As snow blows over the frozen tundra, the Siberian husky proudly crests the horizon, sled in tow. Famous for its beautiful, thick coat and its ability to endure extremely cold climates, the Siberian husky is equal parts loving family member and stout working dog.
Scientific & Common Names
The scientific name for this breed of dog is "Canis lupus familiaris." The Siberian husky is also sometimes just referred to as "husky". The word "husky" is a shortened form of Huskimo, an earlier synonym of "Eskimo", used to describe the Inuit people.
Siberian huskies are known for their thick coat, which consists of an "undercoat" and a top coat. The coloration varies greatly, but they're usually white on their legs, paws, faces and tail tips. The rest of the fur may be black, red, gray or even entirely white.
Their eyes can be brown or a striking pale blue, though sometimes each eye may be a different color, or they may show variations within a single eye (particoloured). The breed can stand up to 24 inches tall and weigh up to 60 lbs
Siberian huskies are intensely high energy due to their original breeding purpose as working sled dogs. They are specialized to be able to pull heavy loads over great distances.
Huskies are bred by many reputable breeders, but there are many rescue agencies dedicated to huskies, due to owners giving them up after being unable to handle their energy levels. If you choose to bring a husky home, make sure you've got the energy to keep up!
Huskies are known to howl like wolves, rather than barking like most dog breeds. They are loving pets but can be very challenging due to their high energy levels. They require lots of exercise and without it may exhibit destructive behavior. They are very clever and can often escape from fenced-in areas or crates. They can jump over fences as high as eight feet tall!
Huskies have a strong pack mentality and thus should be around people or other dogs, ideally.
The Siberian husky is a direct descendant of the original sled dog, and first lived with human tribes in areas including Siberia, Canada, and Alaska. Because Siberian huskies have lived with humans for an extended portion of their history, they’re exceptionally good as household pets and are great with young children. However, they have high energy and need consistent and constant exercise, so get ready to lace up your running shoes!
Siberian huskies are a popular breed that is often used as mascots for many schools and universities.