The Siberian Husky

Monday, 26 January 20150 comments

The Siberian husky is a medium to large working dog breed.  Huskies have a double thick fur coat and are described as very active, energetic and resilient breeds. Their ancestors came from harsh and extremely cold environments of the Siberian Arctic.

The dogs were brought into Alaska during the time of the Nome Gold Rush and then they spread throughout United States and Canada. The reason they were sent to Canada was so they could be used as sled dogs but later on they became family pets and show dogs.

A Husky’s eyes come in different colours e.g. they can come in pale blue, dark blue, amber, green or brown. Sometimes Huskies eyes can have one or two different coloured eyes like pale blue and green or dark blue and amber. The American Kennel Club have said that these different combinations of eye colours have been considered acceptable.

The Siberian husky and other relatives like Samoyed and Alaskan malamute are all direct descendants from the original sled dogs. It has also been confirmed that they are the oldest breeds of dog. It is thought that the name husky is thought to be a nickname for Esky which used to be short for Eskimo.

The Siberian husky’s coat is much thicker than other breeds of dogs. The Husky's coat has two layers, a dense undercoat and a longer topcoat of short straight guard hairs. This thick coat can protect the husky effectively from harsh arctic conditions also in the hot heat of the summer, the coat can reflect the heat off the coat. It’s been reported that it can withstand temperatures of -50 to -60oC.

The Siberian husky is known for its howl than its bark. Huskies are known for being great escape artists either if it's chewing through wired fences, digging under fences or jumping over fences.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or (ASPCA) has classed the Siberian husky to be very good with children. Siberian husky has been stated that they exhibit high energy indoors, whilst having special exercise needs. They may pursue cats to get some exercise and may be destructive if they don't receive proper care or training.

A Siberian husky needs to have at least a fifteen-minute daily obedience training class, which has been shown to serve well for Siberian Huskies. Siberian huskies need consistent training and seem to do well with positive reinforcement training programs.

Siberian huskies tend to run because they were at first bred to be sled dogs. Siberian huskies were historically bred to be working and companion animals by the Chukchi people and should always be gentle in nature. The Chukchi people used Siberian huskies to look after their children, which shows why ASPCA approves of Siberian huskies being trusted enough to look after young children.

The average lifespan of a Siberian husky is supposed to be 12 – 14 years. The health issues of a Siberian husky is mainly genetic will suffer with such issues as seizures, juvenile cataracts, corneal dystrophy, canine glaucoma and progressive retinal atrophy. Hip disorder is also another health issue with the husky but is very rare to the breed.

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