Dog Husky: traits, characteristics and origin

Huskies are a very active, energetic, and resilient breed whose ancestors came from the extremely cold and harsh environment of the Siberian Arctic.


Category20-100 lbs
Country of originRussian Federation
Other namesChukcha, Chuksha

The breed standard indicates that the males of the breed are ideally between 21 and 23.5 inches (53 and 60 cm) tall at the withers and weighing between 45 and 60 pounds (20 and 27 kg). Females are smaller, growing to between 20 to 22 inches (51 to 56 cm) tall at the withers and weighing between 35 to 50 pounds (16 to 23 kg)


The Siberian Husky, Samoyed, and Alaskan Malamute are all breeds directly descended from the original sled dog, which 2004 DNA analysis confirms is one of the oldest breeds of dog. It is thought that the term "husky" is a corruption of the nickname "Esky" once applied to the Eskimo and subsequently to their dogs. On February 3, 1925, Gunnar Kaasen was first in the 1925 serum run to Nome to deliver diphtheria serum from Nenana, over 600 miles to Nome. This was a group effort by several sled-dog teams and mushers, with the longest (91 miles or 146 km) and most dangerous segment of the run covered by Leonhard Seppala. The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race commemorates this famous delivery. The event is also loosely depicted in the 1995 animated film Balto, as the name of Gunnar Kaasen's lead dog in his sled team was Balto, although unlike the real dog, Balto the character was portrayed as half wolf in the film. In honor of this lead dog, a bronze statue was erected at Central Park in New York City.


The free-spirited Siberian Husky is usually good-natured with everyone. He is also very playful, athletic, agile, and light on his feet. He loves the great outdoors and requires vigorous exercise, especially in cool weather. He should be taken running, hiking, and/or biking every day, always on-leash, for he is independent and born to run. If something catches his interest, he'll be gone. The Husky has been described as a behavioral representative of the domestic dog's forebearer, the wolf, exhibiting a wide range of its ancestors' behavior. They are known to howl rather than bark. Behavioral issues include a tendency to roam and to make escape attempts - they have been described as escape artists; which can include digging under, chewing through, or even jumping over fences! The ASPCA classifies the breed as good with children.


If you’re looking for an energetic and loyal companion, a Husky might be the perfect pet for you. These beautiful and intelligent dogs are full of spunk and require plenty of attention and exercise. Huskies are high-energy dogs and need a lot of activity to stay happy and healthy. Taking your Husky on daily walks and hikes, playing fetch and even allowing them to run around in your backyard are great ways to keep them in shape. It’s also important to provide them with plenty of mental stimulation and challenge. When it comes to training, Huskies can be stubborn and strong-willed. Be patient and consistent with your training and use positive reinforcement. Make sure to provide your Husky with plenty of love and praise when they do something right. If you’re looking for a loyal and loving companion, a Husky is a great choice. With the right amount of exercise, love and attention, your Husky will be a faithful and devoted friend for life.


Sled dog, companion dog

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