BREED
INFORMATION

All you need to know about sled dogs!

WHY SLED DOGS?

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At SSDR we specialise in rescuing Siberian Husky and Alaskan Malamute breeds... Yes, we are gluttons for punishment BUT there is a reason WHY we focus mainly on these breeds.

Sled dogs for YEARS have grown in popularity, from things like TV shows and Disney films has meant owners purchase sled dogs WITHOUT the research. These ancient working breed still hold the roles of their ancestors such as hunting small furries with their high prey drives, need to be in large numbers else become destructive and pulling like freight trains with the LOVE to run!

These are a majority of the reasons sled dogs come into our care, we aim to help educate and support sled dog owners into the balance of exercise, training and routine to keep this amazing breed happy in their homes. A lot of breeds are misunderstood including Huskies and Malamutes, they are not your usual dog they are strong willed, working animal with the need for purpose.

 

 

 

What you SHOULD to know before adopting or fostering a sled dog...

Before taking on ANY breed of dog you should consider a few things to make sure they are the RIGHT breed for you. Siberian Husky and Alaskan Malamute breeds are stunning to the eye but they are also ancient working breeds. Here are a few things to consider BEFORE being owner by a sled dog:

Sled dogs need approx 2 hours of exercise per day.

SLED DOGS PULL ON A LEAD!

Sled dogs can be strong minded, willful dogs who need firm, but fair approach in training.

Sled dogs can range from 16 kg - 50kg in some giant Malamutes.

Sled dogs can be destructive if un-exercised or bored, causing destruction around the home.

Sled dogs LOVE to talk and  howl.

Sled dogs shed fur all year round but blow their coats twice yearly.

Sled dogs should NEVER be let off lead in un-enclosed areas, especially near livestock

Sled dogs VERY rarely get along with small furries and have a high prey drive.

They need daily routine of good diet, exercise, training and mental stimulation.

Find out more about fostering and adopting with SSDR

THE
SIBERIAN HUSKY

THE
ALASKAN MALAMUTE

Average height: 50 - 60 cm 

Average weight: 16 - 27 kg

Coat: short double coat

Eye: blue, brown, bi-eye, parti-eye

Working Role: Endurance dogs working in large numbers with the ability to pull at speed for prolonged periods of time without tiring.

 

Siberian Husky More Info

Average height: 55 - 70 cm 

Average weight: 30 - 50 kg

Coat: short double coat, long woolly coats

Eye: brown eyes

Working Role: Weight pulling, endurance dogs who can work in smaller numbers pulling freight for long distances. 

 

Alaskan Malamute More Info

HUSKY VS MALAMUTE

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FUN FACTS...

Sled dogs LOVE to run! They can run long distances without the need to rest.

 

Sled dogs, especially Huskies are very well known escape artists. If they can't get over it, or under it they WILL try to go through it if they can!

 

Sled dogs are highly intelligent breeds who can pick up on changes in their owners moods and body language.

 

Sled dogs rarely bark but they do hooooooooowl

 

They have super thick, double coated fur so they can withstand temperatures as low as -60C

 

Sled dogs can be VERY mischievous by nature they can be challenging to train.  

OTHER SLED DOG FRIENDS WE RECOMMEND...

Also for great information about training, health, diet and grooming please check out our partners SnowDogGuru site which has some fantastic articles to ensure your sled dog stays in top health.

 

http://www.snowdog.guru/

 

Please note that information provided on this site might not be the same advice provided by Saints Sled Dog Rescue or by any of its Team.