Saturday, 10 December 2011

Siberian Husky (Husky)

Siberian Husky
Siberian Huskies are strong, compact, working sled dogs. The medium sized head is in proportion to the body, with a muzzle that is equal in length to the skull, with a well defined stop. The color of the nose depends upon the color of the dog's coat. It is black in gray, tan or black dogs, liver in copper dogs and flesh-colored in pure white dogs. The medium sized, oval shaped eyes are moderately spaced and come in blue, brown, amber, or any combination thereof. Eyes can be half blue and half brown, (parti-eyed) or can have one blue eye and one brown eye (bi-eyed). The erect ears are triangular in shape, set high up on the head. The teeth meet in a scissors bite. The tail is carried over the back in a sickle curve, not curved to either side when the dog is excited. The large "snow shoe" feet have hair between the toes to help keep them warm and for gripping on ice. Dewclaws are sometimes removed. The medium length, double coat is thick and can withstand temperatures as low as -58 degrees to -76 degrees F ( -50 degrees to -60 degrees C). Coat colors include all from black to pure white, with or without markings on the head. The face mask and underbody are usually white, and the remaining coat any color. Examples of common colors are black and white, red and white, brown, gray and white, silver, wolf -gray, sable and white, red-orange with black tips, dark gray and white. Pie-bald is a very common coat pattern.
Siberian Huskies are loving, gentle, playful, happy-go-lucky dogs who are fond of their families. Keen, docile, social, relaxed and rather casual. This is a high energy dog, especially when young. Good with children and friendly with strangers, they are not watchdogs, for they bark little and love everyone.  Huskies are very intelligent and trainable, but they will only obey a command if they see the human is stronger minded than themselves. If the handler does not display leadership, they will not see the point in obeying. Training takes patience, consistency and an understanding of the Arctic dog character. If you are not this dogs 100% firm, confident, consistent pack leader, he will take advantage, becoming willful and mischievous. Huskies make an excellent jogging companion, as long as it is not too hot. Huskies may be difficult to housebreak. This breed likes to howl and gets bored easily. Does not do well if left alone for a long period of time without a great deal of exercise before hand. A lonely Husky, or a Husky who does not get enough mental and physical exercise can be very destructive. Remember that the Husky is a  sled dog in heart and soul. They are good with other pets if they are raised with them from puppyhood. Huskies are thrifty eaters and need less food than you might expect. This breed likes to roam. Siberian Huskies can make wonderful companions for people who are aware of what to expect from these beautiful and intelligent animals and are willing to put the time and energy into them.
Height, Weight
Height:   Dogs 21-23½ inches (53-60cm.) Bitches 20-22 inches (51-56cm.)
Weight:  Dogs 45-60 pounds (20½-27kg.) Bitches 35-50 pounds (16-22½kg.)
Health Problems
Prone to hip dysplasia, ectopy (displacement of the urethra), eye issues such as juvenile cataracts, PRA (primarily in male dogs), corneal dystrophy and crystalline corneal opacities. Breeders can get hip screenings from the OFA and eye screenings yearly from a canine opthamologist (AVCO) and register the exam through CERF and SHOR). Also prone to a skin issue known as zinc responsive dermatitis, which improves by giving a zinc supplements.
Living Conditions
They are not usually recommended for apartments, however they can live in apartments if well trained and properly exercised. Siberian Huskies are very active indoors and do best with a fenced-in large yard. Because of their heavy coats, these dogs prefer cool climates. One has to use common sense with respect to maintaining them in the heat by providing adequate shade and air conditioning. This breed prefers to live in packs.
Siberian Huskies need a fair amount of exercise, including a daily walk or jog, but should not be excessively exercised in warm weather. They need a large yard with a high fence, but bury the wire at the base of the fence because they are likely to dig their way out and go off hunting.
Life Expectancy
About 12-15 years.
The coat sheds heavily twice a year. During that time they need to be brushed and combed daily.
Siberian Huskies were used for centuries by the Chukchi Tribe, off the eastern Siberian peninsula to pull sleds, herd reindeer and as a watch dog. They were perfect working dogs for the harsh Siberian conditions: hardy, able to integrate into small packs, and quite happy to work for hours on end. The dogs have great stamina and are light weight. Native to Siberia, the Husky was brought to Alaska by fur traders in Malamute for arctic races because of their great speed. In 1908 Siberian Huskies were used for the first All-Alaskan Sweepstakes, an event where mushers take their dogs on a 408 mile long dogsled race. The dogs gained popularity in 1925 when there was a diphtheria epidemic in Nome, Alaska. Siberian Huskies were used to bring in the much needed medicine to the people. In the late early to mid 1900s Admiral Byrd used the dogs in his Antarctic Expeditions. During World War II the dogs served on the Army’s Arctic Search and Rescue Unit. The Siberian Huskies talents are sledding, carting and racing. The Siberian Husky was recognized by the AKC in 1930.
Northern, AKC Working
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CKC = Continental Kennel Club
FCI = Fédération Cynologique Internationale
AKC = American Kennel Club
UKC = United Kennel Club
KCGB = Kennel Club of Great Britain
CKC = Canadian Kennel Club
ANKC = Australian National Kennel Club
NKC = National Kennel Club
NZKC = New Zealand Kennel Club
APRI = American Pet Registry Inc.ACR = American Canine Registry
DRA = Dog Registry of America, Inc.
NAPR = North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
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Siberian Husky puppies sired by Husky (shown above).
Siberian Husky puppies sired by Husky (shown above).
Genevieve, the red and white Siberian Husky
Genevieve, the red and white Siberian Husky. Genevieve actively enjoys sled pulling and pulling her owner on skis.
Daisy the Siberian Husky staying cool in the swimming pool.
Daisy the Siberian Husky staying cool in the swimming pool.
"Isabelle is a 2 ½ year old Siberian Husky. She is more cat-like than domestic dog. She loves cuddles and independence. She needs lots of consistent long term teaching to learn anything! Sit took 2 months! Her most beautiful quality is her love for children. Isabelle still doesn’t tell us when she needs to go ‘outside’ but would always come to find me and howl at me if our baby as crying (then new born). Isabelle still has the most wonderful relationship with our daughter. She is so very patient with her, as our daughter learns how to be kind and gentle but firm with dogs. Isabelle is quiet and sneaky. You don’t know she is standing next to you until she gently licks your hand. We adopted Isabelle when she was 5 months old, from a family that had taken on more than they could handle. Isabelle needed lots of guidance and still does. She is anaccomplished escape artist, well known in our neighbourhood! She can climb vines, and we have since had to redo our garden to accommodate (contain) her. She loves to tunnel out under fences as well, so we now have a great deal of concreting under fences. Isabelle has the most amazing ice blue eyes. Until recently we were renovating our house, and many of the trades men fell in love with her and wanted to know where to get a dog ‘just like her’. Needless to say she is no guard dog. She is loving to anyone and everyone. She can’t be let off the leash ever. She is loves to run, chase, and explore. We call her our puppy cat."
Siberian Huskys
Photo Courtesy of Jalerran Siberian Huskies.
Siberian Husky Puppy Dogs
This is Cierra when she was just a tiny pup

Siberian Husky Puppy Dogs
This is Cierra at 5 weeks old. She is getting bigger.

Siberian Husky Puppy Dogs
Cierra, the Siberian Husky puppy.
.Siberian Husky Puppy Dogs
Normey, a pure white Siberian Husky at 5 years old.
Normey, a pure white Siberian Husky at 5 years old.
Normey, a pure white Siberian Husky at 5 years old.
Normey, a pure white Siberian Husky at 5 years old.

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