Husky

Also known as: Chuksha, Chukcha, Sibe
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General description

Siberian Huskies are not so suitable for life in apartment nor being left on their own. The unique nature of the Siberian Husky makes it unsuitable for inexperienced owners. This is a breed that can easily move around in cold temperatures but displays struggles in warmer weather. Huskies are gifted with great health and are rather inclined to socialize with other dogs and unfamiliar people. Very fond of being around loved ones and playing with kids. The Siberian Husky has a constant need to exercise and sits within average as it regards maintenance cost.

Husky in short

Aspect and attributes

Characteristics accepts by FCI:

  • Colors: white, black
  • Hair: thick, straight
  • Coats: double color, double coated

An adult Siberian Husky can grow to quite a substantial size which must be considered based on the purpose owners assign to their dog. Obviously, a towing Husky will be more physically trained than a "domestic" one, with a stronger muscular structure especially in the legs. Despite this, Siberian Huskies have quite an agile shape with a narrow chest if compared to their actual strength, a head that is well proportioned with the rest of the body although quite round in shape.

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Costs and maintenance

As far as maintenance expenditures, this breed is absolutely within average with just a little extra care for its coat. In order to appreciate the beauty and evocative nature of a Husky's fur this must be regularly groomed. Other than this note, there is no special advice relating to the health of your Siberian Husky which is generally strong and will only require regular check ups with the vet.

Expenditures and maintenance within average

Characteristics Summary

Adaptability

Suitability to apartment life

Housing a Siberian Husky in a unit is not a great idea. This type of dog is not suitable for apartment life and can become quite destructive if not properly monitored. Siberian Huskies are dogs that should live in homes with access to a large backyard or near public dog parks. Forcing a Husky into sharing everyday life in a unit can cause your pooch to develop serious and hard to manage discomfort, especially on a temperamental level.

Not quite suitable for apartment life

Tolerance for solitude

No chance in this regard. A Siberian Husky needs to share a daily routine with the owner and not only because it may feel lonely otherwise. The Husky is a breed that must be monitored, particularly during its first months. Raising this type of dog even in relatively lonely conditions can represent a threat to a Husky's wellbeing. Avoid separating this breed from the owner as much as possible.

Low tolerance for solitude

Suitable as first pet

Siberian Huskies are almost prohibitive for inexperienced owners. This dog breed is "doomed" in the sense that owners will often choose it due to its dazzling looks, however Huskies require an experienced master who will be capable of training them by limiting unwanted behaviors whilst gaining their dog's respect in choosing the right path to follow.

The Siberian Husky is not suitable as first pet

Temperament

This breed has quite a strong temperament. This disposition has matured in Siberian Huskies since were first domesticated. Such a trait should be a reason why inexperienced owners should seriously consider introducing a Husky into their life and home. Siberian Huskies need a fairly strict training that can focus on controlling their main flaws. Amongst these, the challenging task of choosing the appropriate training method.

The Siberian Husky has a fairly tolerant temperament

Tolerance for cold temperatures

This breed's name can help clarify any inclination. Huskies were born and raised in typically cold areas and were accustomed to live in such weather conditions all year round. Basically indestructible even in the most extreme climates and during the coldest times of year. The Siberian Husky tends to engage in these types of environment as if were ideal to initiate an interaction aiming at completing a task. Huskies will feel just at home in icy cold environments. Nevertheless, this ability should not be abused.

Absolute tolerance to cold temperatures

Tolerance for high temperatures

Although a Siberian Husky is quite unsuited to tolerate warmer temperatures, it still falls within average. We are not referring to extreme heat as, in that case any activity would be out of question. A fairly humid kind of heat will knock your Husky out as this breed is equipped with a fairly thick and long coat beyond suspicion. This is only one of the downsides of such a fur as Siberian Huskies, on top of suffering these weather conditions they are also capable of shedding quite a bit.

Tolerance to cold temperatures within average

Friendliness and sociability

Affection towards family

Other than the undoubted beauty, one of the most valued traits in the Siberian Husky is the ability to display affection towards family members in any kind of context. Siberian Huskies have been used to share their everyday life with the owner by helping with fairly demanding tasks. This type of partnership will also transpire in the home environment where your Husky learns to be in close contact with all family members.

Absolute affection towards the family

Friendly towards children

These two aspects perfectly combine. Children and Siberian Huskies are attracted to each other. Kids are drawn to this dog's beauty and Huskies are naturally inclined to share their everyday life with any human being, regardless of the size. This quality should never be underestimated by an observant and experienced owner and a Siberian Husky should never be left alone with younger children, although this rule really applies to any dog breed.

The Siberian Husky is extremely friendly towards kids

Relationship with strangers

The level of tolerance that this breed reserves to strangers is quite clear. Huskies are incapable of discerning the kind of approach to use with people other than their owner, family members or close acquaintances. Quite an issue when having to rely on this breed to work as guard dog. On the contrary, this can be a pleasantly advantageous inclination when interacting with your Husky amongst lots of strangers in public spaces.

Great tolerance towards strangers

Friendliness towards other dogs

Since the beginning of their domestication, Siberian Huskies were used to share their daily routine with other dogs. Being the perfect working breed for tasks such as sled towing in environments like Siberia where it was born, the Husky is inclined to work with other types of dog while carrying out the same duty. This aspect makes training quite easy although Husky owners should focus on it and enable an early socialization with other dogs starting at a young age.

Siberian Huskys are exceptionally friendly towards other dogs

Care and health

Coat care and shedding

Depending on the type of climate in which it lives, your Husky will shed more or less. This breed is gifted with a thick coat for obvious reasons. When moulting seasons approach (spring and autumn), Siberian Husky owners should take care of their pet's coat on a daily basis to avoid having to collect actual piles of hair around the house and on clothes. An issue that could become quite annoying in public occasions around people that may be allergic to animal hair.

