Siberian Huskies look like wild wolves, but they are actually easygoing and friendly dogs. These are pack dogs – they enjoy the comfort and safety of the home and family. A well-trained Siberian Husky will hang content on the sofa for a cuddle or soft play on the carpet.
Siberian Huskies have compact, light and furry frames. They have medium heads, sometimes with unique black and white or red and white patterns. Their medium-sized snouts end in black noses (or brown for red-coated dogs). They have triangular ears that open to the front and almond-shaped eyes that create a concerned and cunning expression. Their proud, upright neck and straight back lead to bushy tails. Their furry coat is dense enough to show off the body’s muscular lines. Siberian Huskies can come in almost any color. In general, they are well-balanced, muscular and well-developed dogs.
Striking Husky Facts
Siberian Huskies look like wolves to the wild, but they’re actually easygoing, friendly friends. These are pack dogs – they enjoy the comfort and safety of the home and family. A well-trained Siberian Husky will hang content on the sofa for a cuddle or soft play on the carpet. The Siberian Husky also has a mischievous side: They can become restless and destructive if left alone for too long. An easy way to combat this, apart from giving attention, is to give them a Siberian Husky friend.
The Husky combines strength, speed and endurance. They are moderately compact, slightly longer than they are long and of a clear northern heritage. They are fast and light on their feet, with a smooth and effortless stride that shows both good range and drive. They have a medium length double coat, with a soft, dense undercoat and a straight, slightly flattened top coat. Their expression is often sharp but friendly, interested and sometimes even naughty.
These dogs are devoted to their families, but they are also excellent hosts when guests come by, rarely bark or act territorially; however, they do have an interesting wolf-like howl. In general, what they say is true: Huskies are everyone’s friend. This makes them not the best watchdogs.
Husky features and information
Remember: Siberian Huskies are descended from a breed of tough, reliable working dogs. They get bored without enough exercise and activity. However, they should not be overworked in hot weather. If you live in a warm climate, consider a different breed. If you have a warm season, practice your Siberian Husky in the early hours and turn on the air conditioning indoors.
Siberian huskies can be a bit quirky, but they are definitely trainable. Use a firm but friendly hand and train them consistently. These are Arctic dogs – tough, determined and self-sufficient. They love to roam and wander, dig holes and catch small animals. Make sure they have an enclosed yard and always walk them on a leash.
Shedding can be a problem with Siberian huskies: during normal times, their coats require occasional grooming. But during their shedding seasons (spring and fall), they need to be brushed daily with a metal comb to keep the hair from getting all over.
A healthy Siberian husky can live up to 15 years old. Common health problems are hip dysplasia and eye problems. Siberian huskies used for racing can often develop stomach and bronchial problems.
Temperament of the Husky
The Siberian Husky thrives in people and really enjoys their company. However, they also have an extremely strong prey drive, meaning it would be a mistake to trust a Husky around small animals and pets, including cats and other dogs, especially small breeds. They are not the best choice for first time owners because they need to be handled and trained by people who are familiar with this type of dog and therefore appreciate the breed’s many needs.
Huskies have been known to like the sound of their own voices and are sometimes very vocal with dogs preferring to howl rather than bark. They are extremely hardy, robust dogs that do not feel the cold thanks to their thick double coats. They need a lot of mental stimulation and exercise to be well-balanced dogs. If you leave a Husky on its own for long periods of time, a dog would quickly get bored and develop some unwanted behavioral problems, which include excessive howling and destructiveness in the home.
Care and appearance
As with any other breed, Siberian Huskies need to be groomed regularly to ensure that their coats and skin are kept in top condition. They should also get regular daily exercise to keep them fit and healthy. In addition, dogs should be fed good quality food that meets all of their nutritional needs throughout their lives.
This courageous dog is a graceful working dog of medium size, well furred and somewhat compact. They have erect, triangular ears and a tail with a fox-like brush shape. The tail usually hangs down or lags, but when the dog is alert or attentive, the tail is carried sickle-shaped across the back. The medium-sized snout is slightly tapered, and the almond-shaped eyes are blue, brown or any of them, all with a sharp expression.
The standard Husky colors as listed by the Board of Directors include agouti, black, gray, red and saber, all with striking white features on their face, chest and lower abdomen area, legs and parts of the tail, as well as all white. However, Siberian Huskies of alternating colors are not uncommon and some can be born completely black, or with different combinations of black, white, brown, copper.
History of the Husky
The Chukchi people of Northeast Asia developed the breed now known as the Siberian Husky. Their lineage is unknown, but they have a distinct Spitz origin, which has evolved as a sled dog for these nomadic people for hundreds of years. During the Alaskan gold rush, dogs became an essential part of life in the Arctic.
In 1909 the first Chukchi huskies were brought to the Netherlands from Siberia for the All-Alaska sweepstakes race. They were smaller and more obedient than most of the other participants in the race and did not inspire much admiration, with the exception of a racer so impressed that he imported seventy to train for the 1910 race. For years, the dogs made their living as utilitarian sleds, but it was in 1925 that they received their greatest acclaim. Teams of Huskies race 340 miles with life-saving serum for diphtheria-stricken Nome, AK and have been credited with saving the city. A statue in honor stands in Central Park.
Around this time, the first Siberian Huskies came to Canada and then the rest of the United States. The Dutch Board of Directors recognized the breed in 1930. During World War II, many Siberians served in the US Army’s Search and Rescue teams, further capturing the public’s admiration. The breed’s popularity continued to grow and now this breed is cherished as a pet. They remain one of the most popular Arctic breeds.
Maintaining a Husky
This is a very active dog. They need plenty of daily exercise, either in the form of a long jog, walk, or long run off-leash in a safe and confined space. They also like to pull and enjoy cold weather. Their coat should be brushed once or twice a week, daily during periods of the worst shedding