We dedicate this article to our amazing family of Alaskan Huskies. Even though we are not running dogs anymore, these beautiful animals have been part of our family for 24 years and left us so many wonderful memories. We shared a good life together, a life of many adventures, filled with love, respect and understanding.

Alaskan Huskies are a medium size mix breed dogs, primarily bred as working dogs, they are sled dogs in heart and soul. World renowned for their endurance and stamina, as well as their friendly nature, the Alaskan huskies have written over the years in history of long distance sled dog races such as the Iditarod and the Yukon Quest.

Gentle and playful, these cheerful dogs are very fond of their family and can make wonderful companions for people who are aware of what to expect from these beautiful and intelligent animals. They are very clever and sociable but they also have a mind of their own and will only obey a command if they see the point. Training them takes patience, consistency and an understanding of the Arctic dog character. If you are not a confident, consistent pack leader they will take advantage and become willful and mischievous.

They are good with children and friendly with strangers, definitely not watchdogs, for they bark little and love everyone. They are also good with other pets if they are raised with them from puppyhood. These dogs are full of energy and they need socializing and lots of exercise every day. They are born to run, that’s their purpose. In the fall as soon as the temperature is dropping you see them becoming restless, they know, vacation time is over and the training will start soon, they have been waiting for all summer and their excitement is contagious.

I have trained and worked with many northern breeds, none could ever equals the Alaskans, the best companions we could ever have asked for…

About the Yukon Quest International Sleddog Race