The Alaskan Husky - not to be confused with the Siberian Husky or the Alaskan Malamute - is typically used as a working dog, but can make an excellent companion dog, too!
In this article, I will provide you with 9 facts on the Alaskan Husky and give you an idea of what you can expect from her as a companion dog.
Purpose is used as a sled dog.
The Alaskan Husky is not a purebred, nor is she actually a breed of dog at all. She is defined by her purpose: for use as a sled dog.
She was originally bred in Alaskan villages from a mix of various Northern breeds, including the Siberian Husky, Greyhound, and the German Shorthaired-Pointer. She is still bred today for use as a sled dog in dog sled racing, a winter dog sport that takes place in Alaska.
She is not recognized by any breed clubs or kennel clubs and is classed as a working dog; unlike the Siberian Husky and the Alaskan Malamute, who are both purebreds, registered with the AKC and CKC and used as a show dog as well as a working dog.
They can really go for miles
There's a reason these dogs are chosen for taking part in sled racing: they can go fast. Vet Street lists the Alaskan Husky as the 7th fastest dog in the world; she has been recorded as traveling at 28 mph (45 kph).
The article also names her the ‘marathoner of dogs,’ which is another quality of the Alaskan Husky: extreme endurance. There are particular strains of Alaskan Husky that are bred to race for very long distances - of up to 1,000 miles!