Siberian Huskies are a working dog breed that were developed for the harsh Siberian Arctic weather. The original sled dogs, Siberian Husky or ‘Huskies’ have been bred to carry cargo for long distances across the frozen tundra region. Huskies are a beautiful dog breed with a thick coat and unique color marking but they need loads of training and exercise so they might not be the ideal dog for a novice dog parent. Let us know more about this dog breed:
Vrinda and her Husky – Jacob
Our HUFT customer Vrinda tells us about her 1.4-year-old Husky – Jacob:
“Jacob is our little bundle of joy who is extremely loving with the entire family and simply loves to sing! When he was a puppy, he would often howl and talk back and I trained him to start singing too. So if I say, let’s sing for mom – 1-2-3 start, he will start singing along.
His favorite hobby is opening my cupboard and taking all my clothes out and play with them as if they were his toys. He absolutely loves crunchy stuff and things that make noise and has some kind of an obsession for round things. Jacob is a neat freak and absolutely hates if his diner is unclean.
Jacob loves going out in the rain and often wakes me up early morning (if it’s raining) to go out for a walk. He is a pretty smart dog too and can open door knobs all by himself. We have birds as pets and he knows that they are not to be harmed. Once a wild bird flew inside our house and Jacob alarmed me by nudging me to walk upto the place where the bird was stuck so that I could set her free. He’s quite a gentle being that ways. He seems to have different relations with different people. For food, he knows he has to go to mom, if he has to play – he will go to my dad and if he is scared or simply wants to chill – he will come to me! We absolutely adore Jacob who has made our lives so much more lively!”
The Breed Purpose
Siberian Huskies were bred for the harsh Siberian climate to haul cargo for long distances across the frozen tundra. Originally bred by Eskimos for hunting and gathering, they were developed to be the ideal working dogs for the harsh Siberian Arctic climate. It is said that Siberian Huskies are actually descendants of Chukchi Sled Dogs. Their unique markings and their distinct blue coloured eyes give them an almost wolf-like look. Huskies are incredibly athletic and independent dogs and they have a tendency to wander off whenever they get the chance.
Games that you can play with your Siberian Husky
Huskies are a highly active dog breed and love digging and running. If possible, try to incorporate games that involve these two activities. Outdoor games can be loads of fun with your Husky. Games such as tug-of-war, fetch, hide-and-seek, etc. are all great ways to keep your dog entertained.
Siberian Husky Training
Siberian Huskies are highly independent dogs and training them from an early age is crucial for obedience. Huskies appreciate a strong leader to follow and it is essential that you take the Alpha role. Use training techniques to establish your role as the alpha and make use of dog treats to enhance training. Socialising your Husky from an early age is crucial too.
Siberian Husky Health
Siberian Huskies are generally healthy but some Huskies may develop Hip Dysplasia and eye diseases. In terms of feeding, make sure that your Husky gets a high protein diet to remain active and lean. Cataract, corneal dystrophy and progressive retinal atrophy are some of the known diseases associated with the breed.
Siberian Huskies are medium sized working dogs and should be fed light food. They were bred to need very little food to survive. An average male Husky weighs anywhere between 20-27 kgs while a female Husky weighs anywhere between 16-23 kgs.
Siberian Huskies have a lifespan of upto 12-15 years.
Siberian Huskies are double-coated with a straight topcoat and a soft yet dense undercoat. Huskies shed a lot, especially during the spring and fall. Huskies in warmer climate tend to shed more. Huskies do not need frequent baths, as they tend to not have much doggy odor. Huskies have insulated paws to keep them warm from the harsh winter chill.
Siberian Husky Fun Facts
- There is a bronze statue of a Siberian Husky in Central Park, N.Y., for delivering medicines to treat a diphtheria outbreak in Nome, Alaska in 1925.
- Huskies coat keeps them warm in temperatures below zero degrees and even up to a negative fifty or sixty degrees.
- Huskies’ howl can be heard upto 16 kms and they are regarded as quite a talkative breed.
- Some of the popular Hollywood movies that feature Huskies are Eight Below, Snow Dogs.