A cross between the purebreds Siberian Husky and Alaskan Malamute, the Alusky is a breed of large dogs known for their strength, stamina, and loving nature. Because of their wedge-shaped, upright ears, deep and broad muzzle, almond-shaped eyes, dark nose, heavily furred tail, the Alusky dogs have an appearance similar to a wolf. Most of these malamute husky mix dogs are used for sledding, carting, racing, hauling freight, as well as for search and rescue work.
The Alusky dogs, with their playful, charming, and outgoing personality, will greet everyone as friends. These social animals are quite fond of people and are known to get along well even with guests and strangers, a trait that makes them unreliable watchdogs.
However, they have an inherent prey drive, which means they might chase smaller animals including cats, squirrels, rabbits, and other dogs.
These pets can be kept in apartments, provided they get considerable playing time and are well exercised. Since these husky mix dogs are known for their digging abilities, they should be kept inside yards with tall, buried fencing, when outdoors to prevent them from escaping.
The Alusky is an active breed, and it should regularly be exercised to keep it from becoming bored and destructive. Make sure that your pet dog gets an adequate amount of walking, hiking, running and playing. Its digging instincts could be properly channelized if you set aside a sandbox that will serve as its own digging place in the yard. Avoid exercising it in hot and humid conditions since your Alusky is sensitive to heat. Daily brushing using an undercoat rake or a slicker brush is necessary during spring and fall since it sheds heavily during these seasons. As for the rest of the year, brush its coat 1-3 times a week to keep it clean and free from tangles. Baths are seldom needed unless your Alusky gets too dirty and smelly. Daily brushing its teeth is needed for a sound dental health while trimming its long nails will prevent them from putting pressure on its toes. Like its parent breeds, the Alusky may be affected by eye disorders such as progressive retinal atrophy, day blindness, and cataracts, conditions of joints such as hip dysplasia, and canine diabetes.
First time owners who are not well informed about dog behavior will find it difficult to train these stubborn dogs. Do not speak in a harsh manner, as they are quite sensitive to their handlers’ tone.
Obedience training: Because of their independent nature, it is necessary that all Alusky dogs participate in obedience training at an early age. During their first 6 months, the puppies should be taught to ‘sit’, ‘stand’, ‘down’, ‘recall’, and ‘walk on lead’. Some other basic obedience commands that you can teach in the first year include ‘wait’, ‘stand-stay’, and ‘down-stay’.
Crate training: A crate stuffed with toys, kibbles, and treats not just keeps away boredom but makes housetraining simple. After you bring an Alusky home, start feeding its meals inside the crate. Put a bowl of kibble just inside and order your pet to go to its crate in a cheerful voice. Put the bowl even farther at the next meal, and continue to do so. Give it plenty of treats and praises every time it obeys your command.
The recommended amount of dry dog food is 4-5 cups a day.