The Siberian Husky is a strong, compact, working dog. This breed is a member of the Spitz family; it has the ability to haul heavy loads over long distances and rough terrain. In Siberia Chukchi people used this dog for centuries to pull sleds, herd reindeer and perform watchdogging functions. It was a perfect working dog for the harsh Siberian conditions: hardy, able to integrate into small packs, and quite happy to work for hours on end.
The Siberian Husky is a very light-weight sled dog with great stamina. This breed was also used during Admiral Byrd’s Antarctic Expeditions. The Siberian Husky has now become very popular as a companion dog, but it is also used for sledding, carting and racing. It is gentle, sweet; it makes a perfect family pet.
All colors; markings on the head are common.
Medium, well-furred; straight and smooth outer coat; soft and dense undercoat. The coat does not need much care except during the twice a year heavy shedding season, when it has to be combed thoroughly with a metal comb.
The Husky is relatively free of breed-specific problems, apart from hip dysplasia and occasional eye problems (such as juvenile cataracts, PRA, corneal dystrophy, crystalline corneal opacities and ectopy (displacement) of the urethra).
The Siberian Husky is a gentle, playful, cheerful, but willful and mischievous dog. It is clever, sociable, loving, easy-going and docile. This breed is full of energy. It doesn’t make a good watchdog; it is friendly even with strangers. It barks little and loves everyone. This breed is fond of its family. It makes a perfect companion to children. This breed is very intelligent and trainable, but it has a mind of its own and will only obey a command if it sees the point.
This dog needs a patient, consistent hand. It may be difficult to housebreak. The Siberian Husky likes to howl and gets bored easily. It doesn’t like to be left alone. A lonely Husky can be very destructive. So if this is the breed for you, you may want to consider having two. Remember that the Siberian Husky is a sled dog in heart and soul. It is good with other pets if it is raised with them from puppyhood. The Husky needs less food than you might expect; it is a thrifty eater.
This breed likes to roam. A large yard with a high fence is necessary, but it is advisable to bury the wire at the base of the fence because this dog is likely to dig its way out and go off hunting. This dog needs a fair amount of exercise, but should not be excessively exercised in warm weather. It makes an excellent jogging companion, as long as it is not too hot. The Siberian Husky can make a wonderful companion for people who are aware of what to expect from this beautiful and intelligent dog.
Usually not recommended for apartments, however it can live in an apartment if well trained and properly exercised. It is very active indoors and does best with a fenced-in large yard. This breed prefers cool climates. Prefers to live in packs.