Medium in size, the Siberian Husky is an elegant and flexible looking dog. Hyperactive, it is traditionally used as a sled dog. It’s a dog who knows how to be independent, but It does not appreciate solitude for all that.
Other names: Arctic Husky
History of the breed
As the name suggests, the Siberian Husky is originally from Siberia. A region is known for its cold. Basically, their appearance is due to the Chukchies Indians who wanted to have dogs capable of pulling their sleds.
Their legend associates the birth of the Siberian Husky with the fruit of love between a wolf and the moon. Which is why It looks like a wolf with a crescent moon shaped tail.
At the turn of the 20th century, a Russian-born fur merchant imported the first Siberian Huskies to Alaska to take part in a 405-mile race. This breed was officially recognized in 1966.
- Its hair: straight and of medium length, it forms a thick coat.
- Its color: the dress can be black, white, gray, sand or any other color. The spots and facial marks characterize two-colored individuals.
- Its head: it is round. The muzzle, proportional to the skull, becomes thinner as it approaches the nose.
- Its ears: triangular, but slightly rounded at the tip, they are erect, set high, and quite close together. They are full, thick, and medium in size.
- Its eyes: slightly oblique, they are almond-shaped. They can be blue, brown or have irises of different colors.
- Its body: moderately compact, it is very well proportioned. His musculature is well developed.
- Its tail: curved without forming a loop, it does not fall on the sides or on the back.
Behavior With Others
The Siberian Husky has above-average intelligence. Although hyperactive, It knows how to be gentle and docile. It’s very loyal to Its master, without being possessive as can be seen with guard dogs.
It can be placed in the category of guard dogs, although It’s not necessarily very suspicious of strangers.
It’s also not aggressive towards Its congeners. Particularly nice, the Husky is ideal for families with children. It’s independent but doesn’t enjoy solitary since It is used to living in a group. Thus, Its master must be constantly present at Its side.
The education of the Siberian Husky must begin before It reaches the age of 6 months because this breed grows into an adult very quickly. It’s It who decides whether Its masters are worthy of It or not. Hence the interest in treating It with respect, affection, and consistency from the start.
Otherwise, it will be difficult to control and will even tend to run away. The education of the Siberian Husky therefore necessarily involves patience and calm, without having to give in to all the whims of the dog.
The Siberian Husky can adapt to most lifestyles as long as it is frequently given the opportunity to exercise. If It stays locked up for too long, It risks getting bored and developing destructive behavior.
Health & Maintenance
The parasites like ticks and fleas frequently attack the Siberian Husky. But it’s a very robust dog that supports both high heat and temperatures of -40 ° C. Its life expectancy is around 13 years.
It can be affected by eye diseases (cataracts, retinal atrophy) and digestive disorders. A large dog, the Siberian Husky can also be prone to hip dysplasia which affects canines due to its morphology.
The life expectancy of a Siberian Husky is, on average, between 11 years and 13 years.
The Siberian Husky moults twice a year. This fur change can last for 3 weeks or more, but outside of this period, it is a dog that does not shed a lot of hair.
It needs weekly brushing, but grooming is strictly prohibited. Only the hairs that grow between the fingers or cover the feet can be leveled. This also applies to the mustache.
The husky’s diet should be rich in protein and fat to meet its fairly large energy needs. Constantly on the move, It needs a diet adapted to Its lifestyle. High-quality kibble is mostly the case. It’s advisable to contact a veterinarian to adopt this diet.