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Siberian Husky

Great stamina, naturally friendly and playful (other names: Husky, Sibe, Chukcha, Chuksha, Keshia)

Siberian Husky
origin:Siberia (Russia)
life expectancy:11-13 years
height:51 to 60 cm
weight:16 to 27 kg
exercise: Demandingtraining: Easyclimate: Coldin/out: Outdoorgrooming: Needs groomingfeeding: Demandingsize: Very Small
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History [ edit ]

The Siberian Husky is an ancient working dog breed that it is believed to have been originated by the semi-nomadic Chukchi people of eastern Siberia for use as a guard dog, reindeer herding, and sledge pulling. But there is evidence showing that these dogs also existed among the Koryak and Kamchadal Inuit tribes, Mongoloid people of northeastern and fareastern Siberia. What we know for sure is that The Siberian Husky is one of the oldest breeds of dog according to recent DNA analysis. It is also believed that the first Siberian Huskies were brought into North America (Alasca) by fur traders for arctic races because of their great speed at the beginning of the 20th century. Huskies became very popular in 1925 because of their participation in relaying medicines to a town (Nome, Alaska) stricken by a diphtheria epidemic. The breed was subsequently used during Admiral Byrd´s Antarctic Expeditions and also by the U.S.A. Army´s Search and Rescue Unit during World War II .The Siberian Husky is considered the sledge and carting racing champion and is very popular at racing events both in America and Europe as well as a companion dog.
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General Appearance [ edit ]

The Siberian Husky is a wolf-like, medium-sized, strong, compact, working dog with great stamina giving the impression of power, speed and endurance. The males are distinctively masculine but never coarse and the bitches have a feminine appearance but without weakness. The body is moderately compact and well furred and the Chest is deep and strong, but not too broad, with well sprung ribs. The topline is level and the back is straight and strong. The underline has a slight tuck-up.The muscular legs are straight and the large "snow shoe" feet have hair between the toes for gripping on ice. The head is wolf-like but with a kinder look.The medium-sized Skull is slightly rounded on top and tapering from the widest point to the eyes.The stop is well-defined The muzzle is of medium length, tapering gradually to the nose, with the tip neither pointed nor square. The almond-shaped eyes are moderately spaced and may be brown or blue or amber in colour, or any combination thereof including eyes which are half blue and half brown, which is referred to as being parti-eyed. Some Huskies have a blue eye and a brown eye which is referred to as being bi-eyed. The light blue eye colour is characteristic but not entirely dominant.The medium-sized, triangular ears, with slightly rounded tips, are set high and carried strongly erect. The brush tail is sickle-shaped, well furred, and is usually carried over the back in a graceful curve when the dog is alert and hanging down when the animal is in repose.The double coat consists of a medium-length topcoat, straight , never harsh nor standing straight off from the body, and of a dense and soft undercoat of sufficient length to support the outer coat . The undercoat usually sheds once or twice a year. Healthy Huskies have no odor. The Siberian Husky comes in virtually any colour or pattern of colours. A variety of markings on the head is common, including many striking patterns not found in other breeds. The face mask and underbody are usually white.
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Temperament [ edit ]

The Siberian Husky is a naturally friendly and gentle dog, playful, but willful and mischievous at times. Huskies lack the protective instincts of the watch dog and are not overly wary of strangers. They are easy-going and docile dogs, sociable and loving and very fond of their familes, but they have a drawback: they have an independent nature, a natural desire to rove, specially when not given maximum exercise, and are good diggers, which makes it necessary to always have them under control.They should be kept in a fenced yard, well buried into the ground, and always kept on the leash when outside the fence. Otherwise, they will disappear on long exploiting trips. The Siberian Husky is not aggressive with other dogs and is quite gentle with children when properly socialized, although small children should not be left unsupervised in its company. They should not be trusted with cats and other small animals due to their strong hunting drive. Huskies need companion and may become destructive if left alone for long periods of time. This can be minimised if owners consider having two animals. They may be a little difficult to housebreak and are trainable but being naturally independent they are not given to blind obedience to every command unless they see a point. The training must be consistent and patient. When owners understand the nature of this elegant and cheerful dog, it makes an engaging companion.
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Health [ edit ]

The Siberian Husky is generally a rather healthy breed.  Occasionaly they may suffer from eye troubles, such as cataracts, glaucoma, and corneal dystrophy, allergies, and cancer in older animals.
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Dog trivia [ edit ]

The Siberian Husky´s double coat allows the animal to withstand temperatures as low as -50 degrees to -60 degrees C (-58 degrees to -76 degrees F).
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