Rather prominent shedding

Salivation and drooling restraint level

As far as limiting the amount of drooling in a Siberian Husky, this breed is actually above average. The Siberian Husky doesn't really display "extreme" episodes. Huskies don't have a tendency to drool excessively and even in situations of excitement they don't really have any substantial events. A Siberian Husky will effectively contain the amount of drool in cold weather and, even in warmer times of year during the typical moments of a dog's day, the amount of saliva is never excessive.

Optimum drooling limitation

Easiness to clean

As far as it regards a Husky's cleanliness, we must keep in mind that this is a breed that loves being outdoors and playing in rather wild environments. A noteworthy detail when talking about Huskies is that they enjoy digging holes. A habit that owners should keep in mind by always checking their pet's paws to ensure are not excessively dirty after a "hard day at work". Further care should be dedicated to a Siberian Husky's coat which is beautiful but also requires maintenance.

Cleanliness requirement within average

Health and diseases

Huskies are working dogs. This trait has created a fairly healthy breed throughout the years. Siberian Huskies have been fortified by the extreme weather conditions and will normally only develop diseases that are common amongst all dog breeds. A challenging trait in the Husky breed is that the most affected area is also this dog's most striking body part: the eyes. The eyes of a Siberian Husky can develop cataract, corneal dystrophy and progressive retinal atrophy. A reason why regular eye checkups performed by a vet are essential for this breed.

General health quite good

Tendency to gain weight

Trying to understand the unique nature of the Husky breed is essential. Siberian Huskies are active and responsive dogs who see daily interaction as their main goal. From this point of view it is easy to gather how the physical aspect, as well as the shape of a Siberian Husky depend on an adequate amount of physical exercise. Nevertheless, a Husky will consume large amounts of food and it is advisable to consider any chance that your pet may have of gaining access to food scraps outside meals. A Husky will however be able to maintain in great shape throughout its life.

The Siberian Husky is inclined to keep in shape

Learning skills

Intelligence and training

Training is an important factor in a Siberian Husky's healthy growth and it's definitely a matter for experienced owners. This type of dog requires constant guidance in its upbringing and, this is often not as smooth as one would like. Practice and a steady hand are required in the training method needed when working with a Husky. Combining these aspect with the Husky's intelligence can be quite useful in raising a perfectly trained pet.

Great intelligence during training

Loyalty and inclination to escape

One of the weak spots in this type of dog. A Siberian Husky is inclined to maintain a certain wild side in its genetic kit. The chances of your pet developing such inclination may also depend on the choice of a rather "shy" training method. However, this is a breed that will generally be able to keep a calm behavior. To avoid serious issues with your Siberian Husky, it is best to utilize quite a resistant leash.

Huskys have a higher than average inclination to escape

Inclination to bite

As far as the inclination to bite, this is not a natural feature in a Siberian Husky. This type of dog will generally remain quite calm even in chaotic environments and will understand the boundaries of the interaction with the master, children and other pets. This trait must be facilitated through adequate training that focuses on lessening these "over-the-top" behaviors and rewarding those that appear more constructive.

A calm breed with a low inclination to bite

Hunt drive

As far as the Husky's predator drive, we must always consider that this breed is normally curious. Siberian Huskies can display a certain level of attraction towards smaller animals roaming in the vicinity and may indulge in fairly long-lasting chases. Clearly, your Husky will only give into such inclination when dealing with a weak and unsteady master whilst it will remain quite calm if properly guided.

Strong inclination to hunt preys

Inclination to bark or howl

A Siberian Husky that barks or howl can be quite an exceptional event. This is generally a quiet breed that tends to remain calm even when it shouldn't. As Huskies are not great guard dogs, they can even ignore a stranger's presence within their territory or evaluate them incorrectly and therefore avoid alerting their owner when in fact it would be necessary. A Siberian Husky will be talkative while engaging in daily interaction with the owner or family members.

Siberian Huskys don't bark much and only when needed

Exercise requirements

Energy level

The Husky's background clearly defines this breed's potential. Siberian Huskies are capable of carrying quite a heavy weight for many hours and in rather challenging conditions. This quality has definitely enabled the breed's development by facilitating man's daily activities and completing tasks of a certain difficulty. Because of this unique trait of a Husky's nature it is important to always consider the need to release energy on a daily basis and therefore any build-up stress.

Extremely high energy levels

Strength

The strength of Siberian Huskies is pretty much average for dogs this size. Owning a Siberian Husky means having a highly energetic pet which is also equally elegant. In general, and outside of unique episodes during the day, a Husky's behavior doesn't stand out for their strength as one would expect from such a "physical" dog. An advantage that brings Huskies ahead of the list when considering the qualities that will help choose a pet. Nevertheless, it is essential to never leave young kids alone with this type of dog.

Calmness and strength level within average

Exercise requirements

The need for daily exercise is, by nature, impossible to neglect in a Siberian Husky. This is a prerogative in order to have a healthy dog that needs to be able to release stress built up during typical times of day as well as it needs to maintain an enviable shape which can only happen through an adequate exercise schedule. A Husky's mental health is also related to this prerogative.

Strong need for exercise

Tendency to play

A Siberian Husky's great intelligence can be the reason for which people decide to share a healthy and varied daily interaction with their dog. You will be able to share a long list of involving activities with your Husky. A feature that becomes useful in understanding the level of intelligence in this breed. It is essential to consider always keeping your pooch entertained with new activities that can work as stimulus, especially because watching a Husky run is simply a beauty for the eyes.

Strong inclination to play

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