Personality:Friendly, gentle, dignified; alert, but not agressive
Coat & Grooming:The dense double coat must be brushed at least weekly, and daily during shedding seasons
Energy Level:Very Active; Siberians are highly energetic and enjoy regular exercise
Meet the Siberian Husky
This densely coated, compact sledder of medium size and great endurance was bred to work in packs, carrying light loads at moderate speeds over vast expanses of frozen wasteland. Their almond-shaped eyes can be either brown or blue—sometimes one of each—and convey a keen but amiable and even mischievious expression. Quick and nimble-footed, Siberians are known for their powerful but seemingly effortless gait.
What's Their Story?
These dogs were originally bred in northeastern Asia by the Chukchi people and were kept as companion dogs for their families as well as endurance sled dogs. They caught the eye of the public when they began winning sled races in the early 1900s, but they made headlines in 1925 when a relay of Siberian Huskies traveled 658 miles in only 5 and half days to rush a lifesaving serum to Nome, Alaska, where an epidemic of diphtheria had broken out.
Siberians are nice fit for homes with children. As born pack dogs, they enjoy being part of a family and get on well with other dogs. And new owners shouldn’t bother picking up a “Beware of Dog” sign—Siberians’ innate warmth and love of making new friends make them indifferent watchdogs. These are extremely energetic dogs who can’t resist chasing small animals; they need secure running room (a fenced-in yard or dog park), and walking them off-leash is risky. An attractive feature of the breed is fastidiousness: Siberians are naturally clean, with little doggy odor.