About 3,000 years ago, the Chukchi people, a semi-nomadic tribe in Siberia, wanted to expand their hunting grounds but needed a little help pulling their sleds over such long distances. So, they set out to breed the ideal sled dog, one that required some serious endurance, a thick, winter-ready coat to protect them from sub-zero temperatures, and the ability to survive on minimal food. The result was the Chukchi dog, a distant relative to today’s modern Huskies. They were an integral part of the Chukchi people’s everyday lives and were bred to be not only energetic and enduring but also to be companionable.
The Siberian Husky has become a friendly and cooperative breed that gets along well with family members, other animals, and even strangers. Early positive training and socialisation are important for the Siberian Husky to focus on people. These dogs enjoy human company and like having a job to do, even if it is just jogging with you. While most of today’s Siberian huskies are beloved family pets, many still pull sleds in local races and enjoy ski-joring with their owners. They are intelligent but somewhat independent and stubborn. They thrive on human company, but need firm, gentle training right from puppy hood. Most Siberian huskies are good with other dogs, especially ones they are raised with. They have a high prey drive and may chase cats and livestock. Siberian huskies can be diggers, particularly in warm weather, because they like to create cool places to lie in. They don’t tend to bark as a rule but they do howl.
Read about the history of the breed – HERE
STATS AND FACTS
Most of these stats are from the UK Kennel Club. You can view stats from kennel clubs around the world at the links below, which may have different standards and classifications.
|Group – UK||Working Group|
|Bred For||Sled Pulling|
|Country of Origin||Russia|
|Temperament||Friendly, intelligent, enthusiastic|
|Exercise needed||More than 2 hours per day|
|Size of Home Needed||Large|
|Height at Withers – Females||51 – 56 cm / 20 – 22 in|
|Height at Withers – Males||53 – 60 cm / 21 – 23½ in|
|Grooming||More than once a week|
|Coat||Medium and double|
|Life Span||Over 10 years|
- Some Siberian Huskies are known for their piercing blue eyes – this might make them appear wolf-like, but their people-loving personalities and genetics are far from it!
- Huskies made their American debut at the second year of the All Alaska Sweepstakes Race in 1909.
- They’re known to be escape artists and are capable of digging under fences and slipping out of leashes.
- They have a double coat, comprised of a very thick, short undercoat that helps them retain body heat, and a long outer coat that’s water-resistant.
- During WWII, the army employed the pups as search and rescue dogs. They were also used for transportation, freighting, and communication.
LINKS TO KENNEL CLUB BREED STANDARDS AROUND THE WORLD
Breed standard varies throughout the world, these links will inform you of those standards and give further information about Siberian Huskies.
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WEBSITES ABOUT SIBERIAN HUSKIES
Here’s some websites specifically dedicated to the Siberian Husky breed. I am not affiliated with any of these sites, they’re just here for further information. Please note I will not advertise breeders on this site.
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