Black & White Alusky (Husky Malamute)
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Alusky Dog Breed

Other names:
Alaskan Malamute Husky
Alaskan Malamute Siberian Husky
Husky Alaskan Malamute
Husky Malamute
Malamute Husky
Malamute Siberian Husky
Siberian Alaskan Malamute
Siberian Husky Alaskan Malamute
Siberian Husky Malamute
Siberian Malamute Husky

The Alusky is a hybrid produced by crossing the Alaskan Malamute and Siberian Husky. This mix produces a breed notable for being energetic, friendly, loyal, loving and, of course, stunning. Alusky puppies should be trained early and firmly to see the owner as the pack leader and are sometimes not recommended for first-timers. They are best suited to active owners or families that live in cold to seasonal climates. Alaskan Malamute x Siberian Husky mixes often have too much energy and are too large for apartments; they should have securely fenced yards as they are notorious fence jumpers. These are friendly to other canines, strangers, and often even cats (if raised with them). Aluskies are fairly healthy and should live 10-15 years. Owners should research the similarities and differences between the Malamute and Husky to understand more about this breed.

Alusky Breed Details

Members of this breed are known for being eye-catching, energetic, loyal, loving and friendly. Here are some Alusky facts that may help you make an informed decision about the breed:

Alusky Pros

  • They have eye catching coats and soulful eyes that can be brown or blue
  • They make excellent companions for outdoorsy individuals or families
  • They are quiet yet very social
  • This breed is suitable for cold and seasonal climates.
  • The breed is recognized by the ACHC, DBR, DDKC, DRA and the IDCR.

Alusky Cons

  • They have a dense double coat that will shed heavily at during certain times of the year (typically spring and fall). Brushing them a few times per week should help lessen the hairfall you will have to clean up but be prepared to put your vacuum to good use.
  • They are very require a securely fenced yard as they are known as explorers and fence jumpers.
  • Due to their size and energetic nature, this breed is not ideal for apartment dwellers.
  • These dogs are not suitable for hot climates and, even in warm weather, should be exercised during cooler times of the day and be provided plenty of water.
12 - 15 yrs.
20 - 28 in.
40 - 90 lbs
OverallFamily FriendlyChild FriendlyPet FriendlyStranger Friendly
Easy to GroomEnergy LevelExercise NeedsHealthShedding Amount
Barks / HowlsEasy to TrainGuard DogPlayfulnessWatch Dog
Apartment DogCan be AloneGood for Busy OwnersGood for New OwnersIntelligence

Alusky Breed Description

This general Alusky information can be supplemented by reading about the parent breeds, the Siberian Husky and Alaskan Malamute.

These dogs are bright and can make loving and loyal pets given the right owner. An experienced individual that can confidently and calmly establish themselves as the "pack leader" is a must. Otherwise, these dogs are known to be on the more difficult side to train and professional help may be necessary. Notably, they have very good memories.

Aluskies are social dogs that typically are friendly and playful to other dogs and people. They don't bark often and this, combined with their charming nature, make them unsuitable choices for guardians.

Members of this breed are energetic, active dogs that are most suited for owners and families with similar mindsets. They come from two breeds with high stamina and strength and will likely excel at the same activities such as sled pulling, racing, and even search and rescue activities. At the very least they will need long daily walks, runs, jogs, hikes or outdoor playtime in a very securely fenced area.

Alusky Variations

Hybrid breeds generally show more variation in size than purebred breeds. Mini Malamute Husky individuals are sometimes purposefully bred by selecting small individuals of the breed. Miniature or small Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes can be bred together, or two small Aluskies can be mated.

Alusky Temperament

Aluskies are known for being energetic but loyal and loving. If properly trained and socialized at an early age they can ideal family companions, especially for active, outdoorsy owners. They are known to get along well with other dogs and possess a "pack" mentality; if raised with cats they are most likely to coexist harmoniously with them as well.

An important fact one should keep in mind about the Husky Malamute temperament is that they are independent thinkers. They are the product of two parent breeds that, although bright and with an excellent memory, are not so easily trained. They may be a handful for first-time owners or those that cannot give them enough exercise.

These dogs will be happy to live indoors with you and are not typically barkers but absolutely must spend an adequate amount of time getting their daily outdoor exercise. They are prone to boredom and this, combined with their already exploratory natures, can lead to digging, jumping, and even obesity.

Alusky Health

The Alusky, as a hybrid, is generally more healthy than its purebred parents. The main health issues reported in this breed are hip dysplasia, eye disease and ear infections. Obesity and bloat are also common in larger breeds so do not allow them to eat their food at lightening speed. Routine visits to a veterinarian and reading up on health issues of the parent breeds can be beneficial for this hybrid. Most Husky Malamute dogs live between 10 and 15 years.

Alusky Health Concerns

Below are potential health concerns associated with Aluskys.

Hip dysplasia
Ear infections

About this Article

Authored by:Dog-Learn
Updated:January 28, 2017