Siberian Huskies are some of the most gorgeous breeds of dog on the planet – who wouldn’t turn away a face like that? They are also very energetic, hard-working, and are extremely loyal! However, there is certainly more to your average husky than meets the eye.
Therefore, whether you are a husky lover or just want to know more about this popular pup, keep reading and we will fill you in on some fun facts about Siberian Huskies!
1. They are born sled-pullers.
Yes, Siberian Huskies are absolutely sled dogs – they still pull sleds in the deep freeze even now. Their strength and speed impressed many across Alaska – they are very popular adoptees!
2. The name isn’t there for show.
As the name suggests, Huskies certainly originated in Siberia. Did you know that they were originally bred three millennia ago?
3. They come from a long line of sled dogs.
Huskies are descendants of the ancient Chukchi dog, who were bred to sled!
4. They are VERY friendly!
Huskies are strong and fast, but don’t tend to be suspicious. That means they are amazingly friendly dogs – but they won’t be great at guarding you.
5. They can also be really loud!
It’s possible that you’ll be able to hear a husky from up to ten miles away – at least the noise might deter would-be burglars!
6. Husky coats are fascinating.
A Husky is a double-coated dog, which is partly why they are excellent at withstanding low temperatures.
What’s really interesting is that this coat comes in handy in the summer, too, as it can actually reflect sunlight! A brilliant evolutionary asset!
7. Some other breeds share Husky ancestry.
It’s thought that Siberian Huskies, Alaskan Malamutes and Samoyeds all have the same common ancestor – again, a sled dog!
8. They really thrive in the freeze.
Huskies can easy withstand temperatures as low as -58 F!
9. They’ll be with you for a long time.
Huskies will live between 12 and 14 years of age, which is a standard lifespan for most dogs.
10. Keep an eye on your Husky!
Huskies tend to break free and scarper a lot – you need to keep a close eye on where they are so they don’t get lost!
11. The eyes have it!
Huskies have amazing eye colors. Many of them have blue eyes, which is actually pretty rare in dogs on the whole. They can even have green and orange eyes, and may have separately-colored peepers, too!
12. They can get pretty big!
Fully-grown Huskies tend to weigh between 16 and 27kg.
13. Huskies came to the US at the turn of the 20th century.
Huskies didn’t ‘debut’ in Alaska until around 1908. They were brought to the US for sled racing, believe it or not!
14. Husky bodies have scientists baffled.
Husky metabolisms are amazing. They can keep going and going – and they don’t always need food for energy.
15. Families across the US adore Huskies.
The American Kennel Club states that the Husky is extremely popular in the US – they are in the top 20 most popular breeds.
16. They are mostly multicolor!
It’s rare that you will see a Husky that is completely white in coat color. They actually tend to have very colorful fur, on the whole!
FAQs about Siberian Huskies
Are Siberian Huskies good family pets?
On the whole, yes! They can get on really well with children, but as with all dogs, caution is always a good thing.
Are Huskies dangerous or aggressive?
No - Huskies are some of the least aggressive dogs, and are very unlikely to bite.
Are Huskies high maintenance?
Yes - they can be big and boisterous, and therefore need a lot of training!
Do you know any fun facts about Siberian Huskies? Share them in the comments below!
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