Siberian Husky Information
As the name implies, this breed originated in Northeast Asia and was used as an endurance sled dog. To this day, the friendly, gentle Siberian Husky loves being part of a pack, which explains why they do well as a member of a family. They are great with kids and other pets alike!
The Siberian Husky is one of the most easily identifiable dog breeds with his extremely thick fur (which ranges from white to black), piercing eyes, pointy ears and strong body. Despite his somewhat intimating, wolf-like appearance, he is actually a mild-manner, engaged dog who just wants to love and work hard.
Siberian Husky History
The Siberian Husky is a descendent of the original sled dogs developed by the Chukchi people of eastern Siberia. They were brought to Alaska in 1908 for sled-dog racing.
It’s thought that the name Husky come from the nickname “Esky” short for Eskimo. These dogs aided tribes of people in survival and migration.
In Alaska, they were used as sled dogs during the gold rush as well as sled races. Balto became a famous sled dog for leading a sled team delivering a cure to Nome, Alaska when diphtheria had broken out in 1925.
Siberian Husky Training & Temperament
Siberians are a strong willed breed that benefits from early training and socialization. Training should be kept light and fun. They can be trained to pull a sled which requires patience & dedicated hours.
They are friendly and enjoy company of their owner or other dogs. They have a strong pack mentality. They are also safe around children.
Siberian Husky Exercise
Siberian Huskies are an athletic breed and need a lot of exercise. They were bred for work and running and it’s important to give them a space to do this. They are also jumpers so it’s important to keep them in a high fenced area when off-leash. They do well trained for rally, agility and obedience work. If you keep active this might be a great breed for you, but without activity they can become destructive.
Siberian Husky Grooming
Siberians are relatively low maintenance aside from keeping up with their shedding. They shed more a couple times per year and it can be kept under control with brushing. Their nails should be trimmed regularly.
Siberian Husky Health
Huskies are a healthy breed. Most issues are genetic and should be screened out by a responsible breeder. If used as a working dog be sure to keep an eye on their health for any ailments or injuries.