Siberian Husky | Complete Breed Profile | Why Huskies are so Dangerous?

siberian husky with different eye colours

Siberian Husky is a canny dog. This dog breed originated in Northeast Asia as a sled dog. Siberian Huskies were bred for many purposes like sled pulling, guarding, and also as a pet. Their innate athletic behavior makes them strong and agile. They are very keen to train. As this breed mostly lives in cold arctic regions so Siberian Huskies can bear harsh environmental conditions. If you have enough time for your pet then a Siberian Husky will be the best choice as a pet because by proper care and training this dog breed can become your best companion like German Shepherds.

This breed belongs to the Spitz genetic family. Siberian Husky is recognizable by its triangular-shaped ears, almond-like blue eyes, and double hairy coat. Unlike other guard dogs like GSD and Dutch Shepherds, the Siberian Husky usually howls instead of barking. This dog breed was bred by the Chukchi people ( inhabitants of the Chukchi Peninsula). These Chukchi people allowed the Siberian Huskies to promenade around in summer. As a result, Siberian Huskies developed their hunting ability by attacking small animals like cats, birds, etc. But by proper training, these dogs can be pet friendly.

Characteristics of Siberian Husky:

Siberian Husky is a friendly dog. This breed has an innate independence issue, which means the Siberian Huskies can be stubborn. So attempting to teach or train make it aggressive and it can be dangerous for the owners. So it is advisable to train these dogs at an early age. Despite all these, the Siberian Husky has many attributes which make this dog a great companion.

PlayfulnessHigh
Affection LevelHigh
Intelligence LevelMedium
TrainabilityMedium
FriendlinessHigh
Kid FriendlyHigh
Exercise LoverHigh
Pet FriendlyHigh
Energy LevelHigh
Rate of MoultingMedium
Tendency to BarkHigh

Siberian Huskies have a double hairy coat that prevents them from harsh arctic winters and in summer this coat reflects the sun rays too. This double coat enables the Siberian Huskies to bear freezing temperatures like -50 to-60°C.

Siberian Husky is also called as Escape artists

siberian husky sitting in a garden

Breed History:

As I mentioned earlier, the Siberian Husky originated in Northeast Asia as a sled dog. This breed gained popularity in 1925 when the Togo and Balto leads other Siberian Huskies and delivered the serum to Nome and Alaska during an epidemic of diphtheria.

Training and Care of Siberian Huskies:

Siberian Huskies have a double hairy coat. The underneath coat is smooth and soft in texture while the topcoat is harsh in texture. There is no doubt that this coat is very useful in winter conditions but it can create discomfort to huskies during extreme summer seasons. That’s the main reason why huskies are not suitable for warm regions.

Coat Grooming:

Siberian Huskies need proper grooming for a hairy coat. The hair needs to be combated at least two times a week. The molting rate of their coat is very high and this lasts at least for three weeks. This shedding period is called as Blowing of Coat. Be prepared to have a lot of husky fur in your home. Furminator is the best tool during the shedding period.

Dental Care:

Dental hygiene is also very important for your husky. Washing the teeth once a week is a good practice for keeping your dog in good health status.

Bathing:

The Siberian Huskies are fastidious dogs, they keep themselves clean and have little doggy odor. When you feel that your dog is looking dirty then clean your dog with a hot water bath.

Nails Trimming:

Huskies have dangerous nails. Regular Nails trimming is necessary to avoid any discomfort during walking.

Training of Siberian Husky:

Huskies are escape artists, they like to dig and jump over the fence. You may find a lot of holes in your backyard. They are active and smart dogs that need proper care and training. Regular exercise can improve their health status. As they are not much heat tolerant so avoid long walks outdoor on hot summer days. A bored husky can be destructive. Proper training is very important to make husky your companion because they are eager to train.

They like to search for small rodents like rabbits, birds, rats, and cats as well. So if you have a cat in your home it can be prey for husky. However if the cat and Siberian Husky raised together with proper training it may coexist as well.

training of siberian huskies

Common Health Problems in Siberian Husky:

The problems in Siberian Huskies are usually genetic. The following are common health issues in this breed:

Canine Glaucoma :

A condition affecting the optical nerve of eye and results in loss of retinal ganglion cells.

Corneal Distrophy :

A condition that affects the cornea in dogs.

Progressive Retinal Atrophy:

Bilateral degeneration of retina, and important factor in blindness of dogs.

Hip Dysplasia:

Hip dysplasia is not common in Siberian Huskies. The Orthopedic Foundation of Animals ranked the Siberian Huskies as 155th out of 160th breeds at a risk for hip dysplasia.

Diet and Nutrition:

Siberian Huskies require two meals a day of dry dog food. They were bred to require less food as compared to same sized dog breeds. Must check out the daily routine care like weight check because obesity in a dog causes a decrease in life span. Visit every month to a veterinarian to get a diet schedule for your dog.

Conclusions:

Pros:

  • Very Eager to learn and train
  • Beautiful eyes
  • Intelligent and active
  • Double hairy Coat

Cons:

  • High shedding rate ( twice a year)
  • Not much pet friendly
  • Not suitable for hot climates
  • Require proper training
  • Loud Howling

Adopt or Buy a Siberian Husky Breed:

Before buying any dog breed make sure that either they have done proper screening tests on the breed or not. First of all check in your local animal shelter or rescue group to see if there is a Siberian Husky available for you. Best rescue groups include:

Free Spirit Siberian Rescue

MaPaw Siberian Husky Rescue

Forever Husky

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