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Siberian Husky

Independent. Intelligent. Active. The striking Siberian Husky, emerged from sled-towing icy origins to become an energetic and fun-loving family dog. With a thick snow-savvy coat and beautiful dark fur contrasts, a Siberian Husky makes a good looking addition to any household.

If you are seeking a super-friendly and playful pet that loves to head out to the great outdoors, a Siberian Husky might be the right dog for you.

Where I'm From

Siberian Huskies are one of the world's older dog breeds and members of the Spitz-type breed of dog. Thought to have originated from the Siberian Arctic sled dogs of the Chukchi people. The dogs were used for transport, as companion dogs and even as reliable bed warmers for chilly conditions. They made their way to Alaska from the 1800s and became renowned for their sled racing abilities. Known originally as Chuckchis they were renamed the Siberian Husky in America.

What I Look Like

Siberian Huskies are often a very striking dog. Huskies have a thick double white coat that has distinctive black, grey, copper or blonde markings. A wolf-like face with pointy ears frames a black nose and pale blue, green or amber eyes, though darker or different coloured eyes are possible. Many dogs have darker fur around their eyes and forehead giving them a masked appearance.

How I Act

Well-bred Siberian Huskies are very clever, independent and affectionate. They thrive in an active family and are comfortable with other dogs in the home. However, they may take issue with a cat or other small animals that arouse their hunting instinct.

Due to those overactive minds Siberian Huskies can be difficult to train and require a firm, consistent approach from a young age to keep them in line. Obedience training and socialisation from a young age are a must to ensure a well-adjusted pet. Huskies also need to learn to walk well on a leash, as they are prone to running off if allowed to roam free.

A strong master that is able to lay down ground rules effectively is paramount for a healthy and happy Husky. A good deal of patience is also required to correct any wayward behaviour or dominance issues that may emerge.

Siberian Huskies come from a working breed so require a good dose of daily exercise of 30-60 minutes to keep them in good physical and metal shape. A bored dog could turn into a destructive one.

Siberian Huskies thrive with a good challenge. So packing a doggie daypack and heading for a hike in the hills, doggie sports or pulling games should keep your Husky engaged in mind, body and spirit.

Looking After Me

Siberian Huskies are generally quite healthy and do not have many medical problems. However, some conditions that may affect them include hip or elbow dysplasia, as well as eye issues such as cataracts, corneal dystrophy and progressive retinal atrophy.

It is advisable to check the temperament and medical history of a puppy's parents and view veterinarian clearance certificates to ensure you get a healthy dog. Be very wary of uncertified backyard breeders.

Siberian Huskies have a lifespan of around 12-15 years.

They need high-quality meals twice a day as per packaging recommendations. Though they require comparatively little food for their size due to their history of sleigh pulling over expanses of snow-covered countryside fuelled by very small meals.

Siberian Huskies have a medium length coat and shed moderately, especially when ridding themselves of their winter coat. They require a good brush every few days, increasing to a daily brush when moulting.

They do not handle the heat well and should be well watered in summer months and kept inside when possible. Exercise in cooler evening temperatures would be best for your dog during this time.

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