Siberian huskySiberian Huskies have got to be one of the handsomest dogs ever. They are very useful in carrying loads (harnessed) and are famous for being sled dogs, and have been competing in sled races since 1909. They are genetic relatives of the Spitz.

Breed Origin

The Siberian Huskie is a descendant of the Tomarctus or the Eskimo/Sled dog, along with the Samoyed and the Alaskan Malamute. The word "Husky" came from the Inuit Tribes called "huskies", named by early Caucasian who explored their lands. "Siberian" is dervied from the vast northern region of Siberia, because it was originally thought that these dogs were used to cross the land bridge of the Bering Straight which leads in and out of Alaska.

In 1909, the breed was brought to Alaska,where, later that year, the first team of huskies competed in the All Alaska Sweepstakes Race. A few years later, Siberian Huskies were winning these races. Now they ae well known for their strength, gentleness and heroism and are beloved pets across North America. In 1930, they were finally registered in by the American Kennel Club and are classified as working dogs. 

Appearance and Size

Siberian Huskies are medium-sized, working class dogs. They have a sharp but friendly expression. Their eyes are almond shaped, evenly spaced and set slightly obliquely. Their eyes are usually brown, blue or one of each. Their ears are moderately sized and triangular, pointy and set slightly close together and high on the head. Nose color usually is black in grey, tan of black huskies; liver in copper coated dogs and flesh-colored in pure white dogs. The "snow nose" or the pink streaked nose is also common. Their lips are tight fitting and pgmented. Siberian Huskies have medium-length necks, smooth and effortless gait, deep strong chest and straight, strong backs.

Personality

huskies are energetic and require lot of exercise. As sled dogs, they have served as companions and developed a strong devotion and gentleness. They are agile and highly intelligent. However, Siberian huskies have a pleasant disposition and are adaptable. But they thrive better in cooler climates. They are friendly and gentle. Older dogs demonstrate a bit of reserve and dignity.

Home and Relations

Siberian huskies are alert and outgoing. They do not make good guard dogs are they are not overly possessive. Siberian huskies are also not overly suspicious of strangers or aggressive with other animals. They also interact well with children and are playful and responsive. However, they can be very willful, thus making it a bit hard to train. Siberian huskies are also famous for their heroic exploits in the Arctic as part of search and rescue operations.

Health and Grooming

Siberian huskies thrive better in cooler climates so make sure to let your dog in during warm weather. Brush their coat daily to clean and to stimulate circulation in the follicles. It may appear that huskies shed continuously, but they generally blow out their undercoats twice a year.

Because they are sled animals, some ailments common to huskies are:

  • gastric diseases
  • bronchitis or brochopulmonary ailments such as ski asthma
  • gastric erosions or ulcers

Other diseases that Siberian huskies are reported to have suffered from are:

  • juvenile cataracts
  • corneal dystrophy – characterised by a noninflammatory, bilateral opacity of the transparent front part of the eye. It is often inherited.
  • Progressive retinal atrophy – causes the nerve cells at the back of the eyes to degenerate
  • hip dysplasia
  • laryngeal paralysis – nerves and muscles of the voice box function abnormally
  • entropion – causes inward rolling of the eyelid.
  • Pannus – inflammation of the eyes.
  • Testicular tumors.
  • Glaucoma
  • degenerative myelopathy – a degenerative disease of the spinal cord which results in the inability to use the legs.
  • Hypertension – an increase in the arterial blood pressure.