Siberian Husky Description
The coat of the Siberian Husky can come in a wide variety of different colors, but black or white is desirable. The colors gray, white, red, and sable may also be seen as well. The eyes of these dogs should be almond shaped, and they may be amber, brown, or blue in color. This breed has feet which are designed for it to move quickly over snowy terrain. While the outer coat will be soft, the under coat will be dense, and this allows it to thrive in climates where the temperatures can drop as low as -60 degrees.
As the name implies, the Siberian Husky originates in Siberia. They were first imported to Alaska in 1909, and they were used by the Chukchi tribe in Siberia to pull sleds for many centuries. In addition to this, they were also used to herd reindeer and were the ideal dogs for the frigid Siberian climate.
So, you want to buy a Husky! First of all, read the overview of the characteristics and qualities of a Husky. Remember that these are very energetic dogs. Read a little history on the breed. Finally, read and think about the pros and cons of owning a Husky. An informed pet owner is a good pet owner.
An overview of the characteristics and qualities of the Husky:
The Siberian husky is a medium-sized dog. The male Siberian Husky stands 21 to 23.5 in high at the shoulder and weighs from 35 to 60 lbs. Bitches are 20 to 22 in at the shoulder and weigh from 35 to 50 lbs.
The Husky has a twofold coat. The undercoat is made up of supple, thick down, and the outer coat is of soft, even hair. This soft outer coat gives the dog a well-groomed appearance. The Siberian husky is usually gray, black, or tan. Siberians have heads that are colored by various abundant markings.
The Siberian Husky has a mediocre sized, somewhat rounded skull. The Siberian’s upright ears are placed prominently on its head. Siberian Huskies have brown or blue eyes. It is common for Siberians to have one blue eye and one brown eye.
A Siberian Husky should possess a strong, compact body with a deep chest. This dog should also have strong, straight legs. A Siberian Husky should have a bushy tail that follows when the animal is working or resting. The tail should be held up in a curve when the Siberian is at attention.
Here is a brief history on the breed:
The Siberian Husky is a breed of working dog dating back from many centuries ago. An indigenous people, known as the Chukchi developed this breed. Siberian Huskies were used to pull sleds great distances. They were also used to herd reindeer.
The Siberian Husky was imported into Alaska in the early 1900‘s. In 1909, the first large numbers of these Chukchi dogs were brought to Alaska to try to win the long-distance All-Alaska Sweepstakes races. Alaskan dog mushers promptly realized the value of these small, solid dogs from Siberia.
Siberian Huskies soon became a standard breed used by Alaskan dog mushers.In the winter of 1925, a diphtheria epidemic broke out in the town of Nome, Alaska. A relay of dog teams brought life-saving serum from Nenana to Nome.
This daring undertaking earned national fame for the drivers and their dogs. Their route is now the basis of the trail used for the Alaskan Iditarod.
Leonhard Seppala, one of the relay drivers from the serum run, brought his team of Siberian Huskies to the United States. While in New England, he competed in sled dog races. The New England dogsled racers and other dog fanciers quickly acquired base Siberian Husky stock. These new breeders earned AKC recognition for the breed in 1930. The Siberian Husky Club of America was founded in 1938.
These are some of the pros of owning a Siberian Husky:
The Siberian Husky has a pleasant temperament, affectionate but not overly submissive.
The Siberian Husky is attentive, loyal, and adaptable.
The Siberian is by nature meticulously clean.
Siberian Huskies are quiet dogs. They do not typically bark.
Siberian Huskies can work and live in temperatures as low as 75 degrees below zero. A good insulated house with straw bedding is the perfect outdoor dwelling for a Siberian.
Exercise may be obtained by going for walks on the leash, at play with the family, and through mushing.
Siberians make great hiking companions. Given a dog backpack, a Siberian can carry food and water.
Here are a few of the cons of owning a Husky:
Digging can be a very annoying problem. Siberians love to dig holes to lie in.
Training Siberian Huskies can be a true trial of time, patience, and skill. Siberians are a clever, active, and obstinate breed. Siberians can become quite ill-behaved and destructive.
Siberians have a desire to run and they are built to do so almost effortlessly.
Siberians have a strong prey-drive. They will kill most small animals if not socialized properly.
This breed demonstrates no fear or suspicion of strangers.
They are fairly useless as watchdogs.
The occurrence of cataracts in the breed tends to be fairly high.
Corneal dystrophy also occurs in the breed. This disease causes advanced vision loss in mid to older age.
Glaucoma is also present in the Siberian.
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) and central progressive retinal atrophy (CPRA) have each been found to plague Siberians.
The Siberian Husky is not a breed that is typically recommended for first-time dog owners. For more information on Huskies, contact your American Kennel Association.
Siberian Huskies are popular dogs that are affectionate and playful. They are highly intelligent and are very sociable. These dogs have tremendous amounts of energy. While they are excellent with children, they are also nice to strangers, and this does not make them good watchdogs or guard dogs. The Siberian Husky does not bark a lot and is easy to train. However, owners who train this dog will need to be patient, as these dogs can be hard to housebreak.
There are very few disorders that are specific to this breed. However, Siberian Huskies may develop hip dysplasia, PRA, ectopy, and corneal dystrophy. The Siberian Husky has a maximum life expectancy of 15 years.
The Siberian Husky is an energetic dog that needs large amounts of exercise. However, they should not be given large amounts of exercise in warm weather, as they are Arctic dogs that can become sick in warm environments. Owners will want to make sure these dogs are put in large yards which have fences that extend into the ground. These dogs are good diggers and can dig their way under fences that are not secured. These dogs are not good for owners who live in apartments or small homes.
Special Grooming Needs
The Siberian Husky has a coat that needs very little maintenance. However, when it starts to shed, owners will want to comb the coat consistently with a firm brush.