Out of the far northeast Asia, the Chukchi Nomadic tribal people developed the Siberian Husky for use as a hunting and sledding dog. Bred to have high stamina, the Siberian Husky is known to be very active and independent in nature.
Standing high as about 23 inches at the shoulders, this Husky breed usually weighs in at 36 to 60 pounds fully grown. The males will usually be much larger than the females ones. To sustain some very hard work of sledding, the Siberian Husky has a very athletic body with a very thickly dense high maintenance coat. If this dog becomes a house dog, then he will need continual brushing. To withstand extreme cold temperatures, their coats have an under layer that holds very dense hair. On average they also seem to not have all the different dog odors that most dogs have.
Another interesting part of their physical look is that they will likely have either blue or brown eyes and many times have one of each. I myself had a friend with a Siberian Husky that had eyes of different colors.
This breed has a character of being stubborn. Although being intelligent and a little stubborn sometimes from there breeding allows them to perform various difficult tasks with minimal human direction. Therefore, you will find that his independent side might find him roaming around to do his own thing.
Training may require persistence and patience on your side since this type of dog is somewhat resistant to training especially when it comes to using the â€œcomeâ€ command. With this in mind, you'll want to make sure you are a firm, calm and competent pack leader in order to keep his respect for you. One of the first commands you'll need to teach this breed is the "come" command from the beginning.
Of all dog breeds, this one seems to be one of them that makes more vocal noise. Barking will be less likely but you will hear the howls and yips. Since it comes from the breeding, it will be likely difficult to change this annoying side of the Siberian Husky.
They do seem to need a fair amount of exercise so they won't be necessarily a good big city dog unless you have the time to exercise them every day and often. They usually will not be the best breed for using them as watchdogs since they seem to be timid and willing to run off at the first sign of danger.
This breed loves to run and can make a great jogging partner, provided the weather is not too warm. Just keep in mind that the Husky has a very high prey drive and can be rather aggressive toward small dogs and other small animals. The Husky is usually friendly to almost all humans and is usually good with children.
This breed can be prone to hip dysplasia and chronic diarrhea. He has a gastrointestinal tract that can overreact to changes in diet or environment. Provide the Husky with one type of food and do not change it unless necessary. Avoid leaving the dog in the kennel or he may not eat well, may get diarrhea, and may suffer from what is called kennel fever, a restless state of mind that is best described as a claustrophobic dread of confinement.
With the Siberian husky, having a large fenced in yard next to your home will be very important in order for him to move around a lot. Even so, a good walk every day of about 40 minutes will help him wear off all his energy and help you continually claim your place as the pack leader.
The right owner or owners for this type of breed should be of the calm and patient type. If you happen to be nervous or dictatorial that has no patience, this breed might not be for you. Other small pets that might share the same household might pose a problem since the Siberian husky holds some strong prey drives.
Although this breed holds some distinctive characteristic traits many owners might have a difficult time with, its breeding gives it certain benefits other dogs can't even begin to have. Because of this, the Siberian Husky will continually be a well-loved pet and/or working dog to certain owners for years to come.