Siberian Husky Fact and More

Siberian Husky Fact and More

Type: Dog
Size: Medium
Lifespan: 13 to 16 years
Activity Level: High
Coat: Short, smooth, very dense
Temperament: Social, energetic, very vocal

Information / Facts: As its name implies, the Siberian Husky is a working dog that originated in Siberia. The Siberian Husky is descended from the "sled dog," one of the oldest breeds of dogs. The Husky is a breed in the Spitz family, and was bred with a very thick undercoat, and a thick overcoat with stiff guard hairs to protect against the harsh working conditions in its native homeland. Huskies are working dogs, and were originally bred to pull sleds and do other jobs to help tribes of Eskimo people travel and survive from day to day in the cold Arctic climates that they lived in. The Siberian Husky is easily recognized by its pointy ears, distinctive coat, and large, fluffy, "sickle-shaped" tail. The Siberian Husky is very intelligent and can pick up on new tasks quickly and with ease.

Pros: The Husky is best for a family or person that leads an active lifestyle and can dedicate lots of time to walking, running, hiking and exploring with the dog. The Siberian Husky is a very pack-oriented dog, and as such, needs a strong leader to lay down and enforce the rules. The Husky is also very energetic and has to be doing something most of its waking hours. The Husky is generally not aggressive, and just wants to talk in "Husky Howls" and make friends with everyone it sees.

Cons: If your Husky is not occupied with productive activity, it will find something to do that you probably won't like. These Husky-created tasks include digging holes, climbing fences and chewing your shoes. As a result, the Husky is best for a family or person that leads an active lifestyle and can dedicate lots of time to walking, running, hiking and exploring with the dog. Your Husky should also be an indoor dog as it needs to be with its pack or it will become lonely and again find destructive activities to engage in.

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