The Siberian Husky!

The Siberian Husky is a very strong and muscular dog that is used for hard labor. The breed comes in a wide variety of colors from solid black to pure white. The markings on its head also vary in color combinations. Some of the more common combinations are Red and White, Gray and White, Agouti and White and Sable and White. However, these combinations still have further variations, making the breed’s coat very interesting to look at. This impressive coat consists of a thick undercoat and a soft outer coat that can withstand temperatures as low as -50 to – 60 degrees Celsius. The feet of this dog, which is called “snow shoe feet”, also has hair between the toes to provide it with better traction on snow and ice surfaces. The eyes of the Siberian Husky are equally fascinating. Just like their coat, the eyes of this breed vary in color and even in combination. It has always been assumed that the eyes of the Siberian Husky are predominantly blue. On the contrary, their eyes can also be brown or amber, or even a combination of all three. One eye can be half blue and half brown – this condition is referred to as being parti-eyed. The Siberian Husky can also be bi-eyed, meaning it can have one blue eye and another eye of a different color. It has ears that are tall and erect and a sickle shaped tail.

Some Quick Facts:


Life Expectancy:
12-15 years

Energy Level:
Average.

Living Conditions:
Cool climates. No small apartments.

Barking:
Average.

Exercise Needs:
Daily 30 minute walk; yard play. Avoid in summer.

Breed Group:
Working

Size:
Medium

Height:
20 - 24 inches

Weight:
40-55 pounds

Standard Hair Colors:
Ranges from solid black to pure white with markings of various color combinations.

National breed club:
The Siberian Husky Club of America

Siberian Husky Skills

The Siberian Husky was originally used by the Siberian Chukchi people to herd reindeers, pull sleds and fulfill watch-dogging duties. They were the perfect breed for the said jobs because of their exceptional strength and resilience, as well as their ability to withstand the harsh weather conditions of the country. Thus, it came as no surprise when a certain Admiral Byrd used the breed for his Antarctic expeditions. In 1925, the Siberian Husky became famous because of its speed and efficiency in bringing much-needed medicine to the diphtheria-stricken city of Nome, Alaska. The breed is still popular until today, especially for sledding, carting and racing. However, they have also become known as good companion dogs.

Siberian Husky Personality

The Siberian Husky is a very strong-willed and intelligent breed. While they are highly trainable, they will only carry out a command once they see the point of the order. However, with proper and patient guidance, the Siberian Husky can be cheerful and genuinely affectionate toward the owner and his family. They always seek adventure and love to roam around and explore its surroundings, making them ideal jogging companions. This dog should not be left alone, though, as it gets bored easily and has the tendency to become destructive.

Exercise Needs

The Siberian Husky requires a fair amount of exercise, preferable in a large yard with a high fence. The base of the fence must be buried securely under the ground because the dog may dig under it and go off hunting. Exercise should be done moderately during warm seasons, because the Siberian Husky may not be able to normally release heat from its body because of its thick coat.

Living Conditions

Since Siberian Huskies have thick, woolly coats, they are ideal for people who live in areas with cool climates. Should the owner live in a tropical country, air-conditioning for the dog is a must. They are also not recommended for those who have small living quarters, not unless they are properly trained and regularly exercised in vast areas.

Grooming Requirements

The Siberian Husky requires minimal grooming. However, its coat must be combed thoroughly during its heavy shedding periods, which occurs twice a year.

Health Issues

The Siberian Husky is a relatively healthy breed. However, it can be prone to hip dysplasia, eye problems and zinc responsive dermatitis.

If you liked this dog…

You may also take a liking to the Samoyed, which is a close cousin of the Siberian Husky. This breed, which is equally intelligent as its colorful cousin, is perfect for those who live in areas with cool climates.

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