Wednesday, May 12, 2010
The Siberian Husky breed was developed by the Chukchi tribes of Siberia to be an all-around dog. They are best known for being sleddogs.
The Siberian Husky's Behavior
Recommended for: pet, working dog
The Siberian Husky dog breed is popular family pets and show dogs. Siberian Huskies have a striking appearance which closely remembers that of the wolf. They are intelligent and willful which will make training difficult. They have a strong hunting nature and will hunt and kill small animals, including cats, chickens, and even sheep. They are also prone to go off on long hunting trips and will sometimes not come if called. Therefore they shouldn't be left loose. They are excellent escape artists so it is best to inspect their enclosures. They are trainable but considerable patience with them will be necessary. Even so it is not guaranteed that they will immediately obey any command given.
Remember that breed only provides a general clue as to any individual dog's actual behavior. Make sure to get to know dogs well before bringing them into your home.
The Siberian Husky's Physical Characteristics
Here are some of the characteristics of the Siberian Husky breed as determined by the American Kennel Club's published breed standard.
* Size: males 21 - 23 1/2 inches, females 20 - 22 inches
* Coat: mid-length; undercoat: soft, dense; outer coat: straight, smooth-lying
* Color: any color
* Eyes: almond-shaped, spaced apart, brown, blue
* Ears: mid-size, V-shape, set high, close-fitting, bit round-tipped
* Muzzle: mid-length, mid-width, tapering gradually towards nose
* Nose: liver on copper dogs, flesh on white dogs, black on others, pink-streaked
* Tail: well-furred, fox-brush shape
The Siberian Husky's Origins and History
Country/Region of Origin: Siberia
Original purpose: sleddog, herding, guardog
Name: also known as Chukcha or Chuksha
Historical notes: Siberian Husky dogs are one of the most ancient breeds of dog. They were imported into Alaska to be used in the gold rush as sleddogs and participated in the All-Alaska Sweepstakes to compete. They participated in the 1925 serum run to Nome which is now commemorated by the Iditarod dog sled race. The last Siberian Huskies came out of Siberia in 1930 as the Soviet authorities closed off the borders of Siberia to international trade.