proper care

Alaskan Husky

Exercise:

Alaskan Huskies need a fair amount of exercise, including long daily walks. Take caution excessively exercising in warm weather. They need a large yard with a high fence, but bury the wire at the base of the fence because they are likely to dig their way out and go off hunting.

Living Conditions:

They are not usually recommended for apartments, however they can live in apartments if well trained and properly exercised. Alaskan Huskies are very active indoors and do best with a fenced-in large yard. Because of their heavy coats, these dogs prefer cool climates. One has to use common sense with respect to maintaining them in the heat by providing adequate shade and air conditioning. This breed prefers to live in packs.

Grooming:

The coat does not need much care except during the twice a year heavy shedding seasons, when they have to be combed thoroughly with a metal comb.

Health Problems:

none

Alaskan Malamute

Exercise:

Malamutes need a reasonable amount of exercise which include long daily walks. But be careful not to overdo it in warm weather.

Living Conditions:

Alaskan Malamutes are not recommended for apartment life. They are fairly active indoors and should have at least a large yard. If you live in a suburban area, a high fence is a must, but bury the base, because they are likely to dig their way out. The Alaskan Malamute likes to roam in what he considers to be his territory. The Malamutes coat allows them to withstand extreme cold, but be careful to keep the dogs cool in hot climates. Make sure they have shade and plenty of clean cool water.

Grooming:

The Alaskan Malamute has a dense coat that should be brushed twice a week. This breed sheds very heavily. The undercoat comes out in clumps twice a year. Bathing is most unnecessary, as the coat sheds dirt readily. Dry shampoo occasionally. This dog is clean and odorless.

Health Problems:

The Alaskan Malamute is prone to bloat, hip dysplasia and chondrodysplasia (dwarfism).

Alaskan Klee-Kai

Exercise:

These dogs should be exercised regularly. They should be taken on long daily walks.

Living Conditions:

Because of their size, these dogs can live in an apartment, but a house with at least a small yard is recommended.

Grooming:

This breed sheds and should be combed and brushed on a regular basis. This breed is an average shedder.

Health Problems:

Prone to sensitive stomachs

American Eskimo

Exercise:

The American Eskimo needs to be taken on a long daily walk. It will enjoy a safely enclosed yard where it can run free, however it will still need to be taken out for a pack walk to satisfy its migration instinct.

Living Conditions:

The American Eskimo will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised. It is very active indoors and a small yard will be sufficient.

Grooming:

The thick, snowy white coat is easy to groom. Brush with a firm bristle brush twice a week. It should be brushed daily when it is shedding. This breed is an average shedder.

Health Problems:

Prone to hip dysplasia and progressive retinal atrophy. Pay close attention to the eyes and tear ducts. Some are allergic to fleas. This breed can gain weight easily if it does not get enough exercise and/or is overfed

Siberian Husky

Exercise:

Siberian Huskies need a fair amount of exercise, including a daily walk or jog, but should not be excessively exercised in warm weather. They need a large yard with a high fence, but bury the wire at the base of the fence because they are likely to dig their way out and go off hunting.

Living Conditions:

They are not usually recommended for apartments, however they can live in apartments if well trained and properly exercised. Siberian Huskies are very active indoors and do best with a fenced-in large yard. Because of their heavy coats, these dogs prefer cool climates. One has to use common sense with respect to maintaining them in the heat by providing adequate shade and air conditioning. This breed prefers to live in packs.

Grooming:

The coat sheds heavily twice a year. During that time they need to be brushed and combed daily.

Health Problems:

Prone to hip dysplasia, ectopy (displacement of the urethra), eye issues such as juvenile cataracts, PRA (primarily in male dogs), corneal dystrophy and crystalline corneal opacities. Breeders can get hip screenings from the OFA and eye screenings yearly from a canine ophthalmologist (AVCO) and register the exam through CERF and SHOR). Also prone to a skin issue known as zinc responsive dermatitis, which improves by giving zinc supplements.

Samoyed

Exercise:

Needs a reasonable amount of exercise, including a daily walk or jog. Take it easy during warm weather because the woolly undercoat inhibits loss of the heat built up during exercise.

Living Conditions:

The Samoyed will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised. It is very active indoors and a small yard is sufficient. Its heavy coat makes this dogs unsuited to life in very hot climates.

Grooming:

Extensive grooming is needed. They are seasonally heavy shedders. The fluffy double coat needs frequent brushing, but tends to stay white without bathing. Some people with allergies have reported that the coat of the Samoyed did not bother them.

Health Problems:

Samoyeds are particularly prone to hip dysplasia and some suffer from diabetes. Also prone to skin allergies. They are prone to PRA (eyes), primarily in male dogs.

Greenland

Exercise:

The Greenland Dog is not a breed to contently lie around your house. It needs to be taken on a daily, long brisk walk, and needs to have a job to do. While out on the walk make sure the dog heels beside or behind the person holding the lead, never in front, as instinct tells a dog the leader leads the way, and that leader needs to be the human.

Living Conditions:

The Greenland Dog is not good for apartment life. It needs space, room to run and a job to do. This breed can live outdoors. It can withstand cold temperatures and does not like excessive heat.

Grooming:

Brush occasionally

Health Problems:

None

Seppala Siberian Sled dog

Exercise:

The Seppala Siberian Sleddog needs a lot of exercise. When not pulling a sled the breed needs at least a daily walk or jog, but should not be excessively exercised in warm weather.

Living Conditions:

They are not usually recommended for apartments, however they can live in apartments if well trained and properly exercised. Seppala Siberian Sleddogs are very active indoors and do best with a fenced-in, large yard. Because of their heavy coats, these dogs prefer cool climates. One has to use common sense with respect to maintaining them in the heat by providing adequate shade and air conditioning. This breed prefers to live in packs.

Grooming:

The coat sheds heavily twice a year. During that time they need to be brushed and combed daily.

Health Problems:

Prone to allergies, cancer and eye problems.

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