Siberian huskies noble, wolf-life looks. As you might guess from the name, their ancestors originated in Siberia. For hundreds of years, the indigenous Chukchi people of the region bred huskies to pull sleds. These dogs are part of the spitz family of arctic canines. Only in 1908 did Siberian huskies make their way to Alaska, where handlers employed them in sled racing.
Dogs in this breed are of medium size. They stand from 20 to 24 inches and can weigh anywhere from 35 to 60 pounds when healthy. Many in the United States are black and white, but they come in various other colors, too. They have long snouts and alert, pointed ears.
These dogs are so good at pulling sleds because they are fast, have excellent stamina, and love working in teams. Their sled-pulling abilities saved lives in 1925 when two participated in what’s now called the Nome Serum Run. People in the Alaskan town of Nome were dying quickly of a diphtheria outbreak, and they needed anti-toxin serum. It would have been impossible to get the serum to Nome, across over 600 miles of arctic wilderness, without sled dogs. Canines saved the day!
Siberian huskies are playful and friendly. They delight in spending time with their human families, but they also enjoy meeting strangers. If you’re looking for a guard dog, you might find these pups a little too friendly for your purposes. Many members of this breed are excellent with cats, children, and other dogs.
Despite their friendly nature, though, they’re independent-minded. It’s often a bad idea to take a Siberian husky off-leash. When their independence and love of running are combined, it can be tough to convince them not to dash away. Aside from that potential issue, they tend to be easily trainable because of their high intelligence and amiable personality.
Average Siberian huskies live 12 to 14 years. Though most of them are full of vitality, there are some breed-specific health problems. These canines are more likely than other dogs to have seizure disorders, eye issues, or laryngeal paralysis. Laryngeal paralysis is a condition of the muscles that control airflow. On the other hand, huskies are unlikely to suffer from hip dysplasia, a common affliction in many similar size breeds.
Siberian huskies need upwards of two hours of exercise each day. This breed’s instincts can turn destructive without regular workouts, resulting in inconvenient behaviors like digging and chewing. The most exciting way to exercise these canines? Teach them to pull you around on a sled! Because of their instincts, it’s easy to train them in this activity.
Siberian huskies are hard workers who also love to play. They’re energetic, loving, and friendly. Though these canines know how to get a job done, they’re also one of the most fun dogs you could find.