The Siberian Husky is a strong (physically and mentally) hard working sled dog that, as their name would suggest, originated in Siberia. They were used for centuries along the eastern Siberian peninsula as working dogs, for sled pulling, herding and guard dogs.
Their thick coat and solid build makes their body ideal to weather the harsh winters and their strong endurance allowed them to work long, hard days. Their ability and stamina to move so quickly through the snow made them ideal for sled dogs, being able to transport people and their goods and also be used in artic races.
Their breed was essential during the diphtheria epidemic in 1925 when they were used to transport much needed medicine to people all over the country. Since then, they have been fundamental working dogs all across the world, including serving in the Army’s Artic Search and Rescue Unti during World War II.
Today, they are still used for sled work, guard dogs and hunting.
They Husky is medium to large breed dog, with males reaching up to 60cms in height.
Being a working dog, they require plenty of mental and physical stimulation to avoid any naughty behaviour. A bored Husky can be a very destructive Husky and they are also well known for their escape artist abilities, especially if there is something exciting to chase on the other side of the fence.
Their heavy, thick coat requires daily brushing and sheds heavily twice a year. This warm covering over their body makes them ideal for colder climates and being able to withstand temperatures as low as -50° to -60° C. Being bred to withstand such cold weather does mean they need assistance if living in tropical or hot areas and are not recommended for hot climate living. Their coat colours vary from solid black and pure white to red and white, brown, gray, silver, wold gray, sable and more.
The Husky is often known to have bi-eyes (two different coloured eyes) which is very common for the breed. They can also have parti-eyes which is when one eye has two half colours, these will be either blue or brown.
The Husky is a perfect addition to any active family with plenty of room to move. They can be accommodated in smaller apartment type arrangements providing they are given plenty of mental and physical stimulation daily. If well socialised from a young age, a Husky will enjoy living with other animals in their home, being pack working animals they love being with other dogs and thrive on structure and having a job to do.