Siberian Husky – Characteristics, Temperament, Health, & Training


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Siberian Husky History

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This breed is thought to have come from the Chukchi tribe in Siberia, hence its name. The dogs were used by this tribe for companionship and help with hunting duties; their endurance helped them transport supplies over great distances while also killing game on foot. Huskies are considered rare in most parts of the world today but are still popular for dog sled racing, as the Alaskan Husky.

Siberian Huskies are hardy dogs that excel in cold weather. They make good family pets as long as they get enough exercise and receive early socialization to prevent excessive barking as adults. The Siberian husky is a somewhat rare breed but makes a unique addition to any family.

Characteristics

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The Siberian husky is a large Spitz-type dog that comes in shades of gray and white. The head is wedge-shaped with erect ears, brown eyes, and medium muzzle length. The tail hangs down when at rest (most of the time) and curls up when alert. The double coat is thick and slightly wavy with longer hair on the neck, back of legs, and tail (plume-like). There is also feathering between their toes for better protection against harsh winter weather.

Siberian Husky Temperament

Huskies are aloof and not particularly eager to please, but they love to work and will tirelessly pull a sled or perform any activity asked of them. They crave an active life outside in cold weather and indoors by your side if it’s warm enough. Although they make good apartment dogs, early socialization is necessary to avoid excessive barking later in life. A husky may be less inclined to bark if it ishas close with its family members; this is a breed that loves to spend time with its owner and family.

Husky Health Care

Huskies are considered one of the hardiest breeds, but as with all dogs, they do have some health problems. Siberian Huskies can be prone to hip dysplasia, insulinoma (a type of cancer), cataracts, corneal dystrophy, and progressive retinal atrophy. Potential owners should check with a breeder about a puppy’s parents’ health clearances before making a purchase decision. Huskies may also carry the Siberian husky gene which causes polyneuropathy in dogs; this is an inherited disease that occurs when two carrier dogs mate and produce affected pups. Symptoms include weakness or paralysis in the hind legs and back legs, with front limbs possibly becoming involved; owners can check for symptoms by about one year of age.

Husky Training

Siberian huskies are independent thinkers that need a firm, confident leader. They prefer to set their own pace. Huskies have been known to nip at heels to get them moving when they’re stuck in place. Although demanding, Siberian husky training is not particularly difficult but does require a lot of patience and consistency. The breed may lash out or “shut down” if training methods are too harsh or inconsistent, so the ideal trainer should be calm-natured and never raise his/her voice.

Activity Requirements for Siberian Husky Dogs

The Siberian Husky was bred to live outside, so they need a lot of strenuous exercises to stay happy. A husky kept only indoors will be prone to obesity, boredom, and stress which can lead to destructive behaviors if not properly managed. Some owners have success with runners or treadmills for indoor use, but care should be taken that the dog is not overheated or exposed to cold weather too soon after heavy exercise sessions.

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