Dog Breeds: The Siberian Husky

The Siberian husky is one of the many breeds of dogs that amazes us. With it’s playful attitude and highly loving nature, it is very adorable. Though it looks like a fox, it is least cunning.

Origin:

The Siberian husky is a strong, dense fur-coated working dog which originated in eastern Siberia. Its breed spread from there into the United States and Canada, initially as a sled dog. It rapidly acquired the status of a family pet and a show-dog.

Fur:

The Siberian husky often resembles a fox though the breed is not related to the wolf any more closely than any other breed of dogs. It is recognizable by its thickly-furred double coat (A thick, woolly undercoat and a soft outer coat), sickle tail, erect triangular ears and distinctive markings. The Siberian husky comes in all colors ranging from black to pure white. The face mask of Siberian husky’s under-body is usually white, and the remaining coat can be of any color. They have feet suitable for gripping snow.

Eyes:

It’s eyes are almond in shape and moderately spaced. It is a common misconception that all Siberian huskies have blue eyes. They can have eyes that are blue, brown, amber, or any combination thereof, including eyes which are half blue and half brown. Having one blue eye and one brown eye is referred to as being bi-eyed.

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Nose:

In some instances, Siberian Huskies can exhibit what is called “snow nose”. Show-quality dogs are preferred to have neither pointed nor square noses in shape. The nose is black in gray tan and black dogs, silver in copper-colored dogs, and may be flesh-colored in white dogs. “Snow nose” is acceptable in the show ring.

Size:

Male breed:

Height: 21 to 23.5 inches (53.5 to 60 cm) at the withers. Weight: 45 to 60 lb (20.5 to 28 kg)

Female breed:

Height: 20 to 22 in. (50.5 to 56 cm) at the withers. Weight: 35 to 50 lb (15.5 to 23 kg).

Life Span:

12 to 15 years

Temperament:

These dogs are gentle and playful, but willful and mischievous. This cheerful dog is very fond of his or her family. A puppy at heart, they are clever, sociable and loving, easy-going and docile. They do generally have a lot of energy, especially as puppies. Good with children and friendly with strangers, they are not watchdogs, for they bark little and love everyone.

Huskies are very intelligent and trainable, but they have a mind of their own and will only obey a command if they see the point. Huskies make an excellent jogging companion, as long as it is not too hot. Huskies may be difficult to housebreak. This breed likes to howl and gets bored easily.

They do not like to be left alone, so if this is the breed for you, you may want to consider having two. A lonely Husky can be very destructive. Remember that the Husky is a sled dog in heart and soul. Though they look as if they will need large quantity of food, they need less food than you might expect.

Behavior:

The Siberian Husky has been described as a behavioral representative of the domestic dog’s forebear, the wolf. It exhibits a wide range of the ancestor type’s behaviors. They are frequently known to howl rather than bark. Hyperactivity displaying as an overactive hunting drive, a characteristic of kenneled dogs, is often noticeable in dogs released from their captive environment for exercise – a behavior welcome in hunting dogs but not in the family pet.

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.

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.

Grooming:

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

So, just keep one thing in mind, Siberian husky is not supposed to be a pet dog, it is basically a sled dog.

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DISCLAIMER: The information on this site is not intended to replace the advice of your own veterinarian or doctor. Should you think that your pet needs medical attention, please contact your local veterinarian.  
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