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The Siberian Husky - A Cold Weather Beauty!
The Siberian Husky also known as the Arctic Husky is a beautiful dog! First developed by the Chukchi Indians (in Siberia), this cold weather canine is widely used as a working sled dog as well as a recreational sled dog (think sled dog racing). Of course, it is also a wonderful companion and family favorite.
The Siberian Husky is medium in size, stands 20 to 24 inches in height, weighs 35 to 60 pounds and lives approximately 12 to 15 years. This beautiful dog breed comes in many colors including black, white, tan, gray, red brown combination, and sable. They often have striking markings which in turn, create beautiful coat patterns.
This energetic dog was born to run! He is an athletic working dog that requires a lot of mental stimulation and exercise in order to remain happy and healthy. Siberian Huskies love people; therefore, they enjoy being included in family activities such as hiking and camping. Though very intelligent, the Siberian Husky can be quite difficult to train as they are very independent (and often stubborn when it comes to learning). They NEED training, however training techniques should be firm yet loving! It is a good idea to start training early. In fact, the earlier the better! Puppies should also be well socialized so that they learn how to interact with other animals as well as strange people.
As far as health concerns, the Siberian Husky is a generally hardy and healthy breed. They can however, suffer from eye problems and hip problems (such as hip dysplasia). It should be noted that Huskies can be sensitive when it comes to certain drugs particularly anesthetics and sedatives.
Huskies are not city dogs as they need plenty of space to run! They require a large yard and because of their jumping ability…the yard should be properly fenced! So what type of owner is best for the Siberian Husky? Obviously, one that is active and enjoys the outdoors (couch potatoes need not apply!). An experienced dog owner is best…one who is firm yet loving when it comes to training and care. An adult Siberian Husky requires at least one, four mile walk per day (as I said, couch potatoes need not apply!). It is difficult to "wear out" a Husky as they enjoy exercise…in fact, they LOVE it! The more exercise, the better! Puppies should not be exercised nearly as much as an adult as it is easy to damage their growing bones. It is a good idea to gradually increase your Husky's exercise schedule as he ages.
The Siberian Husky has a coat that is relatively easy to maintain. This is not to say that you can ignore his grooming needs! Weekly brushing with a good pin-wire brush will remove dead hair and keep your dog's coat smooth and healthy. It should be noted that this breed molts two times per year, therefore, extra grooming will be required.
This beautiful sled dog is perfect for experienced dog owners who enjoy outdoor activities and long walks! Because the Husky loves to run, it is important to leash them at all times due to the fact that once they "take-off" it can be difficult to get them back (and you can forget about catching up to them!). If you are looking for a beautiful, energetic, affectionate, playful, intelligent, clean and TIRELESS dog breed…then search no more. You have discovered your furry, four –legged soul mate! Woof!
Note: Siberian Huskies need a lot of positive yet firm training. You will need a good dog training collar! Do your research in order to pick out a collar that you (and your dog) are comfortable with!