Its sweet look does not deceive, because the Siberian Husky is affectionate and a good playmate. It is also a breed of curious and a bit naughty dogs, so… try to set the limit from puppyhood!
These dogs like to share activities both inside and outside the home, so they are a good choice for active people. Find out in this article what else is hidden behind those beautiful crystalline eyes.
Main characteristics of the Siberian Husky
Siberian Huskies are medium-sized working dogs with an agile and light build. They have a compact and well-balanced body. Their neck is arched and they tend to lean forward when in motion. The back is straight, with a strong and level loin. The chest is deep and not too broad.
On the other hand, the legs have a solid structure. Neither the front nor the hind legs are completely parallel. The feet are oval and completely covered with hair. The tail resembles a brush and is carried on the back in the shape of a sickle, without resting on the back.
The skull of these dogs is rounded in its upper line, with a size proportional to the body. The muzzle is tapering towards the nose, which is colored to match the coat; it can also be flesh-colored. The eyes are almond-shaped and oblique, in shades of brown, blue or heterochromia (each of a different color). The ears are triangular and hairy.
The coat, finally, is double-coated. The undercoat is very dense and soft, while the outer coat is straight and quite long. Among the most common colors are black, brown, red and pure white. Different patterns often appear in the coat on the head.
- Height between 63 and 60 cm in males and between 50 and 56 cm in females.
- Weight between 20 and 28 kg in males and between 15 and 23 kg in females.
- Abundant hair, not too rough.
- Loyal, sociable and somewhat mischievous character.
- Good health but with a tendency to suffer from eye infections.
- Estimated life expectancy between 12 and 14 years.
What is the character of Siberian Huskies?
These dogs are usually very affectionate and love to be cuddled. They will adapt easily to family life, establishing meaningful relationships with all members of the household. Their favorites are almost always children, with whom they are very protective.
Their personality is independent and do not expect them to be behind you all day long. However, they will seek your attention when they feel like playing. Siberian Huskies are curious and mischievous, so watch out that they don’t try to be clever. Like a small child, they will measure their limits.
On the other hand, they are very sociable dogs, who will welcome anyone who approaches the home. For this reason, they are not recommended as guard dogs. They will be just as friendly with other dogs. In addition, they have a pack personality, which means they need to feel part of the pack and be able to rely on a strong leader.
Despite their innate friendliness, Siberian Huskies are difficult to train. Their mischievousness and intelligence make them tricky learners. They are not dogs for novices or for people with a very permissive temperament. Training must be firm and consistent to achieve good results. Patience is key, as they will constantly test your leadership.
A Siberian Husky rarely barks, but tends to howl. Obedience training is essential to control this noisy behavior, although don’t expect it to go away completely.
How to care for a Siberian Husky
Because of their intense energy, it is not recommended that a Siberian Husky live in small apartments or houses without a yard. They could only adapt if their outdoor physical activity needs are well met. A bored Siberian Husky is like a tornado, so it is essential to dedicate time to them with play sessions, walks and dog sports.
One thing you should keep in mind is that they are true escape artists. They can jump over fences or dig underneath, climb over crates or remove their collars. To avoid unpleasantness, detect weak spots in your yard and make sure there is no risk of escape. One way to control their digging needs is to give them a safe space to relieve themselves.
During outings, always take them on a leash, as they love to sniff around more than is advisable and won’t always remember the way back. They also tend to chase small animals (not out of a hunting instinct, but to play with them).
While they can adapt to living in temperate climates such as the Mediterranean, they will not do well during the warmer seasons. Huskies love the cold and playing in the snow. Cutting their fur too short in summer is not a good idea for their skin.
In fact, their coat needs little attention. One brushing a week will suffice. However, there are two times a year when they shed a lot of hair. It is at these times when you should intensify the use of the brush. Baths will only be necessary every four to six months, as they usually groom themselves. Yes, just like felines do.
History of the Siberian Husky
Huskies have lived since time immemorial with the Chukchi tribe in northern Siberia. Their functions were to accompany hunters, help transport food and keep children warm during the freezing nights in the village. Isolated for centuries in this inhospitable region, the purity of the breed was maintained for generations.
Already in the 20th century, during the Alaskan gold rush, they were used for transportation by fortune seekers. Because of their great endurance and speed, they were perfect for the legendary sled races across these landscapes. The variety continued to develop and today is considered genuinely American.
Curiosities of the Siberian Husky
Their imposing appearance and affectionate temperament are very appealing. However, the curious and mischievous nature of the Siberian Husky is not always taken into account, so some of them end up being abandoned. The Husky is no cuddly toy and requires you to spend time with it.
Did you know that they are considered a heroic breed because of an event that occurred in 1925? In the middle of a big snowstorm they were able to pull a sled for over a thousand kilometers in just five days to find a medicine that would save the lives of dozens of people.
“Balto”, who even has a statue in New York’s Central Park, and “Togo” were two of the protagonists of this feat. The story has even been taken to the big screen.