Siberian Husky Dog Breed
The Siberian Husky was bred more than 3,000 years ago by nomadic Siberian tribes to be a sled dog. He was brought to North America by fur traders around the turn of the 20th century. Huskies are very gentle, friendly, alert and playful, although not very easy to train. They do not display the possessive qualities of the guard dogs, nor are they overly suspicious of strangers or aggressive with other dogs.
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Huskies have remained pure for hundreds, perhaps thousands of years. Hardy, fierce, and highly intelligent, the Siberian Husky, contrary to what most people think, is gentle and friendly. He is completely devoted to his owner and his family and is much friendlier than the Alaskan Malamute.
Siberian Huskies make wonderful companions. For these reasons they do not make good watch dogs so don't expect them to protect your property. Their appearance suggests a balance of speed, power and endurance. The Siberian Husky is best suited for active owners who are looking for a dog with a sled-dog mentality.
Siberian Huskies keep themselves very clean, much like a cat. Although they may appear to resemble a wolf, they do not have any wolf blood and they have been domesticated for centuries. Their independent spirit may well present a challenge, especially for the inexperienced dog owner. Huskies make good pets, but they must be trained carefully. They are happiest in the cold weather.
Other Names: Husky
Country of Origin: U.S.A.
Utilization: Sledge Dog
Registration FCI Classification: Group 5 - Spitz and primitive types; Nordic Sledge Dogs (ithout working trial); AKC Classification: Working Group
Size: Large (20-23 inches at shoulders)
Colors: All colors from black to pure white are allowed. A variety of markings on the head is common, including many striking patterns not found in other breeds.
Litter Size: 6
Life Span: 12-14 years
Grooming Requirements: Brush your Siberian Husky several ties a week. More often when shedding.
Shedding: Non-stop shedding
Personality: Gentle, friendly, high-energy dogs
Social skills: Very good with other dogs. Small animals and cats are potential prey for the Siberian Husky's predatory instinct.
Suitability for Children: Huskies get along fabulously with children.
Exercise Needs: High energy needs room to roam off-leash. Strong sled-dog instinct.
Train Ability: Begin obedience training early. Consistency and patience required.
Health & Behavioral Issues: Eye problems, hip dysplasia