One of the oldest breeds in the world, the Siberian husky has its roots in the eastern Siberian peninsula as a sled dog for the Chukchi tribe. They were brought to Alaska by fur traders for racing, but gained popularity in 1925 during a diphtheria epidemic in Nome, Alaska, where they were used to deliver serum from Nenana (over 600 miles away). In 1933 Admiral Byrd used Siberian huskies for his Antarctic expeditions, and during WWII they were used for the US Army’s Arctic search and rescue unit.
The Siberian husky is a big dog with wolf-like features, but he is very loving. He’s easy going, great with kids, and an all around sociable dog. He’s cool with strangers and likes to be around other dogs.
Sharp as a Tack
Siberian huskies are some of the smartest dogs you’ll ever pet. They can be very easy to train but can also easily get bored because of their heightened intelligence. If they’re kept on their toes and are constantly learning new things, it shouldn’t be an issue.
Not Hungry Like the Wolf
Don’t be fooled by the Siberian husky’s wild wolfish features – he’s not as carnivorous as he looks. In fact, these guys are pretty light eaters and like to spread their meals throughout the day. Not that you should feed them less often than other dogs, you just don’t need to feed them more often.
Siberian huskies have very thick coats that need to be brushed at least once a week. The thick coat is what keeps them warm in the cold Arctic climate, but it also reflects heat in the summer time. It tends to shed twice a year at which point you’ll need to brush them daily, until the shedding period ends.
Let Him Run
These guys have a lot of energy and love a good release. Having a yard for them to josh around in is ideal but a daily walk or jog is also good. They’re willing to play and exercise for long periods of time, but be careful when the weather is warmer so they don’t overheat.
The Siberian husky is a sharp dog that can sometimes have two different colored eyes – one brown, one blue (how cool is that?). They look like wolves but don’t need to be feared like them. They like good company and just want love and affection.