Originating in the Siberian Arctic under the Chukchi people, the Siberian Huskies are well known for their thick coat that allows them to survive in cold weather conditions. They are dogs with pleasing personalities and were best known to be good guard dogs and family companions. The huskies were also used as working dogs during the cold winter days, to pull the results of a hunt back to the villages on sleds. They came to Alaska in around 1925, and today, they have become more of a playmate and guard dog.
Siberian Huskies are Northern dogs; hence they have the typical Northern dog appearance, having double coat, with a soft coat that manages body heat and a guard coat for keeping the heat inside in midst of the cold weather. They are also Spitz-type dogs, and the Siberian Husky is often confused with the Alaskan Malamute.
The standard sizes of these huskies are 21 to 23.5 inches height for males and slightly smaller for females. Their standard weight is about 35 – 50 pounds for females and additional 10 pounds for male ones, and their bones are of moderate size. They also have a longer body than their height, as do most dogs.
Eyes can either be blue or brown, or both, and maybe even speckled. Their face seems to have a white mask and have a friendly feel. They have triangular ears which go up when they are alerted. Colors of Siberian Huskies range from black, white, black and white, red and white, or even gray.
The overall temperament of the Siberian Husky is an outgoing and gentle partner. But training them as a pup can be quite exhausting because they like to be the boss, and they must be properly disciplined and trained. Otherwise if one does not keep him occupied, busy or take him outdoors or play with him, he can be destructive, bored, and even ruin your house and chew on things. Sometimes, they might even chew furniture or dig around the garden if not watched carefully.
Exercise and the right amount of regular play and physical activity keep a Siberian Husky going. They are also very vocal and will sing along with emergency vehicle sirens, though they do not bark much. They need some obedience training and classes during the puppy stage to make sure that they do not mess things up inside your house. They should learn to obey simple commands at an early age.
Huskies are also known for their habit of wandering around and stealing food from all sorts of places, and even digging under fences. The breed is a sneaky yet playful one, so you need to keep a close eye on them. They can get easily lost due to wandering off. As for stealing food , especially in the winter season, they should also be watched while in the kitchen or in places with food.
Shedding occurs once a year, and he should be combed twice a day and kept off of furniture to prevent fur from spreading all over the place. They can also experience hip dysplasia and progressive retinal atrophy.