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Summit Farms Alaskan Dogs Rescue

About Alaskan Dogs

Here is history and breed information about three of the most popular Alaskan dogs:

Alaskan Husky

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Known as the Marathoner of dogs

Lifespan 10-15 Years

Height 20-24 Inches

A mongrel dog breed that is bred specifically for its performance as a sled dog. The modern Alaskan husky reflects 100 years or more of crossbreeding with English Pointers, German Shepherd Dogs, and Salukis to improve its performance. Alaskan Huskies actually have greater endurance in sled racing than the Siberian Husky or Alaskan Malamute. Alaskan Huskeys also have the longest lifespan of the Alaskan dog breeds.

Alaskan Malamute

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Largest of the Arctic sled dogs

Lifespan 10-14 Years

Height 23-25 Inches

A large breed of domestic dog originally bred for their strength and endurance to haul heavy freight as a sled dog and hound. One of the most unique aspects of an Alaskan Malamute is their bear-like paws. Also called “snow shoes” the paws have broad pads that act like snowshoes. An adult male Alaskan Malamute can pull around 500–1,500 kilograms (1,100–3,300 lb) of weight, depending on build and training.

Siberian Husky

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Medium-sized working dog breed in the spitz genetic family

Lifespan 12-14 Years

Height 20-23.5 Inches

They were originally bred by the Chukchi people of the Chukchi Peninsula in eastern Siberia. They were extensively used as sled dogs by the British Antarctic Survey in Antarctica between 1945 and 1994. They can survive and function effectively at temperatures as low as −58 to −76 °F.

Please let us know if you have any questions about these beutiful dogs!