All About Siberian Huskies: The Sled Dog

The Siberian Husky is an out-going and free-spirited dog. The husky is very playful and athletic. This breed was bred as a working dog to pull sleds. Therefore, huskies love the great outdoors and require vigorous exercise. If you’re thinking about adding a Siberian Husky to your life, read this blog post that is all about Siberian Huskies!

All About Siberian Huskies

About the Siberian Husky’s History

The Siberian Husky was one of the few dogs to be a descendant from the original sled dog. Bred as a working dog, the Siberian husky helped pull sleds for tribes that lived in Siberia. Then, in the early 1900s, William Goosak, a Russian fur trader, introduced them to Alaska during the Nome Gold Rush. Also, in 1925, Siberian Huskies were used to deliver diphtheria serum from Nenana to Nome (a 600 mile journey). Today, the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race commemorates this journey. Additionally, Admiral Robert Peary of the United States Navy used a team of Siberian Huskies in his expedition to the North Pole.

About the Siberian Husky’s Appearance

A Siberian Husky has a beautiful, double layer coat. This thick, double layer coat protects the husky from harsh winters. In fact, they can withstand temperatures as low as  −58 to −76 °F (−50 to −60 °C)! Due to their thick coat, they require weekly brushing. Their coats come in a wide variety of colors, but black and white are the typical colors.

About the Siberian Husky’s Temperament

Siberian Husky Jumping

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Siberian Huskies are high energy dogs. They need vigorous exercise everyday. If not exercised enough, they can become destructive indoors. The Siberian Husky is also known as an escape artist–they are known to dig, chew through, and jump over obstacles to get away. Thus, a high fence is needed. Also, they have a high prey drive. So keeping cats, rabbits, and birds with them is not advised.

About the Siberian Husky’s Health

Overall, Siberian Huskies are a very healthy dog breed. They can live on average between 12-14 years of age. They may be prone to hip dysplasia and eye disease.

Is a Siberian Husky right for you?

The Siberian Husky is a beautiful and fun dog. But, before you bring one into your life, look into these considerations:

  • Siberian huskies shed a lot and need to be groomed weekly
  • Siberian Huskies need vigorous exercise every day. If they do not get enough activity, they can become destructive.
  • They are strong-willed, so consistent obedience training is a must.
  • They are better suited for cooler climates than warmer ones.


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