Siberian Husky (Canis lupus) - Working Dogs
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Originated in Siberia Russia. Siberian Husky is an average sized working sled dog breed with a dense coat and are one of the oldest dog breeds. The double coated Siberian Husky is generally intelligent, friendly, energetic and hardly barks. Since it hardly barks and is generally friendly with people it makes a poor guard dog.
Being alone to its devices without much human or dog contact everyday might make it howl its heart out. The Siberian Husky is rambunctious and loves to play and yearns for human contact. The Chukchi people would leave the Husky to look after their young children. But this wolf-like dog does not take kindly to contact with animals like birds, cats and any other small pets or wild animals. Leaving it alone with one of these animals might result in the disappearance of the animal.
Being used to leadership, the Siberian Husky requires proper training for it to recognize it's leader quality. It also needs an outlet for the high amount of energy it has. So taking it out for daily or frequent exercises will be wise. The only problem is that it might escape from the person’s clutches because of its tendency to explore and roam are very high. So putting a tag with the owner’s name, address and contact number on it might be wise. Daily grooming of its thick double coat especially during a hot day is also required.
When it comes to males, they usually weigh around 45 to 60 pounds and measure from 21 to 23.5 inches at the withers "a part corresponding to the withers in a quadruped (as a dog)". Females weigh from 35 to 48 lbs or (16 to 22 kg) and measure 20 to 22 inches at the withers " a part corresponding to the withers in a quadruped (as a dog)". In spite of its size and weight, a Siberian Husky is not a big eater. Its common color is black and white. Less common colors are pure white and copper red and white. They have a moderately sized head that is proportional to their body size. Because they originate from extremely cold climates, Siberian Huskies have a thick fur coat. A Siberian Husky can shed a lot of fur during its shedding season. They only need occasional grooming during normal times but will require daily grooming with a metal comb during their shedding season to prevent hair from falling allover the house. The color of its nose usually depends on the color of its fur coat which their noses will range from brown to grey. The color of eyes vary, dark blue, brown, pale blue amber. Interestingly, their eyes can be bi-colored, a phenomenon where one eye can be blue with the other being brown..
With a life span of 12 to 15 years, the Siberian Husky is a good choice for those who have a large home yard for it to roam around. Because of its friendly temperament and intelligent characteristic, it makes a good companion for children and adults alike. Common health issues include; hip dysplasia, displacement of the urethra (Ectopy), juvenile cataracts and corneal opaqueness. They are also prone to a skin condition called zinc responsive dermatitis which can be solved by giving zinc supplements. Most of their health problems can be averted through regular visits to Veterinarian.