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History of the Husky

Temperament: These dogs are gentle and playful,  and mischievous. These dogs are very fond of his or her family. A puppy at heart, clever, sociable and loving.  They do generally have a lot of energy! But they are good with children, and friendly with strangers.  If you are looking for a watchdog the Husky is not for you; they rarely bark and love everyone.
Huskies are intelligent and trainable, but they can be quite stubborn and listen only if they think it is a good idea. Training takes patience, consistency and an understanding of the Arctic dog character. This dog will take advantage if he can. 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.  If you are fond of landscaping, a Husky is not for you, they get bored easily and will begin to dig anywhere in your yard.
They do not like to be left alone!  A lonely Husky 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 need less food than you might expect.  This breed likes to roam and play.  Siberian Huskies can make wonderful companions for people who are aware of what to expect from these beautiful and intelligent animals.

Per AKC Standards: 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 Huskies are relatively free of breed-specific problems.
Living Conditions: Husky's generally are not 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. 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: 12-15 years.
Grooming: The coat does not need much care except during the twice a year heavy shedding season, when they have to be combed thoroughly with a metal comb.
Origin Native to Siberia, the Husky was brought to Alaska in 1909. They were used for centuries by the Chukchi people in Siberia to pull sleds, herd reindeer and perform watch-dogging functions. Husky's were perfect working dogs for the harsh Siberian conditions. The Siberian Husky is a light-weight sled dog with great stamina. They were brought to North America by fur traders in Malamute for arctic races because of their great speed. In 1925 there was a diphtheria epidemic in Nome, Alaska and many dog teams relayed the precious medicine to the stricken city. This event focused national attention on the Siberian Husky and helped popularize the breed. The Siberian Husky was also used during Admiral Byrd's Antarctic Expeditions. An excellent pack animal, the Husky gets along well with his comrades. Siberian Huskies have now become very popular as a companion dog, but they are also used for sledding, carting and racing!