Mackenzie River Husky Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Mackenzie River Husky so you can get to know the breed more.

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Other Names
What other names does the Mackenzie River Husky have?
River Husky
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

Mackenzie River Husky Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Mackenzie River Husky puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it?
$1000-$1500
If you choose to purchase the Mackenzie River Husky, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Mackenzie River Husky for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Mackenzie River Husky gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Mackenzie River Husky?
Average: The Mackenzie River Husky is a commonly available dog breed. There is less risk of overbreeding compared to the very popular dogs.

Of course, they may be more popular in some countries, and inbreeding may occur, so be careful.

Mackenzie River Husky Size

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog?
Large Giant
Weight
How much does the Mackenzie River Husky weigh? Mackenzie River Husky weight:
63-104 pounds (29-47 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of the Mackenzie River Husky? Mackenzie River Husky average weight:
83.5 pounds (38 kg)
Height
How tall is the Mackenzie River Husky? Mackenzie River Husky height:
26-29 inches (66-74 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of this fido? Mackenzie River Husky average height:
27.5 inches (70 cm)

Mackenzie River Husky Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Mackenzie River Husky have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
ThickStraight
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Mackenzie River Husky's coat?
Black & WhiteBlack & White & Grey
Grooming
How to groom the Mackenzie River Husky and how often?
Average: The Mackenzie River Husky requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential.

Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections.

Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes.

Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath.

If you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of your Mackenzie River Husky, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment.

Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk-in dog bath places nearby.

Shedding Level
How much do Mackenzie River Husky dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the River Husky?
Mackenzie River Huskys shed above average. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. The amount and frequency of hair loss mostly depend on their health status and breed type. If you don't like vacuum cleaning, you might have to reconsider your choice of having a puppy from the Mackenzie River Husky breed.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Mackenzie River Husky need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Mackenzie River Husky every day?
6-8 weeks
Rarely. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible. For example, short-haired dog breeds can go a very long time in between baths. These short-haired breeds shed regularly and that shedding works to naturally remove excess dirt and oil. So unless your weenie dog got into the garbage can, you can probably hold off on a bath for a while.

Mackenzie River Husky Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Mackenzie River Husky have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
IndependentTrustworthyEagerIntelligentDominant
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Mackenzie River Husky? Are they intelligent?
Smart: Mackenzie River Husky's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.
Trainability
Are Mackenzie River Husky dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Mackenzie River Huskys are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Mackenzie River Husky is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Mackenzie River Husky sensitivity:
Sensitive: Mackenzie River Huskys don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits. This breed's emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle punishments well.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
Average to High: Mackenzie River Huskys are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the River Husky need? Mackenzie River Husky social needs:
Mackenzie River Huskys need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Barking
Do Mackenzie River Husky dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my River Husky bark?
Average: The Mackenzie River Husky barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and the same barks could have different meanings. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Mackenzie River Husky good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Mackenzie River Huskys are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Mackenzie River Husky dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Mackenzie River Huskys strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.
Biting Potential
Do Mackenzie River Husky bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the River Husky? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Mackenzie River Husky? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Mackenzie River Husky has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Mackenzie River Husky has a hard bite?

Above 400 PSI 🔼

Mackenzie River Husky bite force: The Strongest. Dogs that have a strong bite force are usually quite powerful and large. They are very protective of themselves and their families, therefore a dog bite from them could be exceptionally dangerous with their PSI being above 400. It is important that they’re trained to be around others safely.
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Mackenzie River Husky do?
Mackenzie River Huskys have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Mackenzie River Huskys need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Mackenzie River Husky to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Mackenzie River Husky roam?
Mackenzie River Huskys have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command. This breed is also able to cause damage to your fence.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Mackenzie River Husky have high prey drive?
Mackenzie River Huskys have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds. Cats or any other small animals might be in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Mackenzie River Huskys are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Mackenzie River Husky good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Not an apartment-friendly dog the Mackenzie River Husky breed. If you don't have a garden, think carefully about your decision, keeping Mackenzie River Husky indoors can cause a lot of problems.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Average: Mackenzie River Huskys adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.

Mackenzie River Husky Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Mackenzie River Husky temperament with other people:
Mackenzie River Huskys are stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Mackenzie River Husky dogs get along with other pets? Are Mackenzie River Husky dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Mackenzie River Huskys do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Child Friendly
Are Mackenzie River Husky dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Mackenzie River Husky temperament with children:
Mackenzie River Huskys are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Mackenzie River Husky dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
Mackenzie River Huskys are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Mackenzie River Husky good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Mackenzie River Husky dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Mackenzie River Huskys are very dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Mackenzie River Husky can be a great choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Mackenzie River Husky breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Mackenzie River Huskys are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Mackenzie River Huskys good office dogs? Do Mackenzie River Huskys make good office friendly dogs? Can Mackenzie River Huskys be office dogs?
No
Mackenzie River Husky is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Mackenzie River Husky dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the River Husky temperament with senior people? Are Mackenzie River Husky dogs good for elderly owners?
Mackenzie River Huskys are one of the best breeds for elderly people.

