Everything You Need to Know About the Siberian Husky

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The Siberian Husky is full of energy and personality, making them fun dogs to have around. This cold weather-loving breed is right at home in the snow, and they're particularly well-suited for colder climates and winters.
While the Husky is a highly popular breed, this dog isn't for everyone. Huskies need lots of exercise and consistent training, and they're not always the best choice for first-time dog owners or families with young children. When you're prepared and know what to expect with this breed, though, the Husky can make a loyal addition to your family.

The Siberian Husky: The Dog of the North

The Siberian Husky was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1930. Most famous for pulling sleds in the northern hemisphere, these dogs are made for cold weather and thrive in the snow.

Huskies are considered high energy and are built for pulling sleds at high speeds for great distances. They are notoriously playful and can be a bit naughty since they are such smart dogs. Huskies are often known as escape artists. The word "Husky" is actually a contraction of "Huskimos" which evolved into the English word, "Eskimos." Huskies were what the Inuits in Alaska called their dogs. The breed actually originated with the Chukchi people of Siberia, which then evolved into the modern Husky breed standard we see today.

Husky Health and Care

Come shedding season, look out. Because of this dog's double coat, Huskies shed a lot. A dog's double coat consists of medium-length coarse hairs over a dense undercoat and keep the dogs warm in arctic temperatures but also help regulate their body temperature when the weather turns warm. Huskies can range from pure white to red, black, agouti, piebald, black and tan, splash, black and white, silver, copper, brown, sable, or grey.

According to VetStreet.com, "Possible inherited diseases for the Siberian Husky include hip dysplasia, an orthopedic condition in which the head of the thigh bone doesn't fit properly into the hip socket. Mild cases result in arthritis that may be manageable with medications and other therapies. More severe cases require surgery. Hip dysplasia is a terrible situation for a dog who loves to run and pull sleds."

Siberians can also have eye problems including juvenile cataracts, corneal dystrophy, and progressive retinal atrophy. So this high-energy dog does have health issues you should take into consideration. A reputable breeder can answer any questions you have when you research this breed. Remember there are breed rescue groups! These working dogs make excellent companions so don't let these health issues steer you in another direction. 

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Bringing Home a Siberian Husky

Siberian Huskies are not the easiest dogs to train and are not recommended for first-time dog owners. But these medium size dogs are quite the lovable and loyal breed!

And it's important to know what their overall exercise needs are!

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If you decide a Siberian Husky puppy is for you, please do your research to avoid buying from puppy mills. Visit the Siberian Husky Club of America for more information on the breed. Remember that any dog is a commitment; Huskies have a life span of 12-15 years. And if you can, adopt don't shop!

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