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Siberian Husky Dog Breed… Everything You Need to Know at a Glance!

He makes a splash everywhere he goes…

The Siberian Husky is one of the world’s most famous dog breeds. Blessed with stunning good looks, this is a Lord among dogs. He is big, fast, athletic, and has an impressive physique.

All-Alaska Sweepstakes Winner

Siberian Huskies have won a plenty of All-Alaska Sweepstakes over the years – annual dog-sled race held in Alaska in April every year. This breed can run long distance without breaking a sweat.

Comparisons Dog Breeds

Huskies may be compared to similar working dogs or wolf-like dog breeds such as the Alaskan Husky and the Alaskan Malamute.

All of these breeds have a high prey drive and are well suited to survive in the biting cold of the Arctic region because of their thick double coat and soft undercoat.

But is this dog for you?

Siberian Huskies need owners who are firm with them and show leadership. They have no respect for someone who agrees to their every whim and fancy.

This is not an easy dog to live with – especially if you’re a first time dog owner – but he is very much worth it. But you have to earn their respect. Remember that!

Also…

Make sure to get a Siberian Husky puppy only from reputable dog breeders. Someone you trust, and not from a puppy mill.

Read the rest of this article to learn more about the Siberian Huskies.

Siberian Husky Dog Breed

Country of Origin: Russia

Original Purpose:  Sled dog

Height: 20 to 23.5 inches

Weight: 35 to 60 pounds

Dog Breed Classification:  Working Dog

Life Span: 12 years

Origin of the Siberian Husky

The Husky is one of the oldest dog breeds in the world. And as the name suggests, the Siberian Husky Dog Breed has its origins in Siberia.  It was here in Siberia that the Husky was most likely bred by the nomadic Chukchi people, a tribe that lived in Siberia thousands of years ago.

In fact…

The Chukchi tribe used these dogs as a means of transportation; to pull their primitive sleds over the snow. The Huskies were a family dog that slept with the kids of the household, providing them with warmth with its thick double coat.

The Husky Comes to the USA

The Huskies were brought to Alaska in 1908. But they were noticed in America for the first time in 1925, when they pulled sleds for hundreds of miles through the Alaskan wilderness, carrying critical life-saving medicine for people in a remote area called Nome.

Since then…

This dog has been somewhat of a celebrity in America. They are regular winners of the All-Alaska Sweepstakes, a 408-mile dog sled race, held in April every year.

Today…

There are more Siberian Huskies in Alaska and in the rest of the United States than in Siberia. The Siberian Club of America was started in 1938. The Huskies were given due recognition by the American Kennel Club in 1939.

 Physical Characteristics of the Siberian Husky

The Husky is a mid-sized dog, not too big, but big enough. He can rise up to a height of 23.5 inches and weighs up to 60 pounds.

The first thing you notice…

About these dogs are their striking blue/brown eyes. Everything about them is beautiful. The skull is proportionate to the rest of the body, the muzzle tapers down from the tip, the nose is either gray or black and the ears are raised right above the head.

Coat

The Husky has a thick double coat, usually of the color black and white, copper and white, gray and white or just white. His tail is fully covered with fur and forms a sickle curve.

Grooming  

Huskies are a high maintenance pet. They shed a lot, so you have to brush their coat once every week in the non-shedding season, and once a day during the shedding season.

Temperament and Personality

Huskies have a reputation for wandering out into the wild, miles away from home, the moment they get a chance. Escape Artists – as some people call them! But that’s just the way these dogs are – they are stubborn, intelligent and ferociously independent. They can dig underneath fences or jump over them.

Sure…

Neutering can make these dogs less likely to wander about, but you can’t really be sure about that. Make sure to microchip the Siberian Husky Puppies and tie an ID tag to their collars.

What he is not…

He is not the sort of dog that is going to follow you around everywhere you go like a puppy. This is a very smart dog – so smart that he could be almost human. And he knows it!

No watchdog or guard dog…

The Husky is not much of a watchdog either. He is not the sort of dog that is suspicious of strangers. He really doesn’t understand what the fuss is all about and is happy to make friends even with absolute strangers.

That said however…

Huskies do have a strong prey drive which means no cat, hamster or other small animals are safe in their presence. If you have multiple pets at home, then this may not be the dog for you. He is going to kill all of them! Not his fault, that is how nature intended him to be.

Also…

He can get bored or lonely quite easily. When he doesn’t get enough exercise or when you forget taking him on his daily walks, he can resort to destructive habits. Such as chewing the sofa cushion or destroying your favorite Nike sneakers.

 Siberian Husky Health Concerns

Siberian Huskies are healthy for the most part and have a decent life expectancy of 12 years. But like all dog breeds, they’re prone to certain health concerns.

This is not to say that every Siberian Husky will get any or all of these ailments or diseases, but as a dog owner, you should be aware of them.

The Husky is vulnerable to the following health issues…

  • Cataracts
  • Corneal Dystrophy
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)

And while…

Most of these conditions may not be life threatening, they can certainly become quite expensive to deal with particularly if they become recurring issues.

This is why…

We here at IndulgeYourPet also recommend that any new pet owner take a moment and see what it might cost for you to purchase a pet insurance policy for your new animal.

Now will a pet insurance policy be right for everyone?

No, probably not.  But until you fully understand what these policies “will” and “won’t” cover and how much these pet insurance policies cost, how will you know if one might be right for you?

For more information on who we feel currently offers the “best” pet insurance policies out there, we would encourage you to check out our Best Pet Insurance Policies article.

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