The Siberian Husky is one of the most easily-recognized dog breeds in the world today. Those beautiful brown/blue eyes and perky ears have melted hearts for generations. These dogs will be brilliant and independent and will make a great addition to an active family.
This breed is perfect for owners looking for a medium-sized dog with love for running and playing. These pups are always up for a new, fun adventure, making them great exploring companions!
As the year's pass, the Siberian Husky has continued to grow in popularity, and for a good reason. These furry friends continue to impress pet owners with their unique personalities and independence. These dogs are very independent, adaptable, and do not require much attention as other breeds. If you are looking for a alert, energetic, and very headstrong pet, the Siberian Husky may be the right fit for you.
It is widely believed that the Siberian Husky originated among the Chukchi people, which was a Siberian nomadic tribe. These ancestral dogs were used to transport goods during the day and cuddled up with family members at night. In 1908, the Siberian Husky was transported to Alaska during the Gold Rush, where they were utilized as sled dogs. They also made their appearance in the All-Alaska Sweepstakes, a 408-mile long dogsled race. The Siberian Husky is an active competitor in these races to this day.
Due to closed borders, the last known Siberian Husky imported from Siberia to the United States took place in the 1930s. This did not stop their rise in popularity, though; they are still prevalent in America today. While the breed has changed slightly over time from their foundation dogs, they still possess many of the beautiful qualities of the Chukchi Sled Dog.
The American Kennel Club recognized the Siberian Husky as an official breed in 1930. The Siberian Club of America was established later in 1938 and is still going strong today.
The Siberian Husky is as stubborn and independent as they are intelligent. Because of their pack-dog mentality, they need an owner to show them who the boss is. You must demonstrate consistently that you are the pack leader to avoid having a misbehaving pup. By establishing clear guidelines and expectations with your pet, they will respect your authority and have more tremendous training success. Because of their assertive nature, they may try to test the limits from time to time. When this happens, please do not give in to their assertive and bossy nature but continue to lay down the law. One way you can assert dominance over your pet is to ensure they are eating on a strict schedule so that they know you are in charge.
These high-energy dogs need their daily exercise. When they feel like they are not getting adequate playtime, they turn to more destructive behaviors, whether indoors or outside. If you have left your Siberian Husky alone for long hours without exercising, you should expect to come home to destruction. If you cannot provide your pet with regular outdoor exercise, you may want to consider a different breed. Instead of breaking this habit altogether, consider giving them a certain spot in the yard to dig. Backyard gardens are not safe from the Siberian Husky; these dogs love to dig. It is either that or says goodbye to your flower garden.
The good news is that Siberian Huskies do not bark. However, the bad news is that they are pretty vocal and prone to howling. Early interventions can help ease this issue, but they may not make good apartment pets due to their vocalness.
If you have other pets in the house, this should not be a problem if they have been introduced to other animals from an early age. May chase cats or other small animals because of their prey drive. The Siberian Husky should be socialized very early to ensure they grow to be well-rounded adults. One way to do this is to enroll them into puppy kindergarten classes which will teach them basic skills that will go a long way.
Many people recognize the Siberian Husky as your typical snow dog, thriving in below-freezing weather. If you live in a part of the world where the weather is typically hotter, you may be wondering if it is a safe living environment for this breed. The good news is that this breed is highly adaptable to living in various climate conditions! They are also adaptable because they can live comfortably in any home, so long as their exercise needs are met. When you let them out to play, though, make sure to keep that leash on! These escape artists will make a run for it the first chance they get.
This is not to say, though, that they will do well spending long hours in the hot sun. If you live in an area with high daily temperatures, make sure that your pet has a shady spot where they can cool down and regulate their body temperature. Additionally, this breed has particularly sensitive paws, so do what you can to protect them from hot surfaces that can burn them. Siberian Huskies need 80 minutes of exercise each day, so you will need to plan their outdoor time accordingly so that they do not overheat. For example, in regards to taking your pet on daily walks, it is not the best idea to do this at 2 pm on a summer day; morning or evening walks will be better for you both. However, this is only a concern during the hotter months. During the fall and winter, your Siberian Husky can play all day long without the worry of overheating.
