The Siberian husky is known for its amazing endurance and work ability. Huskies are recognizable by their thick double coat, sickle tail and triangular ears. They may be best recognized as the sled dogs in the Iditarod races, or from the movies about “Balto”.
This breed is widely believed to have originated in the Siberian peninsula. The Chukchi people relied on them for survival. These dogs would herd deer, work long hours in the cold and pull sleds. The Chukchi people were the only breeders of this dog up until the 19th century. In the early 1900s, Americans in Alaska imported these dogs for sledding competitions and the Nome Gold Rush. This breed is made for work and can run up to forty miles in a day. Recent DNA analysis shows that the Siberian husky is one of the oldest breeds of dogs.
Siberian Husky Description
Huskies can be found in all colors from black to pure white, with the most common colors being a combination of black and white. Most will have white paws and legs, facial markings and tail tip. A variety of markings on the head is common. Their eyes are almond shaped in ice blue, dark blue, amber or brown. At times, the dog could have one brown and one blue eye. All of these variations are acceptable by the American Kennel Club. A Husky’s coat is made up of two layers – a dense undercoat and a longer top coat. This double coat is great for cold weather, yet also reflects heat in warmer climes. Their tails are heavily furred, and huskies will often sleep with their tail draped over their face. Huskies can weigh from 35-60 pounds and reach a height of 20-23 inches.
Siberian Huskies have a typical lifespan of 12-15 yrs. Some Huskies display health issues such as seizures and defects of the eye. It has been determined that these issues are mostly genetic, so thorough research with the breeder (if you buy) or adoption facility (if you adopt) is recommended. These canines are extremely intelligent and have been known to mimic common household activities, such as turning on light switches with their paws and opening doors with their mouths.
It is important to keep these dogs active and interested in new activities. Because of their high intelligence, they can easily become bored and restless. Huskies work well in many kinds of families. In particular, they are very well-suited for families with older children, cold-weather dwellers and active adults. The ideal lifestyle for these canines will provide them with plenty of exercise and attention; a fenced yard is most suitable as they love to roam, dig, and run. Siberian Huskies can be mischievous if left to their own designs. They are definitely trainable, but require consistency and patience along the way.