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Siberian Husky Facts

Suvamita Ghosh
The huskies have distinct physical features as well as behavioral traits; the most noteworthy being their hyperactive display. It's a dog that is used to herd reindeer. This dog breed exhibits tremendous stamina and has shown great resilience in surviving harsh winter conditions, during their evolution as sled-dogs. They are still famous in sled dog racing.
Siberian husky, as the name suggests, is a breed of sled-dogs that originated in north-eastern Siberia, first bred by the Chukchi tribe of northeastern Asia. They were first introduced to Alaska and then, to America and Canada.
This breed is categorized under the Spitz genetic family. With a distinguishing double coat, distinctive color patterns and triangular ears, the dog is easily recognizable as a sled-breed husky.
It's known to withstand severe cold temperatures between -50 degrees Celsius and -60 degrees Celsius with special adaptation such as thick inner coat and hair between their toes that help them keep warm. The color of the coat as well as the eyes and the nose vary between the dogs, with common patterns being red and white, brown, silver, and black and white.
Huskies may exhibit partial or complete heterochromia, a condition wherein the irises in both their eyes are not the same color. Usual eye colors vary from dark blue to light blue, amber and brown. A kennel and large area with fencing are the best places to keep huskies. Let's quickly go over the Siberian husky facts.

Interesting Facts

~ Siberian huskies have been a part of Disney films like Snow Dogs and Iron Will.

~ They have a warm temperament and cordial nature, compared to the Northern breeds.
~ They can be easily distinguished by their howl, rather than the sound of a bark. They love to 'husky talk' in a very slow manner.

~ Their weight ranges from 35-60 lbs and their height is 20-23 inches.
~ They love to play with small animals, but also get bored easily.

~ They are fast runners and they love cold weather.
~ Shedding of the husky is commonly called blowing a 'coat', their body is covered with plenty of fur to withstand sub-zero temperature.

~ They do not like to be isolated, and tend to rebel if left alone for long.
~ The most popular racing dog in this category is the Alaskan Husky.

~ They are prone to diseases like eye infections, gastric diseases, and bronchitis.
~ During diphtheria epidemic in 1925, in Nome, Alaska, these dogs were used to bring medicines. A commemorative statue has been erected in their honor in Central Park, New York.
Other than the hyperactivity that is common to this breed, they are attention-seekers. They need constant monitoring. People owning huskies as pets need to be aware of their continuous need for exercise. A husky owner must be able to make the dog exercise daily, in order to maintain its health.
A very noticeable trait that is unique to the huskies is its need to run about, thus requiring it to be kept confined or leashed almost always. Husky as a pet, may be described as intelligent and affectionate, with a very playful attitude. However, training a husky requires lot of patience, as the dog will ignore commands with a slightest excuse.