Husky Capabilities

 

siberian-husky-2The dogs we now know as Siberian Huskies are an amazing example of selective breeding over time to produce a form which perfectly fits the function of the breed. Imagine the complex specifications if we tried to produce such a breed today:

  • Survive and function effectively at temperatures down to -50 degrees C without any artificial aids.
  • Pull a lightly laden sled tirelessly day after day over vast distances in arctic/sub-arctic conditions and enjoy it!
  • Survive and thrive on the bare minimum of food.
  • Be intelligent enough to take instructions from the sled driver, and also intelligent to ignore such instructions if they are likely to lead the team into danger
  • Survive and function effectively at temperatures up to 35 degrees C
  • Be capable of hunting and catching its own food if necessary.
  • Be able to live happily with large numbers of other dogs with minimal friction.
  • Love people in general and children in particular so that they can be used in winter to sleep with the children and keep them warm.
  • Look absolutely beautiful at all times.
  • Combine an infinite capacity and appetite for work with an ability to sleep anywhere and everywhere at the drop of a hat.
  • Be capable of jumping/climbing high fences.
  • Be capable of digging escape tunnels worthy of “The Great Escape” or “Colditz”
  • Be capable (if given the opportunity) of destroying almost anything in seconds.
  • Combine the characteristics of an iron-hard sled dog with that of the softest lap dog.

The Siberian Husky, which is directly descended from the sled dogs developed over a period of several thousand years by the Chukchi people of North-eastern Siberia , fulfils all these “functions” within its efficient and beautiful “form”.

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