Dog Breeds

Siberian Husky

Height: 20-23 Vi inches (51-60 cm); weight: 35^60 pounds (16-27 kg).

Most popular of the Arctic sled dogs is the Siberian Husky. Whereas the Malamute is the freight dog of the group, the Husky is the speedster. He gained fame in 1925, when a team of Siberians carried diptheria antitoxin to the stricken city of Nome, Alaska. During World War II, the dogs served with the Army’s Search and Rescue unit in the Arctic.

The Siberian is a medium-sized working dog, quick and light on his feet and free and graceful in action. His moderately compact and well furred body, erect ears, and brush tail suggest his Northern heritage.

His gait is smooth and seemingly effortless. The expression of his almond-shaped eyes is friendly, interested, and even mischievous.

The eyes can be blue, brown, or one of each. The double coat is medium in length, never so long as to obscure the clean-cut outline of the dog. All colors from black to pure white are permissible, but the most usual are silver- gray, tan and black, wolf, and red.

The Husky is a wonderful family dog but not a good watchdog, for he loves everyone. He is exceptionally good with children. Bred to work, he likes exercise. He sometimes is hard to housebreak. The Siberian sheds his undercoat heavily. He makes a fine pet.


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