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Husky

Husky

Weight
35-60 lbs
Height
20-24 Inches
Lifespan
12-15 Years
Exercise
2-3 Hours Daily

Overview

Weight
35-60 lbs
Height
20-24 Inches
Lifespan
12-15 Years
Exercise
2-3 Hours Daily

The husky is an intelligent and friendly breed but they can also be independent and stubborn. They are classic northern dogs and thrive on the company with humans. The best relationships with humans require firm but gentle training right from when they are puppies. They were bred for sled pulling, and males weight 45 pounds. The females weigh between 35 and 50 pounds. The males are 23 inches tall at the withers, and the females are 21 inches tall.

A Husky’s ears are naturally upright, and they require more than 40 minutes of exercise each day. Their grooming requirements are moderate, and their average lifespan lies between 11 and 13 years. They also have a low tendency to snore or drool. Their tendency to dig or bark is moderate, and so are their social and attention needs. Their eyes range from brown to blue, and they always carry their necks straight.

The Husky carry their well-furred trail in a sickle or straight behind them. The breed has a very dense coat that has plenty of undercoats. They also have a small ruff around their neck, but their tails and legs do not feature any fringes. Their color can range from black to white and everything in-between. Most of the dogs of this breed possess white markings that are concentrated on their legs and chest.

Working Dogs

The dogs are bred to run and pull sleds which means their love for guardians may be overtaken by the urge to run. They are also friendly with people, including children. The dogs are also very friendly with the other dogs they are raised together with, and their prey drive is very high. In warm weather, they become diggers and will try to create cool places to lie. As a rule, the dogs do not tend to bark, but they do howl.

Developed under harsh conditions, the Siberian Huskies are surprisingly easy to keep. However, they can easily become obese when they are not exercised or overfed.

History

A compact body, well-furred coat, erect ears, and a thick tail are all pointers to a breed originating from the north. The ancestors of this breed were originally bred in northeastern Asia by the Chukchi people 3000 years ago. They kept the dogs as companions and used them as sled dogs for their endurance.

With a change in climatic conditions, their semi-nomadic owners had to expand their human grounds, or else they would perish. They adapted to the changing weather by developing a sled dog that would move light loads over the frozen wastelands and at a minimum expenditure of energy.

The isolation of the Chukchi from the rest of the world made it possible for them to maintain their sled teams’ purity for many years. These became the direct ancestors of modern-day Siberian Husky. Siberians made the headlines in 1925 when Leonhard Seppala, a legendary musher, organized a relay of Siberian Huskies 658 miles in just five and a half days to deliver serum to Nome, Alaska. An epidemic of diphtheria had broken out in the village, and many lives were saved as a result. The thrilling Serum run made the headlines for a long time and made Siberians popular to this day. The lead dog, Balto, is one of the highly honored hero dogs in the history of canines. There is even a statue of him in New York City’s Central Park, which preserves their heroic actions to save lives.

Siberian Huskies are still kept in packs by Mushers throughout North America. Devotees of the breed that are not as adventurous appreciate the company of the gentle, friendly companion. Many sled dogs that were held during the Alaskan gold rush were Huskies. They proved to be both fast and enduring regardless of their small size.

Health

With a lifespan of 11 to 13 years, the Siberian Husky may suffer from minor health problems. These include progressive retinal atrophy(PRA), cataracts, hypothyroidism, and corneal Dystrophy. It is often recommended to run hip, eye, and thyroid exams on the dog. You must be aware of all potential health concerns plaguing the Siberia Huskies as these are often expensive and very time-consuming to treat.

Before you adopt a Husky, ensure that you learn about their common health issues to make the best decision. Huskies are also known to keep a healthy weight with little food. However, their diet still needs to be high-protein. They are also clean by nature and do not have odor or parasites infesting their body.

Cataracts affect 10% of the breed and will mostly develop from 6 to 12 months. Unfortunately, this can lead to blindness later on, and one should always have their dog’s eyes checked regularly by a vet.

Another common eye problem for the Siberian Huskies is progressive retinal atrophy, where the dog’s eye retina begins to deteriorate. Early detection is necessary for such conditions as it can lead to canine blindness.

Corneal Dystrophy is another hereditary condition affecting the Siberian Huskies’ cornea. You will notice small white dots in their cornea, which makes them experience opaqueness and hazy vision. Unfortunately, there is no treatment to correct corneal Dystrophy.

Uveodermatologic Syndrome is another common eye disease that affects the nervous system and the skin. The effect of the condition on the dog’s eye can cause blindness in severe cases. It is also difficult to detect, and initial symptoms are redness in their eyes.

Hip Dysplasia is another common condition for the Huskies. It is very painful for the dog that is affected and can occur at any age. The treatment for this condition involves surgery, but weight management can also help.

Interesting Facts

  • Siberian Huskies are known for their wolf-like appearance but are all dogs inside. They are born to run and have high endurance and tolerance to cold. They have also grown with the ability to survive on little food and can carry loads for long distances without food or warmth. They are a lineage that is reasonably pure and the closest to the original Chukchi dogs.
  • Alaskans were impressed by their skills when they made their debut in the second year of the All Alaska Sweepstake Race in 1909. They were reported to be superior sled dogs and dominated such competitions in Alaska for a whole decade. A thick double coat keeps the Huskies insulated and is known to be warm and short. Their overcoat, in contrast, is long and water-resistant. They have almond-shaped eyes, which enable them to squint to keep out the snow.
  • Huskies will also wrap their tails around their faces during their sleep as their breath warms their tail, protecting their faces and noses from the cold. They can be charming but are not known to be good guard dogs. Their fierce qualities will not be adequate to keep intruders away.
  • Owing to the training that was done while they were being bred, Huskies do not get tired. They can burn lots of calories without having to tap into other energy stores. They also require close watching as they can easily dig under fences and slip out of leashes.
  • Huskies were used in World War II as search and rescue dogs. They were capable of moving through unfriendly and hostile territory and were of great assistance to the Army. They were also employed for freighting, transportation and communication. Their blue eyes are the most distinct feature of the Siberian Huskies.

Photos of Husky

Here are some Bernese mountain dog photos for you to get a good picture of the breed.
NAMES BY BREED

Husky Names

Female, Male, Inspired by size or by coat color

Bryce

Glenn

Jet

Rex

Elsa

Fiona

Liv

Ruth

Val

Coldfoot

Kodiak

Sitka

Oreo

Muffin

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