If you like the appearance of wolves and wolfdogs, than you will love the look of Alaskan Noble Companion Dog, because these dogs are made up to resemble the wolves. On the first sight, the Alaskan Nobles are athletic dogs with well muscled and agile body. The average height should be between 26-33 inches, which is 66-84 cm and weight is typically between 60-110 pounds, which is 27-50 kg. Some individuals, especially males, can be even larger than that.
This is always doublecoated dog with very dense and pretty long coat. The length can vary a bit and its somewhere in between the coat lenghth of GSD and Alaskan Malamute. These dogs do shed and if you want to minimize the shedding, regular, even daily brushing is needed. But its impossible to stop the shedding. Also, thanks to the dense coat, these dogs are able to withstand very cold temperatures.
Most often these dogs have lighter colored eyes. Typical eye colors include green, yellowish, amber and blue. Dark brown eyes are not very common with this breed. These dogs can also rarely show heterochromia, which means that they have each eye in different color.
Its obvious that these dogs resemble wolves, so there is a logical question. Is this a wolfdog or just a dog with wolf like appearance? And eventhough some people claim that they do not have any wolf blood in them, all the DNA results of Alaskan Nobles i have seen showed some wolf content in this breed. Some showed relatively low wolf content, which is around 10% while others shown very high wolf content, even over 30%.
The breeding started several decades ago in 1990s and the dog breeds used in the breeding process are Alaskan Malamutes, Siberian Huskies and German Shepherds. Later, these dogs were also crossed with some other breeds to adjust their temperament and those include several other breeds such as Labradors, Border Collies, Great Pyrenees or Greyhounds.
Its important to say, that this is not officially recognized breed and it is said that its still a breed in development and it does not look that they will be recognized by any major kennel club any time soon.
One of the reasons why it will be hard to make this breed officially recognized is the incosistency in their temperament. The low content Alaskan Nobles are generally more manageable as companion dogs than the high content ones. Ideally, the low content Alaskan Nobles are very intelligent and loyal dogs that are hard working and able to perform greatly in variety of jobs, but its not always the case.
These dogs tend to be very intelligent and excellent problem solvers, but that does not mean they are pushovers to train, because they can also be very independent. Because of that, they need patient and consistent trainer who will show them the boundaries. But you should always stay positive and use positive reinforcement during the training, meaning you should always praise and reward the dog for good behaviour. Patience and consistency is a key when training any dog breed. This is not a dog for novices or unexperienced dog owners.
These dogs are also normally very watchful, alert and observant, especially towards strangers. It can definitely take a while before a stranger will gain a trust of this dog. The Alaskan Nobles tend to be very loyal to its pack, to its family, but they are not overally affectionate as some other breeds.
The Alaskan Noble Companion dogs also need relatively quite a lot of exercise. These dogs are best suited for people who like outdoors and enjoy long walks or hikes, because these dogs will love it as well. You will need to properly stimulate their mind and body with regular exercise, playtime, training sessions or you can even try some dog sport with them, for example sledding or bikejoring. Without enough exercise, they can develop some unwanted behaviour, such as destruction.
These dogs have very descriptive name. They are named Alaskan because of their northern look, Noble because of their noble appearance, and companion dogs because they were bred to be great companions.
There are no scientific studies about the breeds health, but most owners report that their dogs are quite healthy. On the other hand, some owners do have Alaskan Noble who suffer from some health issues, but it does not seem that those are extremely common. The health issues reported by some owners include stomach problems and diarrhea, seizures, pannus, angular leg deformity and hip dysplasia.