Siberian Husky is a well known and loved breed by people all over the world. Their long fur with markings and a proud attitude has made them one of the most favorite breed. Huskies are also too intelligent and active dogs, but some husky owners choose to ignore these traits. Husky requires a lot of attention and monitoring. The first-time dog owners should now opt for a Husky as their first dog because it needs a lot of work that even experienced people find taxing. Huskies are not for the faint-hearted. They love to run and will keep running until it gets dead tired. They are the explorer kind. Husky will find a way to escape and explore whenever it gets a chance. Siberian Husky are genetically able to stay in the icy regions, which makes them unsuitable for the hot climates. If you live in a hot climate region and still want to keep a husky, it must be kept indoor with an air conditioning facility 24 hours. Huskies can’t survive the hot climate. Siberian Husky belongs to the working dog category, hence they love to keep their body moving. Their energy levels are always high, and they love to stay outdoors. So much so, that a husky is not trained inside the house. Street training works best for them. Husky comes with a fun personality and a beautiful appearance. Its blue eyes and soft coat make it one the most beautiful dog breeds.
This medium-sized breed originated in North-Eastern Siberia, Russia. It strongly relates to the Splitz features, which make it clear that they belong to the Splitz family. It’s coat appearance, the shape of ears, and some markings on the body that resemble that of the Splitz family. Huskies are not aggressive. They don’t make great watchdogs because they can be too friendly and trusting of strangers. They are basically useless as guard dogs. Huskies are the closest example of the dogs bred by Chuckchi people to carry loads for a long period in harsh weather.
There is a popular story that portrays Siberian Husky as a hero. The story is about the time when they ended up saving thousands of children’s’ lives. It is the story of the year 1925 when the city of Nome was struck by a disease called Diphtheria. The disease spread aggressively throughout the city, and the anti-toxin was some 1000 miles away from the city. The distance between both places could partially be covered via train. The remaining distance was covered by a group of mushers and Siberian Huskies, who carried loads of medicines on their backs in biting cold. As the medicine reached the village, the villagers declared the Siberian huskies as heroes. Siberian huskies have some genetic similarities with wolfs. This breed was used by soldiers at the time of World War 2 for many purposes.
The standard male Siberian Husky grows up to 20- 24 inches (51 and 61 cm) and weighs somewhere between 45 and 60 pounds (20 and 27 kg). The female Siberia Huskies are smaller than the males. They grow up to 19 to 23 inches (48 to 58 cm) tall and weigh between 35 to 50 pounds (16 to 23 kg). The residents of Nome referred to Siberian Huskies as Siberian Rats because of their smaller size as compared to the Alaskan Malamute.
The Siberian Husky has a double coat meaning that their coat is thicker than that of most other breeds. The coat consists of two layers- a dense undercoat and a longer upper coat made of short, straight guard hairs. The double coat is effective for protecting the dogs against harsh Arctic winters, and it also reflects heat in the summer. Their coat enables huskies to tolerate temperatures as low as −50 to −60 °C. The undercoat sheds off though during the shedding season. They require weekly grooming due to their thick coat.
Siberian Huskies have an as colorful appearance as their personality. The most common variety is of Husky is the one with white paws and legs, facial markings, and tail tip. Black and white are the most common colors for this breed, while the copper-red and white, grey-white, pure-white, and others are less common. Many individuals prefer their husky to have blondish or piebald spotting. Some huskies also have a saddleback pattern. This pattern has black-tipped guard hairs restricted to the saddle area, and the head, haunches, and shoulders are either light red or white.
The Red and white Siberian Husky come with heterochromia, the Dark grey and white male Siberian Huskies have blue eyes, the light gray, and white Siberian Huskies have brown eyes. According to American Kennel Club, the Siberian Husky has almond shape eyes, meaning the eyes are moderately spaced and set slightly obliquely. The AKC breed standards suggest that the eyes may be brown, blue, or black; one of each color or Particoloured; all are acceptable. These eye-color combinations are considered normal by the American Kennel Club. The parti-color eyes do not affect the vision of the dog.
The Show-quality dogs are preferred to have neither pointed nor flat noses. The nose is generally black in gray dogs, tan in black colored dogs, the liver in copper-colored dogs, and usually light tan in white dogs. In some cases, Siberian Huskies exhibit a snow nose or winter nose. This condition is defined as hypopigmentation in animals. “Snow nose” is acceptable in the dog shows.
Siberian Huskies have heavily furred tails. These dogs will often curl up with their tails or cover their faces and noses with their tail to provide additional warmth. When curled up to sleep, the Siberian Husky will cover its nose with its tail to keep itself warm. This position is often called the Siberian Swirl. Their tail expresses a lot. When the dog is relaxed, its tail is hanging low. The tail curves upward in a sickle shape when the Husky is excited or interested in something.