Know Your Dog: Siberian Husky

September 6, 2018

With the latest issue of our newsletter, we’re going to learn more about the Siberian Husky. One of the Husky’s most prominent features is their eyes. The Husky can have either bright blue or brown eyes, or even one of each.

We can trace the Siberian Husky back to the Chukchi people of northeastern Asia who used the breed to transport heavy loads of cargo on sleds across long distances and low temperatures without tiring. In World War II, the Husky was used in the Army’s Search & Rescue Unit of the Air Transport Command.

Fun fact: According to Chukchi belief, two Huskies guard the gates of heaven, turning away anyone who was cruel to a dog during their life on earth.

A member of the working breed, the Husky is perhaps most commonly known for sled pulling and racing. Naturally a pack dog, the Husky does well around other people and dogs. This makes it a great family pet, along with its innate friendliness. This dog is very graceful and light on its feet with a smooth, effortless gait. Huskies are very energetic dogs who require enough room to run around and accommodate their active lifestyle. They were bred to run and that’s what they will do! Physical and mental stimulation is a must.

Care
Huskies require a high-quality dog food to keep their skin and coat healthy. Huskies who are working during the wintertime require a higher level of protein in their diet. The Husky also has a double coat of hair – an undercoat and guard hair. The undercoat is shed twice a year and it is important to groom this with a metal comb. The breed is eager to please though slightly on the stubborn side. Again, they are very friendly and outgoing. They love any kind of physical activity they can engage in with their owner.

Huskies vary in height. Males grow to be 21-23 inches and can weigh 45-60 lbs, while the female will grow to be 20-22 inches and weigh 35-50 lbs.

Health
Although some eye problems may manifest, the Husky is an otherwise pretty healthy breed.

Resources: AKC.org, PetMD

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