all designer breeds, it is hard to predict how much of each parent the dog will get. The Alaskan Malamute, which is one of the parent breeds, is actually one of the oldest and most ancient as well. It is from this dog that the Alusky gets its stubbornness and need for constant mental stimulation. They do best in cold temperatures as opposed to heat, as they were created to pull sleds and also to hunt polar bears and seals. They were bred for strength opposed to speed and would contribute to expeditions by pulling heavy loads. The Alaskan Malamute was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1935. The other half of the Alusky, which is the Siberian Husky, originates from Siberia sometime in the 19th century. They are smart and intelligent but can also be difficult to train. They were dogs who were bred to pull sleds as well, and were quite important to their people, as it was the only way of transportation at that time. Sled racing became popular around that time and, unlike the Alaskan Malamute, the Siberian Husky proved to be quite fast. Both of these dogs came together to create the Alusky, which today is often used in sledding, carting, search and rescue, freight hauling and racing.

Alusky Breed Appearance

The Alusky is a dog that is medium to large in size and has a compact but sturdy body that is usually longer in length than in height. The eyes will be deep set and almond shaped, either brown or sometimes blue if they took on the stunning eyes of the Siberian Husky. They have large, erect, wedge shaped ears and long, narrow muzzles that can look almost wolf like. These dogs will have dark noses and fluffy tails. The Alusky dogs have strong, muscular legs. The double coat is thick and dense, with the possibility of many color combinations. The Alusky can have fur the color of red, brown, cream, white, silver, light brown, gray, golden or salt and pepper, or can be found as combinations of these colors. Some Alusky dogs may have slightly different characteristics, as they could take on more of the appearance from one parent than the other.

Alusky Breed Maintenance

These dogs like to dig, so fences should ideally be deep in the ground. Giving them a sandbox for digging can help prevent holes in the yard. Since they get bored if not occupied, you should ensure that your Alusky has toys available at all times. To keep their dense coat healthy, you will need to brush them several times a week. However, during shedding seasons in the spring and summer, you may want to brush them daily to help with the increased shedding. They do shed often and seasonally. Apart from grooming, bathing will only be necessary when they get dirty and the ears should be checked often as well. Like all dogs, the Alusky will benefit from proper and early socialization. They also need to have their teeth brushed two to three times a week and nails clipped once or twice a month. Because of their size and energy, these dogs need a decently large sized home with a yard. Apartment life will not suit them, as well as life with anyone who is not able to provide them their exercise needs.

Alusky Activity Requirements

These dogs are large and energetic, and for the safety of the kids, they should not be in a home with children or should be supervised with young ones at all times. The Alusky is smart, and if you are experienced they can be moderately easy to train. If this is your first dog, however, their stubbornness could prove to be difficult. They are also known to be independent, so consistency and firmness are necessary to prove to them that you are the leader of the pack, and not the other way around. These dogs will respond best to positive enforcement, like treats and praise for good behavior, and avoid using harsh tones. They are loyal, loving and playful pets that enjoy meeting new people, and are too friendly to be watchdogs. They have hunting instincts, so you should be cautious while on walks and near smaller pets, as they may take off after them. The Alusky can get destructive when left alone for long periods at a time, as they are too social and want to be around their family.

Alusky Owner Experiences

Mickey
2 Months
3 People
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Walk
He's more relax and likes to sleep. But we it's time to play it go for a walk he's happy and energetic.
1 day, 5 hours ago
Mia
13 Years
2 People
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Playing in the snow
Watching movies
Cuddling
catch
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Go to Park
We rescued Mia when she was seven and a half from our local shelter. She was very sick and had been abused and neglected by her previous owners. We guess she was also born in a puppy mill, due to genetic deformations that have her weak tendons, muscles, and hips. She was very stubborn and made a lot of noise but she was a sweet, loving dog who loved belly rubs, walks on the beach, and eating snow. In her later years she displayed some strange behavior such as eating dirt, but the vet said it was because she wanted more vitamins and minerals. She was a lazy dog and she shed a lot. We still find her fur all over the house and car. One of her favorite games was Catch. Not fetch. Catch. We’d throw her the ball and she would catch it in her mouth and drop it and then bark at us until we picked it up and did it over. If she didn’t catch it in her mouth, she would chase it for about five feet and then turn around and bark at us to get the ball. My dad often joked we needed to get her a soap box to stand on. When we first got her, she needed a leash at all times since we didn’t have a fenced in yard. She bonded with my dad, since I wasn’t at home a lot, and in her later years would follow him when she slipped her collar. She had constant health issues such as Pneumonia, Cysts, and a nasty Bacterial Infection in her lungs she had her whole life. Four times we were terrified she was going to die and all four times she surprised us by living. On my birthday, three months ago, she was diagnosed with Lymph Node Cancer. She was suffering and we made the heart wrenching decision to put her down. We took her into the vet and gave her Bacon Pizza and a chocolate cupcake with peanut butter frosting and mini Reese’s peanut butter cups on top. The vet came in and gave her the injections and she laid her head in my lap. She died on May 4th, 2018 at 3:45 PM EST. She was thirteen and a half years old. I still haven’t fully gotten over her death, and I don’t think I ever will. She was my first dog and she was a joy to love and care for. I wish I had gotten to her before her old owners and given her the life she deserved, but I know while she was with us she was happy and spoiled rotten. I know she’s up on her Soapbox in the Sky, barking at the world while the people go about their daily business.
1 week, 3 days ago
Lexa
2 Months
3 People
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Very nice lovely like little baby
1 month ago
Braeden
11 Months
3 People
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Obedience, Service dog Tasking
Braeden has been a very good dog since the start. He is a very calm dog. We have had no issues with him when it comes to health or obedience. He is very willing to learn and very smart.. He is a very sweet dog with a very loving temperament.
2 months, 1 week ago
NIKITA
5 Months
1 People
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Running
Lovely and happy always.
3 months, 3 weeks ago
Meeka
6 Years
2 People
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Meeka can be stubborn as she will come into the house when she is ready to but also playful. She likes to steal a shoe and run around the yard as if she would say "look wh aaaqt I have!"
4 months, 2 weeks ago
Zeke
12 Weeks
4 People
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It’s been Great! He is very friendly
5 months, 2 weeks ago
Nova
5 Months
6 People
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Surprisingly, my Alusky is more on the relaxed side. She does not become destructive when bored, but would rather sleep instead. When outside, she enjoys it and releases her happiness with everything and everyone.
5 months, 4 weeks ago
Meeko
4 Years
3 People
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Walking
Great breed. Mine is much more malamute than husky. Energetic and destructive as a puppy, but around 3 he turned into a turd. Inside, you don't even know you have a dog as he is laid back. But when outside he comes alive.
7 months, 3 weeks ago
Book me a walkiee?
Pweeeze!
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