Dog Breeds 101: Siberian Husky

Originally hard-working sled dogs, the Siberian Husky has now acquired considerable attention as a show and family dog! Belonging to the same family as the Spitz, Siberian Huskies are recognized for their thick tail, distinctive markings, big beautiful eyes, erect triangular ears, and of course, their thick fur coat. Unlike most dogs, the Siberian Husky howls instead of barking. [1] Also, they are noted for their impressive willingness to work, as well as their endurance. [2]

Originating from the North Eastern part of Siberia, the ancestors of Siberian Huskies were bred to pull heavy cargo over long distances. This resilient dog evolved to endure the extremely harsh and cold environments of Siberia. Eventually, they were sent to Alaska, Canada, and the USA. [3]

Compared to other breeds of dogs, the Siberian Husky’s coat is thicker in order to protect them from harsh winters. These coats enable them to withstand the vicious cold of their natural environment – but interestingly, this coat also reflects heat in the summer allowing the dog to cope with moderately warm temperatures. [4]

However, the Husky is not as comfortable in the heat as they are in the cold. It is recommended that potential owners of this breed be able to provide adequate shade and air conditioning if they live in a warm climate. Considering that this dog is a working dog, they need adequate daily exercise. A long walk or jog will do them well. When their needs are well cared for, this breed of dog can live up to 15 years.

Huskies are popular because of their innate intelligence and their ability to be trained. They are also considered to be loving, happy, gentle, and playful which makes them even more adorable. Also, they can extremely be friendly to both children and strangers. These dogs will fit perfectly in a family living in a colder climate and who are active. They are also the type of dogs which love to run around the house, so be aware that space is essential when adopting them as pets. Many Siberian Huskies are also independent, adventurous, stubborn, clever, and mischievous. [5]

Siberian Huskies can be cuddly, mellow and warm, but when left alone for a long period of time, they can become restless and even destructive. Getting them a pal can help to combat this behavior. Since this dog has a tendency to consider everyone as a friend, Siberian Huskies may not be the best guard dogs.

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