When you think of the furry, thick-coated Siberian Husky, you might picture frigid temps in Alaska, sled races and mounds of snow. Yet this friendly, affectionate, high-energy pet enjoys great popularity in many climates. However, this working breed dog isn't the greatest choice if you're looking for a guard dog.
The story goes that the Siberian Husky has its roots within the Chukchi Tribe in Siberia. In the early days, the dogs pulled weighted sleds of walrus meat across many miles in Siberia. By the early 1900s, the dogs were introduced to Alaska to be part of long-distance races, such as the All-Alaska Sweepstakes. Yet another historic claim to fame was the dogs' participation in the U.S. Army’s arctic search-and-rescue efforts in World War II. Siberian Huskies garnered American Kennel Club official recognition in 1930.
Overall, the Siberian Husky offers a fairly clean bill of health. However, common conditions that may plague your dog include hip dysplasia, which may lead to arthritis, and eye problems such as juvenile cataracts, progressive retinal atrophy, or corneal dystrophy. A more common health problem that is best prevented through proper diet and adequate exercise is obesity.
The Siberian Husky is easygoing around adults and children. Delightful, happy and gentle all describe your pet, who may act as if he's never known an enemy. This friendliness, however, means that the Siberian Husky is not great for protection. Even so, the Siberian Husky is a smart dog with significant energy and natural curiosity. Expect your pet to adapt well if you have an active outdoor lifestyle thata includes running, walking or hiking. As for its ability to make noise, though not known for its barking, the Siberian Husky can let out a notable, signature howl.
With its medium-length, furry, thick double coat, plan on spending some time brushing your animal at least once weekly. The goal, according to the breed standard, is for the Siberian Husky to appear "well furred." Because of the double coat, expect your dog to shed throughout the year. A coat rake will help keep shedding under control. A slicker brush can help you get rid of dead hair. Don't forget to trim hair between the animal's foot pads. Your clean dog will have minimal odor. Nail trimming and tooth brushing are additional activities you can do regularly.
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