Siberian Husky

Size:20"-23.5" / 35-60 lbs
Breed Group:Working Dogs
Origin:Russia (Siberia)
Energy:High
Barking:Light
Kid Friendly:Yes
Hypoallergenic:No
Life Span:12-14 Years

The Siberian Husky is a beautiful, medium-sized dog with a thick coat of fur, a long tail, and a wild, exotic looks.

Despite its wolf-like appearance, the Siberian Husky is not related to the wolf whatsoever. Siberian Huskies are height-weight proportionate, well-built animals that are neither overly muscular nor too slender, and they’re capable of doing hard work for extended periods of time. Strong, friendly, loyal, and simply gorgeous, Siberian Huskies are one of the most desirable breeds of dog to have today.

Physical Characteristics

When measured at the withers, Siberian Husky males typically stand between 21 and 23.5 inches. They may weigh anywhere from 45 to 60 pounds, on average. Females, on the other hand, are usually a bit smaller than the males. They generally stand between 20 and 22 inches at the withers and weigh no more than 50 pounds. A healthy adult female Siberian Husky will weigh at least 35 pounds, however.

Perhaps the most noticeable characteristic of the Siberan Husky is its magnificent coat of fur. The fur coat is actually comprised of two separate layers that have slightly different purposes. The outer layer, known as the topcoat, is made of medium-length, straight, slightly-coarse, and low-lying hairs. It protects the dog from snow, wind, and other harsh environmental conditions. The undercoat is comprised of softer hairs that are a bit shorter and more densely packed together. This coat regulates the Siberian Husky's body temperature and primarily serves as a blanket providing warmth.

The appearance of a Siberian Husky's fur can vary greatly from one individual to the next. White is typically the primary color of the coat, but there are often patches of black, grey, copper, or a combination of such colors mixed in with the white. All white fur is also possible with Siberian Huskies. The head of the Siberian Husky may feature unique patterning called masks that can't be found in most other species of dog. The coat of this dog is one of the main features responsible for giving it a wolf-like appearance.

With almond-shaped eyes that slant inward at at angle, Siberian Huskies have a very exotic look. Their eyes may be brown, amber, dark blue, or pale blue. Pale blue makes the dog look almost ghostly in a very intriguing kind of way and is probably the most desired eye color. Some Siberian Huskies have complete heterochromia leaving one eye blue and the other brown.

With a long, furry tail as elegant as its coat, the Siberian Husky is definitely a looker. The brush-shaped tail naturally hangs straight behind the dog when its relaxed. When carried high, it doesn't curl to either side of the body but rather straight up instead.

Temperament

The Siberian Husky is normally very warm and friendly to humans and other dogs. It is said to be perfectly suitable for families that have children. Raising a Siberian Husky with care from birth is the surest way to ensure that it remains gentle and loyal to the owner.

Considering its origins as a sled dog in bitter cold climates, Siberian Huskies have great survival instincts. These dogs are extremely keen, aware, and intelligent overall. They always pay attention to their surroundings and what's in it without being too cautious or suspicious, but they can be quite curious or even mischievous. Huskies rarely exhibit aggressive behavior even though they are quite capable of defending themselves and their owners in an emergency situation.

Care & Grooming

Since the Siberian Husky has a significant coat of fur, it should be groomed on a weekly basis. Simple combing and washing is enough to keep it healthy and looking good. The fur should never be trimmed, however. The Siberian Husky's coat never grows so long that it starts looking disheveled, so owner's shouldn't bother with weakening the animal's natural defenses.

History

The Siberian Husky is a breed of dog that hails from the northeastern parts of Siberia. It was originally bred by the Chukchi people to help them transport goods and traverse wintry landscapes. During the Nome Gold Rush, many Siberian Huskies were brought into Alaska to help greedy hopefuls find their fortune. From that point on, the breed began to spread quickly throughout the US and Canada. For many years, Siberian Huskies continued to serve as work and sled dogs in Alaska and Canada because of their endurance and stamina, but they eventually became a popular household pet due to their usefulness, unique looks, and kind nature.



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