The Siberian Husky is a graceful, athletic dog with high endurance and an eagerness to work. This is a friendly dog breed with a vivacious and mischievous personality. Though these are high-energy and sometimes intense dogs, Huskies can be affectionate and gentle when given proper care.
Caring for Your Siberian Husky
The Husky's dense, double hair coat makes the breed able to withstand very low temperatures.
However, this breed is not so comfortable in hot climates. The Husky's undercoat is soft while the top coat is thicker and slightly coarse. This dog breed will shed quite a lot, especially in warmer months. Despite its medium hair length, the Husky has a lot of hair and requires routine grooming. Thoroughly brush out your Husky once or twice a week. The Furminator is a great tool to use during times of heavy shedding. Trim nails regularly, keeping them short to avoid splitting and discomfort.
Huskies are energetic and smart dogs that can be vocal (often in the form of howling and/or whining). Many Huskies have a desire to explore and can be escape artists. Therefore, they require a lot of training and exercise to keep them happy and healthy.
Huskies can benefit from activities like running as long as it's not too warm outside. You may need to find creative ways to exercise your Husky indoors when it's hot outside, as this breed is not very heat-tolerant.
Serious training is absolutely essential to help your Husky focus its energy. Without enough training and exercise, your Husky may seem out of control at times!
Siberian Husky Details
AKC Breed Group: Working
Size: 35 to 60 pounds
Colors: Huskies are seen in a variety of colors, including but not limited to combinations of black, gray, white and tan.
Markings: Black Points, Piebald or Pinto
Siberian Husky History
The Siberian Husky originated in Northeast Asia, where the Chukchi people developed the breed specifically for use as a sled dog. In the early 20th century, Alaskans grew interested in the breed and the Husky was brought to the United States. Over the years, Huskies have excelled as sled dogs. Perhaps most notable was the transport of antitoxins to Nome, Alaska during an epidemic of diphtheria.
The Siberian Husky was officially recognized by the AKC in 1930. They have continued to work diligently as sled dogs but are most commonly known as companion dogs.
Siberian Husky Health Problems
Responsible breeders strive to maintain the highest breed standards as established by kennel clubs like the AKC. Dogs bred by these standards are less likely to inherit health conditions. However, some hereditary health problems can occur in the breed. The following are some conditions to be aware of:
Who Should Get a Siberian Husky?
If you have an active household and plenty of time to dedicate to your dog, then this might be the dog for you. With proper care and attention, the Siberian Husky can make a wonderful companion.
This breed can also get along well with children as long as the dog is properly trained and socialized.
As with any breed, if you think the Siberian Husky is right for you, be sure to do plenty of research before getting one. Talk to other Siberian Husky owners, reputable Siberian Husky breeders and Siberian Husky rescue groups to learn more.