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Siberian Husky

Siberian Husky

Siberian Husky

HISTORY

The Chukchi people of Siberia for sled pulling and reindeer herding used Siberian Huskies for centuries. DNA Analysis has confirmed it as one of the oldest breeds in existence. It was bought to Alaska by fur traders for Arctic races, and used by Peary in his trip to the North Pole in 1909, but won most publicity and popularity in the 1925 serum run to Nome, or Great Race of Mercy, when teams of sled dogs carried diphtheria antitoxin to the isolated town of Nome, traveling 1,085 km (674 miles) in a record-breaking five and a half days to halt an epidemic.

Although largely replaced in dog sledding by the more competitive Alaskan husky, the Siberian husky continues to be used as a recreational sled dog and companion. It also served as a sled dog with the US military during World War II.

TEMPERAMENT and QUALITIES

The Siberian Husky is lighter than most sled-pulling breeds and is characterized by a seemingly effortless gait and enormous stamina. These qualities mean it is a breed for the active, and left alone they can be destructive. They are generally cheerful dogs, gentle and friendly.

The Siberian Husky is described as:

  • Gentle and playful and very fond of his or her family.
  • Clever, sociable and loving,
  • Easy-going and docile.
  • Good with children and friendly with strangers.

Though they do generally have a lot of energy, especially as puppies, they are not watchdogs, for they bark little and love everyone. Huskies make an excellent jogging companion, as long as it is not too hot.

Huskies are very intelligent and trainable, but they have a mind of their own and will only obey a command if they see the point and if you do not display leadership, they will not see the point in obeying you. Training takes patience, consistency and an understanding of the Arctic dog character. If you are not this dog’s 100% firm, confident, consistent pack leader, he will take advantage if he can, becoming wilful and mischievous.

IDEAL OWNERS

This breed does well with an active family in a suburban or rural home.

For more information on the Siberian Husky.

Links to Siberian Husky Clubs, Rescue Groups and Breeders.

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