Whether you call this dog the Siberian Husky, Husky, or Sibe, this breed is sure to bring lots of energy and love to any home. Its power and endurance alone are enough to impress even the most adamant cat lovers out there. What’s more is that it has captured the attention of many with its wolf-like appearance and striking blue eyes. The Husky is one of the most ancient breeds, closest to the bloodline of the gray wolf. Here are some facts to make you see why we love them so much.
The History of the Siberian Husky
The Siberian Husky is among one of the oldest dog breeds. It is believed to have originated among the Chukchi people in Northeastern Asia. The Husky was bred to be a high endurance dog, able to pull the sleds the Chukchi used for transportation. This breed’s special characteristics make them well equipped to survive harsh conditions. Their thick double coats keep them warm– so warm that they would often sleep in bed with the Chukchi children to block out the harsh cold at night.
The Husky came to Alaska in the early 1900s, where they were sled dogs during the gold rush. Alaskans began to import more and more of these dogs for sledding competitions, and they haven’t turned back since! These dogs rapidly became popular in Alaska, Canada, and the Lower 48 as family and companion dogs.
The Husky’s Good Looks
There is no denying that the Siberian Husky is a great looking dog. The grey and white coloring with blue eyes is the most common coloring. However, Huskies can be many different colors from black to white with colors that include coppers, reds, and greys. And don’t forget those beautiful eyes, seen ranging from piercing blue to deep browns, or even a combination of both. Heterochromia, or bicolored eyes, are common in the Siberian Husky breed.
The Husky has a unique coat to help keep them warm in cold climates. They have what is called a “double coat” consisting of an undercoat and topcoat. The undercoat is very soft and dense, and the topcoat is more coarse. As pretty as their coats may be, they do tend to shed quite a bit. At least twice a year the Husky will blow their undercoat, meaning they will shed their undercoats completely. The shedding typically lasts for a three week period during big season changes and can leave large amounts of hair around the house.
Siberian Husky: Energizer Bunny of the Dog World
This dog is anything but mellow. Huskies have extremely high energy levels and love to be constantly active. The Sibe needs a lot of daily exercise, and space to play or roam. The Siberian Husky is a pack dog, and loves to be around its family and loved ones. They need constant attention and do not do well being left alone. If they are left inside alone too long, they can become bored. Boredom in Huskies can lead to destructive behavior such as digging in the yard, or destroying the house.
The Husky personality is much beloved among their owners. These dogs are smart, but goofy, and very talkative. Huskies aren’t big barkers, but they are extremely vocal. Siberian Huskies have many vocalizations that sound like some kind of alien dog, and occasionally even mimic human speech.
Huskies Are Escape Artists
The Siberian Husky is quite the sneaky pup. Almost as clever as Houdini himself, the Husky can escape and disappear from almost any yard. This dog has been known to jump fences, wiggle through holes, dig under fences, and even break free from collars. Many owners find themselves extending the height of their fence, or placing a blockade at the bottom from preventing this from happening. Although this can be frustrating for a Husky owner, their determination is quite impressive!
These dogs are the best of every world–playful, friendly, social, and smart. It’s easy to see why everyone needs one!