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The Siberian Husky

Posted December 16, 2014 in Dog Breeds

Background
The perfect sled dog!

The Siberian Husky was used for centuries and centuries to pull the sleds of the Chukchi Tribe on the eastern Siberian peninsula. Huskies were also used for herding reindeer and guarding. Perfectly adapted to the brutal Siberian weather, the Husky is a hardy, thick-coated dog with legendary stamina; he was so prized for his speed that he was brought to Alaska by fur traders for sled dog races. 

First used for the 1908 All-Alaskan Sweepstakes race – a 408-mile dogsled competition – Huskies were later prized during a diphtheria epidemic in Nome, Alaska because they proved an invaluable form of transportation for medicine to the sick. Huskies have also been used as search-and-rescue dogs as well. Today, the Husky is one of the most popular dogs in America.

Sizing Up
The Husky is a medium-to-large-sized breed. Here are some common physical traits of the Husky:

  • Weight: 35-60 lbs.
  • Height: 21-23 inches (to the shoulders)
  • Coat: Thick, medium-length double coat that can withstand temperatures as low as -75F
  • Color: Black to pure white, black and white, red and white, brown, gray and white
  • Lifespan: 12-15 years

What are they like?
Don’t let his wolfish appearance fool you. If you’re looking for a gentle, happy, friendly dog that is comfortable around other dogs and strangers, the Husky is all of the above. Because of centuries of running and tugging sleds across tundra, the Husky loves to run. And run. And run some more. Perfect for the active family, the Husky is as high-energy as he is easygoing. 

The Husky is also extremely intelligent. This makes him highly trainable, but also easily bored and prone to getting into “trouble” sometimes – for example, it’s not uncommon for a Husky to open a refrigerator and eat the food inside. And believe it or not, the Husky is pretty easy to groom. An occasional brush will do the trick when he’s not shedding. When he is, you’ll have to pay a little more attention to him.

The Siberian Husky is a tough, hardy breed with just a couple of notable hereditary issues:

  • Bloat, which can lead to gastric dilatation volvulus
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Eye problems such as corneal dystrophy or juvenile cataracts
  • Allergies

Right for you?
Siberian Husky puppies are pretty much irresistible! But, as with any new pet, there are some considerations to make before you welcome a Husky

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