The attractive Alusky dog is a cross between the Siberian Husky and the Alaskan Malamute. These loyal and loving dogs are athletic and very agile. It typically takes both its character and appearance from both dogs. Both the Alaskan Malamute and Siberian Husky dogs are strong dogs with a lot of energy and stamina making the Alusky a vigorous dog. They are intelligent dogs with a good memory, so although they do have a wild streak with the right training, the Alusky can be trained from a puppy.
Alusky’s have a mischievous side to them, especially when they have not been exercised or given the right attention. This will lead them to excessive digging and chewing of things.
The Alusky’s appearance is similar to that of a wolf. It is a tall dog with larger and more erect ears. It has a strong and sturdy body that is compact. Like its parents, they have piercing blue eyes. Their almond shaped eyes are deeply set and again resemble the wolf’s eyes. With a long and somewhat narrow muzzle, these muscular dogs are very attractive. The Alusky hybrid dog has a dense double coat that comes in a number of colors. The most popular colorings of an Alusky are silver, grey, brown, red, or a mix of the above.
If your Alusky remains healthy, the average life expectancy for this dog ranges between 10-15 years.
Both of the Alusky’s parents are large dogs, so there is a high probability that your Alusky will be a medium sized to a large sized dog. A typical Alusky will weigh between 80-90 pounds and measure up to approximately 28 inches in height.
Husky Malamute Health Issues
The Alusky is healthier than its full-bred parents, but it is still prone to a few diseases that are commonly found in larger breeds of dog such as hip dysplasia.
The Alusky is generally a loving dog that is good with people, cats, and also other dogs if they are socialized well from the beginning. They have a protective nature and they are especially good and well-behaved with children.
They can sometimes be a little temperamental, stubborn, and destructive, especially when they are left on their own for a long period of time. They are intelligent dogs that need a lot of mental stimulation to prevent them from getting bored.
The Husky Malamute mix is sensitive and intuitive. It does not respond well to harsh tones and usually it will only take orders from its owner. They have a good disposition and strive to make their human owners happy. They are very social animals and do not mind being around a lot of noise and human activity.
Alusky Grooming and Exercise
The Alusky is a heavy shedding dog, especially during spring. Its dense double coat needs a daily brushing with a strong bristle brush to remove all the dead and loose hair and help maintain its shiny coat.
The Husky Malamute mix is prone to wax and debris buildup in its pointed ears, so it is necessary for you to check their ears regularly and when necessary, clean them with a damp cloth to prevent hearing problems and infection.
The Alusky is a very lively dog and it needs to have an area to run about in safely. It is essential to take your Alusky dog for two walks a day. They love to run and they are excellent in accompanying their human owners on a run or a bike ride. The Alusky does not do well in heat, so if you do live in a warmer climate, limit running in the hotter months.
Husky Malamute Training
The Alusky is a big and powerful dog which requires the person training it to be firm, consistent and also a good leader. The Alusky does not respond to harsh discipline and voices. Alusky’s have excellent memories, which is why from when it is a puppy, it needs positive reinforcement.
Alusky Suitability and Living Conditions
Because of the Alusky’s size and high energy levels, it cannot be kept in an apartment. It can survive outdoors due to its double coat, but they prefer to have human contact, so if you do keep the dog out during the day, it is recommended that you allow it to sleep indoors. It needs a high fenced yard that is well-secured at the base to prevent it from digging under or jumping over it.
Like the wolf and its parents, the Alusky has the tendency to howl a lot, which means that if you live in a densely populated neighborhood, it might not be ideal.
This dog’s dense double coat allows it to survive in extremely cold temperatures, but it does not like too much heat. This is the perfect dog for an active family that has a lot of time to walk and exercise it. It is not recommended as a pet for the elderly as it needs to have a lot of physical and mental stimulation. If trained correctly, the Alusky’s physique makes it the perfect working dog on farms. Due to its intelligence it is a dog often used in the Special Forces and in rescue missions.