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Siberian Husky

Siberian Husky

Breed of the weekThe Siberian Husky originates from...

Hailing from Eastern Siberia and later exported to Alaska, the Siberian Husky is a dog with a decorated past. A breed of true antiquity, the Siberian Husky falls within the Kennel Club's 'working' breed group, having been utilised over the centuries in a number of sporting fulfillments. From heavy freighting to sled racing and search and rescue, the Siberian Husky has done it all, being prized by the Chukchi Tribe as an all-purpose working dog in its early existence. In the mid-1900s, Admiral Bynd used a group of Siberian Huskies to transport him in an expedition of the Antarctic, recognising the breed's unparalleled ability to endure long periods over dangerous terrain. A bronze statue commemorates the efforts of sled dogs in Central Park, New York; during a diphtheria epidemic in Nome, Alaska in 1925, a team of Siberian Huskies were called upon to deliver life-saving medicines back to the village, venturing miles over treacherous land surfaces. The Siberian Husky was recognised by the AKC in 1930.

The Siberian Husky is characterised by...

Perhaps the most characteristic trait of the Siberian Husky is its dense and woolly double coat, recognised in colour variations of white, grey, sable, blue, black and sometimes red, usually with piebald markings. The double coat serves to protect the breed from extreme cold for better endurance, whilst aiding its camouflage in hunting and tracking as its origins were that of the snowy white Siberian flats. Due to the nature of its coat, hair is continually shed so regular grooming is essential. The breed is further characterised by its proportioned body, high-set ears and proud expression. They are known to chase smaller animals, including cats and farm livestock, and are not usually compatible with other dogs.

The average Siberian Husky...

Whilst not known for its intelligence, the breed is instinctive and will follow its eyes and nose when led. Like the Alaskan Husky, the Siberian has a high energy level and benefits from wide, outdoor spaces in which to exercise and play. Affectionate and tactile, the breed craves human attention and has a large capacity for love and loyalty towards its master and family. The ideal breed choice for the active family or dedicated sole owner, providing its exercise, mental stimulation and companionship needs are met; if these are not met, the Siberian Husky is likely to prove destructive and boisterous within the home. The average Siberian Husky will weigh 16-27 kg depending on its gender, with a life expectancy of 12-15 years when shown the appropriate care.

Because no breed is without its weakness...

Whilst being generally healthy, resilient and long-lived, the Siberian Husky is susceptible to several genetic conditions. These include optical disorders ranging in severity, to orthopedic problems associated with elbows and hips, and various skin complaints. Gastric problems are also largely documented in the breed, with a number of cases proving fatal.

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Our Siberian Husky owners' thoughts

Added on 16/12/2014

best breed of dog ever very soft and faithful dog

Added on 03/06/2016
Joined 31/05/2016
From Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom

I have 2 huskies boy hand girl they r really fun dogs 2 have, the boy is 6 years and he must be the laziest dog ever , I have 2 pick his lead up before he will even think about a walk , the girl is 5 years completely the opposite she is not 2 exitabel but has a lot more energy , they r very loyal loving end very protective of there family

Added on 29/03/2017
Joined 02/11/2012
From Bedfordshire, United Kingdom

Totally different to any other breed I've owned! Mischievous, stubborn, rebellious, hilarious, loud and affectionate! Training and teaching boundaries are an absolute priority and I'd recommend always keeping on a lead in public areas, especially if you have more than one dog. A loving and loyal breed who will make you laugh every day. Not for the faint-hearted but totally worth it.

Added on 30/11/2017
Joined 01/10/2009
From Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

My dream dog. I love mine to bits! Need to do your research in this breed. I did for years before I was in a position to get one. Too many are passed around from person to person or animal rescue. They are very mischievous. Very good escape artists. Luckily ours are all microchipped. Love them to bits and wouldn't change them for the world.

Added on 31/01/2018

She Is A Very Beautiful & Friendly Dog She Is 2 Year Old Really Great With The Children We Are Looking For A Male Siberian Husky For Hour Siberian Husky Female 2 Year Old BELL

Added on 26/09/2018
Joined 29/08/2013
From Surrey, United Kingdom

Amazing dogs for those that have the commitment. I’ve always had working dogs (Border Collies and German Shepherds) but Huskies are a whole other level.
A lot of potential owners make the mistake of buying Huskey pups because of they’re super cute, wolf cub appearance, not knowing the intelligence and energy of the breed. They live for the companionship and interaction with people, and because of this, they are a big commitment.
If left on their own they can become bored and depressed. My two (male and female) have constant company and go everywhere with us. If you put in the time and effort, you can’t get a more enthusiastic, funny and intelligent companion.

Added on 28/05/2019
Joined 16/10/2013
From South Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Both Storm and Ice are from the same litter and so different in everyway, Storm the male is so laid back and is the Alfa male he doesnt give much loving but loves a massage every now and then, he suffered badly with ZRD as a youngster after alot of research ive now got it under control by putting him on raw and giving him a good source of Vit A ie sweet potato or a little cheese to help absorb the zinc he never had zinc suppliments we did it naturally and it worked he also has hip displacia so is limited to how long we walk him.
Ice on the other hand is very loving gives lots of kisses but has been plagued with health issues from IBS to Glucoma and has recently had to have her left eye removed and unfortunatley the right eye will go the same way in the near future but shes a resilient little soul and bounces back and we love them both so much. They are now 7yrs old now i would say they are energetic dogs that love walks definately not house dogs as they get too hot ours sleep in a huge kennel/run they love to be stimulated throughout the day or they will destroy whatever they can through boredom.