We’re inundated with strange portmanteaus in the dog world: Labradoodle, Goldendoodle, etc., but one such portmanteau that doesn’t get the recognition it deserves is the Alusky.
You can guess what breeds combined together just by the way this hybrid’s name, “Alusky” sounds an awful lot like “Alaskan Husky.” It’s a Siberian Husky mixed with an Alaskan Malamute.
While this hybrid lacks its own unique history, the two individual, history-rich breeds combine to form a majestic, unusual pup.
Such a cross-breed is what one might call a mongrel, but it’s actually quite distinct unto itself, exhibiting characteristics of the dogs that make it a mix, but retaining an identity separate from them. In other words, the Alusky is quite unique.
The Alusky is an extremely friendly breed, disposed to be good with children, other dogs and even cats. However, this friendliness needs to be trained into the dog because it doesn’t come easily. It has to be learned.
If you have children and want your Alusky to behave around them, let the Alusky approach them slowly and get acquainted. The same thing goes with other small animals.
They’re said to have a very good and long memory, one which allows them to recall things that happened even in their youth. The flip-side of this is that they can be stubborn or “set in their ways.”
That being said, they’re very easy to train early on in their lives, and get along excellently with their owners, to the point of an undying loyalty. That is, as long as you’re willing to be a firm leader with them.
They don’t like being alone for too long, so if you’re planning on owning one you can’t be a busybody who’s never home—they need company!
Aluskys also need a lot of activity and exercise. They have great stamina, so don’t expect them to tire out easily. They don’t need regular walks, per se, just a few hours running around a fenced-in backyard.
Like Alaskan Malamutes, Aluskys are very good at doing those things that sled dogs do: pulling heavy weights and carts, as well as racing. You might want to consider this when exercising your Alusky.
The Alusky can grow to be up to 28 inches tall, which makes for a pretty compact dog, except they can be pretty hefty as well, reaching weights of up to 100 pounds. The best way to describe an Alusky is “stocky.”
That isn’t to say that they’re slow-moving. They can be very fast, energetic and spry. They’re not big, lumbering things, more like living cushions.
They also live pretty long, with an average life expectancy of 10-15 years. That’s longer than most other dog breeds, so expect years of energetic playtime if you get an Alusky.
Which is one reason you shouldn’t live with one in a small apartment—the space will be too confining for them. They need a large, fenced-in area to run around in and get out all their excess energy.
If you think the Alusky hybrid sounds like just the pet for you, check out local dog shelters and rescues to see if they have one available and always go to a responsible breeder. Good luck!