Siberian Husky

Siberian Husky information

The Siberian Husky breed is one of the oldest dog breed. In the past, Siberian Huskies were used by the Chukchis as hunting dogs, guard dogs and sled dogs. These active dogs were also good companions for the family and children. In 1867, golden mines were found in Alaska and the only way to reach them was with the dogs. People started to organize running competition with the dogs and very soon Siberian Husky became very popular among gold diggers.

For many years, inexperienced dog owners have adopted Siberian Husky because they considered them to be elegant dogs. Often though, new dog owners did not realize the amount of daily exercise they require. As a result, too many Huskies end up in kennels every year.

Siberian Husky characteristics

A Siberian Husky measures from 20 to 23.5 inches and weights 16 to 27 kilos. The coat of the Siberian Husky is very thick. His double coat protects him from the extreme weather conditions of Alaska.

The long haired coat of the husky can be of many different colours such as white and grey, white and black or white and red.

Siberian Husky grooming

Like most dogs, Siberian Huskies shed hair twice a year. To maintain a healthy coat, they require to be brushed and combed regularly. The ears should be regularly inspected to prevent infections. The dog's hair should never be trimmed as it forms a protection against cold or warm temperatures.

Owners should bath their dogs a few times a year. However, dogs should not be bathed too regularly as it can dry their skin. Before bathing your dog, owners should carefully brush and comb their dogs to avoid tangles. Appropriate dog shampoo and conditioner should be applied onto the dog's coat and rinsed carefully.

Siberian Husky temperament

Siberian Huskies are known to be independent dogs. They are very sociable with humans and do not prefer any particular member of the family. As a result, they will adapt quickly to new situations. Being an independent breed, they will need to understand the hierarchy of the household in order to be balanced.

Siberian Huskies are very active dogs who require a fair amount of exercise. They generally get along well with other dogs but might consider other animals as prey. Also, it is recommended, to give them a gentle and smooth introduction to other animals.

Siberian Husky training

It is preferable to start the training of your Siberian Husky puppy as early as possible. Some Siberian Huskies tend to be dominant and also their training requires time and patience. Being a pack animal, your Husky will consider the member of your family as his pack and, therefore, attach great importance to the hierarchy of the household. As a result, it is necessary to establish strict rules and boundaries. Siberian Huskies are intelligent dogs and will take advantage of a weak owner to establish themselves as pack leaders. When correcting your dog, it is necessary that your dog understands the reason why he is getting disciplined and to adopt a fair treatment. If your Siberian Husky feels he has been treated unfairly, he might develop behaviour issues.

Even though the Husky is reputed to be a very sociable dog, it is necessary to take time to socialize him. A lack of socialization of the Siberian Husky might affect his character with other dogs or around people.

Siberian Husky food habits

Unlike other large dog breeds, Siberian Huskies do not eat much. However, they require a high quality food which can be easily digested.

The dog breeder from whom you purchased your dog will be able to recommend you a suitable diet.

Siberian Husky health

The average life expectancy of the Siberian Husky varies between 11 to 13 years.

The Siberian Husky is a healthy dog breed and does not suffer from many health problems. Hip dysplasia and Progressive Retinal Atrophy are recurring diseases.

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