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Alaskan Husky Facts and Resources For Kids

An Alaskan Husky is not actually a specific breed of dog. It is, instead, a category of dogs that come from a variety of ancestors. The purpose of the Alaskan Husky is to be a strong, fast and efficient dog sled racing animal. Not all Alaskan Huskies are used for dog sledding, however dog sled racers almost exclusively use the classification of dogs for their sport. Their speed is unparalleled. Their double coat of fur keeps them warm, however the coats of racing dogs are often kept medium to short in length, to allow heat to dissipate when the animals are running and generated high body temperatures.

What is the scientific Classification of an Alaskan Husky?

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Mammalia

Order: Carnivora

Family: Canidae

Genus: Canis

Species: C. lupus

Subspecies: C. lupus familiaris

Quick Fun Facts About Alaskan Huskies

What is a baby Alaskan Husky known as: Pup or Puppy; Alaskan Huskies are domesticated dogs, and all of these dogs are known as puppies when they are babies

Female Alaskan Huskies are called: Female dogs are called bitches; female dogs that are raised for breeding are called brood bitches

Male Alaskan Huskies are called: Male dogs are called dogs; male dogs that are raised for breeding are called stud dogs

A group of Alaskan Huskies is called: Alaskan Huskies in a group are known as a pack, or a kennel

How tall is an Alaskan Husky: 23-26 inches tall at the shoulder; depending on the breed and whether the dog is male or female

How much does an Alaskan Husky weigh: 40-65 pounds; depending on the breed and whether the dog is male or female

Latin Name: Canis lupus

Conservation Status of Alaskan Huskies: Least concern

Location of Alaskan Huskies

Alaskan Huskies that are used for their intended purpose, which is sled dog racing, are concentrated in Alaska and parts of Canada. However, because the dog is a domestic breed, they are found throughout the world. Some Alaskan Huskies never see the likes of snow and are never introduced to the world of dog sledding.

Alaskan Huskies Color

Alaskan Huskies come in a wide range of colors. Some are solid, while others are multi-colored. Their coloring varies because they are not purebred dogs, but rather the result of breeding Siberian huskies, Irish Setters and wolves. This combination produces very fast, very strong dogs. The Alaskan Huskies are usually brown, white, black, grey and/or red. Their fur is very dense. They have an underlayer that is soft and thermally protective, and an outer layer that is long, dense and coarse.

Life Expectancy of Alaskan Huskies

10-15 years; this depends on where the dog is raised, its family history, the day-to-day activity of the dog, its diet and a wealth of other factors. The dogs are generally healthy. Certain breeds endure genetic health problems such as larynx deformation, hypothyroidism and progressive retinal apathy. This last problem often leads to early blindness in the dogs.

Predators of the Alaskan Husky

As the Alaskan Husky is most often a domesticated animal, it does not have many natural predators. If left to its own devices in the cold wilderness of Alaska or Canada, the dog might become prey to Grizzly bears. The husky itself is a predator if left in the wild. As the breed typically contains at least some wolf ancestry, an Alaskan Husky in the wild could prey on deer, moose, elk and even caribou. It would generally be difficult for a domesticated animal to fall into a habit of attacking and killing animals such as moose, which are enormous in comparison to the dog, but warding off starvation often leads to drastic measures.

What does and Alaskan Husky Look like?

An Alaskan Husky is the general name of a type or category of dogs. It is not a specific breed, and therefore it can take on a variety of appearances. The dogs are typically a combination, part wolf, part Siberian Husky and part Irish Setter, so their attributes can take on the characteristics of a combination of dog breeds. Most are a combination of white and grey or white and black, while others are tan and/or red. The dogs are either solid in color or mixed. The markings on their faces are distinct. Their snout and eye area is usually white or a light color, while their dominant darker color encroaches on the area past the ears and up towards the neck. The dogs are lean, which grants them speed, but extremely muscular, which grants them strength. Their strong, lean bodies are covered in a double layer of fur, as the dogs have evolved from their ancestors to be comfortable in cold weather conditions.

Where is an Alaskan Husky Found?

Alaskan Huskies can be found throughout the world. They originally were bred in cold weather countries including Alaska and Russia (thus the name Siberian Huskies). Domestic dog owners that own Alaskan Huskies typically live in climates that have cold seasons, as the dogs have a thick double coat of fur that keeps them warm in arctic temperatures.

What do Alaskan Huskies Eat?

Alaskan Huskies, as they are domesticated, typically eat whatever their owners provide for them. It is very important for their diet to include adequate amounts of protein, carbohydrates, fat, fiber and supplements, similar to humans. Homemade dog food for huskies that is very healthy can include chicken livers, gizzards, chicken meat, brown rice, wheat germ, vitamins, cod liver oil, sardines, organic yogurt and a small amount of vegetables.

What is the difference between an Alaskan Husky and a Siberian Husky?

An Alaskan Husky, as mentioned is not a specific breed of dog, but rather a combination of a variety of dogs that produce strong and fast dog sled racers. Siberian Huskies on the other hand are a purebred breed that originated in SiberiaRussia. The dogs are also able to withstand extremely cold environments and were originally used by Siberians to pull heavy sleds across great distances. Their migration to the United States took place in 1908, when they were brought over as sled dogs to help transport mined gold during a gold rush. Shortly after their migration, Siberian Huskies began to be adopted as house pets as well.