The Alaskan Shepherd is a result of crossing the Alaskan Malamute and the German Shepherd dog. These dogs have a wolf-like appearance similar to its parent, the Alaskan Malamute. They also have a well-muscled, strong body and attractive eyes. This athletic breed is well-suited as a pet because of its friendly and sociable nature.
Alaskan Shepherd Pictures
|Coat||Outer coat: Thick and rough; Undercoat: Soft and dense|
|Color||Shades of gray, black, brown, red, liver and gold|
|Group (of Breed)||Designer|
|Lifespan||10 to 13 years|
|Weight||64 to 130 pounds|
|Height||21 inches to 28 inches|
|Temperament||Smart, Friendly, Affectionate|
|Barking||Barks when necessary|
|Good with children||Yes|
|Originated||United States Of America|
|Competitive Registration||IDCR, DBR|
The intention of designing this breed was to create a sled dog that would pull heavy goods, just like the Alaskan Malamute, an active working dog. In the year 2009 they gained recognition by the International Designer Canine Association.
Temperament and Personality
This German Shepherd-Alaskan Malamute mix are affectionate and amicable, also being highly attached to their family. They also get along well with the children of the family, though an adult must supervise when they are interacting with the little ones because of their large size. This alert breed is highly protective towards its family, forming ideal watchdogs, a quality that they may have inherited from the German Shepherd. They keep a close vigilance on people they find strange or suspicious also passing out a warning before any attack.
These large-sized dogs need regular exercise in the form of a walk or a jog to be kept healthy and hearty. Lack of activities can bore them, making them aggressive and destructive.
Their thick, rough coat should be brushed using a firm bristled brush on a regular basis to be kept clean. Cleaning their eyes and ears and brushing their teeth regularly will prevent infection.
Some of the health problems this breed may have are cartilaginous exostosis (a disorder of the bone because of excessive formation of calcium) and chondrodysplasia in which there is a malfunctioning of several body parts.
These smart-natured, headstrong dogs sometimes go on to act independently, in a stubborn way not willing to listen to the master. Therefore, the owners should handle this assertive breed in a firm way to keep them disciplined so that they do not show their authority over him. They should be given proper socialization and obedience training since their puppy days to help them interact well with other pets, as well as unfamiliar people. Use positive training methods rather than being harsh and rough.
Keeping in mind their large size, feed them with healthy dog food divided into two equal meals. Add healthy vegetables in their diet to keep them healthy. Overfeeding these dogs will make them obese, also increasing the chance of being prone to a lot of ailments.
- These dogs bark or howl for a reason when they see something strange or unfamiliar.