Breed: Siberian Husky
Country of Origin: Northeast Asia
Life Expectancy: 10-16 years
Height: 23 to 26 inches
Weight: Males 40-60 pounds (18-27 kg) Females 35-48 pounds (16-22 kg)
Litter Size: 4 to 10 puppies
Alaskan Huskies are primarily bred as working dogs. They have greater endurance in sled racing than Siberian Huskies do.
Gentle and playful, this cheerful dog is very fond of his or her family. A puppy at heart, they are clever, sociable and loving, easy-going and docile, though they do generally have a lot of energy, especially as puppies.
Good with children and friendly with strangers, they are not watchdogs, for they bark little and love everyone. Huskies are very intelligent and trainable, but they have a mind of their own and will only obey a command if they see the point and if you do not display leadership, they will not see the point in obeying you.
Training takes patience, consistency and an understanding of the Arctic dog character. If you are not this dog’s 100% firm, confident, consistent pack leader, he will take advantage if he can, becoming willful and mischievous.
Huskies make excellent jogging companion, as long as it is not too hot. Huskies may be difficult to housebreak. This breed likes to howl and gets bored easily. They do not like to be left alone, so if this is the breed for you, you may want to consider having two.
A lonely Husky, or a Husky that does not get enough mental and physical exercise can become very destructive. Remember that the Husky is a sled dog in heart and soul.
They are good with other pets if they are raised with them from puppyhood. Huskies are thrifty eaters and need less food than you might expect. This breed likes to roam.
Alaskan Huskies can make wonderful companions for people who are aware of what to expect from these beautiful and intelligent animals. Although there are exceptions to every rule, there are a number of breed characteristics that are generally present among members of this Arctic breed.
Temperament: Alaskan Huskies are usually very affectionate dogs, loyal to their owners. Because of their cold-weather background and unusually light coat, they are inclined to be unusually 'cuddly' at home. They have been developed as a pack dog, and so do not tolerate isolation well.
Health Problems: Hip dysplasia; various eye problems, including progressive retinal atrophy; and autoimmune hypothyroidism.
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