The origin of the Siberian Husky
Its history begins more than 200 years before Jesus Christ. It is difficult to find his exact origin but he probably descended from dogs of the Inuit tribe of Chuckchi, located in northern Siberia. Its first mission has remained through the ages: it was used (and we still use it today) to pull sleds and facilitate movement.
He arrived in the United States around 1925, it was then that the breeding of the breed began in a more serious way. The first breeder, the one who made a major contribution to the lines of Huskies that we know today, was named Eva “Short” Seeley. The breed was recognized five years later by the Kennel Club and was growing in popularity. Today, he is undoubtedly the most popular sled dog among dog lovers!
Nutrition of the Siberian Husky
Unlike the majority of dogs, he can be satisfied with just one meal a day! Always give it at the same time to create a habit at home. Adjust portion sizes well on hard working days. He will consume a little less food in summer and more in winter, in order to accumulate fat during the cold season.
Limit physical exertion just before and after meals to avoid causing stomach upsets (twists).
Typical behavior of the Siberian Husky
This dog has a gentle personality and he is very kind and jovial. He is close to his master and he enjoys playing with children. His docility and sociability make him a bad watchdog, which does not prevent him from being a dream companion. It is essential to be firm in your interactions with your Husky in order to make him understand who the master is.
He gets along very well with strangers. He cohabits quite well with other dogs (although he can fight on occasion) but his dominant instinct leads him to regard small animals as prey. Even cats are at risk of being chased.
Loneliness does not suit him at all. When you are away for too long, he starts to howl like a wolf!
If you wan to learn more on the behavior of this dog, check out 25 Husky Body Language Signs You Should Know About.
Like all purebred dogs, your companion can suffer from some genetic defects throughout his life. The eyes, in particular, are quite sensitive. Here is a non-exhaustive list of health conditions to watch out for:
- Progressive retinal atrophy
- Cataract (affects up to 10% of Huskies)
- Nasal depigmentation
- Corneal disruption
- Hip dysplasia
- Laryngeal palsy
- Various skin problems
To limit your risks, it is important to choose a reliable breeder who has his breeders tested for genetic diseases.
Physical activity of the Siberian Husky
The Husky must do a lot of sport to feel good. It is, basically, a working dog that can pull light loads. He is built to pull a sled and this is his favorite activity of all!
When the lack of snow does not allow it, practice other activities such as dog-trekking (hiking with a dog attached with a wide belt) or even go by bike or mountain bike with your dog harnessed. He will feel like he is pulling you, even if you give your effort too, and both participants will be delighted