Alusky

60-100 lbs
26-28"
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 Purpose
Sledding, carting, search and rescue, freight hauling, racing
history Date of Origin
Unknown
ancestry Ancestry
Alaskan Malamute, Siberian Husky

Alusky Health

Average Size
Male Alusky size stats
Height: 26-28 inches Weight: 60-100 lbs
Female Alusky size stats
Height: 26-28 inches Weight: 60-100 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Hip Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Ear Infections
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Eye Examination
  • Ear Examination

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

2 paws
7 Months
3 People
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Energy
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Chasing balls
This is my first, I've had livestock dog's in the past and just wanted to try something different.
5 days, 20 hours ago
Argo (Argonaut)
3 Months
2 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
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Laying in the sun
Eating Snacks
Bath time
Nap
Play
Catch treats
Groom
Look out the window
Go to Park
Love at first sight. Cutest little guy I've seen since my other pup was a pup! He has good days and bad days, though. He can get a little crazy if he doesn't get enough attention or wants more food. I'm a firm believer in regular exercise to try and prevent bad behavior.
2 weeks, 1 day ago
Bella
1 Year
5 People
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Energy
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Run
She a nice energetic dog who loves food
3 weeks, 6 days ago
Emerick
1 Year
5 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Nap
Dog Parks
High Five
Run
Walk
Chase
I love my Alusky mix so much!?
1 month ago
Jack
6 Years
2 People
House
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Friendliness
Energy
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Backpacking
We apodted Jack from our local Humane Society at about 2 years old. For our first dog as a young couple, he fits in very well with our active live style and when were lazy, he's lazy. Jack is great with our other Husky, Keeshond, and Cat. We adopted all these pets after having him, but we were never worried about him "accecpting" them into our home. He LOVES LOVES LOVES CHILDREN (not so much hair pulling) but he is great even around newborns. He yips and howls a lot to communicate when he needs something and is very smart. Each dog is different, but I would highly recommend an Alusky to anyone who is capable of the grooming and exercise/using smart toys.
3 months ago
Meeko
4 Years
3 People
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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.
3 years, 10 months ago
NIKITA
5 Months
1 People
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Friendliness
Energy
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Pastimes
Running
Lovely and happy always.
3 years, 6 months ago
Nova
5 Months
6 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
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Pastimes
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.
3 years, 9 months ago
Zeke
12 Weeks
4 People
Apartment
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It’s been Great! He is very friendly
3 years, 8 months 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!"
3 years, 7 months ago
Braeden
11 Months
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
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.
3 years, 5 months ago
Lexa
2 Months
3 People
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Very nice lovely like little baby
3 years, 4 months ago
Mia
13 Years
2 People
House
Health
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Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Go to Park
Walk
catch
Cuddling
Watching movies
Playing in the snow
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.
3 years, 3 months ago
Mickey
2 Months
3 People
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Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
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Pastimes
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.
3 years, 3 months ago
Chabela
4 Months
3 People
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She’s absolutely the most playful little pup! Very loving.
3 years, 1 month ago
Zoe
5 Months
3 People
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Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
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Pastimes
Walk
Play
Run
sleep
Mi experiencia con este perro ha sido muy gratificante, estoy aprendiendo a enseñarle a ir al baño, aún me deja sorpresas por toda la casa, pero esta bien. La amo profundamente, es muy cariñosa, le encanta lamer mis orejas y jugar conmigo
3 years ago
Baloo
11 Months
2 People
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The best decision we've ever made was getting our Baloo. He keeps me fit and entertained at all times with his unique and hilarious personality.
2 years, 8 months ago
Demeter
4 Months
5 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walks
Running
Harness training
Ball is life
Born 1/1/2019, large puppy with lots of energy, very clever, large appetite and high protein needs. Becomes warm likes to lay on the cold spots. Very vocal and playful likes to wrestle siblings. Picks up concepts but is very stubborn. Going to be large dog with lots of energy suited for cold northern regions with lots of room. Loves running. A goof floof, 11/10 will pet again.
2 years, 6 months ago
Hiro
1 Year
4 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Cuddling
Watching tv
going on walks
Sleeping
They’re honestly a beautiful breed! I find when I walk him, some people get a little frightened since Hiro closely resembles a wolf but is always surprised with how affectionate he is! He’s a terribly fast learner and is always open for cuddles and belly rubs. He does howl but he knows when to quiet down. Hiro’s also really great with kids (but still needs to be supervised since he is quite big and sometimes gets overwhelmed and forgets how much stronger he is compared to the child). They’re very possessive - not only over their toys and food but also over their humans as well!! (My personal experience is when my best guy friend comes over, Hiro hates it and tries to make him leave and also hates whenever my friend is relatively near me).
