"Born to Run"
The origins of Siberian Huskies are unknown, although they certainly boast some spitz stock. They evolved as an Arctic sled dog for the nomadic Chukchi tribe and were raised in packs used to pull sleds with light loads long distances at high speeds. The marathon runners of the dog family, Siberian huskies were known for their stamina and endurance. If the load was light, six to eight dogs might be harnessed to a sled; if it was heavy, as many at 18 could make up the hitch. They participated in the All-Alaska sweepstakes race in the early 1900s, covering 408 miles between Nome and Candle. Today Siberians are beloved working and family dogs, ranking as the 25th most popular breed.
Siberians are vivacious, smart, fun-loving, mischievous and, often, obstinate (it can take a will of iron to pull a sled for miles over frozen tundra). They love a pack and are friendly with other dogs, but are liable to find smaller animals, including cats, much the same as a squeaky toy – too tantalizing to be pals. The temptation to chase larger animals can also find them in trouble. As social beings, they are happier with another dog as a companion or with their humans. They're always ready for a game.
In a handsome coat of many colors – all white or various grays, black, brown, red, usually with white markings – a Siberian may have brown or blue eyes or one of each, or even eyes that are partially blue and brown! A Siberian has a soft undercoat with an upper coat of medium length. The erect ears give an alert expression. This dog doesn't miss much.
Siberians can be focused and strong-willed and benefit from formal training. A loose Siberian Husky is one you can kiss good-bye. Leash training and a strong fence are necessities. They respond well to food motivation and positive reinforcement. Owners should be prepared for a skirmish of wills and be prepared to win – firm consistency is the key. Exercising them thoroughly before a training session will do wonders.
Grooming & Care
A heavy shed occurs twice a year. During this time frequent bathing and raking of dead coat help avoid wall-to-wall hair carpet. During the rest of the year, regular brushing will remove stray hairs.
Ask whether parents are certified free of hip and eye problems.
Famous Siberian Husky
The sled dogs in the serum run to Nome (the Iditerod race is patterned after this run), especially Togo the lead dog.
|Challenges||Prone to running away; some like to dig; not always great with other pets.|
|Height||20 to 24 inches|
|Weight||35 to 60 pounds|
|Life||12 to 14 years|
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