Mackenzie River Husky Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Mackenzie River Husky dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
The Mackenzie River Husky is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Mackenzie River Husky breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Mackenzie River Husky see the vet?
Average
The Mackenzie River Husky should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Mackenzie River Husky dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Mackenzie River Husky be? What is the age limit of the Mackenzie River Husky? How many years can the oldest Mackenzie River Husky live?
12-14 years
The average lifespan of Mackenzie River Husky: 13 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Mackenzie River Husky breed hypoallergenic?
No
Mackenzie River Huskys don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Mackenzie River Husky have? What is the activity level of the Mackenzie River Husky?
Mackenzie River Huskys are high-energy dogs. An active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do Mackenzie River Husky dogs require per day?
Mackenzie River Huskys need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Mackenzie River Huskys don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does the Mackenzie River Husky need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
4 to 5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Mackenzie River Husky risk for obesity:
Average: The Mackenzie River Husky has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Mackenzie River Husky's weight regularly.
Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers cold weather
The Mackenzie River Husky can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog. Dogs can suffer from frostbite and hypothermia in extremely cold weather, so it is important to take precautions to keep your dog safe and comfortable during the winter months.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

The Mackenzie River Husky has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Mackenzie River Husky drool?
The Mackenzie River Husky is an average drooler. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Mackenzie River Husky As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Mackenzie River Husky be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Mackenzie River Husky is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Mackenzie River Husky be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Mackenzie River Husky be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Mackenzie River Husky is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Mackenzie River Husky be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Mackenzie River Husky is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Mackenzie River Husky be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people. The Mackenzie River Husky is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Mackenzie River Husky be a boat dog?

Not really

Mackenzie River Husky breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Mackenzie River Husky be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Mackenzie River Husky is not the best breed for drafting purposes.
Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Mackenzie River Husky dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Mackenzie River Husky Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Mackenzie River Husky: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Mackenzie River Husky have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
4-8 puppies

Mackenzie River Husky Recognition

AKC Group
Is Mackenzie River Husky recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Mackenzie River Husky recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.

Mackenzie River Husky Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Mackenzie River Husky's has great intelligence.
  • Trainability: Mackenzie River Huskys are easy to train.
  • Child Friendly: Mackenzie River Huskys are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Mackenzie River Huskys are very dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Mackenzie River Huskys are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Mackenzie River Huskys are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Mackenzie River Huskys don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Not an apartment-friendly dog the Mackenzie River Husky breed.
  • Shedding Level: Mackenzie River Huskys shed above average.
  • Mouthiness: Mackenzie River Huskys have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Mackenzie River Huskys have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
  • Cat Friendly: Mackenzie River Huskys are not cat-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Mackenzie River Husky is not the best dog breed for office environment.

Mackenzie River Husky History

The Mackenzie River Husky is not so much a breed of dog, but rather a type. This term describes several populations of sled dogs throughout the arctic. The name at the beginning was often used as a sales tool to sell mutts or unwanted litters as well.

From the researches of Bill Carpenter of Yellowknife, which dates back to the 1530s we can get to know a lot about the breed. His name can be also connected with the Canadian Eskimo Dog(also known as the Greenland Husky), which he received a grant in the 1970s to bring back.

In his research on the Mackenzie River Huskies, he discusses mainly the emergence of the freight huskies below and around the arctic circle during the mid to late 1800s. He does not disclose the era of the  Gold Rush and its influence, the separation of the AKC Siberians and Alaskan Malamutes in the 1930s, and the high arctic aboriginal husky in the research. In the 19th century, each village or community lived separated from each other by hundreds to thousands of km, developing similar characteristics based on their similar need.  So these huskies were separately and distinctly developed as small working teams just as the people living in the territory. While consuming from limited and sometimes erratic food sources they were capable of hauling large loads through deep snow, and hilly or mountainous territories.  Their long legs and the rangy built body completed with long back and deep chests allow them to run in a single track. Their weight is usually about 45 kgs. Social bonding, pack mentality, build and gait reflect the wolf influence which naturally occurs when you have sled dogs in remote environments viewing their people as extensions of the pack. They are willing workers once they realize that they get to run with their ‘pack’ and view you as the alpha dog.

In the 1960s  due to several factors, the breed started to demise due to several reasons. One of them is the Canadian government efforts to stop native sovereignty by the mass killing of dog teams and profitable sled dog racing that resulted in the development of a breed of small, high strung running machines. So nowadays breeders are having a hard time saving the subsistence of these gorgeous animals.

The catchy expression  "Mackenzie River Husky" was coined from newcomers because in contrast with the locals, who l knew the huskies by their different villages, naming them accordingly eg.: Old Crow dogs. McPherson dogs, Red Mackenzie River Husky Arctic Red dogs, Porcupine River dogs, Hay River dogs, etc the newcomers were not able to differentiate them while passing through an area.

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