Siberian Husky dog general features, temperament, health

Siberian Husky dog breed

FCI #207, Origin: Eastern Siberia, Group 5.1 Nordic Sledge Dogs.

Height: 21-23 in, Weight: 35 - 60 Ib

Grooming: Low, Shedding: High, Coat: Medium length double coat.

Color: Any color is acceptable.

Ease of training: Medium, Energy level: Medium, Span of life: 12-15 years.

Breed: It is believed that the Siberian Husky were bred by the Chukchi in that period of history of this semi-nomadic tribe, when it became necessary to expand their hunting areas. To do this there was required a sled dog, capable to cover large distances at a moderate speed, carrying a pretty light load, and to spend with this a minimum of energy.

In the XIX century this sled dogs were bred purely by the Chukchi. That Chukchi sled dogs is the only direct ancestor of the breed now known in the U.S. and worldwide as the Siberian Husky. In Alaska the Chukchi dog appeared during the gold rush - at the very beginning of our century.

Siberian Husky dog breeds

In 1908 the first team of Siberian Huskies participated in "All-Alaska Sweepstakes". In the same year a large number of dogs was imported into the U.S. by Charles Ramsay: his team, which was managed by John Johnson, nicknamed "Iron Man", won the race for 400 miles. For the next decade in Alaska was noted that the Siberian Husky dog sleds (especially bred by Leonard Seppala) won all the prizes in all competitions.

The special attention as high-speed endurance dogs Husky attracted during the heroic "Serum run to Nome", when they brought the medications (at the time - serum) and diphtheria antitoxin to save the inhabitants of the settlements affected by the epidemic.

Seppala became famous for his dogs, then made a tour of honor with them across America. Making this journey, he took part in the race teams, organized especially for him by athletes of New England. Superb quality for racing and the incomparable nature of Siberian Huskies won the respect and affection of all who met them - from Alaska to New England.

American Kennel Club officially recognized the breed as early as 1930. The Siberian Huskies were specially collected and bred in the kennel Chinook (state New Hampshire) for the Richard Byrd's Antarctic Expeditions. During the Second World War Siberian Huskies were used in Arctic exploration, military and rescue services.

General Features: Siberian Husky is a working dog of medium height, quick and easy on the feet, with free and graceful movements. His moderately compact and well suited with the coat body, erect ears and tail in the shape of a feather is reminding about the northern origin of the dog. Characteristic gait - smooth, seemingly effortless. Husky is fulfilling his original functions most successful, carrying light loads at a moderate speed over great distances. Body proportions and form reflect the necessary harmony of power, speed and endurance. Males are masculine, but in any case must not have a rough look, bitches are feminine but not weak. In a good shape, and developed strong muscles Husky has no excess weight.

Siberian Husky dog breed face

Temperament: Siberian Husky has an innate friendliness and sensitivity. From time to time they may show self-sufficiency and independence. Siberian Husky is sensitive and alert, but not aggressive and usually does not demonstrate the protective qualities of a guard dog. Husky is completely odorless and by nature extremely clean dog. Amazing ability of these dogs to adapt to a variety of conditions made them one of the favorite pets. Husky's addiction to independent movements makes it necessary to permanently supervise them, especially when the dog is kept in the countryside.

Huskey feels excellent in the city as well as at the farm. In the recent decades Siberian Husky became popular not only among sportsmen, but also among the rest of pet lovers. Fashion for the Huskies led even to a paradox: in the mid-80's Parisian designers were putting the dogs of this breed next to the models, dressed in a suites of black shiny leather: the northern working sled dog has become fashionable and the fashion accessory like a handbag of crocodile skin. However, it is hardly worth paying attention to these quirks: the Siberian Husky is a dog of universal capabilities, that will ensure that this breed has much more long-term popularity and secured future than any item of fashion had ever existed.

Health problems: In general Siberian Husky is a quite healthy breed with a long life span (up to 15 years). Some Huskies are prone to hip dysplasia. In some dogs the eye issues may appear. Also Huskies may have gastric disorders - especially those, who are working as a sledge dogs.

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