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The Siberian husky originated in Northeast Asia, where the Chukchi people developed the breed specifically for use as a sled dog. During the early 20th century, Alaskans grew interested in the breed and the Siberian Husky was brought to the United States.
Over the years, huskies have excelled as sled dogs. Perhaps most notable was the transport of antitoxins to Nome, Alaska during an epidemic of diphtheria.
Togo, Balto and Seppälä gained world-wide notoriety through the so-called 'Serum run' / 'Great race of Mercy' of 1925. Even today, there are statues commemorating the dogs, mushers and the event itself which has led to the yearly Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The Siberian husky was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1930. They have continued to work diligently as sled dogs but are most commonly known as companion dogs.
The Siberian husky's dense, double hair coat makes the breed able to withstand extremely low temperatures. However, this breed is not so comfortable in hot climates. The Siberian husky's undercoat is soft while the topcoat is thicker and slightly coarse. This dog breed sheds for much of the year but the coat really blows twice a year. This is known as blowing the coat. It will be a chore to keep up with the shedding during that time and your garden and home can be full of husky hair.
Despite its medium hair length, the husky has a lot of hair and requires routine grooming. Thoroughly brushing once or twice a week. They are known as fastidious dogs who keep themselves clean and have little doggy odour; you will only rarely need to bathe a Siberian husky.
Huskies are energetic and smart dogs that can be vocal (often in the form of howling and/or whining).
Many Huskies have a desire to explore and can be escape artists. Therefore, they require a lot of training and exercise to keep them happy and healthy.
A husky can't be walked off-leash as they will be off exploring and chasing small animals.
Serious training is absolutely essential to help your husky focus its energy.
Without enough training and exercise, a husky may seem out of control.
Taking them for suitable trips to a securely-fenced dog park is really best for them.
Fencing should not be less than 6ft high and protected so they can't dig under it.
Huskies can benefit from activities like running as long as it's not too warm outside. You may need to find creative ways to exercise your husky indoors when it's hot outside, as this breed is only moderately heat-tolerant. Huskies like to dig and you can expect plenty of holes in your garden. A bored husky indoors or outdoors can be very destructive.
Siberian huskies were bred as pack teams and they generally get along well with other dogs. They have a strong prey drive and that can prove to be a problem if you have pet rodents, rabbits, or even cats.
This breed is loving with children and is usually a happy playmate and tolerant of their mischief. But children must treat any dog with respect and not treat the dog roughly. Most Siberian huskies are also friendly with visitors but are not good watchdogs.
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