Meet the Siberian Husky

by Ronald A. Rowe | May 7th, 2015 | Dogs, Spotlight

husky (400x400)Unlike the Siberian cat, which is a recent import to the United States of America, the Siberian Husky has been a well-known fixture in the US for over 100 years.  The Siberian Husky was first introduced to the continent by way of the northern frontier.  The dense fur, strong backs, indomitable spirit of the Huskies made them ideal for pulling sleds in the frozen tundra of Alaska.  It didn’t take long for the American people to realize that Siberian Huskies were also suited for family pets.

The lush fur of the Siberian Husky is actually made up of two layers.  The dense undercoat gives them fabulous protection from the cold winters of Siberia.  The longer outer coat doubles down on that protection from the cold but also reflect sunlight, helping to keep the animal cool in the summer.  Your pet may not be exposed to such extreme elements but his/her coat makes for a soft, fluffy companion in your home.  Such a luxurious coat does require frequent grooming to keep your Husky looking and feeling his/her best.  Their fur comes in a wide array of colors, markings, and patterns.

The typical Husky stands about 20-23 inches tall and weighs in at anywhere from 35 to 60 pounds.  Eye color can vary.  Most Huskies have a matched set but some have two different colored eyes while others have two different colors in each eye.

You can tell at a glance that Siberian Huskies have a lot in common with the wolf.  Their overall appearance is highly reminiscent of a wolf and they more like wolves.  The bushy tail, which serves as an additional cover for their faces in extreme cold, is a dead giveaway.  Beyond their appearance, the similarity is apparent when you hear a Siberian Husky.  The noises are more “howl” than “bark” and they will perform the distinctively wolf-like howl at the moon from time to time.

Despite the barrenness of their native land – or maybe because of it – Siberian Huskies crave companionship.  Siberian Huskies are pack animals with a deep need be a part of a group.  They love to be around other living creatures of either the four-legged or the two-legged variety.  They have a wonderful disposition and are suitable for homes with small children.

Siberian Huskies can be a little rambunctious, especially in the puppy stage.  They need plenty of room to run around.  Huskies don’t do all that well when left alone for long periods of time.  Their high energy level coupled with the need for interaction will often lead them into mischief if cooped up for too long.  But with a little companionship and love, a Siberian Husky makes a fantastic friend for just about any stage of life.

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