Breed of the Week: Siberian Husky
The Siberian Husky stands at 20-23 inches and weighs approximately 40-60lbs, with females being noticeably smaller than males. A medium-sized working dog, the Husky has erect, alert ears and a profuse coat that requires moderate to excessive care. The Husky can have any coat color and often has striking facial markings and light eyes.
Huskies are alert and active with an outgoing and curious nature. This breed was designed for active and strenuous work so requires at least moderate exercise and does best in suburban and rural areas. Huskies do not always do well with other animals so extra socialization is recommended.
The primary health concern for this breed is eye degeneration through retinal atrophy, corneal dystrophy, and cataracts. They can also develop diseases of the joints including hip dysplasia.
- In 1925, teams of huskies were used for “serum runs” to Nome, Alaska and inspired the movie Balto.
- Siberian Huskies originated by the Chukchi people of northeastern Asia as an endurance sled dog, capable of traveling long distances at moderate speed, carrying a light load in low temperatures with a minimum expenditure of energy.
- Siberian Huskies served in the Army’s Arctic Search & Rescue Unit of the Air Transport Command during WWII and in the Byrd Antarctic Expeditions.