Siberian Husky Dogs 101 – Everything You Need to Know

Siberian Husky Dogs 101 – Everything You Need to Know

If Frozen’s Elsa had a dog, it would be
the Siberian Husky. With its stunning beauty, intelligence, strong-willed
and independent nature—not to mention the fact that it’s built for extreme cold —it
is the perfect companion for an ice queen (pun intended). But if you’re thinking of getting one as
your first furbaby, we have one piece of advice…“let it go.” In this episode of Animal Facts, we’re taking
a closer look at the most popular polar pup in the U.S.—the Siberian Husky. History The origin of the Siberian Husky can be traced
back to Northeast Asia, where they have been bred by the Chukchi people for thousands of
years. The Husky was originally developed as an endurance
sled dog, and in areas of the world where sledding is an essential mode of transportation
it still is, but today it is mainly sought for companionship and stunning looks. The rest of the world started to sit up and
take notice of Huskies in the early 20th century, when they began to dominate the sport of sled
racing. But they didn’t truly become popular until
1925 when the renowned sled driver, Leonhard Seppala, led a team of Huskies on a 658 mile,
five day trek to Nome, Alaska to deliver life-saving medication during a diphtheria epidemic. Their unbelievable run made headlines in newspapers
around the world, bringing widespread attention to the breed, which many years later became
the inspiration for the animated movie “Balto”. Size and Appearance With a lush, double-coat, muscular frame,
and piercing eyes, the Siberian Husky’s regal, wolf-like appearance is the perfect
balance of strength and beauty. Their physical characteristics are a direct
product of the area from which they originated—Siberia. Huskies have a thick, fluffy double-coat consisting
of a dense undercoat and a longer top coat made up of short guard hairs that protects
them against frigid, Arctic temps and releases heat in warmer weather. Siberian Huskies vary in colors and markings. Common color combinations include black and
white, red and white, and grey and white, but some are solid white. Facial markings run the gamut and include
spectacles, masks and other patterns. Some Huskies have a gene that causes hypopigmentation
of the snout called “snow nose” or “winter nose.” They have an intense gaze that is further
enhanced by their almond-shaped eyes. Eye colors include brown, black, or blue. Some have a condition called heterochromia
that causes their eyes to be “particolored”—which means that each eye is a different color. What do you like most about your dog’s appearance? Temperament and Family Life Huskies may look like wolves, but they actually
act more like sheep in wolves’ clothing. Many people assume that because they are large,
imposing creatures, they make good watch dogs. Well, Siberians are not a suspicious breed. As a matter of fact, although they don’t
need constant attention, they are quite affectionate. If they are properly socialized at an early
age, Huskies typically get along with everyone—people and other canine pets alike. They are also kid-friendly, but as with any
dog, an adult should be present any time they interact with small children. Since they are pack dogs, Huskies fare best
with someone who is comfortable with being firm when they want to do things their way. Asserting yourself as the “alpha” of the
pack by setting rules and being consistent, is essential to establishing yourself as the
leader and earning your pup’s respect. Huskies are very playful, charming, and mischievous,
and instead of barking, they love a good howl—another of their wolf-like traits. They also enjoy passing the time with a vigorous
dig. To decrease the likelihood of your Husky digging
up a flower bed or excavating your entire yard, set up a sandbox or train your furry
backhoe to dig in a particular area of the yard. Huskies are a working breed, so they have
excess energy to burn. If you don’t give them something to do,
they’ll find something to do. Trainability and Intelligence Huskies are as intelligent as they are beautiful,
and when it comes to training, they use their smarts in class to learn commands. Unfortunately, when they get home, they also
use the same smarts to “forget” those commands. Like children who misbehave in school but
turn into angels at home (or vice versa), Huskies will tailor their behavior depending
on where they are and whom they are with and what they are allowed to get away with. It’s a common trait among intelligent dogs. The Husky is an innately self-serving dog
that is not overly eager to please their humans, so it is not a breed recommended for freshman
dog owners or those with timid personalities. “Siberian Huskies are a popular dog breed,
but they come with challenges. These Stubborn, strong-willed, and curious
dogs are not for first-time owners, but they can be loving and loyal companions for anyone
willing to put in the work,” according to Mary Meisenzahl, author of the book The Complete
Guide to Siberian Huskies: Finding, Preparing For, Training, Exercising, Feeding, Grooming,
and Loving your new Husky Puppy. There’s a link to her book in the description. They are also notorious escape artists, so
they must be constantly monitored when in the yard, and that yard must be surrounded
by a fence that is set several feet deep into the soil. Which do you prefer? A dog that is eager to please or one that
is more self-serving? Exercise To help your Husky stay in shape and fight
boredom, you should make sure he or she gets 30 to 60 minutes of exercise daily. Huskies love high energy, endurance activities
like hiking, trail running, agility training, tug-of-war and playing Frisbee. These are all great ways for you both to get
adequate exercise and strengthen your bond. If you live in an area where it snows, you
could also sign your pup up for sled or race dog training, as Huskies are naturally inclined
to pull things. Keep in mind that sledding and racing require
optimal physicality, so make sure your dog is healthy enough to participate in and enjoy
these strenuous activities. While most dog breeds are not bred for endurance,
the Husky has almost neverending endurance. It’s a good trait to have when pulling sleds
across large distances. When the weather is hot, Huskies should never
be exercised outside because their thick coat may cause them to overheat. Health and Lifespan On average, the lifespan of a Siberian Husky
is 12 to 14 years, which is relatively long-lived for larger breeds.. They are a sturdy, robust breed that is healthy
overall, but like other breeds, they are susceptible to certain ailments. Hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, epilepsy,
and two forms of canine hemophilia (thrombopathia and von Willebrand’s disease) are health
issues that are common in Huskies. Eye problems including cataracts, corneal
dystrophy, and progressive retinal atrophy are also conditions that affect Huskies more
often than in other breeds. Huskies that pull sleds may also be prone
to gastric and bronchopulmonary problems, like gastric ulcerations and “ski asthma”—an
inflammation and hyper-reactivity of the airway seen in world-class winter athletes, both
human and canine alike. What health issues does your dog have that
are commonly seen in humans? The Siberian Husky is a beautiful, active
and intelligent arctic dog. But, that intelligence and high energy may
make it less than suited as a pet for novice and timid dog lovers. As with any dog, I recommend researching the
breed with due diligence before taking on the responsibility of dog adoption. However, if you are up to the challenge, a
Siberian Husky is a wonderful and loyal family companion, who might also double as a form
of transportation in a snow storm. The cold never bothered me anyway. Well, hey, thanks for coming along on this
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Antonio Breitenberg

