The Siberian HuskyThe Siberian Husky is also known as: Arctic Husky
|Group classification: Working||Country of origin: Siberia (Russia)||Date of origin: Antiquity|
|Weight (M): 45 - 60 lb||Height (M): 21 - 23.5"||Life expectancy: 11 - 13 years|
|Weight (F): 35 - 50 lb||Height (F): 20 - 22"|
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General Description of the Siberian Husky
Siberian Huskies are medium-sized, graceful members of the Working Group with a distinct wolf-like appearance. Siberians have a double-layered, medium length coat which acts as insulation against both cold and heat. The dog's fur is usually black and white, gray and white, copper-red and white, or pure white. The breed often has white paws and legs in addition to unique markings on the face. The brush tail is covered by thick fur and is sometimes carried in a sickle-shaped curve over the dog's back. The Siberian Husky has triangular, erect ears and beautiful eyes that can be brown, hazel, blue, or a combination of these colors. Siberian Huskies have strong chests and backs, well-muscled upper thighs, and are known for being athletic, elegant dogs.
Siberian Husky Temperament
Siberian Huskies are typically friendly, calm, attentive, and sociable. Like many other Working Dogs, though, they can be very independent and hard to manage. An experienced owner capable of firm training is a must. Siberian Huskies are very intelligent and respond well to training, which should begin at a young age. Although Huskies do not bark much, they are prone to whining and vocalizing a “yowl” sound – this can be stamped out through good training. Because of their friendly and inquisitive nature and their reluctance to bark, Siberian Huskies make poor watchdogs. They tend to be very gentle with small children.
Caring for a Siberian Husky
Siberian Huskies are energetic dogs who require a good deal of exercise—at least 30 to 60 minutes per day. They are also talented escape artists and have a strong prey drive - a high, sturdy fence and obedience training to keep your dog from chasing the family cat is a must. In addition, they need regular grooming care, consisting of bathing, brushing, and care of eyes, teeth, ears, feet and nails. Twice a year Siberian Huskies shed most of their undercoat over the course of two or three weeks. They are social dogs and do not like being left alone, and will be happier if they have a companion dog. Though the Siberian Husky is a fairly healthy breed, it is not uncommon to see canine hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism and eye problems, including progressive retinal atrophy, cataracts and corneal dystrophy, in the breed.
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