More than a working dog
We all know and love a sleigh-pulling cuddly Alaskan Husky, but they are not all the same, very far from it. Below are some interesting facts and figures to enjoy, particularly if you are heading on a trip to Alaska.
Did you know…
- Alaskan mushers bred the dogs they found in Inuit villages with Siberian Huskies, Greyhounds and German Shorthaired Pointers to create the Alaskan Husky.
- Because they were bred as working dogs they are classified as a category rather than a breed.
- There is no standard breed; each breeder selects for the qualities that are most important including speed, stamina, a particular gait, and a particular size or coat type.
- They have a larger and leaner body than the Siberian Husky.
- Alaskan have brown eyes, while the Siberian has blue eyes.
- They Are renown for being one of the fastest dogs in the world: recorded as traveling at 45km per hour!
- Alaskan Huskies are also known for extreme endurance, with particular breeds able to race for up over 1,500kms.
- Unsurprisingly, being from Alaska where temperatures can drop as low as -62.2°C, Alaskan Huskies can’t live in very hot climates and shouldn’t be exercised in temperatures above 20°C.
- Different types of Alaskan Huskies do different jobs and are bred for different types of sledding.
- Freighting dogs pull heavy loads. Sprinters go fast for short distances. Other dogs have the stamina to go longer distances. They are used to haul logs, deliver supplies to remote locations, transportation in general, and even competing in races for money.
- Alaskan Huskies who are top sled racing dogs may be worth US$10,000-$15,000 or more.
Just for Fun!
- The howl of an Alaskan Husky can be heard up to 16kms away and they can be particularly talkative!
- Their claws help them grip on the ice and they will scoop out holes in the snow for a place to burrow and shelter themselves from the wind.
- Huskies are NOT all the same – the Alaskan Husky is much more chilled and playful than Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes – many believe making them a wonderful family pet.
- They are very friendly and love strangers so don’t count on them being a good guard dog.
- An odd fact but here goes anyway – NEVER shave an Alaskan Husky. It may seem a good idea to help cool down but it will only increase their risk of sunburn and eliminate her ability to regulate temperature.
- Because Alaskan Huskies are highly intelligent, gentle with people and have a strong pack instinct, they make excellent companion dogs.
- HOWEVER…like any wild animal if provoked, not disciplined or mistreated, they can become aggressive.
For more information on several of our cruise packages for Alaska and the region, please call one our Travel Specialists on 1300 766 537 or visit wwww.cruiseexpress.com.au
If getting away for Christmas sounds like a good idea right then read on…
The festive season is a special time of the year that comes around in the blink of an eye. It’s a time we can’t avoid or put off, even though some years we might like to!
If the idea of getting ‘away’ then cruising is a great option. Equally, cruising is ideal for bringing friends and family together at this time of year. Cruising during the festive season can be magical in so many ways!
We love it – here are some insights for you so you can work out if you would love it too…
- Ships are big enough that you can always retreat to your own space!
- No cooking or cleaning, period
- It makes a great gift to give each other
- Santa, eggnog and carols by the poolside
- Lots of holiday entertainment and activities for the children including visits from Santa, craft-making, caroling and storytelling
- Because of their increasing popularity, we recommend booking upwards of a year in advance to be certain to get the cruise and cabins you want including family suites and interconnecting rooms (although closer to the day there are still options)
- Christmas and New Year can be expensive (so keep an eye out for great deals)
- There are generally a lot of children on board Christmas cruises, so if you aren’t a fan… this may not be the best time to cruise for you!
- Small luxury ships tend to have more mature passengers and fewer children – your Cruise Express travel specialist will be the best person to consult with on this
Other important considerations…
- While cheaper fares may become available closer to time, there may only be inside cabins available with your family scattered throughout the ship – it really depends on if this is an issue for you or not
- Look into the onboard activities to ensure they are right for everyone
- Most ships will have events at this time of the year, so don’t forget to pack special outfits for Christmas Eve/Day and New Year’s Eve
- It is a busy time of the year so we suggest you try to choose a departure port that doesn’t involve flights and if you do need to fly, ideally arrange to arrive a night early in case there are delays or cancellations
- Don’t forget the kids (and partner’s/parents) presents!
- If you really want to keep the spirit of Christmas alive in your cabin, you may want to consider bringing a fold-up Christmas tree, decorations and a special plate for the reindeer treats
- Be super kind to the staff on the ship who at this special time of year, are away from their much-loved and missed families. find out your Christmas cruises options, contact one of our travel specialists on 1300 766 537.