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13 thoughts on “Siberian Husky Dogs 101 – Everything You Need to Know

  1. Animal Facts says:

    Do you agree that the Siberian Husky is one of the most beautiful dogs on Earth?

  2. Turtlederp Animations says:

    Dang, im always early on these vids. Btw great vid! 9th view 3rd like.

  3. Jeff Mays says:

    I wish more people would review this before getting this outstanding dog.

  4. Andrew Wright says:

    Does anybody have suggestions on exercising Huskies on hot days? I'm in los angeles and concerned about how to my puppy healthy and fit but safely it gets very dry and hot starting mid spring.

  5. Suzy Valentin Realtor says:

    I learned so much about Siberian Huskies, very interesting facts and also amusing

  6. Mauricio Marroquin says:

    I have an all-white Siberian Husky. She’s my first dog, but she’s extremely lovable. You truly have to be a extremely patient with them because they can and will act like three year-olds lol. That’s what makes them so lovable though. Great cuddle companions, loyal, and fun to be around. I’d suggest reaching them not to pull at a very young age because once they’re strong enough, they will pull on their leash a lot more, leaving you dragging behind.

  7. Lily Seven says:

    Beautiful dogs but I know that I could not handle one. Thanks for another great video!

  8. raccoon boy58 says:

    Like if you love this chanel

  9. raccoon boy58 says:

    Hi best youtuber ever

  10. Bonnie & Clyde - Siberian Huskies says:

    "Great video! Yes we do love snow/ice and are not the best dogs for first time pet owners" — Bonnie

  11. j says:

    The worst dog for apartment living

  12. Ant Man says:

    Thick hoes and dogs

  13. Gulladdii says:

    They aren’t really that large compared to other dogs

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