The Siberian Huskies origin can be traced back to the ancient Chukchi sled dogs of the Kolyma river Basin in Northern Siberia. The breed was developed and encouraged by the Chukchi people, an ancient tribe whose culture was based on the long term sled dog.
These origins began some 2000 years ago and evolved in the harsh conditions and climate of that region. The Chukchi sled dogs were required to travel enormous distances in order to hunt for their survival. They were bred to pull light loads at moderate speeds over incredible distances on very little food, and are the smallest of all native sled dogs.
The Siberian Husky is a working dog that is at home amongst other working dogs when pulling a sled or a rig. It enjoys lots of attention and has no guarding instincts at all, so itís every burglarís friend.
These dogs have a high prey drive and in most cases should not be let off the lead as you will find them chasing some poor rabbit or squirrel up a tree or down a burrow.
As a pack dog it is not advisable to leave them alone for long periods of time as they will get up to no good and take it out on your furniture or garden.
The Siberian Husky is friendly towards people and will show immense affection to you and your friends but will have a tendency to favour the person who favours them.
The Siberian Husky is also an escape artist so you are recommended to install 6ft fencing around the dogs exercise area/garden or you will find yourself getting phone calls from the local dog pound.
This breed requires strong willed owners who are prepared to give lots of exercise and affection, and accept the fact that this dog will probably pull on the lead as it wants to get wherever youíre going.
The Siberian Husky is a healthy breed in general and through good selective breeding by reputable breederís, issues of cataracts and hip dysplasia has been kept to a reasonable degree, and other health problems that are associated with other breeds are not prevalent in the Siberian Husky.
The Siberian Husky has a coat of guard hair and an oily based undercoat that is shed twice a year (on average) and unlike other breeds it will drop out over a 6 Ė 8 week period. Once the Siberian Husky has shed its coat you will often think you have someone elseís dog so good regular brushing during this time will reduce the mess and also make the dog feel a lot happier.
When considering buying a Siberian Husky you are advised to only consider puppies from parents that have had recent eye tests that show clear and x-rays for hip dysplasia.
Feeding your dog is always a personal preference but ensure that you do not over feed a Siberian Husky as they tend to have a slower metabolism then most other breeds and will not require as much food as you think, it is a question of quality and not quantity.