|Barked: Sun Aug 16, '09 5:12pm PST |
|I dunno about the horse analogy... I think Alaskans are more like Arabians in their delicate build and incredible stamina for long distances. But anyway...
I tell people when they ask me what an Alaskan Husky is, "If it can win a sled race, it's an Alaskan Husky." They usually have shorter hair, more tuck-up (waist), longer legs, and are DEFINITELY faster than Siberians. Same coat colors, for the most part. Black-and-tan, red/blonde and piebald are more common in Alaskans, though. Ears may be up or down, doesn't matter. Most racing dogs are part German Shorthair Pointer or Greyhound. This is anecdotal, but I've noticed that Alaskan Huskies are shyer and more reserved than Siberian Huskies, who love everyone, even when raised in the same environment. Alaskan husky breeders are kinda like working border collie breeders, where performance matters WAAAAAY more than looks, and really resent people who try to standardize them by appearance.
Fritz, if Pukah was 80 lbs, maybe she was part Malamute or German Shepherd instead? Both Siberians and Alaskans tend to be lighter than that, more like 35-60 lbs.
I've seen dogs advertised on puppy mill sites as "Alaskan Husky" who are obviously Alaskan Malamutes instead. Or maybe people think if you cross a Siberian Husky and Alaskan Malamute you get an Alaskan Husky?... (NO.)
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