American Husky Facts:
The American husky was first bred in the early 1900’s. Today there are approximately 3 million American huskies living all over the world. They have been used as police dogs, search and rescue dogs, military dogs, therapy animals and many other uses. There are even some professional athletes that train their own American hounds for sports such as track and field or hunting.
Husky puppies are born with dark fur and white markings. Their coats grow continuously throughout their lives. They do not shed much and they never need to be brushed because their coat stays soft. They are known for being loyal, loving companions that will always remain loyal to them no matter what happens in life.
They have a strong bond with each other and they enjoy playing together as well as training each other.
Their ears are long and pointed, which makes them very alert. They love to bark at everything around them.
They are known for having a great sense of smell and hearing. They can detect a human breath from miles away!
How To Choose A Husky Puppy:
There are two main factors when choosing a puppy; temperament and size. Temperament refers to how friendly or aggressive the dog is towards humans, while size refers to its weight and build.
The Siberian husky is known for being friendly towards all people. He does not like to be left alone for a long period of time and prefers human companionship over all other things. They are medium sized dogs that are very lean and lanky. The male can grow up to be 25-27 inches in height and weigh between 45-60 pounds, while the female grows to be between 23-25 inches tall and weighs between 35-50 pounds. It’s very rare to have one that is over 100 pounds.
The Alaskan Malamute is also a friendly dog towards humans, but in comparison it has a much stronger prey drive. They prefer to be outdoors and are excellent hunting and tracking dogs. They weigh between 65-90 pounds and are known to be very loyal and loving dogs. They can sometimes be stubborn, but with proper training they can excel at whatever you want them to do.
Both of these breeds are very gentle with children and are considered to be safe around them. Due to their size they can accidentally knock over a small child while playing, so supervision is always recommended.
They both require a moderate amount of exercise to stay healthy and happy. A quick walk or jog on a leash twice a day should do the trick for the American husky. They are not good swimmers and will try their hardest to not get wet. They enjoy the cold, but can’t stand the heat. They are very independent when out in the wilderness and prefer to follow their nose to whatever they happen to find interesting.
Make sure that you keep them on a leash if you don’t want them to run away and get lost.
The Alaskan Malamute is a workaholic. It thrives off of physical activity and requires at least an hour long jog or walk on a daily basis.
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