If you are looking for a puppy or a new dog for the family then perhaps the Siberian Husky is for you. These intelligent, beautiful and energetic dogs that have been in America since the Gold Rush days. The Siberian is a direct descendant of the wolf and has been bred for over 3,000 years by the Chuchi people of the Siberian North where their strength speed and stamina were vital to the people’s survival in the harshest climate on earth. They make a wonderful home dog and are friendly with other dogs so they will fit right in with if you already have a dog.
They also get along wonderfully with children as they are not suspicious or defensive like some of the other breeds. In fact, the Husky exhibits a curiosity and playfulness that lasts into old age with an energy that many other breeds can not match.
However, the Siberian Husky is not a dog you can just leave on their own at home. These dogs require a lot of attention and care as well as training when bringing them up as a puppy. As they get older they need to have room to exercise and run off the tremendous amount of energy they possess.
They were originally bred to be work dogs and so inactivity and lazing about the house is not in their nature. If you have a large back yard with a high fence and also one that runs deep as the Husky likes to roam and will dig under a fence if they are able. They also require daily walking and would make the perfect jogging companion. Just keep in mind their need for cooler environments so bring along water and let them cool down.
Dogs of the Siberian Husky breed possess a double coat of fur and require constant brushing and grooming to keep it healthy. This also means where you live is also a factor. In Southern China where the dog is a popular pet they require much more care due to the higher temperatures and high humidity. Western states and the deep south would not be a suitable environment for them. Though having said that they can be found almost anywhere people live in the continental US today. If you take suitable precautions they can thrive in most places that you can. The breed does suffer from hip dysplasia and and cataracts. You can get an OFA screening and a yearly eye check from a Canine Ophthalmologist is recommended.
In the final evaluation the Husky is a great family dog but requires intellectual stimulation and an active lifestyle in a cooler climate with a firm hand as they are pack animals and look up to an Alpha leader. This not a dog to be babied. If you follow these guidelines ,then the Siberian Husky is the perfect dog for you and your family.
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