American Canine Association

Breeds

Breed Name: Siberian Husky


History

Notoriously known for their ability to pull sleds and live with those in the coldest of temperatures, the Siberian Husky is one of the hardiest, most popular dog breeds in the USA today. This breed originated hundreds of years ago in Siberia and is known for even bringing medicine to those who were in much need of medical attention.

Appearance

The Siberian Husky is a large breed dog with males and females measuring 21-23 inches in height and weighing 35-60 pounds in weight. This breed is built tall and sturdy in appearance. Their very well defined wedge shaped head is accompanied by two, firm, triangular shaped ears standing upright on their head. Their two oval shaped eyes are available in a striking ice blue, brown, amber, and all combinations of these colors. This breed has a medium length tail that is carried up and over their back when relaxed. Their coat is available in a long hair or regular coat which is a thick, double coat of hair that is medium in length. Either of these coats are available in a white mask with black markings, red markings, tan markings, wolf gray, red and orange, or any of these color combinations with their distinct facial markings.

Temperament

The Siberian Husky is such a wonderful breed to add to any family with the ability to meet the breeds care requirements. This breed is very loving, affectionate, loyal, smart and friendly. The Husky is known to be good with other dogs as well as other non-canine pets he or she grows up around. Generally accepting of everyone and everything, this breed isn't the correct breed for you if you are searching for a guard dog. The Siberian Husky is known to bark very little and to mainly wag its tail with happiness. This breed requires a firm and consistent owner who only uses positive reinforcement training methods. It is important to know that this breed is extremely energetic during puppy-hood and won't calm down until a few years of age. A properly installed fence is very important prior to adding this breed to your family due to the fact that they enjoy roaming, running and at times, chasing small wild animals for fun.

Grooming

This breed has a double layer coat that is extremely thick and can withstand very frigid temperatures. This breed does shed daily and heavily twice a year. Daily brushing and only bathing when needed.

Special Notes

Please note that this breed can develop eye issues as well as a skin problem due to a Zinc deficiency that generally can be solved inexpensively. Please fully research about the Siberian Husky prior to adding one to your family to ensure you are able to make the life long commitment both physically and financially for the life of your new family member. This breed requires a properly fenced in area in order to be safe and thrive. All dogs originate from wolves (Canis Lupus). Each breed of dog was originally created by mixing different breeds together in an effort to bring forth certain characteristics. Once a breeder has created acceptable “breed characteristics” within their bloodline and these “breed characteristics” have shown to be reliably reproduced in the offspring for three (3) generations, the bloodline may be upgraded from the category of “foundation stock” to “pure-bred”. The same “pure-bred” breed standards vary from different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders. Dog DNA testing companies can have accurate results for a specific bloodline of a small colony of dogs. However, there are tens of thousands of different bloodlines in the world which have not yet been tested for marker baseline results by Dog DNA testing companies as of 2017. For this reason Dog DNA testing companies do not guarantee the 100% accuracy of their breed lineage results and will also show different marker results for the same pure-bred breed in different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders.

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