Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Breed Profile: Siberian Husky

Long ago, the nomadic Chukchi people of Siberia developed dogs for transportation.  The dogs needed strength to pull a sled and the endurance to do so for long distances.  These gentle dogs lived closely with the people, often sleeping with the children at night.

Miners during the Alaska Gold Rush used the Husky for travel.  It was also during this period that  dog sled racing became popular.  Siberian Huskies, smaller and more cooperative than other Huskies gained attention because they tended to win races.

The Siberian Husky of today still loves to run.

Some Siberian Husky Facts

also known as Arctic Husky

-  life span 12-14 years

-  21-23 inches at the shoulder

-  40-60 pounds

In 1925 a team of Siberian Huskies ran some 340 miles to deliver diphtheria serum, saving the people of Nome.  During World War II, Huskies served on search and rescue teams for the army. 
The double coat of the Siberian Husky provides insulation to keep him warm in cold weather.  The coat also insulates against heat, allowing the Husky to tolerate most all weather conditions. 
Weekly brushing and an occasional bath keep the coat in good shape.  Twice a year the coat "blows" which means the entire undercoat is shed.  The Siberian Husky's coat comes in all colors from pure white to pure black, various markings on the face and body are common.  A Husky sometimes has brown eyes, sometimes blue eyes, and sometimes one of each.
Siberian Husky Manifesto
-  I sneak out of the yard not because I don't like living with you but because I so enjoy exploring
- if you are want a guard dog, get a Kuvasz
- sure I'm stubborn but I am also incredibly cheerful and delightfully puckish
A Siberian Husky needs exercise and lots of it.  If he doesn't expend his formidable energy by running, playing, pulling a sled, skijoring, jogging, hiking, agility or some other desirable way, he may take up less desirable pastimes such as digging, chewing or howling.
See some more pictures .
Next Breed Profile:  Yorkshire Terrier!


  1. I have always liked that breed of dog...

    Yorkie's up next, hmmm?

  2. Always loved the Siberian Husky, but my parents refused to let us have a big dog. We always had poodles or maltese growing up.

    I'm with Yorkies next! I have a photo you can use if you like.

    1. Thanks Diane, I'll keep that in mind. My mom had three Yorkies so I'm pretty sure I've got some nice pictures. If not, I will be in touch!

  3. 340 miles? Wow, they are like turbo diesels!
    Have a wonderful holiday Lynn!

    1. Huskies are indeed turbo! Merry Christmas Eve!

  4. This dog breed are good for family too.

  5. What an incredibly beautiful exercise! I love this idea. Thank you so much for sharing. I will most certainly do this with our sweet Lilly and Buddy. In fact, I'm headed to snuggle and do some story telling now. Happy seeing beautiful and thanks for hopping with us! Looking for large dog breeds for families Wondering what large dog breeds are good with kids or would be good for apartments Find out here A complete list of large dog breeds