Siberian Husky

Siberian Husky

Dog Facts

Type:
Working dog
Energy:
Medium energy
Exercise Requirement:
Very high
Affection Level:
Very affectionate
Protection:
Not very protective
Size:
Large
Grooming Maintenance:
Moderate
Temperature Preference:
Cold
Typical Lifespan:
11-13 years

Speed, endurance, power. The Siberian Husky is a combination of these three aspects. It is a compact dog, longer than it is tall, and is quite large. It has a big, wolf-like head and tail, but is surprisingly quick and light on its feet. However, this doesn't mean it lacks strength. The Husky it the quintessential sledging dog, and was bred to work tirelessly all day pulling heavy loads. It can get a good grip with its claws, even in icy conditions, a trait which also helps to make it a great digger.

The Siberian Husky has a double coat, the outer layer which is medium in length and the inner which is shorter and woollier. It is a very dense coat which is very important for living in the cold, north, arctic conditions in which it was bred to work. This can put it at risk of overheating in warmer climates.

The colouring of the coat is a combination of white and black, but can also have brown and red in its coat. Unlike the Alaskan Malamute, the Siberian Husky holds its tail down, like a wolf. Sometimes, the dog is born with piercing, ice blue eyes which can either endear them to people, or put people off.

The Siberian Husky was integral to people living in the cold expanse of Siberia, pulling sledges and providing some much needed muscle power. As a result, the exercise needs of this dog are very high, so be prepared to have to work to tire this dog out.

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