This breed was employed by the Chukchis of the Kolyma River in Siberia during the 19th century. The fine temperament of the breed can possibly be acclaimed to the fine treatment of the Chuckchis. As dog sledges were the principal means of transport, these huskies were of paramount importance to the natives. The first Siberian Huskies arrived in Alaska in the early 20th century, still known as Chuckchis. Sled-racing then became popular at about the same time and the breed's speed amazed and inspired dog racers in the States. The Americans renamed the breed as Siberian Husky around that time.
Medium-sized dogs whose proportions suggest a balance of power, speed and endurance. With a double-layered, medium-length coat, erect ears and a brush tail, this breed makes an impressive sight on the move. They are quick and light on their feet and move in a seemingly effortless manner, with good reach in the front and good drive from behind.
|Colour||Sibes come in all colours and markings, including white, with some striking patterns being seen.
|Coat Length||Short Medium
|Weight/Height Range||Dogs should measure between 53 - 60cms and weigh between 20 - 27kgs. Bitches should ideally measure between 51 – 56cms and weigh between 16 - 23 kgs.
|Ailments||A very healthy breed with few breed specific problems. Eye problems, such as PRA, corneal dystrophy and cataracts, however, are known. The breed do not have a high tolerance for heat and this must be taken into account in the warmer months.
|Breed Classification||The Sibe is a member of the working group. They were originally bred as the winter sled dog of the Chuckchi people of Siberia and today are used for sled dog racing, companionship and showing.|
Feeding & Ownership
Whilst they do need correct feeding, they are not fussy eaters and do not require as much food for their size as other breeds.
|Food Cost||$15 to $20|
|Other Expenses||No additional grooming costs will be necessary.|
The breed is known for its good temperament and its suitability in a family environment. They adore people so don’t make natural guard dogs. They love and need company and should not be left alone for long periods of time or they can become very destructive. They will be happy with other well-adjusted dogs but are keen and efficient hunters so contact with other household animals needs careful handling and training. Whilst they do not often bark, they will howl, often just for the joy of it!
|Intelligence||Whilst intelligent, the Husky does have a mind of its own. To teach this breed, consistency and patience play an important part. |
|Suitability for Children||High
|Tendency to Bark||Low|
|Overall Exercise Requirement||This breed does need a considerable amount of exercise but this must be done on a lead as they do have a strong desire to run if free and cannot be relied upon to return on command. A well-fenced garden is a necessity and, as they can jump anything from a standstill, height is also important|
|Suitability as a Guard Dog||Low|
|Ease of Transportation||Medium|
|Level of Aggression||Low|
|Other Animal Compatibility||Low|
Grooming is particularly easy: an occasional brushing and combing normally but somewhat more during moulting. The only trimming necessary is the feet. This is a clean breed with little or no ‘doggy’ smell.
|Grooming Requirements||Every Day|
|Amount of Hair Shed||Moderate|
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