The Siberian Husky started its journey within a Siberian tribal community. The fact proves that it is amongst the oldest dog breeds in the world. The breed, originated in the north-eastern region of Siberia, came in close contact of humans and started sleighing in the chilling and frozen weather conditions.
It was 1908 when Huskies were imported to Alaska as sled dogs. The Husky proved that it is unbeatable in sled race and can tolerate any adverse weather conditions. The import of Siberian Husky stopped in 1930 and after that it started breeding in North America. In 1933, 50 Huskies were trained to escort Navy Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd in Antarctica expedition. It is ranked 23rd by the AKC.
The Husky is well behaved, polite, loyal and a comfort lover, and possesses all the qualities of an ideal pet. Because of being the ancestor of Siberian Wolf, the Huskies howl instead of barking. It can easily jump a fence or dig the ground. It is very close to children and those showering it with affection and is playful and loveable by nature.
- Activity level: 4/5 (less active indoor, while extremely active in unfavourable weather conditions..yes, get ready to run in cold snowy weather)
- Intelligence level: 4/5 (intelligent and quick learner)
- Curiosity: 3/5 (lousy watchdog)
- Friendliness: 4/5 (very friendly)
- Vocal: 3/5 (howls instead of barking)
The Husky flaunts a muscular physical structure with fur covered body. The thick fur helps this dog to conserve heat in minus degree temperatures. The highly energetic Husky looks extremely elegant because of its bluish eye colors and vibrant body colour. It bears an athletic body and boasts of great speed.
- Fur: It boasts of thick fur comprising of dual layers. The hair is straight, short, smooth and glossy. Due to its thick fur, it can withstand -50 to -60 degree temperatures. Comes in different colours like grey, copper red, white, black and white etc.
- Eyes: Almond shaped blue coloured eyes complete heterochromia.
- Body structure: A Siberian Husky stands 20-23.5 inches tall, and has a sturdy shoulder.
- Facial features: Facial appearance resembles that of Siberian Wolf.
- Weight: A mature male weighs approximately 45-60 pounds, while a full grown female weighs near about 35-50 pounds.
Generally, Huskies are the healthiest among all the breeds as its immune system can endure various diseases. But it gets affected by elbow dysplasia, hypothyroidism and von Willebrand's disease. DNA testing, Thyroid Panel Testing and frequent scanning can be of great help to diagnose these diseases. The Huskies have a tendency to sprawl out lazily, which makes them overweight. So, take care of that and make your pet exercise every day.
One and half to two cups of dry dog food per day is the ideal diet for a Husky. It is a high shedder. So, brush its coat regularly to maintain the gloss. It is basically a clean dog, so frequent bathing is not required. Since tartar can build up easily on its teeth, brushing them 2- 3 times every week will keep its gums and teeth healthy. Trimming its nails at least once per month is advised.
We have gathered this information from our breeders based on their experience with this breed. However, remember that each animal is different with its own personality and needs (just like people!), so use this information wisely.
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