We currently have 180 Alaskan Huskies within the company.
You will notice from the photos you see on our website and social media that we don’t have the typical ‘husky’ that you see on TV. This is because the Alaskan Husky is a performance bred mixed-breed and is not bred for their appearance. Our dogs are very social and love to meet new people. When you meet them at our kennel they will want to sniff you and say hello. Our dogs are not aggressive and love to ‘talk’ to you with little barks and howls.
We use our dogs to help guests experience the wilderness of Arctic Norway. In winter we operate dog sledding tours up in the mountains, and in the summer time we take hiking trips, with the dogs helping us up the hills. We start training our dogs for the next winter season in August when we move all of the dogs to our training camp. The dogs love being at the training camp, tucked away in the forest it is colder there and also we have a large free running area where groups of dogs can run loose. Training includes teams of up to 14 dogs pulling a quad bike to build up their power and stamina, as well as hiking with staff to practice directional commands.
We welcome several litters of puppies each summer to maintain the bloodlines we have worked hard to perfect and replace our retired dogs with fresh youngsters. We only breed on our best dogs; those who show high fitness, a kind temperament, good fur, long legs and a good appetite. We never sell our puppies or dogs, but of course we do occasionally buy in adult dogs to bring in new bloodlines. If a dog does not want to be a sled dog (this is very rare!) then we may rehome them to staff, friends or families that we know can give them a good and active life.
All of our dogs are wormed, vaccinated and given parasite treatment. Our local vet, Lisa, has has worked with us for many years helping us to keep our animal welfare standard so high. We are proud of the achievements of our dogs, we have lead dogs who have won the Finnmark Race, retired dogs who have been to the Geographic North Pole and up and coming youngsters who we are excited to watch develop next season.