2 years, 6 months ago
Zueko
7 Years
4 People
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We rescued a alusky with out knowing really. We wanted a dog and we found zeuko. We went to go see zueko and fell in love with him. But we didn’t know he was being neglected. The owners lied about his age they said he was 5 but we found out at the vets he was 7. We also found out he had some health problems too. He was really over weight as well. The owners openly admitted to walking him only 2 times in the space of one week. But now we have zeuko and he’s walked 3 to 4 times a day fed regularly and the right amount. He’s just got to loose a few pounds he’s gotten over his bladder problems and he’s really healthy. He doesn’t chase his tail anymore too. when we got zueko his tail was ruined like a stick with not very much fur. This was because his old owners didn’t walk him very often and when he was told he was gonna go on a walk he would chase his tail biting it. But now he’s regularly walked and doesn’t do that anymore. His tail is getting better by the day my dads so proud of zueko and he feels like we rescued him.
2 years, 5 months ago
Misha
7 Years
2 People
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Play
Only had her about a month. New experience for us and her but we are already learning and she’s a great dog.
2 years, 3 months ago
Abby
6 Months
5 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
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Pastimes
Running & walks
I have a very smart female. She learns easily but still has mid-steps occasionally.
2 years, 1 month ago
Dakota
8 Years
3 People
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Had several dogs growing up, this however is my first Alusky. Sweet, loving, kind, loyal and a tad bit stubborn. I adopted him two years ago. It has been a fantastic experience, however I would not recommend a first time dog owner to get one they do require a lot of work and attention.
1 year, 11 months ago
Cherokee
12 Years
2 People
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Our last dog was also an Alusky that we had the honor of parenting for 10 years. He had the sweetest personality and thought he was a lap dog. He was approximately 65 lbs. He had a very silky coat that was dark brown, tan, cream and white. He was beautiful. He was a talker. Anywhere we would go, he would talk to people as they admired his stunning looks. When he went on walks, neighbors would come out just to visit with him. He was my heart, and I miss him. ❤️
1 year, 4 months ago
Silver
7 Months
5 People
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Brings joy to my whole life :)
I am really glad having him in my life. He is such a great dog.I have 2 dogs, 1 is an alusky and one is a malamute/German shepard/Anita mix. The two dogs have totally different personalities. My alusky is quite shy with humans, trust only a few people, but with those really affectionate. He loves dogs soo much, it is really difficult to handle him on leash as he pulls. We are training everyday how to be better on leash and we are making some progress. He is really smart, too smart to do tasks repeatedly,as he gets bored easily. He is only 7 months old, but so far only destroyed a phone charger when left alone. He would sleep instead of destroying things,whilst my other malamute mix would escape from the garden by digging a huge whole under the fence. :) They both like to talk though, you can have a high level convo with them. Really funny. Please only get this breed if you are willing to commit to long and regular walks and exercise as they really like running.
1 year, 4 months ago
Sokka
4 Months
6 People
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Well i have 4 dogs, a bichon, husky and a pitbull mix. They all absolutely get all along so well with eachother. My alusky his name is sokka i recently got him on August 7th 2020 and hes been such a good boy! Hes really easy to train he learned potty training so quickly too, with the help of my Husky daisy she basically treats him as if he's her baby! They both get along so well and daisy and Sokka both love playing and chasing they do so well together! As for my 2 other dogs they also get along great!! The only thing id say is hard is the shedding but eh who cares they're adorable! You gotta brush them a lot Or dont its up to you but its better if you do though cause sokka hes only 4 months and he sheds like crazy!! Hes so energetic too! They are really energetic but it also depends on the puppy you get but usually they are. Id say so far sokka is amazing! Hes an absolute beauty! If you wanna see how he looks like check us out on Instagram @poofidaisy.🥺❤️❤️
1 year, 2 months ago
Bear
8 Weeks
8 People
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Friendliness
Energy
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Pastimes
Play
Tug-of-war
The puppy in the beginning of Togo!! That's her to the T
1 year, 1 month ago
Danny
11 Years
2 People
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Friendliness
Energy
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Such a good boy loves to chase the ball
1 year ago
Kimber
1 Year
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walking
Hiking
Running
He is so loving and sweet! Stubborn, but adorable and cuddly!
7 months ago
Harley
9 Months
4 People
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I love him so much. He is so sweet. He is trained and still a little tough to walk with but I ride my bike with him at our campground and it works. I'm trying to determine how long he will shed into the summer months and the difference between blowing his coay and shedding.
4 months, 3 weeks ago
Happy
4 Months
2 People
House & Yard
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Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
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Pastimes
Sniffing out certain things
Go to Park
racing
I haven’t had it for a long time, but I have did the things above with it
3 months, 2 weeks ago
Book me a walkiee?
Pweeeze!
Sketch of smiling australian shepherd