The breed was originally developed by the Chukchi people of North-eastern Asia as an endurance sled dog. In 1909 the first large numbers of these Chukchi dogs were brought to Alaska to compete in the long distance All Alaska Sweepstakes races.
The Siberian Husky is a medium-sized working dog, quick and light on his feet and free and graceful in action. They have a moderately compact and well-furred body, erect ears and brush tail suggestive of their northern heritage. They are alert, inquisitive, eager to please (depending on distractions), and adaptable.
Grooming and Physical Needs
- Grooming Needs: An easy dog to care for as they are by nature meticulously clean. A Siberian Husky should never be clipped, even through the summer/warmer months.
- Coat Type: Medium length double coat.
- Moulting: Heavy shed once a year, minimal shed of their outer coat all year round.
- Exercise Needs: Sufficient exercise is required for proper development, well being and stimulation. This can be obtained by regular walking on a leash or free running in a large secure off-lead enclosure.
- Average Life Span: 12 - 14 years.
- Family: They make a suitable companion to people of all ages and varying interests providing people have done their research and can offer them the time, training and companionship they need.
- Temperament: The Siberian Husky has a delightful loving temperament, affectionate, but not fawning. They exhibit no fear or suspicion of strangers, and will usually greet all warmly.
- Trainability: They are an intelligent breed but can be challenging to train due to their strong-minded nature.
- Sociability (Other Pets): They are generally friendly towards other dogs of similar size, but do not always make good friends for small animals such as cats, rabbits or birds.
- Barking: Low tendency.
The Siberian Husky still enjoys performing their original function in harness, most capably carrying a light load at a moderate speed over great distances.
Chewing and digging is not uncommon with the Siberian Husky. A bored, unexercised or lonely husky is one that can become destructive, noisy or attempt to escape in the search for ‘fun’ or company.