Bred in Northeast Asia as a sled dog, the Siberian Husky is known for its amazing endurance and willingness to work. Its agreeable and outgoing temperament makes it a great all-around dog, suitable for anything from sledding to therapy work. Because it originated in cold climates, Siberians have a thicker coat than most other breeds of dog, made up of a dense cashmere-like undercoat and a longer, coarse topcoat. All colors from black to pure white are allowed, but a variety of markings on the head is common.
The Siberian Husky is widely believed to have originated from within the Chukchi Tribe, off the eastern Siberian peninsula. These dogs were used in 1908 for the All-Alaskan Sweepstakes, which consisted of a 408-mile long dogsled race, and served in the Army’s Arctic Search and Rescue Unit during World War II.
Siberians are relatively easy keepers, but their thick coats require weekly brushing. New owners should be prepared to provide an outlet for exercise daily, whether through walks or an enclosed space in which to run. Predatory instincts are strong, so Siberians should be supervised around small animals in and around the home. Siberians do well around children but tend to stay aloof. They want to protect their pack because that’s what they were bred to do.
- Working Group; AKC recognized in 1930.
- Ranging in size from 20 to 23 inches tall at the shoulder and 35 to 60 pounds.
- Sled dog.
- Apartment? Not so much.
- Very active indoors.
- Daily moderate to extended exercise.
- Loves a large yard.
- Regular brushing.
- Heavy seasonal shedding.