The Kugsha dog is a breed of rare, domesticated dogs that were previously used as working dogs. They are characterized by a large, well-defined body with the looks of a wolf having a massive head with erect, pointy ears, almond-shaped eyes, and a broad muzzle. Their legs are sturdy and well-built, while the tail is long and bushy.
|Also known as||Amerindian Malamute|
|Coat||Dense, double, smooth, straight|
|Colors||Black & Brown, Merle, Spotted, Brindle, Speckled, White, Cream|
|Type||Working Dog, Watchdog|
|Group (of Breed)||Purebred|
|Lifespan/Expectancy||12 to 15 years|
|Life Span||12 to 14 years|
|Litter Size||4 to 6 puppies|
|Personality Traits||Intelligent, independent, affectionate, playful, adventurous, loyal|
|Good with Children||No|
|Good with Pets||Yes|
|Litter Size||4-6 puppies|
|Adaptability||Does not do well in hot climate|
|Country of Origin||Russia|
|Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information||Not recognized|
The Kugsha breed carries wolf genes and originated in Pennsylvania’s Wolfen Kennel in the US. They were earlier used to pull freights and other weights.
Previously, this breed was marketed as the American Husky. But this name didn’t go over well and was later changed to Kugsha. The name is an anachronism of the names of three wolf-hybrid breeders – Kuhlwind (‘Ku’), Gorden Smith (‘GS’) and Habben (‘Ha’).
Kugshas are dogs with a primitive behavior like most other Northern breeds, and hence, their training needs to begin at a very tender age. However, they have a high level of intelligence with an eagerness to please their owners and can pick up training quickly. They make good watchdogs but are not suitable for apartment life.
Kugshas would create a strong bond of affection with their family members and do not prefer staying alone for extended periods of time. Because of their predatory instincts, it is not always safe for the owners to leave small children alone with them unless the child is at least 16-17 years old. Kugshas are, however, good with other pets in the family, including dogs.
Large dogs like Kugsha need 3-5 cups of dry dog food every day, depending upon how big your dog is. You can also serve them bony meat and eggs (both raw), and semi-cooked or tinned fish (like salmon and tuna).