With the Siberian Husky in your home, you will become quite familiar with your vacuum cleaner. Because of their double coat, the Siberian Husky does shed a considerable amount. During the spring and the fall seasons, your pet will shed significantly. This is not to say you will not find hair around your house during other months, but rather it is these times of the year when shedding is most prominent. It is important to brush their fur several times a week during their shedding seasons. The Siberian Husky's double coat may cause them to overheat when excess hair is not properly removed; this is yet another reason why brushing your pet's hair actively is vital to their wellbeing.
While many dogs get stinky without frequent baths, the Siberian Husky is not the case. Believe it or not, this breed of dog grooms themselves! You will very rarely be met with that typical "doggy odor" that other breeds are prone to. So, unless it is vital, avoid bathing your dog, as frequent bathing will strip your pet of their natural oils, which keep their skin and fur healthy. When you do decide to wash your pet, make sure to use a high-quality shampoo that was made to maintain their natural oils.
In addition to brushing your puppy's hair, it is crucial to brush their teeth at least twice a week to remove tartar buildup, which may be housing various bacteria that could make your pet sick. If you notice the foul-smelling breath, consider brushing your teeth once a day. Nails should be trimmed once or twice a month. Dogs' nails are sensitive and filled with blood vessels, so if you are uncomfortable trimming your furry friend's nails, take them to a professional to get this done.
Every week or so, examine your pet's ears, keeping a close eye out for any dirt buildup, redness, or foul odor, which can signal an infection. Gently wipe their ears with a cotton ball dampened with a dog-friendly ear cleanser to remove dirt. If you notice any sign of an ear infection, take your pet to the vet's office to be professionally examined.
In an ideal world, the Siberian Husky would run and play 24/7. To ensure your pet is getting the exercise they need and crave, aim for 80 minutes of good exercise each day. As much exercise as this breed needs, though, puppies are another story. Younger Siberian Huskies need no more than a 5-minute walk each day for their first few months of life; any more than this could cause joint and bone issues later on down the line. As your pet ages, you will notice that they do not have as much energy as they once had. This is no cause for alarm; dogs are the same as people have less energy as they age. In their later years, gradually reduce the amount of time you spend walking them each day.
Your pet will enjoy other forms of exercise besides going on runs or walks. One option is to enroll your dog in agility training. From jumping over cones and running through obstacle courses, agility sports are a great source of physical and mental stimulation for your pet. Another idea is participating in canicross; Siberian Huskies enjoy tugging and pulling because of their nature. Canicross was once used to keep sled dogs in shape, but now it is used as a form of exercise for this domesticated breed. To participate, grab a belt, lead, and harness and allow your pet to pull you around. Lastly, bikejoring is another excellent option for pet owners to spice up their dog's workout routine. If you are a fan of bike riding, this is a perfect way for you and your dog to bond and exercise with one another. This activity requires additional equipment and preparations, but fun is just around the corner once you have everything you need!
Siberian Huskies have plenty of energy to burn, but believe it or not, your pet can be over-exercised! It is best to cut back on the exercise for a few days to give your pup a chance to bounce back. Once they have recouped, they will be good to go! Some tell-tale signs that it is time for a bit of break include excessive panting, excessive thirst, limping, stiffness, or any other abnormalities in your dog's behavior.
A healthy Siberian Husky lives on average 12-14 years. One of the keys to ensuring your pet lives a long, whole life is giving them proper nutrition. Just like people, each dog is unique and requires its specific diet. Despite their size, Siberian Huskies need a surprisingly little food to be healthy. It is recommended that you feed your pet 1.5-2 lbs. of high-quality, dry kibble each day; this serving size should be divided into two meals. You may need to adjust the amount of food they are given each day depending on their activity levels or the veterinarian's suggestion.
Everyone knows dogs love receiving special little treats, and lucky for pet owners, they are great motivators! You may likely use treats to train your pet. While this is effective, be sure that you keep an eye on their weight and not overfeeding them. Giving your pet too many treats may inadvertently result in unwanted weight gain or even obesity. If you suspect your pet is becoming overweight, try the hands-on test and the eye test in your own home.
For this test, you will need to look down at your pet. Place your hands on their back with your thumbs along the spine, and your other fingers faced downwards. Without having to press hard, you should be able to feel (not see) your dog's ribs. If you can't, lower their daily food intake and make sure they get some extra exercise.
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