Alaskan Husky Breed Profile


The Alaskan Husky is sometimes used as sled dogs in Alaska, but generally slower than other sled dog breeds. Loves to romp and play, thus Alaskan Huskies require lots of exercise. Alaskan Huskies are extremely smart, highly capable escape artists. These dogs love to climb the fence or dig under the fence in order to get out of their enclosures. Needs an owner thats just as smart if not smarter.

Family/Child Friendly

This breed is very friendly to both family and children environments. Alaskan Huskies will often mimic the environment they are in. For example, if they are in an environment that is hyperactive, then they will become hyperactive. If they are in a calm environment, then they tend to be calm. Needs to have lots of love and attention.

Lifespan and weight

The average lifespan for this breed is around 10 to 15 years. However, with the advancement of veterinary medicine, pets have been known to live up to 20 years or longer. The average weight of the Alaskan Husky is around 46 to 60 lbs. Alaskan Huskies are not for the frail person.

Would Make a Great Pet?

The Alaskan Husky would make a great pet for someone who has a yard to play in and lots of love and attention to give. They tend to mimic their owners in terms of how energetic they can be. However, that may not be the case with all Huskies because they have the right to change their mind without notice.

Common Diseases

Alaskan Huskies, as beautiful and robust a breed they are, aren't without their fair share of health problems. However, be relieved that their health problems are few and far between. Huskies are prone to PRA, Hypothyroidism, and Esophagus disorders.

Shedding and Housebreaking Factor

Alaskan Huskies tend to shed a lot. They will literally cover your floors in fur, which is why they're not recommended as house pets. They need daily grooming to get their coats under control, or you will have a mess on your hands. Housebreaking is generally out of the question, as Huskies prefer most if not all of their time outdoors. They will quickly become bored when indoors and may resort to destructive behavior.

Best Owner Compatibility

Not for the apartment or condo dweller, as these dogs shed heavily. Alaskan Huskies are considered hyperactive dogs, so if the home is too small they may resort to destructive behavior out of sheer boredom. Not for the frequent traveler, as these dogs are highly social animals. They need a big yard to romp and play in, preferably in the country setting or a surburban setting with lots of acreage.

Where to Buy

Reputable breeders, animal shelters, and rescue groups.

Average Cost

Owning an Alaskan Husky doesn't come cheaply. The average cost of these animals runs around $10,000 to $15,000 each. Veterinary care should be included in your budget when you buy a pet.

Aggression Factor

Alaskan Huskies tend to be aggressive towards smaller animals and smaller pets by nature. One reason for that is they view the smaller pet as some form of prey. Aggression towards humans not very common unless the human was or is abusive. Alaskan Huskies that were rescued from an abusive situation may also show aggression, but its only out of fear.

Noise Factor

Alaskan Huskies tend to be very vocal animals. Thus being so they are not suited for the apartment or condo environment. When they howl, one cannot tell the difference between the howl of an Alaskan Husky and the howl of a wolf. When Alaskan Huskies are together with other Alaskan Huskies, vocalization will result as a form of communication among the species.

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