Classic northern dogs, Siberian Huskies are friendly and intelligent, but somewhat independent and stubborn. They comfortably exist in the company of a person, they need constant, but gentle training from childhood.
Briefly about the Siberian Husky
Siberian Husky breed and features
In warm weather, Siberian Huskies are more prone to digging because they like to create cool places to rest.
Male : 25-35 kg
Female : 20-25 kg
Height at withers:
Male : 58 cm
Female : 53 cm
Erect ears (natural position).
Energy : medium.
Life span: 11-13 years.
Propensity to drool : low. Tendency to snore: low.
Tendency to bark : Moderate.
Tendency to dig : Moderate.
Need for communication/attention:
Length : medium.
Coat type: dense, straight.
Colour : All colors from black to white.
Grooming requirement : Moderate.
Recognition by cynological organizations:
AKC classification: service breeds.
UKC classification : Nordic breeds.
Prevalence : wide.
The Siberian Husky is a medium sized dog, slightly longer than it is tall. The height at the withers varies from 50 to 60 cm, and the weight is from 20 to 35 kg.
Siberian Huskies have erect ears and eyes that range from brown to blue or even different colors.
The neck is straight, as is the back. The bushy tail is curled over the back or sometimes sticks out straight behind.
The coat of the Siberian Husky is very dense and soft with a lot of undercoat. The hair sticks out a little around the neck, but there should not be long hair on the legs or tail. Color ranges from black to white and all colors in between. Most dogs have white markings, especially on the chest and legs.
Siberian Huskies are classic northern dogs. They are intelligent, but somewhat independent and stubborn. They comfortably exist in the company of a person, they need constant, but gentle training from childhood. These dogs are born to run, and their love of running can outweigh their love of their owners from time to time. Siberian Huskies tend to be friendly with people, including children.
Most Siberian Huskies get along well with other dogs, especially those they grew up with. Because of their strong hunting instinct, they can chase cats and cattle. Siberian Huskies can be prone to digging, especially in warm weather, because they like to make cool places to rest. They don’t tend to bark, but they can howl.
Maintenance and care:
Siberian Huskies were bred in harsh environments and, not surprisingly, they are easy to care for. With excess nutrition and lack of exercise, they are prone to obesity. These are dogs bred for running and should work well at least a couple of times a week. Siberian Huskies tend to be hardy dogs and often live up to 14 years of age.
Early training and socialization are important for the Siberian Husky to get used to people. These dogs are comfortable in the company of a person and like to work, even if they just accompany the owner on a run. Siberian Huskies are not guard dogs, but usually bark when threatened. Left alone for a long time, they like to dig and chew, or they can howl so that all the neighbors will hear. Siberian Huskies love sledding and skiing.
Grooming is necessary a couple of times a week, during molting – more often. The shorter coat of the Siberian Husky is less smooth than that of other northern dogs.
Both Russia and the United States of America love to claim the Siberian Husky. The breed was developed by the Chukchi tribe of northeast Asia over 3,000 years ago to assist in their nomadic life as a sled dog. Of course, in the ancestors of the breed there are Spitz.
During the gold rush in Alaska, dog racing was held for fun as well as to test the workforce. The dogs bred by the Chukchi proved to be fast runners with great stamina despite their small size.
The Siberian Husky’s fame as a draft dog was solidified when a team of huskies ran 340 miles through raging snowstorms to deliver a serum for diphtheria-stricken Nome. The film “Balto” and many stories on the same topic made this breed recognized throughout the world.
While most of today’s Siberian Huskies are beloved pets, many still drive sleds at local races and enjoy skiing with their owners.