Siberian Husky Dogs

Description: The siberian husky dogs are strong, compact, working dogs, but they are smaller and they weigh less than other sled-pulling breeds. But their endurance and stamina are not affected by that. The breed originated in Russia (of course, since they are called “Siberian”) thousands of years ago, and it was imported in the United States in 1909. The climate of Alaska proved to be convenient…so they thrived there, starting to earn races.

Physical characteristics: Height: For dogs: 21-23 1/2 inches (53-60cm). For bitches: 20-22 inches (51-56cm).

Weight: For dogs: 45-60 pounds (20 1/2 - 27kg). For bitches: 35-50 pounds (16-22 1/2 kg)

Temperament: The siberian husky dogs are friendly, frisky and gentle, but also very alert... alas, this does not mean that they are good watch or guard dogs. Being friendly, they are not suspicious with strangers, and if you think a little bit, why would a sled dog be over-suspicious? His job supposes, anyway, working *with*, not *against*, the public.

Being that intelligent and curious, they get bored if they remain home alone. This is why, if you want a husky, you should consider having two of them. Left alone, they can become destructive. This is their way to protest.

Health: Siberian husky dogs are, generally, healthy dogs. The most serious problem are juvenile cataract, progressive retinal atrophy and glaucoma. Other diseases, which are not that spread in the breed, are hip dysplasia and dermatitis, which respond well to zinc treatment.

Maintenance/Grooming: The siberian husky sheds heavily twice a year. This is the moment when their coat needs being combed with a metal comb. Otherwise, they do not need much care and grooming.

Training: The siberian husky dogs are gentle and playful, but, as with any intelligent dog, they can be willful and mischievous. This dog will always take advantage if he can. Huskies are very trainable, but they have a mind of their own and will only obey a command if they see the point. That’s why training takes a lot of patience and consistency.

Siberian huskies love to run (of course, this is why they were bred for, isn’t it?) and unless they are carefully guarded they can get lost. Also, being very curious, they will dig under the fence, if possible, to break free. Even if they get good results in obedience training, when off-leashed they can get lost, this is why you should never count too much on siberian dusky dogs from this point of view. The mirage of running might be stronger than the years of obedience training.

Siberian huskies need a fair amount of exercise, but should not be excessively exercised in warm weather. Don’t forget that this breed comes from the North Polar Circle.

Breeding, puppies: In breeding siberian husky dogs, the most important characteristics are the temperament, the physical characteristics and the genetic diseases. The colour should not be taken in account, because every colour is accepted by the standards. There are two bloodlines in huskies: the working one and the one for shows. Of course, the bloodline for working is characterized by greater robustness and stamina, and the show-dog bloodline, by a greater trainability (obedience).

Varieties: If you ask someone about the colours of the Siberian Huskies, he will tell you that the dog has two colours: darker on the back (black or grey) and lighter on the face and abdomen. As well, they will say that this is the only breed that has blue eyes. Well, none of this is true. The siberian husky dogs come in all colors from black to pure white, and their eye-color can be brown or blue. They can also be bicoloured. No coat/eye pattern or color is to be seen as a fault OR as the desired appearance. Only height (dogs over 23 1/2 inches and bitches over 22 inches) and long coat are a matter of disqualification.

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