Huskies include several breeds of dogs used originally as sleigh dogs. The Siberian Husky, Samoyed, and Alaskan Malamute are all breeds directly descended from the original “sled dog”. The Siberian Husky is probably the best known type. Other types of huskies include:
- Alaskan Husky
- Mackenzie River Husky
- Sakhalin Husky
- Siberian Husky
- Greenland Husky
These dogs are very popular for their lupine appearance.
The Siberian husky originated in the icy cold Siberia in Russia. They were later exported to Alaska during the gold rush giving rise to the Alaskan husky.
The Siberian husky is a medium sized working dog with a dense coat. Their coats are thicker than most coats in order to keep them warm in icy winter conditions. They are prone to shedding in summer and require regular grooming. They are most commonly black & white, copper & white, grey & white or white in colour.
Their eyes are dark blue, light blue, amber or brown in colour. Some dogs can also have eyes that differ in colour. They have pointy ears and long tails.
These dogs are known to howl rather they bark, not unlike the wolves they resemble.
They are highly energetic and love to hunt. They are considered to be fun loving, affectionate, friendly, stubborn, intelligent and mischievous. They are not considered to be guard dogs.
In comparison with other dogs of their size they aren’t very prone to hip dysplasia, though they are genetically prone to problematic eyes.
Apart from being sleigh dogs they are also sometimes used in sleigh races.
If you are a fan of Huskies, be sure to watch The Eight Below. This Disney live action movie is inspired on a true story. Eight huskies (Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes) get left behind during a snowstorm in Antarctica to fend for themselves.
If you are planning to get a Husky remember buying a dog it is a serious decision. These dogs prefer colder climates and if you live a warmer clime, you’ll have to ensure that your husky adapts to its environment.
Huskies are certainly one of the most beautiful and a fascinating group of dogs.
See also: The Alaskan Malamute