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We breed Alaskan Huskies, not an ordinary dog. Get to know more of its history
A sled dog is referred to as a series of Nordic breeds selected and used for sledding in the snow. All sled breeds bear great resemblance to each other and to those of the wolves. They are animals that have a thick fur that isolates them from the low temperatures they have to endure during their travels, of great sociability with other dogs since they are accustomed to work with and live in packs, with a marked hierarchy.
Sled dogs are close descendants of wolves in the polar regions, selected by the nomadic tribes who inhabited these regions near the Arctic Circle to pull their sleds and assist them in hunting. Sled dogs were of great importance during the Gold Rush in Alaska and as means of communication between southern populations prior to the invention of explosion engines. At present they are used as companion dogs and for the practice of mushing (sled races).
The FCI (Federation Cinològica International) only recognizes 4 breeds of sled dogs: Greenland Dog, Samoyed, Alaskan Malamute and the Siberian Husky.
There are also other breeds not recognized by the FCI, but well known in the world of dog sledding such as: Canadian Eskimo Dog, Alaskan Husky, Chinook, Eurohound and the Seppala Siberian Sleddog.
Also noteworthy is the extinct breed of the Argentine polar dog, the only Antarctic breed, created by veterinarians of the Argentine Army to be used as sled dogs in the Argentine Antarctic bases. The animals at the San Martín and Orcadas bases were withdrawn by a requirement established in the Antarctic Treaty signed by the Argentine Republic, although their representatives voted against that norm. When moved to the American continent, dogs succumbed to pathogenic viruses for which they were not immunized.
Some Alaskan Huskies show a wolf ancestry. The Alaskan Husky began to attract attention with the Alaskan gold rush in the 1800s. Large and strong sleigh dogs were needed for the transportation of people and goods across great distances. The typical Alaskan Eskimo dog of the time was a heavy dog. When Siberian Huskies were first imported into Alaska in 1908, they immediately dominated sled racing events. These more lightweighted and faster dogs would dominate racing events from that day forward.
The first race took place in Alaska in 1908. The winner of the All Alaska Sweepstakes completed the 408 mile race from Nome to Vela and then back in just over 119 hours. The sport developed quickly.
In 1925, a sled dog story was made, following an outbreak of diphtheria that happened in Nome. The natives had no immunity and the nearest town was 670 miles away in Anchorage. With no roads and planes available because of the winter, the situation seemed hopeless. However, things were quickly resolved when the serum was transported by train to Renana, where a group of natives and postmen waited to transport the serum in teams of sled dogs, in less than six days they arrived at Nome. To this day, many of the native communities in northern Alaska rely on dog-drawn sleds for transportation during the long winter months.
Northern Minnesota has a rich history of dog sledding and racing as well. Located in the world's largest freshwater body, Lake Superior, the region sees tons of snow and varying temperatures every year. Dog sleds were widely used by those traveling from village to village along the north coast and later by postmen. A legendary postman in particular, John Beargrease, is still recognized and honored today with a race, one of the most difficult.
The Alaskan Husky is not a race recognized on its own; it is originated in the crossing of several other races. The purpose of breeding an Alaskan Husky is to create the best working dog possible, so the blood lines will depend on the specific purpose. There are no fixed characteristics of pedigree, but rather those of purpose.
Mushers in Alaska and in Canada created the dog known as the Alaskan Husky to perform many different jobs: hauling, transportation, and racing for money. From dogs found in the Inuit villages, they raised many types of dogs to achieve the qualities they wanted, such as speed, endurance, a certain pace, good feet, and a particular size or shelter. It is the best choice for world-class dog sled racing and sprint competition. A racing sled dog can be of any combination of a Husky and purebred dog, depending on the need for distance or speed. Some of the main breeds used are Siberian Husky, Greyhound and Pointer.
The Alaskan Husky is a sled dog, without pedigree, and there is no standard set since they are a mix of several Spitz-type dogs. Of pointy ears, but in all other aspects of its appearance vary widely. Its fur can be any color or pattern, and may have the wedge-shaped head of a Pomeranian breed or a face with a long snout. Generally, in terms of average size, it weighs between 17 and 25 kilos.
Alaskan Husky is more often seen as a working or as a competitive dog, than as a family companion. He is an active dog and is best suited for a home in which he has the opportunity to run on a daily basis. An athletic owner able to fulfill his great desire to run and throw will make this dog happy, but one that leaves the dog at home or the backyard with nothing to do will see a scene of epic destruction. It is not advisable for apartments and temperatures above 18 degrees Celsius.
Alaskan Huskies are great companions for hikers and backpackers and, of course, they are natural in the called dog sports, such as sleds and skijoring. You will also see good performance in agility, gathering, obedience and rally.
With its heritage as a hard working sled dog, the Alaskan Husky is smart and easy to train with positive reinforcement techniques like praise, play and food rewards. With that said, he likes to do things his way. Be firm!
The fur of Alaskan Husky tends to be self-cleaning, just like the Alaskan Malamute or the Siberian Husky. Therefore, it does not tend to smell and they only need to bathe when absolutely necessary, since bathing them will break the protective oils of the skin. Hair change occurs once a year as a seasonal event during the spring, so, it does not lose hair all year round. Also, scratching it is not recommended, the skin of Nordic dogs is clear and loses protection against the sun.
The heat and humidity affect the huskies a lot. Temperatures above 18° C (65 ° F) are at the limit of what is considered a very hot temperature to exercise. If there is a breeze, low humidity, or if your dog can easily cool off with water, you can exercise at these temperatures. Keep in mind that dogs bred to run with sleds do not work very well, unless the temperature is below -6 ° C.
He lives approximately 12 to 15 years. In general, it will be considered a healthy breed, but tends to be victims of certain strains of genetic health problems similar to those found in pure breeds. These may include progressive atrophy of the retina, culminating in blindness and hypothyroidism, and a congenital deformation of the larynx, which causes the dog to make a wheezing sound while breathing; Hence the nickname "sibilant."