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Siberian Husky

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In 1908 the Husky unobtrusively arrived in Alaska to compete in a sled race.  Small by standards of the time, the team was considered a joke.  However, it is said that as the teams approached the finish line, that the driver of the Husky team was paid off as a win from this team would have broken the Bank of Nome due to the betting.  For those that would have bet on the small dogs, the odds were 100 to 1.  In any event, that showing was followed by several trips to Siberia in the next years to procure more of the hardy dogs.  Today, more Huskys are companions than sleddogs but they still possess the same tenacity, fire, stamina and independence that made them a phenomena in the early 1900s.

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General Information
Group(s): WorkingDraft Height: 20-23.5 inches
Weight: 35-60 pounds Longevity: low teens
Colors: all Coat type: soft and dense undercoat, guard coat is never harsh nor silky but stands out from the dog. Not so long as to obscure the dog's lines.
Recognized Registries: ANKC, CKC, AKC, TKC, UKC, FCI, NCA and others
Overall Appearance: Medium sized working sled dog of exceptional balance. No excess in weight or muscling to suggest a draft animal or exaggerated lines to suggest a sprinter. Moderation throughout.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: very high
General Nature: Eager, friendly, tractable, outgoing, intelligent and alert.
  with Children: Generally good but socialization, well behaved children and supervision are required for full confidence
  with other pets: Generally good but some will chase smaller animals
  with dogs: Generally good with some variability
Socialization requirements: moderate: without proper early guidance the breed is inclined to shyness
Ideal home characteristics: One that appreciates the work ethic, independence and athleticism of the breed while being prepared for their wanderlust and protecting them from its hazards.
Temperament Notes: Active, playful, intelligent.
Training requirement: moderate: socialization and basic manners
Trainer notes: The Siberian Husky is a bit of a challenge to train in popular dog sports (obedience, agility, etc.) not because they lack any intelligence or athleticism but because they can generally think of something they'd rather be doing.  Highly detail oriented, distractable and intrigued at what is over the horizon, keeping the Siberian Husky's attention is tricky but worth the effort.
Background Information
Year range of first recognition: 1908 in the US
Country of Origin: Siberia
Original Function: sled pulling
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard:
Health Notes: hip dysplasia, eye problems, hypothyroidism, inflammatory bowel disease, epilepsy
Health Testing: OFA, CERF, Thyroid Panel,
Questions to ask Breeder:  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!

  • How long have you had Siberian Huskys?
  • Why do you have Siberian Huskys (show, performance, sledding, etc.)?
  • What do you consider to be the most important single characteristic of a Siberian Husky?
  • What health issues have you seen in the breed?
  • What criteria do you set for your breeding stock?
  • Do you plan to keep a puppy from this litter?
  • How often do you have puppies?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • At what age do you send your pups to their homes?
  • How would you describe the ideal Siberian Husky?
  • How would you describe the ideal Siberian Husky home?
  • Are your puppies whelped in your home?
  • What advice would you offer someone in raising and training a Siberian Husky?
  • How do you assist or help Siberian Huskys in need of rescue?
  • Web Sites: read about Zorra. Her beginnings don't give a clue to the dog she will become. - Siberian Husky Rescue - Delaware Valley Siberian Husky Rescue - MaPaw Siberian Husky Rescue - South Florida Siberian Husky Rescue - Wisconsin Siberian Husky Rescue

    Other Resources
    Breed standard: - Standard as per the Siberian Husky Club of America - Standard as per The Kennel Club (UK)

    Breeder Ethics: - Siberian Husky Club of Great Britain Code of Ethics - Siberian Husky Club of America Code of Ethics - Siberian Husky Club of America Ethical Breeding Guidelines - Siberian Husky Club of America Guidelines for Responsible Placement of Puppies and Dogs

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