Siberian Husky Breed Information
The Siberian Husky is a Spitz breed with origins in Northern Siberia (Russia). The working class Siberian Husky, along with the Samoyed and the Malamutes are descendants of the original sled dog, the Eskimo dog (Quimmiq). Originally the Siberian Husky was used to pull heavy sled loads by the Chukchi people of northern Siberia. During the Nome Gold Rush from 1899 to 1909 in Alaska, the Siberian Husky was imported and bred as working sled dogs, but later became well liked as a family pet throughout Canada and the United States. The Siberian Husky is well known for being able to sustain their strength on little food while working in harsh conditions, being heralded as one of the most versatile and athletic working breeds.
When purchasing a Siberian Husky puppy it is essential to be aware of all characteristics of this Spitz dog breed. Looking for a puppy to bring into your family is an exciting process, but having the knowledge of what to expect with any dog is the key to successful integration into your family. A puppy is a huge commitment, so being knowledgeable about how to train and care for your Siberian Husky puppy is particularly valuable. For information on these subjects check our blog or a good book related to this specific dog breed.
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The Siberian Husky is known for being a loving family dog, but also exhibits the ancestral behavior of it ancestor the Wolf. With a very strong maternal instinct, the Siberian Husky will do well with kids when properly socialized, but will be a professional escape artist when grown. The Husky will have an urge to wander, but exercising this breed properly will curb its wanderlust potential.
The Siberian Husky is best suited to live in an environment that gives it space to roam. While letting this breed run free around your property is not really an option, they will be less likely to “run off” if you have a home that gives them space to move around very freely. The Siberian Husky prefers not to be left alone for long periods, as they long for the company of humans or other pack members. If you live in a hot or tropical climate, the Siberian Husky may not be for you, as they love cool weather.
It is recommended that any new Siberian Husky owner attend obedience training with their dog as it grows. This breed will be okay with a novice owner, as long as proper attention is paid building the alpha pack leader role with your dog.
As long as the breeding is good, A Siberian Husky should be a generally healthy breed. The thing to watch for most often with this breeds health is mostly related to genetic eye disorders such as Cataracts, Corneal Dystrophy, and Progressive Retinal Atrophy.
Considering the Siberian Husky is a breed with arctic origins, it has a dense and thick coat. Brush your dog’s coat often to control shedding, and your Husky will love you for it. Make sure you pay proper attention to your dog’s dental health as well, brushing its teeth once a week. It is also recommended that you trim your dog’s toe nails once a month.
Take one part Prey Drive, sprinkle in some Sled Dog, and add some wolf gene, that may explain the energy level of the Siberian Husky. They are an excited and jovial breed that will keep you on your toes, and I guarantee you will tire before they do.
The Siberian Husky will weigh between 35 to 60 pounds and stand from 20 to 25 inches at the withers.