From their wolf-like appearance to their bright blue eyes, there is a lot to learn and love about Siberian huskies. Whether you’re considering getting a husky, already a parent to one or just curious about these beautiful animals, here are 10 interesting facts on Siberian huskies.
As you guessed, Siberian huskies are indeed from Siberia. The Chukchi people (a tribe in Siberia) wanting to expand their hunting grounds needed a little help with the pulling of sleds over long distances. Therefore, they decided to breed a sled dog with a thick coat to protect them from the sub-zero temperatures, high endurance and their ability to survive on as little food as possible. The result of this was the Chukchi dog and they are a distant relative to the modern huskies of today.
They are among the top 10 most popular dog breeds in the U.S.
As they originated from the Arctic, they are always prepared for the extreme sub-zero climates. These huskies are comprised of a short and thick undercoat (which helps them retain body heat) and a water-resistant longer coat. In addition, their eyes (shaped like almonds) are for protection against loose snow and sunlight that reflects off the snow.
Siberian huskies are extremely friendly creatures, despite their tough look, and their wolf-like appearances. People looking for a husky guard dog are disappointed at times, as they are simply too trusting and friendly towards strangers! However, an upside to this is that they make amazing family pets.
These huskies have a ton of energy and require lots of running time. Therefore, if you are not up to the task of regular outings to the park or the outdoors, this husky is probably not for you.
While the female Siberian huskies weigh around 30 to 50 pounds, the males can weigh between 45 to 60 pounds. Male huskies are also slightly taller than females, measuring up to 23.5 inches.
Siberian huskies have 18 muscles in their ears.
Huskies can be difficult to train, and therefore not advised for casual or new dog owners. They do better with knowledgeable and experienced owners that can ensure their social needs are met, and that they are trained throughout their lives.