Facts About the Siberian Husky: An Excellent Dog Breed
The Siberian Husky
If you are trying to choose what breed of dog you would like to own, here are some facts about the Siberian Husky I would like to share with you. I will give you some facts from the American Kennel Club as well as some personal information and opinions. If you are considering a medium-size breed of dog, I would highly recommend the Siberian Husky. I have owned four Huskies over the last 20 years and they have been wonderful with children and extremely loyal. My current Husky’s name is Meisha. She is a female that is about four years old. She is a wonderful companion and my children and grandchildren love her!
Huskys Love the Snow
Origination and History
The Siberian Husky is a medium size, dense coat, working breed dog that originally came from north-eastern Siberia. It is best believe that the Siberian Husky originated from the Chukchi tribe off the eastern Siberian peninsula.They were bred to pull heavy loads long distances through harsh conditions. They were later imported to Alaska during the gold rush and later spread into Canada and the lower United States. Due to their smaller size, quicker speed and longer endurance, they became the favorite breed for sled dogs.
In 1925, Siberian Huskies were the favored dogs to deliver the serum that would save many lives from a diphtheria epidemic in Nome, Alaska. The first attempt to deliver the serum was by plane, but due to severe weather conditions, the plane was not able to fly. It was then decided to use a series of dog team sleds. These sled dogs traveled more than 600 miles through near white out conditions to get the medicine to Nome. A Siberian Husky named Balto was instrumental in this run known as "The Great Race of Mercy". The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race commemorates this heroic delivery and in honor of Balto's heroic efforts a bronze statue of him has been erected in Central Park in New York City.
Siberian Husky at Snowy Pond
Male Siberian Huskies will range from about 50-75 pounds and the females from 35-60 pounds. They stand approximately 20-23 inches high. They have a white facial mask, white legs and a white tip on their tail. Their colors range from black and white, gray and white, copper/red and white and solid white.
Their coat is thicker than most dogs and is comprised of two layers, a dense undercoat and a longer topcoat of short, straight hair. This double coat protects them against harsh Arctic winters and also reflects heat in the summer. During their shedding season, they will lose their undercoat. Get ready, because when a husky sheds, they lose a lot of hair and I mean a lot! If you cannot tolerate dog hair in your house, you don't want a Husky. They need to be brushed weekly when not in their "shedding season" and I would recommend daily brushing during. You will also want to brush them outside. I would recommend brushing them with a soft wire type brush to get down to the undercoat. I will say that I would not recommend owning a husky if you live in a hot, humid climate as they do not tolerate extreme heat well.
Beautiful Blue Eyes
The American Kennel Club describes the Husky’s eyes as almond shaped and may be ice-blue, dark blue, amber or brown. In some Huskies, one or both eyes may be partially colored or they may have one brown eye and one blue. All of these eye color combinations are considered acceptable by the AKC. Meisha’s eyes are both ice-blue and people comment all the time about how beautiful her eyes are. Blue-eyed dogs are more “light sensitive” than others, just as ours are.
Siberian Husky Puppy
Litters and Life Span
Siberian Huskies normally have 6-8 puppies in a liter. They are very good mothers and will take excellent care of their puppies. Huskies have a life span of approximately 12-15 years. DNA analysis confirms that this is one of the oldest breeds of dogs. The name “Husky” comes from the nickname “Esky” which once applied to the Eskimo dogs.
Meisha and Her Pal Sadie
Huskies are territorial and will challenge other dogs that come into their domain. They are not overly aggressive, but they will let them know who is boss. It took several weeks for Meisha to get used to Sadie, our yellow labrador retriever , but now the are best of friends. Huskies still carry some of the traits of their forebearers, the wolf, and will tend to roam, if not kept in a fenced in yard. They do need lots of room to move around and play as they are very energetic and become bored easily. Huskies love to dig and you may find some holes in your yard until they find their favorite spot to lie in.
Huskys are Playful
Intelligent and Playful
Huskies are very intelligent and excel in obedience training as they learn very quickly. In my experience they are very easy to house-train and prefer to “go” outside. They do not tend to jump up on people, which is good when you have children. They really love kids and are very patient with them. Huskies love to play and will find a favorite toy. This toy, given as a reward, to them will make it easy to train them. You will have many hours of fun playing with your Husky.
Huskys are Great with Kids
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Huskies rarely bark, but they will “talk” to you. They make a howling type of sound when they want your attention. They are not aggressive towards strangers, but will let you know when a stranger is about. However, strangers are a bit concerned about them, as they look similar to the wolf. When someone new comes to our house, they rarely get out of their vehicles once they see my "wolf dog".
Over all, the Siberian Husky is friendly, loyal and energetic. I would highly recommend the Siberian Husky for a wonderful addition to your family!