Origin: The Siberian husky, also known by the name of ‘Arctic Husky’, ‘Chukcha’ or ‘Keshia’, was first bred by the Chukchi tribe of Northeastern Asia. They are called snow dogs as they were produced to pull heavy loads for long distances in the snow. Huskies were brought to Alaska during the early 20th century and were used as sledge dogs during the gold rush.
Size: On average, a male Siberian husky stands 21-23-5 inches tall, whereas a female Siberian husky stands 20-22 inches tall. The weight ranges from 45-60 pounds in males and 35-50 pounds in females. Siberian Huskies resembles a wolf with oval feet, a curved tail, an arched neck, and blue-icy eyes.
Coat: Huskies have a double, medium-length coat. The upper layer of the coat is straight with short hairs. The undercoat has smooth and dense hairs. Huskies shed heavily during the spring and autumn seasons of the year. Huskies can be seen in white, black, and grey colours with marking all around the body.
Temperament: Siberian Huskies are friendly, loyal, and hard-working dogs with even-temperament. They respond well to their owners. They are not suitable for first-time dog owners as they need someone who has a proper command. Huskies sometimes try to take control, so it’s necessary to establish who’s the boss at a young age with a Husky. They are gentle, loving, and affectionate more towards the kids. Huskies are protective of children and do not act moody with them. They love to be around their family all the time, and if left alone, they can be destructive and violent. They do not make a good watchdog as they are friendly with strangers. Huskies are adventurous and clever; they do not get along with other small pets and cats.
Care: Siberian Huskies are not made for sweltering climates. They have high energy requirements as they are classified as a working breed. Daily exercise of 40-60 minutes is required to keep them entertained and healthy. They will behave appropriately if they are working and active. Crate training and leash training is necessary if you are planning to get home a Siberian husky. Siberian Huskies shed twice a year heavily, so regular brushing is required to keep their coat healthy. Bathe your pet when you feel necessary, maybe once in a month, as a Husky is odour free and cleaner by itself. Make sure to check on dental hygiene and nail trimming. Make grooming a fun experience for your pet.
Health: Like all breeds, Siberian Huskies are also prone to some health conditions. Cataract, Corneal Dystrophy, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), and Hip Dysplasia are some of the diseases a Husky is prone to. With proper care and a healthy diet, these health conditions can be avoided. Make sure to get a health clearance when you plan to get a husky home.