Siberian Husky

History

The Siberian Husky is a medium sized working dog breed with a dense coat. It belongs to the Spitz genetic family. This breed originated in north-eastern Siberia, and is directly descended from the original sled dog. This breed is active, energetic, and resilient, whose ancestors came from the extremely harsh, cold environment of the Siberian Artic. They were bred by the Chukchi Eskimos to be able to pull heavy loads long distances through rough conditions. The dogs were imported into Alaska during the time of the Nome Gold Rush, and later spread out into the U.S. and Canada as well.

Physical Appearance

The males of the breed are ideally between 21-23.5 inches tall at the withers, while the females are between 20-22 inches at the withers. The males typically weigh between 45-60 lbs, and the females weigh between 35-50 lbs. The eyes of the Husky are almond shaped, set slightly oblique, and are moderately spaced apart. They may be brown, blue, one of each, or parti-colored (half brown and half blue). The nose should neither be pointed nor square, and is black in gray dogs, liver in copper-colored dogs, light tan in white dogs, and tan in black dogs. His tail is heavily furred and will often curl up with their tails over their faces and noses to help provide extra warmth. The tail should be held low when the dog is relaxed, and curved upward when it is interested in something. It should be symmetrical, and not curved. It can curl up enough to touch the back.

Temperament

Rather than bark, this breed is known to howl. The breed is known for is escaping abilities and has a tendency to roam. In order to escape they will dig under, chew through, or even jump over fences. The breed is good with children, and exhibits high energy when indoors. They have special exercise needs, are known to chase cats, and can be destructive without early obedience training. Because their need to feel as part of a pack is strong, the need frequent companionship from other dogs and people.

Health

The average life span of a Husky is 12-14 years. Some medical issues both genetic and non-genetic include, seizures, defects of the eyes, congenital laryngeal paralysis, hip dysplasia (not common), gastric disease, bronchitis, and gastric erosions, or ulceration

Siberian Husky