Husky, Sled dog
Traditionally used as a sled dog, the Siberian Husky continues to fascinate with his elegant wolf-dog appearance. Not aggressive in any way, his natural instincts are however very present, small pets will be perceived as prey. He loves the company of humans, even strangers, which makes him a bad watchdog.
Quick Overview of the Siberian Husky
- Independent nature
- Excellent companion
- Enjoys interaction
- Fairly varied dress
- Elegant and very wild look
- Great flexibility
- Powerful muscles
- Great robustness
- Generally healthy
Temperament of the Siberian Husky
The Siberian Husky, with his rather wild look, is totally devoid of aggressiveness. Independent by nature, he must be educated very young.
He is an excellent companion for all ages, except for very young children, that he generally ignores. He loves interaction and is very jovial with everyone. The Siberian Husky is an affectionate, cheerful and very gentle dog.
Since the ancestral times of the breed, the Siberian Husky has been highly respected by his masters. Used for work, he was also held in very high esteem, and owned a great place in the family.
Nowadays, the descendants have kept this mutual respect between the master and the animal. He adapts very easily and is extremely intelligent.
He can sometimes be stubborn, being very independent, but a good education at a very young age will help to make him more malleable.
Despite his wild, wolf-like appearance, the Siberian Husky is by no means a guard dog. His appearance and personality will be enough to ward off thieves with no knowledge of the breed.
However, others will be able to approach him without any problem, because he loves everyone, even strangers. He is not a one-man dog and he adapts very easily to all masters.
This beautiful medium sized dog has a very elegant and wild look. Endowed with great flexibility, his legendary gait gives him a very special air.
This exceptional working dog has powerful muscles that enable him to cover incredible distances while maintaining a very light gait.
Between 54 and 60 cm (21.26 to 23.62 inches) for the male
Between 51 and 56 cm (20.08 to 22.05 inches) for the female
Between 21 and 30 kg (46.30 to 66.14 pounds) for the male
Between 16 and 23 kg (35.27 to 50.71 pounds) for the female
His coat is quite varied. The possibilities range from white, to black and white, to grey and white, to chocolate and white, to copper and white. The pinto (small spot) is also another one.
He has a double medium length coat.
His head is pretty thin. His eye color can vary. The possibilities are blue, minnow (spotted), amber, black and brown.
His ears are straight and reminiscent of wolf ears. His nose varies in colour according to his coat. His medium length tail is slightly tucked up.
According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group 5, section 1 and is #270
Characteristics of the Siberian Husky
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This magnificent dog with a great resemblance to the wolf is non-aggressive but has all the skills and instincts of a predator.
Small animals such as cats, rabbits and ferrets will be considered as prey by the Siberian husky.
Even if he is an excellent companion and family dog, it is preferable to find out about the puppy's parents before buying one.
The Siberian Husky is very sociable and affectionate with everyone, but his predatory instincts can play tricks on the little ones.
Because they love small animals, babies may seem different to him from other family members. Caution is advised with predators and Huskies are still in this category.
The Husky can live indoors as well as outdoors, but needs a minimum of exercise.
Running is part of his DNA and he is particularly fond of it. Anyone can own such a dog but under certain conditions.
Health of the Siberian Husky
Despite popular belief, the Husky is not afraid of the heat. Even if his fur allows him to withstand very cold temperatures, he doesn't necessary like it.
The breed is generally endowed with remarkable health and great robustness.
Despite his fur and northern appearance, the Siberian Husky does not require any special care. His coat is very easy to maintain and is odorless because the Husky is naturally clean.
Depending on the climate where he lives, the dog can generally undergo two moults per year. The rest of the time, he hardly sheds any hair at all.
However, during his biannual shedding, the hairs fall in tufts, and if the dog is indoors, it will require a more assiduous collection than usual.
As his fur protects him from hot and cold, it is absolutely unnecessary to shear or shave him. He will love a thorough daily brushing that will maintain his fur, while allowing him to keep his beautiful look.
History of this breed
Obviously the Siberian Husky is of Nordic origin. This very powerful working dog was bred by the Chukchi, an Eskimo tribe, who used him to pull sleds.
These people, being very close to the Inuit, lived in utmost isolation. The need to own good sled dogs led the Chukchi people to develop an intelligent breeding system, thus producing a breed that is continually improving. Aggressive dogs were thus systematically eliminated.
The northern people did not generally look after their dogs, except for work. The Chukchi loved their dogs and sought to produce a family dog breed that could still be fit for work. From then on, the Siberian Husky became part of the family.
It was in Alaska, in 1909, that the first dogs participated in the All Alaska Sweepstake competition, where the first pack came third.
The dogs created quite an impression at this competition, leading Fox Maule Ramsay, a native Scotsman, to import even more of them in order to form several teams to increase his participation in such competitions.
The Siberian Husky, being an outstanding working dog, achieved one of a kind feat in 1925, carrying a serum essential to the survival of people living in Nome, a very isolated village in Alaska. The distance of 1085 km (657 miles) covered in just 127.5 hours earned the owners and their dogs national recognition.
Close cousins of the Siberian Husky are the Greenlandic, Samoyed and Malamute, which come from Siberia and Alaska.
Even if he is considered a dog, the Siberian Husky has 85% of the characteristics of the wolf. This dog is the closest breed to the wolf on the planet.