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AKC Meet the Breeds: Siberian Husky

American Kennel Club, Inc. (c) 2011

Bred in Northeast Asia as a sled dog, the Siberian Husky is known for its amazing endurance and willingness to work. Its agreeable and outgoing temperament makes it a great all-around dog, suitable for anything from sledding to therapy work. Because it originated in cold climates, Siberians have a thicker coat then most other breeds of dog, made up of a dense cashmere-like undercoat and a longer, coarse top coat. All colors from black to pure white are allowed, and a variety of markings on the head is common.

A Look Back
The Siberian Husky is widely believed to have originated from within the Chukchi Tribe, off the eastern Siberian peninsula. These dogs were used in 1908 for the All-Alaskan Sweepstakes, which consisted of a 408 mile long dogsled race, and served in the Army's Arctic Search and Rescue Unit during World War II.

Right Breed for You?
Siberians are relatively easy keepers, but their thick coats require weekly brushing. New owners should be prepared to provide an outlet for exercise daily, whether through walks or an enclosed space in which to run. Predatory instincts are strong, so Siberians should be supervised around small animals in and around the home.

  • Working Group; AKC recognized in 1930.
  • Ranging in size from 20 to 23 ½ inches tall at the shoulder and 35 to 60 pounds.
  • Sled dog.

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Comments (2)

  • 30 Nov, 2011

    they like squeaky toys. try kong balls. they are a tennis ball look but they Squeak. um also try rope toys. if you do give yours a stuff animal make sure to watch him with it bc mine has swallowed 2 pieces of his 2 toys.

  • 29 Sep, 2011

    What is the best toys for the Siberian Husky. I let my Quadrakidd run as mush as I can. I will wrestle and rough house with him whenever he wants to, but he still seems down. Is there a toy that will help this.