History & Overview
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. Their appearance suggests a balance of speed, power and endurance. Although they may appear to resemble a wolf, they do not have any wolf blood, and they have been domesticated for centuries.
The Husky has remained pure for hundreds, perhaps thousands of years. Hardy, fierce, and highly intelligent, the dog, 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. These dogs are 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. Their independent spirit may well present a challenge, especially for the inexperienced dog owner. Huskies make excellent pets, but they must be trained carefully. They are happiest in the cold weather.
At A Glance
Country of Origin:
FCI Classification: Group 5: Spitz and primitive types; Nordic Sledge Dogs (without working trial)
AKC Classification: Working Group
Large (20 – 23 inches at shoulders)
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.
12 – 14 years
Brush your Siberian Husky several ties a week. More often, when shedding.
Gentle, friendly, high-energy dogs
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.
High energy needs room to roam off-leash. Strong sled-dog instinct.
Begin obedience training early. Consistency and patience required.