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GENERALBreed group: Working Type: Pure Breed
Talent: Carting, Racing, Sledding
PHYSICALSize: Large Weight: Male: 45-62 lbs Female: 31-51 lbs Fur length: Ears: Pointy Fur type: Straight
Fur Color: Black & White, Brown & White, Gray / Salt & Pepper, White / Cream
ATTRIBUTESLife Expectancy: Moderately long lived (12 to 15 years) Rarity: Common Availability: Easily available
Climate: Not good for warm climate
The Siberian huskies were first brought into Alaska in 1909. For centuries, they were used by the Chukchi people of the region to pull sleds and for a long time, they were also used to watch and keep reindeers together. Siberian huskies are adapted to work in the rough conditions of Siberia; they are strong, tough, able to adapt to all conditions, and also love to work for hours. The Siberian husky is known for its high endurance and its light-weight. Fur traders brought them to North America for races because of their great speed. One incident that helped popularize the breed was in 1925 when there was an epidemic of diphtheria in Nome, a city of Alaska where a lot of huskies brought medicine to the city. They were also used in the Admiral Byrd's Antarctic Expeditions. The Siberian husky is now used as a companion dog but it's not their only utility.
The color of a Siberian husky is determined by two colors: black and brown/copper. All Siberian husky colors are made of these two basics tones. They can come in black, agouti, gray, red, sable and in white or a mix of these colors.
The Siberian husky has a double coat, medium in length, which gives him a furry appearance. It has a soft and dense undercoat and it is long enough to support the outer coat. The outer coat's hairs are straight and smooth. During the shedding season, the absence of the undercoat is normal.
The Siberian husky is a friendly, calm, attentive and sociable dog. Though, it can be very independent and hard to manage, they are extremely intelligent. Siberian Huskies rarely bark, rather, they communicate by howling when they are happy, sad or even Siberian Husky when they are anxious. Because of their friendly behavior, Siberian Huskies make poor guard dogs. They also tend to be smooth and nice with small children. Siberian huskies can be expected to be alert, they love to please their masters and they are very adaptable.
The husky is really easy to take care of. It sheds one or two times a year. During those periods, it's highly recommended to brush it daily. The Siberian husky's coat sheds dirt so it barely has an odor which makes bating unnecessary. The coat of the Samoyed needs a lot of grooming (once a day preferably). They are heavy shedders seasonally. The coat tends to stay white without bathing.
The owner of a Siberian husky must be an experienced and strict trainer. Siberian Huskies are very intelligent and respond well to training but they can also be very stubborn, so training them can be a challenge. Training should begin when the dog is at a young age. The owner should try to establish rules early on to ensure that the puppy learns them. Don't let the dog think that the rules are flexible else he will think that it's permissible to do it all the time. Make the training much easier establishing your self as the head master, the alpha. The dog must never think that he is the boss.
Siberian Huskies are energetic dogs and they need a good amount of exercise (at least 30 to 60 minutes per day). However, when the temperature is warm they should not be excessively exercised. Huskies require a big yard with a high fence because they might want to escape and go hunting.