The Siberian Husky – breed and character

The classic dogs from the north are friendly and intelligent, independent and somewhat stubborn. They unfold in the company of humans but need a certain, careful guidance from the puppy age.

The Siberian Husky is a medium-sized dog, slightly longer than high. It can reach a height of between 50 and 60 cm and weigh between 20 and 35 kg.

The Siberian Husky has upright ears. Its eyes range from brown to blue – sometimes the eyes can have different colors.

The neck is straight and the topline flat. The tail with fur can be sickle-shaped or stand straight to the back.

Siberian Huskies have a very dense, lush coat with a lot of undercoats. Around the neck, they have a small frill, but no long fringes on legs or tail. The color ranges from black to white, with everything in between. Most dogs have a white pattern, especially on the chest and legs.

Character

Siberian Huskies are classic dogs from the north. They are intelligent, independent and somewhat stubborn. They unfold in the company of humans but need a certain, careful guidance from the puppy age. These dogs are made to run; their urge to move can sometimes assert itself against the affection for master or mistress. Siberian Huskies are generally friendly to people and children.

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Most Siberian Huskies are also good with other dogs, especially those they have been raised with. They have a strong hunting instinct and may be able to hunt cats and farm animals. Especially in warm weather Siberian Huskies sometimes dig to get cool in the hollows. They bark rather little, howl, however.

Living together

Siberian Huskies have developed under hard conditions. It is not surprising that they are easy to keep. They tend to be obese when overfed or not moving enough. As they are running dogs, they should be given sufficient exercise at least several times a week. Siberian Huskies are tough dogs that can live up to 14 years.

Early positive training and socialization are important for the Siberian Husky to be human-oriented. These dogs like human company and they like to have a job, even if they only accompany you jogging. Siberian Huskies are not pronounced watchdogs, but they usually bark. If they are left alone too often, they start digging or chewing or delight their neighbors with a howl concert. Siberian Huskies love sledding and skijoring.

Fur care should be carried out several times in the week; it is even more important during the fur-change. The shorter coat of the Siberian Husky is less susceptible to felting than that of other northern dogs.

History

Both Russia and the USA claim the Siberian Husky. The breed was bred over 3,000 years ago by the Chukchi, a people in northeastern Asia. The nomads used the animals as sled dogs. It is considered certain that the breed is related to the Spitz.

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During the gold rush in Alaska, many sled dog breeds were also used for entertainment purposes as well as for monitoring working animals. Despite their small size, Chukchi dogs proved to be fast runners with good stamina.

The reputation of the Siberian Husky as a fast sled dog was consolidated after a group of Huskies ran 547 km through heavy snowstorms to bring a serum to the town of Nome, where diphtheria had broken out. The film “Balto” and the many stories on the subject have made the breed known around the world.

Although most Siberian Huskies today are family dogs, some are still used in local sled races and skijoring with their owners.

References:

4 Types of Husky Breeds – Temperament, Characteristics, Personality
Wikipedia Siberian Husky
How to Train and Care for Your New Siberian Husky Puppy

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