Breeders developed the Siberian Husky in North-east Asia to be a medium-sized working sled dog; it is quick and light on its feet and gifted with great stamina. The Chukchi peoples originally used the Husky. The Chukchi’s are a Siberian tribe that specialized in herding reindeer.
Sled-dog racing became popular in Alaska at the turn of this century, and in 1909 the breed appeared in the All Alaska Sweepstakes race. The Husky is an American breed, according to The Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI).
The Siberian Husky possesses a moderate bone structure; the females are feminine, but not weak. These dogs are masculine but never rough. This breed is friendly, alert, and outgoing; it makes an excellent and agreeable companion and willing worker. However, the Husky does not display guard dog traits. If you need a guard dog, this dog is not for you. This breed has a medium length, double coat that’s found in various colors and fascinating markings. Also, the eyes can be one of two different colors.
Siberian Husky Breed Facts
Temperament: The Siberian Husky is a sociable, gentle, outgoing, friendly, playful, and good-natured breed. They’re great companions and love to be around its owners and other dogs. Siberians love to work, and they respond extremely well to positive training. Huskies are clean dogs when in the home. The Husky is a dog that cannot get bored or neglected because that can cause bad behaviors such as chewing, howling, and digging. The Siberian Husky loves to run; their predatory instinct is strong, and they will chase smaller animals. They’re excellent problem-solvers and can be quite the escape artist if bored. Once a husky learns to escape from an enclosure, a bad habit of escaping can develop.
Activity level: Intense. The Husky has very high endurance and needs to run daily within a fenced enclosure for their safety. These are very athletic dogs and will do well in most dog sports, especially sledding.
Coat: We know This breed for their medium-length double coat, which comprises a smooth, straight outer coat and a dense undercoat. However, during the shedding season, there is no undercoat.
Size: Siberian males—21–23 inches, 45–60 pounds; Siberian females—20–22 inches, 35–50 pounds
Grooming: A brushing 3 times a week and once daily during shedding season will suffice
Life expectancy: 12–14 years
Group: The Siberian Husky is a member of the AKC and UK Working Group
Color: Siberians come in all colors from black to white. An assortment of markings on the head are common, including a variety of striking patterns foreign to other breeds.
Future Husky owners should consult with reputable breeders, which they can locate via the SHCA. Future owners should also understand that this breed sheds and will require secure fencing.