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Siberian Husky: Beautiful and intelligent dogs that are not for every owner

For centuries he served as a working dog for traction, and today he steals the hearts of all passers-by with his beautiful hair and eyes.

The first mention of the Siberian Husky comes from the Siberian Chukchi people who wanted to create the best, most enduring, fast, and strong dog. Their goal was a dog with a good orientation, which eventually led to the emergence of the Siberian Husky breed as we know it today. In the early 20th century, huskies were transported to Alaska where they were used to pull sleds. The first husky sled race was held in 1908. In the 408-kilometer course, the fastest huskies passed in 119 minutes.

After these years, they began to gain more and more popularity and spread to America, Canada, and around the 50s of the 20th century, they came to Europe. They were recognized as a breed only in 1930.

Siberian husky at winter
Siberian husky at winter

Siberian Husky – Strong, fast, and agile

The average height of these dogs ranges from 51 to 60 centimeters, and they weigh up to 27 kilograms. Females are on average smaller and smaller than males. They are built to be very strong, fast, and agile. They rarely gain weight, their body construction requires a lot of movement so they often stay that strong.

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They are medium size, they are casual and their gait is energetic. They naturally move is quite elegantly, so they give the impression of being in a cash register. The body is of strong construction but covered with thick fur. Their hair is double, so they have upper hair and an undercoat.

The undercoat is soft and very thick, while the upper coat is a little shorter and a little sharper, but not sharp. This kind of double fur is the reason why they can easily withstand low temperatures. Siberian Huskies can withstand temperatures down to -60 degrees. Fur should be combed at least once a week.

Given the amount of fur they have, be careful with them during high temperatures, they will certainly not react positively. They have strong claws so watch out for your furniture, especially while they are puppies.

Common colors of this breed are gray, white, red, and black. The markings are mostly white or lighter in color than those found all over the body. Paws, legs, part of the face, and tail are lighter. Their eyes can be brown or blue, while it is common to have two different eyes – one blue and one brown.

The average litter size of a Siberian Husky bitch is 6 to 8 puppies. The lifespan of these dogs is the same as that of other medium-sized dogs, from 10 to 13 years.

 

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Siberian Husky – Intelligent and pleasant temperament

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At first glance, these dogs give the impression of an intelligent animal that moves naturally and understands everything around it. Although in the past it was used almost exclusively for traction, due to its beauty, intelligence, and good and cheerful nature, it is increasingly becoming a pet.

He gets along great with people, and they especially like small children. In the presence of a child, he will probably try to warm them up or entertain them. He reacts well to strangers and is generally not aggressive, but will be cautious if you are also cautious. If he sees that he can trust an unknown person, he will quickly surrender. It is not safe to leave it with other small animals such as cats.

Siberian husky standing on a mountain in the background of mountains.
Siberian husky standing on a mountain in the background of mountains.

 

He is energetic in the game and rarely aware of his size, so you only need to be careful if he is near a very small child. He needs a game, a lot of movement, and a lot of attention from the owner. They are stubborn, very strong, so when training huskies from an early age, you work on knowing that you are dominant.

They’re used to being in a pack, so if they don’t let you know they’re not the ‘pack’ leaders, you could have problems. If you don’t meet his needs for running and playing, he will very likely become restless, destructive, and depressed.

These dogs do not bark, they are mostly quiet. Howls can be heard causing people to immediately associate them with wolves. Their howls can be heard several kilometers away.

 

Siberian Husky is not for everybody

Despite the fact that they are very beautiful and everyone would like to have them in their house, this dog is not for every owner. For Siberian Huskies, running, playing and energetic behavior is necessary because otherwise they will become destructive, and worst of all, they might stop listening to you. Then there is a chance that they will stop eating the food you give them and for the sake of stubbornness ignore your orders.

The owner of a Siberian Husky must be very patient. Because of your stubbornness, these dogs may completely ignore you one day and listen to you as the best owner the next day. They have their own mind, they are intelligent and will not allow you to prove smarter than them.

Husky sledding
Dog sledding. Siberian Husky sled dog team in harness.

 

Given the amount of fur they have, be careful with them during high temperatures. Never take them in the sun or on asphalt at higher temperatures. Leave running and walking for the early morning or late hours.

If you do not have time for daily play and running with this dog, we do not recommend purchasing it. This is not a dog that will live happily in a small space.

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