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Siberian Husky Facts
                      
General Stats & Facts about Siberian Huskies 

                       
Siberian Husky factsThis breed is known for having the appearance of the wolf more than any other breed.

They are in the AKC Working group.

This is a medium sized dog with a strong boned look.

Not surprisingly, they were originally bred in Siberia with the goal of having them able to withstand subzero temperature, as they were used as sled dogs.

Siberian Huskies are part of the Spitz family.

They were used as arctic rescue dogs during World War II and are often used in sled races in Alaska.

Siberian Husky dogs are well known for having an incredible turn of speed.

They are called Huskies for short and sometimes are referred to as Sibes.

The Husky has an average life span of 12 years with a range of 10 to 15 years being normal.

The average sized litter is 6 puppies, with 4 to 8 being in the normal range.

Average weight for a full grown male ranges between 45 to 60 pounds (20 -27 kg)

Average weight for a full grown female ranges between 35 to 50 pounds (15 -22 kg)

They are the 18th most registered breed in the U.S.

Origin

This breed originated in the area of the Kolyma River region of Siberia, which extends eastward to the Bering Strait, and were first imported into Alaska in the year 1909.  They were imported into Alaska during the Nome Gold Rush of 1899 to 1909 to help pull loads of heavy materials.

Soon after, Huskies were brought into Canada and the lower 48 states to be used as sled dogs.  While still popular sled dogs today, the majority of Siberian Husky dogs are kept as family pets.


Color and Appearance

They have a thicker coat than many other dog breed, this is because of their original breeding in a very cold climate.

They can be found in all colors… many are in the white, grey and black hues...although browns on a white base are also common and quite beautiful.  They can have different colored markings on any part of the body, although markings on the head is common. 

An interesting possible color is Agouti. This is when the guard hairs are banded with black that is close to the roots and then again at the tips….and there is a yellow  / beige band at the center of the hair.

Eye color can be absolutely amazing….A Husky may have shockingly blue eyes, or irises that range from a copper to a deep brown.  It is not uncommon for the dog to have bi-color which means that each eye will be of a different hue.

When they are alert, the tail will curve over the back.

Siberian Husky Grooming


The biggest grooming element will be brushing and upkeep of the coat. Because it is so very thick, deep brushing and combing at least 1 time a week is highly recommended.

A large bristle brush and a wide toothed comb should be used and one should make sure the bristles and teeth are long enough to reach all the way through the dense coat.

This breed will have a heavy shed 1 time per year, usually in the spring when the weather becomes warmer.  It will last for roughly 5 weeks with 3 to 6 weeks being the average range.

Aside from full shedding, they will also shed a bit all throughout the entire year.

The coat should not be completely dry with brushings are done…. It is best to first spritz an area with a solution of leave-in conditioner and water.   Then, mist each area as you go along.  This is to prevent split ends and keep the coat looking healthy.

An owner should first comb with the wide toothed comb, going carefully to check for any mats and tangles.  Then, once the fur is tangle free, the brush should be used to go over the whole coat, reaching deep to pull out any dead hairs.  Do not forget areas such as the back of legs and top of head.

Making sure that you reach the skin surface is important because when the Siberian Husky has a full shed, the entire undercoat will shed…and those hairs will be stuck and trapped under the overcoat if not removed by the owner.

Trimming of hairs that grow out from between paw pads may be necessary.

It is highly recommended to not allow the coat to remain wet. After bath time or if the dog has been out in the rain, it is suggested to towel him or her off.

Behavior and Temperament


They are loving, caring and very affectionate.

They are very high energy dogs and for this reason an owner should not be taken in by the absolutely adorable appearance of the puppies, but be aware of the needs of the adult.

If left alone, they can quickly develop negative behaviors…. For this reason they need to be in the company of their human family members or other dog whom they can play with.

They tend to dig if allowed to. One method of dealing with this is to designate an area in which they are allow to dig to their heart’s content and other areas of the yard is off limits.

Many have a tendency to wander, and for this reason one must keep their Husky on a leash when not in an enclosed area...if the leash is taken off at a dog park or other similar setting, an owner must be very careful to keep their eye on their dog.

Despite their appearance, they are not very good watchdogs, as they friendly to everyone, including strangers.

They rarely display any aggression and most behave rather reserved, particularly when they reach adulthood.

They do have an instinct to chase and for this reason they do not do well with small pets such as cats, hamsters, bunnies, and even toy or small dog breeds.

They have a deep bark, but often will be most vocal when howling.  It is an instinct that they have to call out to the pack and they may do this even if no other dogs are within range.

Many do not do so well with young children, however many will blend in well with a family that has older children.   In order for things to run smoothly, it is best to socialize this breed with people of all ages so that they become accustomed to any aged person beginning from when they are a puppy.

They are very free spirited animals and for this reason, one must be consistent with house training and command training.  They can have short attention spans if asked to do something that they do not find interesting.  It is best to have short successful training sessions as opposed to longer ones which the dog will find boring after 15 minutes or so.

Care

One of the most important facts about Siberian Huskies is that they require a good amount of exercise.  They will require a daily walk and time spent running and playing with their owners or with other dogs. This is best done in a safe, enclosed large area.   This will offer then cardio exercise which is vital in allowing the Husky to release pent up energy.

Because they love to run, they should always be kept on leash when outside, except if they are in a secure enclosed area.

They are known for having the ability to jump very high….Some clearing 6 to 8 foot fences as if they were stepping over a stone….For this reason, an owner must always keep an eye on their dog to make sure that they do not escape to go chasing after a scent.

While they can live outside, most do much better when allowed to live inside of the home where they can have much needed and craved interaction with people.   With this being said, they do not mind the cold weather and will be more than happy to take a walk even when the air is below the freezing point.

Health

Just like all breeds, it is a Siberian Husky fact that this breed is prone to certain ailments.  The list is not very long and consists of hip dysplasia (when the hip joint and socket slip out of place – ligaments may be torn when this happens), and several eye disorders that include cataracts, PRA and glaucoma.  Because of the higher risk of eye disease, yearly eye exams are a must as well as general veterinarian checkups.

                        


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