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

Meeko
4 Years
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
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.
1 month, 3 weeks ago
Book me a walkiee?
Pweeeze!