Siberian Husky breed was developed in Siberia, the vast portion of Russia that extends all the way to the Pacific Ocean. Husky is a medium sized dog that can survive in extremely cold weather, was first used by tribe members to pull sleds and herd reindeer. In addition, this sturdy dog slept with family members to help keep the children warm during cold nights.
Siberian Huskies have a wolf-like appearance but are generally a very gentle and loyal dog. Because of their affectionate nature, the Husky does not make a particularly good watch dog or guard dog. Although they can make excellent pets, the Siberian Husky can be a challenge to train. This breed is energetic, most interested in running.
The Siberian Husky is an affectionate breed. The dog’s gentle nature makes it a good choice for families with children. It is important to get your Husky from a reputable breeder because early socialization is important. A young Siberian Husky must be comfortable with people and other dogs from the beginning. The Husky also has a lot of energy, again loving to run. Therefore, the dog should never be left to run free, for its own safety.
Most owners with Siberian Husky experience report that this can be a difficult dog to train. In truth, the breed is quite intelligent and loves people, but most Huskies will respond to firm and consistent training only if they see a point to the task. For this reason, training a Siberian Husky may take a lot of patience. In addition, Huskies do not like to be left alone and if this happens, the dog can be destructive due to boredom and loneliness.
Size and Color
Siberian Huskies are a medium-sized breed, sturdily built and able to withstand cold temperatures. The male usually stands from 21 inches to 23 inches tall with the female about one inch shorter. Adult male Huskies weigh from 45 pounds to 60 pounds, while the female of the breed generally weighs from 35 pounds to 50 pounds.
Most dog groups accept a wide range of coat colors. You may find white Husky, or such variations as black and white, sable and white, or gray and white. Eyes can be blue, brown, black, or a combination of two colors. The undercoat is thick and wool-like, while the outer coat is softer.
Feeding and Grooming Requirements
Huskies do not generally need, as much food as an owner might think is best for a medium-sized, sturdy dog. Some experienced owners characterized the Siberian Husky eating habits as “thrifty,” meaning they make the most of slightly less food than the owner feels the dog should have. This trait, too, may be traced to the origins of the breed, as members of the Chukchi tribe developed their dogs to pull a light load at a fast pace over great distances in low temperatures on the smallest possible intake of food. Top quality commercial food or fresh meats and some vegetables are a good place to start with the Husky diet.
While the Siberian Husky coat does not need much in the way of clipping and trimming. However, the coat is shed once, sometimes twice, each year in great quantity. A good combing at this time is recommended. Overall, the Husky is a very clean dog, not prone to the usual “doggy” odor or common parasites.
From the start, a new owner should keep in mind that the Siberian Husky loves to run! This breed does not do well in an apartment and will be happier with a large, fenced yard to exercise in. However, the Husky is known to dig and may find a way to dig under the fence. Owners should make sure the fence extends part of the way beneath the ground.
Huskies do not do very well in extremely warm weather because of the dog’s background and heavy coat. Care should be taken to provide a cool place to rest in the summer. In addition, remember to provide plenty of fresh water!