Siberian Husky Overview
The Siberian Husky has its origins with the nomadic tribes and their ancient sledge dogs. These dogs were used to carry the belongings of tribe members, as well as assist in hunting reindeer for food. These dogs became famous as long-distance sled dogs that helped the later settled tribes into hauling items over rough terrain. In 1909 the dogs crossed the Bering Strait from Siberia into Alaska, thus cementing their popularity as a working dog worldwide.
Siberian Husky Characteristics
Siberian Huskies, while similar in appearance and coat to their larger Malamute cousins, are a small, agile high-endurance dog. Their pricked ears and curly tails give them a friendly appearance, and their slender bodies with plush double coats help them to excel in harsh climates and long distances. Huskies are built for endurance and have the ability to run fast and far on very little.
Siberian Husky Temperament
The Siberian Husky is known as fun, friendly, loyal and vocal. They may get into trouble as puppies but will settle some as they age. Huskies are social by nature, and love the company of others, be it dog or human. Huskies get along well with both children and adults but may be predatory toward other small pets due to their history as a hunter. Huskies are also extremely vocal and like to “talk” to their friends.
Siberian Husky Care
On average, the Siberian Husky lives 10 to 14 years, good for a medium-large sized dog. They are prone, however, to a myriad of health concerns. These include eye diseases such as crystals, cataracts and retinal atrophy, hypothyroidism, von Willebrand’s (clotting disorder), epilepsy, hip dysplasia and oesteochondritis dissecans.
Siberian Husky Coat
Despite the extensive thickness and double coat of the Husky, they require very little coat care outside of the shedding season. Occasional brushing will help keep the coat in shape, while a grooming brush or other shedding brush can help reduce the number of shed hairs in the environment with daily brushing at those times.
Siberian Husky Training
Siberian Huskies were bred to be independent thinkers, and this may show in training. They can be stubborn and want to do things their own way, much to the chagrin of owners. Patience and teaching Huskies in ways that make them the decision makers will help ease training and make a well-behaved dog.
Siberian Husky Activity
As an endurance breed, the Siberian Husky is rarely tired. He has a need for extensive amounts of exercise and should be kept in a large, dog-safe yard to prevent escape. Without the proper exercise of long jogs, hikes or other distance activities, the breed may become bored, escape, and create his own fun.