The Alaskan Husky is an actual breed of dog. The problem is, each line of Alaskan Husky can be different than another. Alaskan Huskies are a dog developed to run fast pulling a sled. Most are bred to be able to stand the cold weather of Alaska or other colder States and other Counties.
What are the breeds used to make up an Alaskan Husky Dog? Whatever the particular person breeding them wanted to use, and many folks are still working on their mix to perfect the dogs or create a faster dog. Many Alaskan Huskies, if not most, have a bit to more than a bit of wolf lines bred into them too.
We have been around many, thousands of Alaskan Huskies at Sled Dog Races and other dog events. For the most part, and of course there are exceptions to the rule, they are not a dog you want your child, small dog or cat or even other small animals around. The Alaskan Huskies will see the smaller animals as prey…that means food. They are not usually a dog that is too friendly with strangers either. It is not that they are necessarily mean, they are just different and not easily read by strangers, therefore can be a problem.
Dave once owned several Alaskan Huskies. They were his first Sled Dog Racing breed. Again, and I am still looking, but I believe we lost all of the photos of Dave’s dog in moving and or the black mold we had in our home in WI. I just hate that we lost so many photos and records and books and more.
Since the Alaskan Husky is not, what they called a, Fixed Breed, meaning that they breed true to breed, (in size and build and or color, as well as temperament) and since they are barely being Registered by Large and Recognizable Registration Clubs, I can hardly tell you to buy books and read up on the breed. I would certainly NEVER recommend an Alaskan Husky for someone that lives in the city. I would NOT recommend an Alaskan Husky to someone that has never owned or trained a dog before. I surely would not recommend an Alaskan Husky to someone that has not owned and trained a dog or Northern Heritage. This breed is not for everyone. This breed, in my opinion, is not for most. The breed is a working breed, it NEEDS, as in MUST HAVE a job, a purpose, or it creates it’s own.
All Alaskan Huskies share certain qualities, many of them still do fall primarily into the Husky category, occasionally even Alaskan Husky Dog Team resembling the village dogs. They all are an amazing lot of dogs living in an amazing environment with an unusual lot of dog lovers who love to hit the trail and get a run in. They leap and bark, scream and lunge into their harnesses. I tend to prefer dogs who resemble Village Dogs as much as possible, especially from the great Yukon River villages, from both here in Alaska and in British Columbia. Now days its rare to hear a musher exclaim that a dog is “Villagey” or, an Native Elder tell me that a dog is “Old Timey”. Those old dogs were really something in their ability to work in a variety of different applications. And they were indigenous to this great land. An animal shaped by great amounts of time and isolation, which was still the product of natural selection, an animal that tribal people and nature had already perfected for this extreme climate and cultural life. I strive to protect that ideal in my dogs, how much I am succeeding would take a detailed genetic and archeological study.