The breed of the Siberian husky has been around longer than most other breeds. This breed is a hard working one and is built for it, being compact and quite strong. The head is well portioned to the body. There are various colors that can be seen. The colors include tan, black, black in gray, flesh tone on solid white, and liver mixed with copper, and the nose changes depending on the color of the coat.
The origin of this breed is Northeast Asia. It is believed that the Chukchi tribe in the eastern area of the Siberian peninsula first used these dogs for sled dogs, watchdogs and to help herd reindeer. Even back then, the breed could stand up to the harsh weather conditions of Siberia. These dogs knew and still know how to cooperate in a pack situation. The fur traders of brought the husky to Alaska. In fact, in 1908 these dogs were in the first of the All-Alaska Sweepstakes a 408-mile dogsled race.
During the diphtheria epidemic in 1925 in Alaska, these dogs were used to go get and deliver precious medicine to treat it. Now this breed is still popular for sled dogs and racing. It was recognized in 1930 by the AKC.
This breed has retained some wild wolf-like qualities after all the wolf was the forerunner of the domesticated dog. The dogs have been known to howl instead of bark. When the breed is trained well, it makes for a good family pet. They are highly intelligent and should be given obedience lessons as with other dogs. Siberians need a consistent trainer, but do well with positive reinforcement.
Because of its great intelligence a husky can become bored easily. So like with other dogs, they need to be played with and exercised once a day. All dogs can tend to misbehave when they are bored. Huskies do well in obedience trials.
Siberians are still great for sled dogs and used for dog racing even today. They can even be faster than the Samoyed and the Alaskan Malamute. Today, there are the racing huskies and the show huskies though. The show ones are not as big as the racing ones.
The huskies for the most part are healthy but they can suffer from some health problems. This health issues are listed below:
- Hip dysplasia
- Eye issues
- Zinc Responsive Dermatitis
Routine checkups with the veterinarian are important to catch any problem early. These dogs live to be about 12 to 15 years old with the right care.
During shedding, the husky needs to be combed and brushed every day. It sheds twice yearly. Combing and brushing on a regular basis is also recommended. Bathing only has to be done when necessary. Of course, with show dogs, all grooming is performed more often.