Breed Family: Spitz
Country of Origin: Siberia, Russia
Size: Medium, height 51-60cm, weight 16-27kg
Also Known as: Chukcha, Chuksha, Husky, Icee
Lifespan: 12-15 years
Care Requirements: Medium
Exercise Requirements: Medium/High
General information and Appearance
Siberian Huskies are strikingly beautiful dogs known for their loyalty, determination and strong working abilities. These dogs have a fairly compact body and very balanced frame. Their heads are slightly rounded and the muzzle length is in proportion to the head. Their ears are erect and pointed, set at either side of the head and set straight up.
This dog breed is visually very similar to wolves. One characteristic of this is the sickle tail. The sickle tail a quality in which the tail hands straight and forms a brush. Additionally, their build is a bit wolfish in proportion. Huskies, like wolves, are lean but strong and incredibly agile.
The markings of this breed are unique and come in a variety of patterns. Coat colours for this breed include black and white, copper-red and white, gray and white, solid white and shades of blonde. Many of these dogs have masks on their faces that make them recognizable. Their muzzles are narrow and eyes are almond shaped. Some Huskies have strikingly pale blue eyes, while others are brown, dark blue or amber. There are a number of dogs with heterochromia, an unusual trait in which each eye is a different colour.
Siberian Huskies are working dogs, but they are also playful, cheery and loving. They are very devoted to their families and tend to relax quite a bit at home. These dogs are very intelligent, which can make them easier to train, or can lead to bigger problems if they are improperly trained.
These dogs must be trained with a firm and gentle alpha leader. If they do not understand who the boss is, they will assume the role themselves and become wilful and disobedient. Huskies are not generally aggressive, but alpha dogs will become aggressive if threatened, which can be dangerous to everyone. These dogs can be trained, but the owner must not give in.
Huskies are family dogs. They enjoy spending a lot of time with people. They will generally not do well if left alone at home constantly, so this dog is not a good fit for people who are never around. These dogs love to play outside but they tend to run off if they are not on a leash. Generally, the dogs will return, but they might get into mischief while they’re gone. A fenced-in yard is a good fit for this dog, but it is important to prepare for them to attempt an escape. These intelligent and sneaky dogs will find their way out of places if there is a way.
Health problems that affect this breed include hip dysplasia, ectopy and eye problems. These problems are generally rare. This breed is rugged and hardy and able to withstand difficult situations. It is important to speak with breeders about health history. Many Australian breeders are dedicated to ensuring the best possible health for their pups.
Grooming and Care
These dogs have a thick double coat that sheds year round. Twice a year, the shedding is very heavy. A daily brushing will help remove the dead hairs during heavy shedding. Year-round, an occasional brushing will help keep the coat healthy and clean.
Suitability as Pet In Australia
This dog was bred as a working dog, but most spend their days now as family dogs. Loving and affectionate, they will be happy in a home full of love. They need a lot of exercise, as well as other things to keep them occupied. Boredom can lead to a great many problems in this breed, so challenging toys and plenty of outdoor time will keep this dog in line. This dog is a good fit for those who enjoy exercising as they are top-notch jogging buddies.
The heat can be a factor for this Siberian dogs. They should over exercise in the intense heat. While this dog can do ok in hot climates, it is much better for them to be in a milder place where they can find relief from the heat when they need it.
Huskies are fairly big dogs and are not always recommended for life in an apartment of flat. However, if the owner is very active and takes the dog out for a lot of exercise, they can make a happy home in a smaller space. The best fit is a large yard with a fence that is not easily escapable.
Siberian Husky Organisations in Australia
Siberian Husky Club of New South Wales Inc
Siberian Husky Organisations in the UK
The Siberian Husky Club of Great Britain – Huskies UK
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