107 Alaskan huskies
Our beloved huskies live in their kennel not far from the lodges. In the kennel we have today 107 Alaskan huskies that include puppies, young dogs, grownup dogs and the retired gang. We have a very personal touch with our “doggies” and they get a lot of hugs and kisses. They live 2 or 3 together in big dog yards and they have an own dog house each. We have a breed called Alaskan huskies and it’s a mix breed from the beginning.
The Alaskan husky is not a breed of dog rather it is a type or a category. It falls short of being a breed in that there is no preferred type of and no restriction as to ancestry; it is defined only by its purpose, which is that of a highly efficient sled dog. Specializations in type exist within the category, such as freighting dogs (Mackenzie River husky, Malamute), sprint Alaskans (Eurohound), and distance Alaskans. Most Alaskan Huskies have pointy ears and a tail that curls over their backs, meaning they are in fact classified as a spitz-type dog. The Alaskan is the sled dog of choice for world-class dog sled racing sprint competition. None of the purebred northern breeds can match it for sheer racing speed. Demanding speed-racing events such as the Fairbanks, Alaska Open North American Championship and the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous are invariably won by teams of Alaskan huskies, or of Alaskans crossed with hounds or gun dogs. Hounds are valued for their toughness and endurance. Winning speeds often average more than 19 miles per hour (31 km/h) over three days’ racing at 20 to 30 miles (32 to 48 km) each day.
Alaskan huskies that full fill the demanding performance standards of world-class dogsled racing are extremely valuable. A top-level racing lead dog can be worth $10,000–$15,000. Alaskans that fail to meet the performance standards of the musher who bred them often go on to be sold to less competitive mushers, allowing them to continue to run. The base of The Alaskan husky sled dog in Alaska and Canada is the Native Village dog. The Interior Village dog is a leggier, rangier and taller dog that the coastal Eskimo Village types. Many mushers prefer the true husky dogs that they call: “Villagey”, and although there are no pure native dogs left, some dogs still throw back to those looks. These fully domesticated dogs arrived with paleo Indians and Eskimos thousands of years ago. Today, Alaskan Sled dogs may be hound crosses, husky types, or a combination of both. They also range in size and build depending on the use of the dog, such as for racing or for working. A working sled dog may be 50 to 80 lbs or a racing sled dog may be 35 to 60 lbs for a male or female. The old time village dogs were indeed bred to imported Siberian dogs and also more recently to European dogs.
Feeding and breeding 😉.
We feed our dogs a highly quality dog food called Bozita Robur Performance (annons) and they also get meat a mix from chicken and cow stomach. They get 2-3 meals per day per dog and it’s a very important task to feed them and take care of them. They also get multivitamins, salmon oil etc. The breeding program we follow is that in the kennel its born 2-3 puppy litter each year and the parents are well selected to be parents, “no dancing without performing first”. We have easy points that we follow when we choose female-male, good appetite, good feet’s, social, happy and thick fur, contact seeking and some peeks in to the pedigree and history of racing.