The Siberian Husky
is classified as a working breed and medium-sized. It's genetic family is the Spitz. Similar in appearance to the Alaskan Malamute, it has distinctive markings, triangular, erect ears, and a thickly furred double coat consisting of colors such as brown/red, black, brown, and white.
Typically, height can range from 20 to 22 inches for females, and 21 to 23.5 inches for males. The weight of these dogs can range between 35 to 50 pounds for a female and 46 to 60 pounds for a male.
A Brief History of Siberian Husky
The Siberian Husky is a chosen breed by dog sledders for its size, amiable disposition, endurance, and obedience. Without undue difficulty, families can support them and they will serve their owners well. Directly descended from the original sled dog, Siberian Huskies, as with Alaskan Malamutes and Samoyeds, have survived in some of the most challenging conditions.
In 1908, dogs imported to Alaska came from the Anadyr River. It is thought that, from dogs like these, Siberian Huskies emerged. Between 1909 to the middle of the 1920s, Lenhard Seppala – foremost breeder of Siberian Huskies – participated in numerous competitions.
Throughout history, Siberian Huskies have answered the call and contributed to dogsled teams that served mankind in numerous pursuits. In fact, bronze statues have been erected to honor such dogs – one of which is in New York City's Central Park. (This dog’s name is Balto, and he is one member of a dog sled team that participated in a heroic, lifesaving act – see more information below.)
Is Siberian Husky a Good Dog to Keep as a Pet?
Rather than barking, a Siberian Husky is more likely to howl. They have a reputation as escape artists because they can jump over fences, chew through fences, and dig under enclosures – and typically do.
They are particularly good with children, having been bred as family companions and protectors. Without proper care and training, however, they can lean toward destructiveness. They need exercise and an outlet for their high energy.
Are They Big Shedders?
One of the questions people ask before buying a dog is, "Do they shed a lot?". Yes, Siberian Huskies will shed. Ordinarily, right before a big change in seasons, is when this happens the most. It is recommended that you brush your dog frequently. On the plus side, however, clipping your Siberian Husky’s fur is never required.
Congenital laryngeal paralysis, glaucoma (and other eye ailments), and seizures occurring in this breed are basically due to genetics. The good news, however, is that among Siberian Huskies, hip dysplasia is almost never a problem. The common lifespan for a Siberian Husky is usually around 12 to 14 years.
Siberian Huskies Who Went Above and Beyond
Known for the "Great Race of Mercy", members of a dog sled team – Togo, Fritz, and Balto – were largely responsible for saving the town of Nome, Alaska from a diphtheria outbreak in 1925.
Other Fun Facts You Should Know about Siberian Husky
• They were born to run.
• They can keep themselves warm, even in cold temperatures.
• Fatigue is not usually a problem with this breed.
• They are highly skilled animals.
• In Alaska, they once saved a small town (see above)!
• As a watchdog, they are not particularly adept.