The Siberian Husky – Dog Breed Information and Pictures

The Siberian Husky originated in Siberia and arrived in Alaska in the early 20th century. They are characterised by great stamina and hardiness and were used to herd reindeer, pull sleds and as watchdogs. Their hardiness enabled them to work in harsh conditions and for long periods of time. They often perform their duties in small packs and they get along well with their peers. Today they are still used for sledding but have become popular as a pet.

This is an extremely strong and sturdy animal. They can be found with a wide range of colours. Commons colours include black, white, red, chocolate, gray, sable, silver and many combinations of these. The face and underside are primarily white. Eyes may be blue, amber or brown and some Huskies may have eyes of different colours. For example, one blue and one brown. The Husky has large feet and hair is present in between the toes to enable it to walk on ice and in snow. Its ears are pointed and erect. The Siberian Husky, like many breeds, has a double coat. The thick undercoat provides extra insulation and waterproofing and the topcoat is soft. The combination of these two features enables the breed to tolerate exceptionally low temperatures. The coat is easy to care for and only needs grooming during the two shedding periods of the year as this breed sheds heavily during these times.

This breed has an abundance of energy and loves to play. They will become very attached to their human family if kept as a pet. Despite their size and strength they are good with children and also with strangers. This, coupled with the fact that they bark very little, makes them poor guard dogs. They are an intelligent breed and very trainable. However, they may also be wilful and disobedient if they are not managed firmly. Like many breeds, the Siberian Husky needs a confident and consistent owner and must see its owner as the pack leader. If this is not instilled in puppyhood, the Siberian Husky can become increasingly wilful and mischievous. Left alone and not adequately exercised they may even become destructive.

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The Siberian Husky is a healthy breed on the whole and has an average life expectancy of around 12 to 15 years. This is common for dogs especially of this size. They are prone to hip dysplasia and some eyes problems. Also they are susceptible to a form of dermatitis caused by zinc deficiency. This dog needs a reasonable amount of exercise. However, as the breed is designed for cold climates, exercise in hot weather should be limited as they are very sensitive to heat. They will thrive best in a home with plenty of outside space where they can play and run. Again care must be taken with warm temperatures and they must be provided with adequate shade especially if left alone. It is their nature to live in packs and so two living together will be more content than one alone.

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