|Barked: Fri Apr 19, '13 8:53am PST |
|Since your requirements aren't very specific, have you considered a rescue? I know AK has a lot of Husky type dogs in their shelters that can withstand cold temps. If you went with an adult, you could specifically look for a dog that's good off lead.
If you wanted a puppy, I'd look for a herding breed/mix to give you the best odds of having a dog that won't wander too far. As long as the dog wouldn't be outside all night, something like a German Shepherd or Australian Shepherd would have enough coat to keep it warm in AK and both are quite common in shelters. Something like a Golden Retriever could also work well.
More details would be helpful. What kind of temperament do you like? A velcro dog that follows you from room to room? Or a more independent dog? Do you like a dog that lives to please you? Or a dog that's more willful with a sense of humor? Do you want an aloof dog that's more likely to ignore strangers and/or be protective, or a dog that's best friends with everyone? Would running in the yard be the dog's primary exercise? Any sports you're interested in (agility, skijoring, rally, ect.)? What leveling of shedding/grooming are you willing to deal with? Size? What's too big or too small? Things of that nature.
ETA: That's a good point about the prey drive, JT. Kind of forgot about the cat. Between that and no fence, the right Husky would probably be hard to find. Many of the herders and gun dogs get along with cats and children, aren't prone to wandering, and can handle cold temperatures. Without more details it's difficult to give more specific recommendations.
Edited by author Fri Apr 19, '13 12:43pm PST
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