hi on this sunday we are getting a female alaskan husky which is fantastic and the whole family is looking forward to. Thing is we asked if we could have the last 2 for a rounded total and was told yes. I was wondering is it wise to have 2 alaskan huskies one male and one female? We dont want to breed and know that we are going to have to take them to the vets!! Does anyone have some these dogs and can tell me about their hands on experience with this breed. i also have a 4 year old to take into consideration. Thankyou for your time
Are these dogs going to be pets or are you planning on using them for some type of winter sport? The only thing I know about Alaskan husking is the were created soley for the purpose of dog sledding and have more drive to do so than their siberian cousin. I wouldn't think they would make very good pets, unless you give them some sort of outlet for that drive. Good for you for educating yourself about the breed. Way too many people give up their dogs for displaying traits that come naturally to their respective breed.
I know a little about Alaskan Huskies from races but you have to remember that they're hybrids bred for sled racing. I don't think I've seen any two that look really alike. I have a Siberian Husky and they are smaller next to a Alaskan Husky; I would like to say mine's faster though, heh-heh, maybe 16+ miles an hour. However, I'm not understanding why you are thinking of getting two when you've never owned one? I live next to state land and own forty acres of my own; Hope you have some room for two. Did someone tell you that fable about "They do better in two's" crap? Do you have any other dogs? My Siberian Husky pushes the bulldogs around in my house. She is queen bitch because no one can keep up with her, literally. You must race dogs or sled for fun like me then, because I can't think of any Alaskan Husky breeder that would just give you one for a house pet. If so, you should see if you even like the breed first before getting the male also. Spend some time with the parents of the pups and see if that's what you can handle. You should post some pics: I would like to see what they look like, since none are bred for a certain look. I mean, Siberian Huskies have a speed defect because of the sickle (curved) tail which is for looks. The sickle tails cause shorter bodies and are IMO wind resistance. It'll be cool to see what your breeder is trying to go for. Speed? Strength? Endurance? Anyways, if you get one, exercise is essential- which goes for all dogs but these sled dogs need daily runs without restraint; I suppose leashed runs for people in small suburban lots where you can actually see your neighbors I guess. I sure can't see my neighbors so when I let my Siberian Husky out, she is *poof* gone but yet she comes *boing* when told. I have a harness that I clip wieghts to sometimes and that helps tire her out faster. I suppose the breeder you're getting this pup from has an outside kennel, so house breaking this dog is, well... I'll just say patience is a virtue and good luck homey. If the breeder helped house-breaking the puppies then your job might be easy. Your 4-year-old shouldn't have a problem as long as he or she treats the dog correctly like any dog and they will play together forever... I mean forever. Watch out for any agressiveness though, for one snip to you or your kid's face as a puppy and I think you're going to be returning the dog to the breeder or give it away as Rottluvr said. Although the I think the agressive dogs make better lead dogs. My Siberian Husky had a tendency to jump at my son's face when greeting him but a lot of time was spent to calm her down and training and house breaking and socializing and friendship and well, what you're suppose to do when you have any kind of dog. You're getting a working dog, so if you don't stimulate and work the dog, he or she will work you. They are wonderful loyal dogs and amusing/awe inspiring to watch, but I think the problem lies in what crosses the breeder used and experience of the owner like if your not familar about the kind/amount of work that goes into these dogs then I think you should stick to a pure bred. Perhaps a Siberian Husky? Hope to have helped DeeDee82.
P.S. Ownership will lead to the critter/rodent population around your home to decrease which may be a plus. But I like my chipmunks and flying squirrels but maybe not so much the field mice.
I own Siberian Huskies and they run a lot! I have a huge place that they can run and play and my Sibes do not like to be confined. They are good with my family and are the sweetest most loving dogs! but yeah, they do need good exercise and a lot of brushings! LOL!
I notice a lot of people end up calling the Alaskan husky a Siberian husky. They think they are the same dog just like on the movie Snow Buddies. That was clearly to me a Siberian husky pup, but the movie portrayed him to be a Alaskan husky. Are you sure you are getting Alaskan huskies or are you getting Siberian huskies?
If you have never owned one, I really hope that you read up on them because if you have never owned one, they can be a hand full. You can't just let them roam your yard without a good fence or a leash on, because if they see the opportunity to run, they will take it and you may never see them again! or worse they could get killed or stolen! I just hope the breeder at least told you information about these wonderful dogs before they tried to sell them to you. Some people do not understand what they are getting in to until that sweet adorable puppy grows up and then they realize they are more work than they thought because they do take a lot of patience! I wish you good luck and do a lot of reading up on them and be prepared to have a lot of patience on training them. They are great and wonderful dogs and I do love mine! Good Luck and Congratulations!
Oh I also meant to say the Alaskan husky is different than that of the Alaskan Malamute. An alaskan husky is a dog with different breeds in it to make it a better sled dog. They may use different Arctic breeds...one to make it faster, one to make it stronger and combine them together and then you have an alaskan husky. I am not good at explaining on computer but I hope you get the idea now of what an Alaskan husky is. LOL!
Alaskan Malamutes is a purebred dog. They are bigger than the Siberian husky, taller and bigger boned, and their fur is more coarse than the Sibe. They also should only have brown eyes.
I wondered why I couldnt find it in the breed selector on this site. So what would be the purpose of a breeder breeding this dogs for pets? If they are a mix breed to serve a specific purpose why would people breed them and home them with people who do not intend to use them for that purpose?
Some people believe in breeding the dog that does a job good.Not a breed but a great working dog. Herders are like that.They have sheep that need tending and will breed two great sheep working dogs.Doesn't matter to them if they are the same breed or not.