Learn, Don't Return - Siberian Husky Dog Breed

Posted by Brian Aho on

The History of the Siberian Husky will send shivers down your spine because the Chukchi people created the Siberian Husky - and they live less than 40 miles from Alaska, but in Russia.

And the Chukchi people have a peninsula and a sea, which borders the Arctic Ocean, named after them. 

Pretty cool...pun intended.

Because Alaska is close to Siberia you may be thinking that the Siberian Husky was in Alaska pretty early on, but the Siberian Husky entered Alaska in the early 1900s.

By 1909 Siberian Huskies were in a dog sledding race and by 1910 large quantities of Siberian Huskies were being imported into Alaska for 400 miles races.

In 1925 the Siberian Husky became even more popular for saving Nome, Alaska from diphtheria - if this has your ears perked up like a Husky - watch the 2019 movie Togo, about the adventure.

Next up is the Siberian Huskys' Form and Function.

The Siberian Huskies' Form and Function are unique due to the harsh climate they work in.

They aren't fast like a greyhound, but the Siberian Huskies' short legs and long bodies allow for fluid strides that effortlessly cover long distances.

Like really long distances!

The Siberian Husky is born to run and they are most effective in cold weather where their double coat of fur holds body heat.

But if you live in a warm climate the Siberian Husky is adaptable and its fur will shed to regulate its temperature.

Yes, the Siberian Husky does shed but they don't require grooming :-).

And the Siberian Husky has a long muzzle - The muzzle is everything before the eyes, like the nostrils and jaws; the muzzle warms the air before it enters the lungs.

Are you thinking of replacing your SUV with a Siberian Husky?

Well, not so fast.

1 Siberian Husky can't pull that much -  you're going to need about 16!

Click the link below for the full rundown.

The Siberian Husky is in the AKC  Working Group with similar dogs like the American dog - the Alaskan Malamute, the Japanese dog the Akita, and the Tibetan dog breed, the Tibetan Mastiff.

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The Siberian Husky is not just a figurehead for the Working Group either, like the Great Dane ;-).

The Siberian Husky actually has fun working too, like racing over 400 miles of snow, kind of fun.

The Chukchi people developed the Siberian Husky for traversing Siberia.

I've never been to Siberia, but that sounds like a tough job!

And the Chukchi people have pureblood Siberian Huskies, meaning they have a spirit unique only to them.

But only 37 miles from the Russian Chukchi Peninsula - but in America - the Alaskan frontier has similar conditions, and around 1900 the Americans heard from across the Bering Straits, which separates the Siberian and Alaskan peninsula, that a superior dog existed.

Remember, we didn't have:

  1. snowmobiles
  2. planes, and
  3. helicopters back then...
So, the Siberian Husky was a very big deal!

And by 1909 a complete team of Siberian Huskies were racing across Alaska - proving that good news even travels fast in harsh climates.

Without hesitation, Charles Fox Maule Ramsay - who must have been sick of losing, because he brought a ton of them to Alaska for musher John "Iron Man" Johnson's team.

Look, I'm going to keep it real with you - these were men!

Traveling over 400 miles in the snow, with a few dogs - just for fun!

Little did they know that dog racing would come in handy because in 1925 Nome, Alaska had an outbreak of Diphtheria.

Diphtheria is no joke either - it spreads super easily from person to person just by breathing and is often fatal!

But the good news is that the vaccine exists, the bad news for Nome Alaska was that the serum was 5 1/2 days and 674 miles away near the train station in Nenana, Alaska.

For reference, that's the same distance from the University of Washington - home of the Huskies, to Bozeman, Montana - it's a 10 1/2 hour drive!

And this is what you get with a Siberian Husky:

  • determination
  • a can-do attitude
  • a need to please, and
  • a desire to be challenged

The Siberian Husky is not a guard dog, like some of the other Working dog breeds, which is fine.

The Siberian Husky is unique!

The Siberian Husky isn't a bulky dog, but they are:

  • clean, and
  • elegant
like PetzPaws human dog walking apparel, but the Siberian Husky can be mischievous - the PetzPaws Husky human sunglasses aren't mischievous - they keep the sun out of your eyes like a good good boy!

The Siberian Husky is a medium-sized dog breed that moves fluidly and exerts very little energy in their movements which allows them to run long distances effortlessly.

The Siberian Husky is sturdy underneath all the fur, which does modulate the Husky's temperature.

That's my nice way of saying they shed their double coat of fur - but the good news is that grooming is optional and shampooing is infrequent.

The ears are upright and the eyes are dark - adapted traits from life in Siberia - you need to hear predators, and need to see in snowy conditions.

Yes, the Husky is stunning to look at, but they may overwhelm an innocent pet parent.

The Siberian Husky does make a great family dog for an active family; they are

  1. gentle around kids and
  2. loving to other dogs.

They are also wonderful gardeners too - they love to dig holes for your new plants!

The Siberian Husky is a born runner so crating isn't a good idea, except in the most necessary situations.

They will run tirelessly in your yard, and even develop their very own dirt path around your fence line.

And if the Siberian Husky does get out of the yard, the adorable Husky ears become absolutely useless.

They are gone!

Don't take it personally though, it's just what they do. 

So, make sure they are: 

  1. registered with your city
  2. have collar tags with your address, and
  3. chipped.

And buy:

  1. a high-quality leash and
  2. collar, and consider getting a
  3. wireless tracking system, too.

The Siberian Husky is both intellectually creative and physically wily -  get them in puppy training as-soon-as-possible; and give serious consideration to continued training to pursue AKC competitions.

The Siberian Husky is gorgeous so AKC conformation is logical, but they aren't just for looks - they'll also do great in sporting events like AKC:

  • Obedience,
  • Rally, and
  • Agility competition -
all of these events are going to develop your bond, and more importantly, develop positive reinforcement and a sense of accomplishment for you both.

And your bond will last a long time too, the Siberian Husky can live to be 12-15 years old!

The Siberian Husky boy's height at the withers is 21 to 23 1/2  and they weigh 45-60 pounds; while the lady's height is 20-22 inches at the withers and weigh 35 to 50 pounds.

Are you considering a Siberian Husky?

Well treat yourself with some comfortable running shoes, and head over to PETZPAWS.COM for your human dog running apparel - use discount code "Husky" for 10% off.

And treat your Siberian Husky to high-quality pet food and dog treats to keep them lean, and attractive.

The Husky was recognized by the AKC in 1930 and the Siberian Husky Club of America was formed in 1938 - to further develop your breed understanding, before contacting a breeder, head to shca.org to further develop your Siberian Husky knowledge and better understand the drive level of your desired Husky, before breeder outreach.

And since all Huskies are cute - any color from black to white is allowed in conformation, but don't forget to look into adopting a Husky or mixed breed Husky from a rescue and head over to petzpaws.com for your human apparel.

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