Getting to Know the Husky
The Husky is a medium dog breed, but did you know that there are two types of Husky?!
The Siberian Husky is the original husky, and to this day – the only one recognized as a true breed by international kennel clubs.
However, another “type” of Husky known as the Alaskan Husky, while not recognized as a breed – has gained a reputation as one of, if not the, best sled dog racing canine the world over!
Which Husky Is Right For Me?
The Alaskan Husky is an incredibly high energy pooch, he’s intelligent, aloof, and an incredible specimen of physical endurance.
But, for all of the reasons mentioned – he doesn’t always make the best family pet.
The Siberian Husky, while he does need a good amount of exercise is quite the adaptable chap, and can happily live in an urban environment so long as he is taken for daily walks and to the dog park!
The Siberian husky hails from, where else… Siberia!
Bred around 3000 years ago by the Chukchi people, an indigenous people that relied on the dogs help to hunt prey, herd reindeer and pull lighter loads.
It was thanks to William Goosak, a Russian Fur Trader, that the Siberian Husky was introduced to the wider world.
William bought several dogs from the Chukchi people and brought them with him to Alaska during the Alaskan Gold Rush when sled dogs were very much required to navigate the treacherous and cold terrain.
The Alaskan people, with their formidable Malamutes, initially laughed at the diminutive stature of the Siberian Husky – but the joke was soon on them when the Husky outpaced and out pulled their native breed!
The Husky is one fluffy pooch, and at puppyhood – it’s quite possible that no cuter puppy exists!
An incredibly recognizable breed thanks to his pointed triangular ears, the Husky is found in a wide variety of coat colors usually consisting of majority light coloring, with some dark patching.
Some coat colors that you can find, include:
- Pure White
- Light Red
- Silver and White
- Wolf Gray
- Black and White
- Mostly Black
The Siberian Husky makes an incredibly family pet, with his goofy and loving nature you’re unlikely to find another dog breed that seems to have such a lust for life!
With a history of living within families, the original breeder – the Chukchi people, not only relied on the Husky to help them survive in the harsh climate that they called home; but also lived with their dogs in their homes, often being fussed over by the children of the household.
For that reason, the Husky has an incredible instinct for being a family dog, he adores children, keeping his family happy – and can be incredibly obedient when trained using positive reinforcement methods.
Because the Siberian Husky does have a history as a hunting dog, it’s important to introduce him to smaller animals within the household at a very young age.
With an incredibly unique coat, the Siberian Husky has a double layer coat that not only works to keep him warm in the incredibly cold climates that he often calls home, including Alaska, Northern Canada, and Siberia.
But that doesn’t mean that he can’t live happily and comfortably in warm weather, in fact, because of his double layer coat – it shields him from the heat meaning that he could feasibly live in somewhere as warm as California comfortably!
Brushing through your Huskies coat daily is advised, but this breed is pretty easy to maintain.
Clipping is not at all necessary, and in fact, strongly advised against due to the damage it can cause to the unique husky coat.
Your Husky Puppy should be fed a high-quality diet that is as natural as possible.
It’s during this stage of his life that you’re setting him up for a happy and healthy life, so plenty of protein and more fat than you feed your adult dogs is key.
There are a number of companies that sell breed specific food, but a great trick for deciding on food is to ask your pups breeder – they have years of experience in feeding your pooches family and will likely know what works and what doesn’t!
The Husky is a very high energy breed, and you should work to use that energy up in a constructive way.
Taking your puppy to the dog park and on walks to use up his physical energy is great, but you also need to think about his mental energy too.
Signing up for a puppy training class is a great way to combine mental stimulation and socialization, and remember – Huskies always turn into much better adult dogs when their obedience training starts early!
Common Health Problems
The Siberian Husky is a relatively healthy dog breed, he is prone to Hip Dysplasia and eye disease but as a puppy is unlikely to develop any of there breed-specific health concerns.
The main problems to look out for are the ones that affect all puppies, including intestinal parasites, kennel cough, and parvovirus.
Vaccinating your puppy on time, and following your veterinarians advice on how soon after receiving his jabs that he can socialize with other canines is key.
You don’t want to risk your pup’s health for the sake of going to the dog park a few days early – it’s absolutely not worth the heartache and vets bills!
Adopt or Shop
Now that you’re sure that a husky is the right breed for you, it’s time to start looking for your puppy!
But where to look?
Well, you have two main options open to you.
Buy from a reputable breeder, or adopt from a rescue organization.
Where possible, I’d always recommend adopting, but some circumstances might make buying a better fit for you – and if that’s the case, go for it!
Just make sure to buy from a breeder that really cares about their dogs!
The Siberian Husky is an incredible breed, not only is he rugged, but he’s a big goofy fluffball that adores his family.
Not a breed for the inactive or low energy family, but if you’re the kind of person that loves to get up and go, with weekends of hiking and road trips on the cards – then a Husky puppy could be the best adventure companion that you could have dreamt of!