Siberian Huskies vs. Alaskan Huskies?

I've heard of "Alaskan Huskies" pretty frequently lately. I always used to think that people said "Alaskan" because they didn't know what they were talking about and were simply calling the Siberian Husky the wrong name... is there such a thing as an Alaskan Husky?

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  • 10 years ago
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    An Alaskan Husky is not technically a breed in that it is not recognized by Kennel clubs. However it is the premier type of dog used in dog mushing. And amongst people who race sled dogs it is a clearly recognized type. People who breed them have bloodline histories for their dogs that trace them back through multiple generations. They are not a mix between a Siberian and other northern looking breeds. They are a well developed type, highly suited to working in harness in arctic conditions. And in order to have one you would breed one Alaskan to another, just like you would with any breed of dog.

    Often people mistakenly think of Malamutes and Siberians as sled dogs, but these pure bred dogs are really only used recreationaly and in Disney movies. (with a few notable exceptions, Karen Ramstead and Mike Ellis to name 2)

    The real working sled dogs are in fact the Alaskan Huskies.

    You can learn more here:

    http://www.flickr.com/groups/28214111@N00/discuss/...

    http://www.ultimateiditarod.com/faq.htm#The%20Dogs

    http://www.iditarod.com/learn/vet-14.html

    Source(s): Alaskan musher
  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    Only in the minds of the uneducated. I used to raise Malmutes so I am very familiar with the Northern Breeds.

  • 10 years ago

    Nope, it is the Alaskan Malamute.

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