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If you cannot decide between a Siberian husky and an Alaskan malamute, consider having the best of both sled dogs in one package with the Alusky. To create a sled dog that would carry the best qualities of the Siberian husky and the Alaskan malamute, the two breeds were crossed to create the hybrid dog that is called an Alusky. Hybrid creations became popular endeavors in the United States during the latter part of the 1900s.

Breed Characteristics

Origin:United States
Preferred Climate:Cold
Life Span:10-13 Years
Nicknames:Siberian husky hybrid and an Alaskan malamute hybrid

Alusky Build Information

The Alusky is a large and sturdy dog that resembles wolf. The breed can stand as tall as 28 inches at the shoulder and weigh between 80 and 90 pounds. The double coat is dense and thick, and it may exhibit white, cream, silver, gray, salt and pepper, golden, red, brown or black coloring. The bushy tail may be carried downward or curved upward to rest over the dog’s hindquarters and the triangular ears of the Alusky stand erect.

Length (Male):22-27 in.
Length (Female):22-24 in.
Weight:> 65 lbs
Litter Size:5 - 10 Puppies
Tail Dock or Crop:No

Behaviour and Personality

The Alusky is a docile and loving family companion. The breed gets along with children and other pets as long as it is raised and socialized with them from an early age. Aluskies are intelligent, eager to please and easy to train. They are working dogs that are utilized as sled dogs. As pets, they still need tasks to do to prevent boredom. Daily exercise opportunities and mental stimulation are essential. The breed is energetic and thrives on exercise and play. The Alusky loves to have fun outdoors, but it is not well suited to hot climates.

Activity Level:Very Active
Affection Level:Affectionate
Energy Level:Very Active
Kid Friendliness:Friendly


To minimize shedding, brush out an Alusky’s coat twice a week to extract loose hairs. Brushing frequency should increase to a daily activity during spring and fall’s heavy shedding periods. To reduce tartar accumulation, brushing the teeth every other day will remove plaque, and this will reduce the risk for periodontal disease.

Colors:Blue Gray, Cream, Gold, Gray, Light Brown, Salt & Pepper, Silver, White
Grooming:Medium Maintenance
Coat Type:Dense

Alusky Common Health Conditions

Aluskies live average lifespans of 10 to 13 years. Like the parent breeds, Aluskies are at risk for hip dysplasia, osteochondrodysplasia, cataracts, corneal dystrophy, progressive retinal atrophy, hypothyroidism, polyneuropathy and seizures.

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Breed Talents and Facts

An Alusky is an Alaskan malamute and Siberian husky cross. The Alusky originated in the United States. The Alusky serves as a working sled dog and also makes a loving companion. The Alusky stands up to 28 inches tall and weighs 80 to 90 pounds. Aluskies have moderate energy levels. Aluskies require moderate grooming. The average lifespan for an Alusky is 10 to 13 years.

Training:Moderately easy to train
Jolly for Jogging:Yes
Dutiful Watchdog:No
Wet Water rescues:Yes
Dog Sledding:Yes
Able to Perform Dog Carting:Yes