Siberian Husky

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Information

Name: Chukcha, Chuksha, Husky, Icee, Sibe
Origin: Siberia
Breed Group: Working Dogs
Size: Medium
Hypoallergenic: No
Despite its wolf-like appearance, the Siberian Husky is a very gentle and loving dog. Its rich colored fur and blue eyes are the foundation of its adorable appearance. Furthermore, this dog is also quite smart. Moreover, it will use its intelligence in order to escape, so make sure to have a strong fence around your yard if you plan on raising a Husky pup. Furthermore, keep in mind that this dog's intelligence and strong mind can make it a challenge for first time dog owners. Siberian Husky Picture Siberian Husky Picture Origin The Husky dogs were developed for the purpose of sledding. These working dogs have an athletic body, are very resilient in harsh weather conditions and have an above average intelligence level. It is believed that this breed originated in Siberia, having been developed by the Chukchi, a nomad tribe. According to various DNA tests, the Siberian Husky is one of the oldest dog breeds in the world. The dogs were initially used for transportation, but the Chukchi tribe also treated Huskies as family dogs. It was not uncommon for children to sleep with their husky dogs in order to resist the cold Siberian nights. This breed was imported into Alaska in 1908 for the purpose of sledding, and played an important role in the gold rush. The AKC recognized this breed in 1939. Siberian Husky Picture Siberian Husky Picture Physical description The Siberian Husky dogs have strong, compact bodies, perfectly developed for daily physical work. A Pure breed Husky should have a medium sized head and a muzzle as long as the skull. The eyes are medium sized and come in brown, amber or blue. It is also possible for the eyes to be half brown, half blue and it is not uncommon for a Husky to have one blue eye and one brown eye. The "snow shoe" feet of the Husky feature hair between the toes, an adaptation to the harsh Siberian Weather. Due to their thick coat, these dogs can resist temperatures as low as -58° to -76° F. Siberian Husky Picture Siberian Husky Picture Personality A lot of people are drawn to the wild nature of these dogs and purchase Husky puppies without even considering their personality traits. As a result, a lot of Husky dogs are abandoned and end up in shelters. Furthermore, due to the fact that there is a high demand for this breed, a lot of breeders practice an improper breeding of these dogs, a problem which results in temperament flaws which are not usually associated with this breed. These dogs are not aggressive, but they don't beg for human attention either as they are quite independent. Since they are strong minded, they are not very eager to please humans, which can sometimes make them difficult to train. Nevertheless, with proper training techniques, the Husky dogs can make for wonderful companions. Siberian Husky Picture Siberian Husky Picture Health Huskies are generally very healthy and resilient. They can live up to 12-15 years. Nevertheless, they too are…

Characteristics

EASE OF TRAINING
INTELLIGENCE
SHEDDING
KID FRIENDLINESS
ADAPTABILITY
ENERGY LEVEL
EXERCISE NEEDS
GUARDING ABILITIES
WATCHING ABILITIES

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Despite its wolf-like appearance, the Siberian Husky is a very gentle and loving dog. Its rich colored fur and blue eyes are the foundation of its adorable appearance. Furthermore, this dog is also quite smart. Moreover, it will use its intelligence in order to escape, so make sure to have a strong fence around your yard if you plan on raising a Husky pup. Furthermore, keep in mind that this dog’s intelligence and strong mind can make it a challenge for first time dog owners.

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Origin

The Husky dogs were developed for the purpose of sledding. These working dogs have an athletic body, are very resilient in harsh weather conditions and have an above average intelligence level. It is believed that this breed originated in Siberia, having been developed by the Chukchi, a nomad tribe. According to various DNA tests, the Siberian Husky is one of the oldest dog breeds in the world. The dogs were initially used for transportation, but the Chukchi tribe also treated Huskies as family dogs. It was not uncommon for children to sleep with their husky dogs in order to resist the cold Siberian nights. This breed was imported into Alaska in 1908 for the purpose of sledding, and played an important role in the gold rush. The AKC recognized this breed in 1939.

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Physical description

The Siberian Husky dogs have strong, compact bodies, perfectly developed for daily physical work. A Pure breed Husky should have a medium sized head and a muzzle as long as the skull. The eyes are medium sized and come in brown, amber or blue. It is also possible for the eyes to be half brown, half blue and it is not uncommon for a Husky to have one blue eye and one brown eye. The “snow shoe” feet of the Husky feature hair between the toes, an adaptation to the harsh Siberian Weather. Due to their thick coat, these dogs can resist temperatures as low as -58° to -76° F.

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Personality

A lot of people are drawn to the wild nature of these dogs and purchase Husky puppies without even considering their personality traits. As a result, a lot of Husky dogs are abandoned and end up in shelters. Furthermore, due to the fact that there is a high demand for this breed, a lot of breeders practice an improper breeding of these dogs, a problem which results in temperament flaws which are not usually associated with this breed. These dogs are not aggressive, but they don’t beg for human attention either as they are quite independent. Since they are strong minded, they are not very eager to please humans, which can sometimes make them difficult to train. Nevertheless, with proper training techniques, the Husky dogs can make for wonderful companions.

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Health

Huskies are generally very healthy and resilient. They can live up to 12-15 years. Nevertheless, they too are prone to a few medical conditions such as Cataracts, Corneal Dystrophy and Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA). In order to make sure that you are buying a healthy puppy, ask your breeder to provide medical clearances for the puppy’s parents. Don’t trust breeders who can’t offer you these clearances. As we mentioned above, improper husky breeding can perpetuate a lot of random flaws which are not and should never be associated with this wonderful breed. You can check the legitimacy of the medical clearances on the OFA website.

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Care

As Huskies are working dogs, they need to be exercised regularly in order to consume their energy. Generally, a Husky should get about 30-60 minutes per day of physical exercise. During hot summers, the dog should only be exercised in the morning or in the evening as Huskies don’t cope well with excessive heat. As far as feeding goes, an average sized Husky should receive about 1.5-2 cups of quality dry food per day, divided into 2 meals.

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Coat

The Siberian Husky features a thick coat that comes in a wide variety of colors such as pure white, black, red and white, black and white, brown, gray, silver, sable, red orange, dark gray and white and so on. There is also a long haired variety called the Wooly Huysky. A lot of clubs don’t accept the Woolie Husky as they consider the long coat to be a flaw. Regardless of the length of the coat, Huskies are heavy shedders. The double coat needs to be maintained with regular brushing and combing, especially during spring and fall. A main factor that affects shedding is temperature so if you live in a warmer climate, be prepared to handle heavy shedding. As far as grooming goes, Huskies tend to clean themselves quite often so bathing should only be enforced when truly necessary.

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Friendliness

Huskies are very friendly both with their family as well as with strangers. As such, they don’t make for excellent watchdogs, but are excellent for families with children. However, in order to avoid any accidents, you should never leave small children unsupervised with a dog, no matter how friendly the dog is. Furthermore, you should take the time to teach your child about the proper way of interacting with dogs. Huskies are also very friendly with other dogs, especially if they are socialized from an early age.

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Ease of training

As mentioned above, Huskies can be very strong minded, which is why you need to take training very seriously. For house breaking a Siberian Husky puppy, you will find crate training to be very effective. Furthermore, you should start obedience training from an early age. It is important for Husky owners to learn how to display a firm authority as these dogs will try to take over as the pack leaders of their human family. Furthermore, the curious nature of Huskies makes them excellent students in dog training classes, but they tend to slack off at home. Another important aspect to consider is leash training. Since Huskies have a wild nature, they will try to run off whenever they are left off their leash in an area without a fence.

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