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Siberian Husky

Quick facts

Siberian Husky AKC Group: Working
Height: Male: 21-23 inches, Female: 20-22 inches
Weight: Male: 45-60 pounds, Female: 35-50 pounds
Colors: gray, black, copper and pure white
AKC recognized in: 1930

The Siberian Husky is one of the most good looking dogs that the world has ever had. It is actually one of the most popular breeds in the world. In fact, many consider them to be a favorite choice.

The Siberian Husky is a wolf-like dog which is quite energetic and active. These dogs were bred by a tribe called the Chukchi, which came from Northeastern Asia. They were utilized primarily to pull heavy loads through long distances amidst harsh and cold conditions.

Later on, this breed was imported to Alaska and eventually the United States as well as Canada. In these countries, they were then utilized as sled dogs. But at the present time, they are considered as one of most top notch family pets and show dogs worldwide.

And because the origin of this breed is from places with cold conditions, it has a thick coat of fur, which is another characteristic which makes it distinct from others.

The Siberian Husky has a medium build. However, you must not underestimate him based on his size, because he is actually a very strong dog. Remember that this dog was utilized as a sled dog which pulls numerous items - from people to materials and other objects.


Temperament

Siberian Husky Summary
Affection five paws
Cold Tolerance five paws
Ease of Training two paws
Energy level four paws
Exercise Requirements five paws
Friendliness : Children three paws
Friendliness: Other Animals three paws
Friendliness: Other Pets three paws
Grooming Requirements three paws
Heat Tolerance three paws
Playfulness five paws
Protection Ability two paws
Watchdog Ability one paw

The Siberian Husky's temperament can be traced its origin as a sled dog. It is actually a very endearing dog with endurance like no other. They make good pets considering their nature. They are also very friendly, and seldom alert bark when strangers enter the yard, which means that they may not be that good as guard dogs.

This breed is not known to bark, but it may howl at times. However, these dogs hate cats. In fact, they have been known to even kill them. Therefore, you cannot share your home to both a husky and a cat.

The Siberian Husky is a very outgoing dog, that it loves the outdoors. However, if you have a garden at home, it would be best if you made sure that he stays away from it. These guys also love to dig which means that your garden and its plants may be at risk. This digging also has led to his escaping yards, so keep a close eye on him, and perhaps invest in a fence that is buried into the ground some.

Another trait of this dog is the fact that it is easily bored. You need to provide it with means of recreation and entertainment. Otherwise, it may lead to a destructive chewing which will not be that good at all, especially if you let him stay indoors. This is why it would be best if you brought it to an excellent dog school in order to correct some of his inherent traits which may eventually cause some trouble.

Health and Exercise

The Siberian Husky has a life expectency of between 12 and 15 years.

Siberian Huskys are generally healthy, but are subject to certain conditions, including:

  • Hypothyroidism - an underactive thyroid gland, which can result in obesity, epilepsy, lethargy, and skin conditions.
  • Hip Dysplasia - Where the thigh bone does not fit snugly into the hip joint. This can lead to severe lameness or arthritis. If your husky is diagnosed with hip dysplasia you should never breed him or her, because this is an inherited condition.
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) - A degenerative eye disorder that will lead to eventual blindness. While being blind will not necessarily keep the dog from having a fulfilling life, since they can use their other senses to manage, don't change a lot of things around the house if this happens.

The Siberian Husky requires regular, 30 to 60 minute exercise, including a long walk, daily. Don't provide too much exercise during the hot summer days, however, since they do not tolerate heat well.

The Siberian Husky sheds, and sheds a lot, especially in the spring and fall! Commit to brushing thoroughly at least weekly, and at least daily during the shedding seasons.

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