History: The Siberian Husky is believed to have originated in Siberia by the Chukchi Indians over 3,000 years ago. DNA tests confirm they are among one of the oldest of the dog breeds. They were bred for fast transportation and later imported to Alaska to be used as sled dogs. Today, the Siberian Husky is still used as a recreational sled dog but are also companions for many families.
Temperament: The Siberian Husky is an active, outgoing, and lively dog. This breed requires an owner who is consistent with confirming the ground rules for their dog. They are pack dogs and will assert themselves as leaders if you are not in control. The Siberian Husky is high energy and may become destructive if they are not given sufficient physical and mental exercise. Starting training and socializing early will help to create a well-rounded dog for your family. With proper socializing they can be friendly and gentle with everyone including children. You may find that this breed is more vocal than others, as they enjoy howling.
Health/Grooming: If you’re not willing to vacuum regularly, a Siberian Husky may not be the dog for you. They have a double coat of medium length hair. During the spring and fall they blow their coats so you can expect a lot of shedding. Brushing your Siberian husky weekly (daily during shedding season) will help avoid matting and excess hair in your house. They will clean themselves, similarly to a cat and will only need a bath if necessary. Siberian Huskies are more prone to health issues such as cataracts, corneal dystrophy, progressive retinal atrophy, and hip dysplasia. Make sure the breeder’s dogs are CERF certified to confirm the eyes are normal.