You have a decent career job, friends who are good enough to throw back a few beers with on the weekends, and a nice home in a state you love. You may or may not be single, but it’s fine either way because there’s always Tinder. Yet, despite your apparent success, something’s missing. Ah! Yes, a dog. We’ve done our due diligence and found the perfect rescue dog for residents of all 50 states. And if you’re from Alaska, you should adopt a…

…Husky
Huskies are as synonymous with the state of Alaska as it’s snow capped mountains are, and that’s because they’re the perfect Alaskan dog. The largest of all 50 states and the third least populated, the living conditions are extreme. There are a limited amount of dog breeds that can endure and thrive in such a cold, oceanic climate. And that’s where Huskies come in, with their thick coats and athletic builds suitable for the bitter cold weather of Alaska. But it isn’t just their suitability to the climate that have owners so in enamored with these dogs.

Despite their somewhat intimidating (read: bad ass) resemblance to wolves, Huskies are incredibly friendly. They’re great with kids, families, strangers, and other dogs, but notably not needy. These canines are independent and will typically refrain from pestering you for attention. Originally bred as sled dogs, Huskies have a dizzying ability to learn and love feeling a sense of community and purpose. As a result of their original breeding purpose, they enjoy a good romp in the snow and require a lot of exercise.

Because Huskies are seen all over mainstream media, in both film and television, their popularity has increased. It should be noted that they are highly intelligent and can be difficult to train. Another thing that makes Huskies tough: their wanderlust. They are said to “put the ‘H’ in Houdini,” notorious for escaping from their homes, which too often results in injury or becoming lost. Aspiring Husky owners should have a backyard with a fence that’s sunk into the ground and always keep an eye open for any escape routes that could appear.

Alaska Husky Rescue Resources:
Arctic Rescue
Carol Kleckner’s Fairbanks Husky Rescue
Alaska Siberian Huskies for Adoption
North Star Siberian Husky Rescue
Husky Rescue Alaska

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