Siberian Husky

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Siberian Husky

ORIGIN

The Siberian Husky is a medium-sized, dense-coat working dog breed that originated in north-eastern Siberia. The breed belongs to the Spitz genetic family. Siberian Huskies were bred by the Chukchi of north-eastern Asia to pull heavy loads long distances through difficult conditions. The dogs were imported into Alaska during the Nome Gold Rush and later spread into the United States and Canada.

TEMPERAMENT

The Husky is known to howl rather than bark. Behavioral issues include a tendency to roam and to make escape attempts—they have been described as “escape artists”—which can include digging under, chewing through, or even jumping over fences. The breed can be good with children. They need the frequent companionship of people and other dogs, and their need to feel part of a pack is very strong.

They were historically bred to be working and companion animals by the Chukchi people, and should always be gentle in nature.

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Considerable. A fifteen-minute daily obedience training class has been shown to serve well for Siberian Huskies. Siberians need consistent training and do well with a positive reinforcement training program. They tend to run because they were at first bred to be sled dogs.

HEIGHT/WEIGHT

Between 51 and 60 cm / Between 16 and 27 kg.

COAT

Thick double coat – thick undercoat and soft outer coat.

COLOR

All colors from black to white along with a brown/red color.

GROOMING

Average to considerable.

(Source: Wikipédia & The Ultimate Dogs, Dog Breeds & Dog Care by Dr Peter Larkin & Mike Stockman, August 2015)

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