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The Sakhalin Husky, extremely resistant dog

The Sakhalin Husky is an unparalleled beauty. This Spitz-type sled dog is also considered one of the most resistant breeds in the world. Sadly, it is on the verge of extinction today. Learn more about the Sakhalin Husky, a Japanese breed.

Characteristics of the Sakhalin Husky

The Sakhalin Husky is a majestic breed that borrows its physical traits from the Spitz, as do many Japanese dogs such as the Akita Inu. It reveals a primitive air and develops an imposing size. It is the largest representative of the Huskies family. The dog measures between 56 and 66 cm at the withers and weighs between 30 and 40 kg on average. Due to its rarity, there is not much information about the characteristics of this Japanese breed. We notice its harmonious and proportional body with a large head, small eyes slightly inclined and almond-shaped. The ears are pointed and small, as in the Spitz. The animal has stable, strong and muscular legs. The tail is straight, long and covered with thick hair. Being a sled dog, the Sakhalin Husky has a thick coat and a dense undercoat that allows it to withstand the harshest weather conditions. No particular coat color is required. The coat simply does not have to be completely white.

History of the Sakhalin Husky breed

The Sakhalin Husky, also known as the Karafuto-ken or Sakhalin Island dog, originated on the island of Sakhalin, which is part of Russia. It is for this reason that the two countries are still disputing the paternity of this breed until today. It is the only Japanese sled dog. Although a few breeders still exist in its native country, the Sakhalin Husky is very rare and even close to extinction. It does not have a standard, because breeders want to be able to develop the breed and its capabilities by crossbreeding. For these reasons, it does not benefit from the recognition of the Société Centrale Canine nor the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI).

Living conditions and behavior of the Sakhalin Husky

The Sakhalin Husky is above all a working dog. It has the stamina and strength needed to pull the sled over long distances. It is an independent animal, but is nevertheless attached to its masters. Like all pack dogs, it is a sociable being, especially compatible with children. On the other hand, it will not be able to live in the city and even less locked up in an apartment. He absolutely needs his freedom to play and run around as he pleases. The Sakhalin Husky is also receptive to orders. It is apt to education provided it is done in the rules of art.

Diet and main health problems of the Sakhalin Husky

As we have seen, the Sakhalin Husky is a very large dog. Because of this particularity, it can then develop problems related to hip dysplasia. If it is used for work, its pads require a careful inspection to check for abrasions or injuries.