(aka: Chukcha, Chuksha [Nicknames: Sibe, Husky])
Siberian Husky Description
The Siberian Husky is a handsome looking dog, and has a sturdy and athletic build. Medium in size, this hardy and robust dog has an eager expression, and his small, erect ears also lend him an alert appearance. He has a double coat, which is made up of a soft, dense undercoat and a straight, smooth outer coat. The coloring of the Siberian Husky can vary, and includes silver, black, red, or gray, with white markings, although some can also be solid white. The eyes of the Siberian Husky can be blue, brown, parti-color, or mixed.
A gentle and sweet natured dog, the Siberian Husky is a breed that makes for a great family dog. He has a dependable nature, and is loving and affectionate, enjoying attention and interaction from his family. This is a dog that will not fare well with those that cannot dedicate time and attention to him, as neglect will lead to boredom and destructive behavior such as chewing. The Siberian Husky is very energetic and does need plenty of exercise, so he will not be the right choice for those with little time to engage in exercise and activity. Fast, agile, and playful, these dogs make excellent hiking or jogging companions. A good amount of exercise is necessary for this breed, and you will need to provide a safe and secure exercise and play area for times that he is not on the leash - as these dogs are adept as escaping.
The Siberian Husky is a hardworking dog, and is able to haul heavy loads over long distances. He loves to dig wholes in your yard. He may bark and howl from time to time, but is generally pretty quite. He will bark to raise an alarm however, and this makes him an effective watchdog. These dogs must be raised with children in order to get along with them. They tend to be sociable and friendly around strangers. When it comes to animals, the Siberian Husky will usually get along okay with other dogs but is not to be trusted around cats and smaller animals, as he does have a high prey instinct. Although intelligent and quick to learn, the Siberian Husky can be a challenge to train, and is best suited to those with some experience of dog ownership who can establish themselves as pack leader.
The Siberian Husky does need a moderate amount of grooming, and you will need to brush his coat on a twice weekly basis. However, during heavier periods of shedding this will need to be increased to daily. The Siberian Husky is a heavy shedder, and this means that he is not the ideal choice for those suffering from allergies.
The Siberian Husky where first bred by the Asian Chukchi people of the extreme northeastern part of Siberia, who once depended on Siberian Huskies to survive. The hearty dogs pulled sleds, herded reindeer and guarded property in challenging enviroment. Thier amazing stamina captured the attention of passing fur traders, who eventually brought the dogs to other parts of the world. The Husky is still known today for rushing much needed medicine to ill Alaskans. The Siberian Husky does well in sledding activities which provide a much needed outlet for their energies, they enjoy the cold weather romps, they are agile and adventurous and they are very fast runners.
It wasn't until 1909 that Americans heard of the superior sled dogs bred in Siberia/Russia, as they first competed in the All-Alaskan sweepstakes race , an extremely propular race between Nome and Candle, a race that covered 408 miles. Most where not impressed by the small dogs, Though one racer took extreme interest and imported 70 dogs to train for the 1910 race. Charles Fox Maule Ramsay entered three teams and came first, second and fourth- totaly dominating the race. Most huskies entered in the races and with great success was bred by Leonard Seppala.
In 1925 Togo led his team 650 miles from Nenana to Nome carrying Diptherian serum. During World War II, the breed furthered its heroic image by serving in the U.S. Army's search and rescue teams.
The Siberian Husky earned AKC recognition in 1930, and the Siberian Husky Club of America was founded in 1938.
The Siberian Husky breed is highly intellectual and can be trained to do almost anything as seen in movies where these dogs are used. With patiance and good training you will have the ultimate life partner.
It is a challange thoe, They are extremely intellagent, energetic and stubborn. One must expect the unexpected. Since the dog is pack-oriented, it is important to establish yourself as the head of the pack, or alpha very early. It is very important to understand the distinction between establishing yourself as alpha and bullying the dog into submission - It is NOT the same thing! The former is simply a communication that the dog needs and expects, while the latter is very negative and detrimental to the dog's well-being. By establishing yourself as the leader of the pack early, your dog will learn to respect you and look to you for guidance and will know where the boundaries for acceptable behavior lie. Obedience training this breed can be very interesting and extremely challenging. Many owners will complain that their dogs act perfectly in class, but will not obey at home. This breed is intelligent enough to differentiate situations very well, and will apply different rules of behavior for different situations. You must stay on top of the dog and maintain control, which is easier to do while the dog is of manageable size than with a stubborn, energetic adult that has been allowed to get away with undesirable behavior for a long time. The Siberian Husky is recommended to stay on a leash if not in well fenced areas, Thoe there are known cases of well trained Sibes that can be let of the lead at any time, it is still not recommended.
Socialization is one of the necessary requirements to successful dog ownership. This breed thrives in dog and human activities. They need company like they need food and water. Socialization and social activity for these dogs is mandatory to maintain a happy, well balanced and almost well behaved Siberian Husky.
The life expectancy of the Siberian Husky is around 12-14 years. There are a number of health problems associated with this breed, and this includes PRA, cataracts, glaucoma, HD, and thyroid problems. The parents of the Siberian Husky puppy should have OFA certificates as well as either CERF or SHOR certificates.