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Height: Up to 28”
Weight: 60-100 lbs.
Energy Level: High
The Alusky is found in the following colors:
Health & Longevity
Average Life Span: 10-15 years
The Alusky is a hybrid breed of the Alaskan Malamute and the Siberian Husky. This breed is considered to be relatively healthy and hearty. There are no major health conditions that afflict this breed; however, there are some secondary conditions to be aware of.
Since this is a hybrid breed, when you take a look at potential health problems, you have to look at both of the parent breeds to see what may or may not be passed on to the puppy. Some of the secondary conditions to worry about with the Alusky include hip dysplasia, ear infections, and eye problems.
Hip dysplasia is a common condition found in most large dog breeds, and this condition affects the hip joint. When the joint itself is deformed or does not fit correctly into the socket, hip dysplasia will occur.
As the hip attempts to move, the cartilage that covers the joint is worn down quickly, and additional force is placed on the joint. This causes pain and can make it tough for your pup to get up and down.
Ear infections are common in the Alusky breed and are something that you want to watch out for. An ear infection can be painful, and you will often be alerted to it because your puppy will itch his or her ear a lot. The ear may be swollen, there will be a foul smell to the ear, and the ear will be hot and inflamed. Ear infections are treated with antibiotics given to you by the vet, but with the proper care, you can help prevent this infection.
Lastly, the Alusky is prone to eye problems, and this can include everything from a cataract to an eye infection. You should monitor the health of your puppy’s eyes and report any changes immediately to your veterinarian.
Temperament & Train-ability
The Alusky is often referred to as a dog that is affectionate, loyal, and quite loving. You may notice that your puppy is actually quite quiet and they are not loud by nature by any means. In fact, you may have a tough time trying to get your puppy to bark.
This breed is not considered a good watchdog simply because they are easy going and do not bark or act weary of strangers as some other breeds do.
The Alusky is a friendly dog, and you will not have any trouble when it comes to socializing your puppy or taking him or her out into the public. This breed gets along wonderfully with other pets and with children. The Alusky is calm with kids and has an even temper, which allows him or her to handle small children’s hands well.
Your Alusky will need to receive quite a bit of exercise and for this reason, the Alusky is not considered to be a good choice for an apartment. Your home should have a fenced in yard for your puppy to run around and play in, but if not, walks throughout the day are necessary.
This breed does not do well when left alone for a long period, and you may come home to some destruction in your home. Chewing is often a bad habit that this breed forms, but can be broken with proper mental and physical stimulation throughout the day.
The Alusky is considered easy to train and will respond well to firm and consistent commands. This breed wants to please his or her owner and will work hard to do so. You should work on training every day, and you will find that your Alusky puppy picks up quickly on new commands.
Your Alusky will need to be groomed a bit, but nothing more than the average dog. Since the coat of your new puppy will be longer, you should brush him or her once per day. This will help with shedding as well.
This breed does shed quite a bit after the winter, but this is the only time they have a heavy shed. You do not need to bathe them on any particular schedule but should do so when your puppy really needs it.
You do want to check your Alusky’s ear once per week and clean them out to prevent ear infections. Also, you should trim his or her nails to prevent them from growing too long, as this is painful for your puppy.
Your Alusky will eat between four to five cups of food per day. Ideally, you should split this up into two meals with one offered in the morning and one provided in the evening.
Since your Alusky is considered a large dog breed and is active, you will need to choose a food that meets your puppy’s nutritional needs. The best type of food for your new Alusky will be one that is low in fat and calories, but high in protein.
When you shop for food, look for dry food that is nutrient rich and made with all-natural ingredients and whole foods.
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An Alusky puppy will cost you anywhere between $500 and $1,100 to purchase. You will find that the price ranges based on the breeder you select and the sex of your puppy.
In addition to the cost of the puppy, you must factor in additional costs such as neutering or spaying your puppy, supplies to take care of and feed him or her, vaccines, checkups, and additional medical expenses. You should factor in these costs at an additional $500 to $1,500 per year.
Paws ‘N’ Pups Ranking
Paws ‘N’ Pups ranks every breed out of 4 with 1 being easiest to integrate into your life and 4 being the toughest – The lower the ranking the better.
Ranking takes into account a few basic factors including cost, skill level needed, high vs low maintenance and how critical regular training is to success. The Alusky is a well-mannered and friendly dog that makes a wonderful pet for your home. This breed does well with children and other animals in the home and keeps a level head, even when other breeds may become frustrated. This breed ranks a 1.
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