Meet The Breeds: Husky

Krysia Ng Meet The Breeds: Husky

 

The Siberian Husky is a medium-sized working dog. This breed is exclusively famous for having thickly furred, dense double coats to survive extremely cold climates, distinctive markings, and erect triangular ears. Talking about Husky personality, they are loving, affectionate, and happy. They like to live freely and are friendly with people. They are playful, energetic, athletic, and fun-loving. Furthermore, this breed is not only affectionate to its family but is great with other dogs and strangers. That is the reason why Siberian Huskies do not make the best watchdogs. If you are in search of a dog who can be your companion, love playing with your children, guests, and other pet dogs, then Siberian Husky is a good choice for you. Keep in mind that this breed is extremely active and energetic, which means that the owner has to take them for exercise regularly.

Below are mentioned further details about Siberian Husky that will help you understand if this breed is the right match for your family.

 

Siberian Husky History

Many Russians and Americans claim that Siberian Husky belongs to their country but that's not the case. As represented by its appearance, Siberian Husky belongs to northeastern Asia. They were bred by the Chukchi people who used to keep them as companion dogs for families and endurance sled dogs. This breed was specifically developed to help nomadic people as sled pullers.

 

Siberian Husky became the center of attention in the early 1900s when they started winning sled races. However, they made headlines in 1925 when a relay of Siberian Huskies led by the legendary Husky dog reached Alaska with a lifesaving serum that was a cure to epidemic diphtheria spread in Nome. After their incredible "serum run", this breed became the hot topic in newspapers. In 1930, the American Kennel Club registered Siberian Huskies.

 

 

Husky Breed Information and Facts

Siberian Huskies are a world-famous breed. They have been featured in numerous news headlines as well as movies due to their incredible personality. One of the many interesting fun facts about Husky breed is that the Disney adventure movie called "Eight Below" was based on a real-life story of the Japanese expedition to the South pole in 1958 and features six Siberian Huskies. Talking about Husky personality, they are a friendly breed who gets along with everyone but they also have a powerful predatory streak due to which they might consider small animals as their prey. If you have other small pet animals in your home, you would have to be extremely cautious with Siberian Huskies.

 

Below is the vital information about this breed that you should know before adopting one:

 

  • Breed Group: Working group
  • Height: 53-60 cm (male), 51-56 cm (female)
  • Weight: 20-27 kg (male), 16-23 kg (female)
  • Life span: 12-14 years
  • Coat: Dense, thick double coat
  • Color: All colors ranging from black to white, including numerous different markings and colors.
  • Hypoallergenic: No
  • Temperament: Friendly, gentle, alert, outgoing, and intelligent
  • Difficulty level for first-time owners: On a scale of 1-10 paws of increasing difficulty for first-time owners, Siberian Huskies secured 8/10 paws. According to reviews, you might want to raise a Siberian Husky out of love for them but if you don't have prior experience of training and raising a dog, this breed is not the right choice. They are so attractive that people just purchase them without knowing their difficult traits. However, if you know how to train and handle this breed, it would give you and your family countless love and affection.

 

What Are The Types of Husky?

This breed comes in various patterns and colors, including white legs and paws, tail tip, and facial markings. The types of Husky are:

 

  • Black
  • Pure White
  • Copper-red and white
  • Grey and white

 

Are Huskies good pets? Or Are Huskies good dogs?

The Siberian personality is graceful, friendly, and gentle. Since they belong to pack dogs, they enjoy living in the family even the ones with children and various pets. They are extremely energetic, so would require supervision when going outside as they might end up chasing small animals. If you can become a strong owner who can maintain an alpha position in your home, this breed will be amazing for you and would turn out to be a great pet.

 

Are Huskies High Maintenance?

Yes, Siberian Huskies are considered a high maintenance breed. They will demand attention constantly. You would have to take them for exercise daily to fulfill their exercise needs. Furthermore, they do not require a lot of grooming because they shed once or twice a year because of seasonal change. They don't need trimming but only regular brushing to maintain their coat quality. Talking about Husky trainability, owners would have to invest plenty of their time and energy to train them.

 

Do Huskies Bark a Lot?

No, they don't bark quite often. However, they do have a high potential for howling or whining. They might show numerous reasons, such as loneliness, boredom, lack of attention, playfulness, hunger, excitement through howling.

 

Are Huskies Aggressive?

No, this breed is not aggressive at all. According to the American Kennel Club, healthy Siberian Huskies are extremely friendly and welcoming. They like to socialize with strangers, children, and other animals.

 

What Are Popular Mixed Breeds with Husky?

Siberian Husky is often used as a parent for producing crossbreeds with other breeds. The most successful and popular Siberian Husky breeds are:

  • Horgi: Siberian Husky and Welsh Corgi
  • Huskita: Siberian Husky and Akita Inu
  • Gerberian Shepsky: Siberian Husky and German Shepherd
  • Boxsky: Siberian Husky and Boxer
  • Ausky: Siberian Husky and Australian Cattle Dog
  • Goberian: Siberian Husky and Golden Retriever
  • Pomsky: Siberian Husky and Pomeranian
  • Pitsky: Siberian Husky and Pitbull Terrier

 

Are Huskies HDB Approved?

This breed lies in the category of medium-sized dogs, due to which, they are not approved by HDB. It means that the citizens of Singapore cannot keep Siberian Huskies as pets in their flats.

 

Are Huskies Hypoallergenic?

No, they are not hypoallergenic. Even though Siberian Huskies shed once or twice a year but they shed a lot of hair during seasonal change. This makes them extremely unsuitable for people with allergies.

 

What Health Issues Do Huskies Face? 

Luckily, Siberian Huskies are considered a healthy breed. However, they are prone to some diseases and if you are considering owning a Siberian Husky in near future, you should know about their physical health to plan and prepare their lifestyle accordingly. Some of the diseases that Siberian Huskies are at a higher risk of developing include:

 

  • Cataracts
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Corneal Dystrophy
  • Uveodermatologic Syndrome

 

 Husky puppies are prone to developing Hip Dysplasia and Follicular Dysplasia. 

 

You have to be extremely careful and responsible to give your Siberian Husky the life it deserves. Hence, keep in mind that some of these diseases are life-threatening and others can cause permanent loss of hearing, eyesight, etc.

 

Are Huskies Dangerous?

No, they are not dangerous at all. Huskies are very sociable, loving, and affectionate dogs. They are suitable for families with children because of their amazing personality in addition to not barking a lot.

 

Is A Husky A wolf?

No, they are very different from wolves and not related, they are only sharing the same appearance.

 

What Are Huskies Known For?

Siberian Huskies are known for their sled-pulling skills as well as they are very sociable, loving, and caring dogs.

 

Conclusion

Siberian Huskies are one of the best choices for pets to raise within a family of children and other pets. They are loving, caring, and playful creatures and love going outside with their favorite humans. After going through the details about this breed, if you think you can train them and give them the required lifestyle, then you should not wait much and bring a Siberian Husky into your home. They will become a marvelous addition to your family!




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