Husky dog or Husky Sibir dog belongs to the most popular sled dog line today. With the average body size along with the “variable change” expression, the Husky is becoming more and more popular. Husky is now also associated with the very cute nickname “snooty Husky dog”. Across the dog and cat groups, the image of Husky puppies with diverse face shades will surely make you laugh immediately.
So where did Husky dogs come from? What are their physical and personality traits? Is it difficult to raise a Husky dog? All these questions will be answered by Yeuthucung in the following summary.
The origin of the Husky dog
Husky dogs are believed to have originated in the northeastern region of Siberia in present-day Russia. This is one of the coldest and harshest winters in the world. Many documents also know that it was the Chukchi people who bred the first Husky. The aim was to create a dog breed capable of adapting to the sub-zero cold weather conditions of Siberia. To this day, the Husky is still considered a descendant of wild wolves but has undergone human domestication.
In 1908, Husky dogs began to be raised in the US state of Alaska. After only a short time, the Huskys have become friends and effective assistants of the people of Alaska. Husky along with the native Alaskan Malamute dog has been of great help to the work of exploring uncharted lands in the wild Alaskan region.
In 1930, the American Kennel Club (AKC) officially recognized the Husky in its list of breeds. At that time, the Husky was still known as an arctic dog. It was not until 1991 that the name Arctic Husky changed back to the Sibir Husky. This name indicates that the Husky is a dog breed originating from the Siberian region of Russia, not only in the Arctic as before.
Currently, Husky is a familiar name to refer to purebred Husky dogs. Besides, there is also the Wooly Husky line. These are Husky dogs that have been bred with Alaskan dogs. Therefore, the Wooly Husky will have a mix of Husky and Alaskan appearances.
In the past, people raised Husky with the main purpose to get traction. But today, sled work is not as popular as before, so the Husky is kept as a pet dog. With a mischievous and cute appearance and personality, the Husky is always on the list of the most popular dog breeds in the world.
Appearance characteristics of Husky dogs
Husky dogs belong to the line of sled dogs, so their appearance is a bit similar to other sled dogs. However, basically, the Husky still possesses its own characteristics in appearance that are not confused with any other dog breed.
Husky dog height and weight
The Husky is a medium-sized dog breed. Each adult Husky puppy will have a height of 53 to 58cm, weight from 20 to 27kg. Normally, female Husky babies will be a bit smaller than male Husky babies, when the height is only from 51 to 56cm, weighs about 16 to 23kg.
Features of the Husky’s coat
Husky dog owns a coat consisting of 2 relatively thick layers. In which the inner undercoat is short and thick. The outer coat will be longer and thinner. The structure of 2 coats helps the Husky to keep his body warm in harsh winter weather conditions. Husky can work well even at extremely low temperatures (-50 to -60 degrees Celsius) without any problems. In addition, Husky is also very good at changing fluff. So if you have a Husky in the house, you need to pay attention to regular brushing for the dog.
Husky dogs have a very diverse coat color. The coat of each Husky puppy is a mixture of white coat color with another coat color such as black, red, chocolate, gray, agouti (very rare coat color), .. But no matter how mixed, the muzzle, 4 legs and tail spots are always white. It will be very rare that you can come across an all-white Husky. Usually Husky with white coat color from head to toe will be crossed with Samoyed breed. They inherit the white coat of the Samoyed but retain some traits of the purebred Husky.
Husky dog’s ears are of moderate size, and quite balanced with the face. Husky’s ears are like triangles, always pointing forward. The hair on the ears is short, when you touch it, it will feel as smooth as velvet.
At first glance, you can see that the Husky’s tail is a bit large compared to its body. However, if you look closely, you will see that the Husky’s tail is not as big as imagined, but mainly because the coat makes the tail feel bigger. At the tip of the Husky’s tail, there is always a lovely white hair spot.
A rather special point is that when Husky puppies move or stand still, their tails always hang down. Even when they wag their tails, their tails are only slightly curled up. This is one of the characteristics to identify purebred Husky with hybrid Husky dog.
Husky’s facial features
Husky dogs are also known as “expression saints” with unmistakable facial features.
Husky dogs have very impressive eyes with an almond-like shape. Their eyes are slightly slanted and spaced just right. Husky’s eye color is very diverse with outstanding colors such as navy blue, sky blue, green or deep brown.
In particular, a Husky puppy can own 2 eye colors at the same time. Or each eye has a mix of colors. For example, each eye can be half blue and half brown. Although there is a slight variation in eye color, these dogs are still classified as purebred Husky lines Husky’s nose
The Husky’s nose has a color that changes with the color of the coat. For example, a gray-haired Husky will have a black nose, a black-haired Husky has a brown nose, etc.
Personality characteristics of Husky dogs
It is no coincidence that Husky is the most popular breed of pet dog today. Many people who have not been exposed to Husky will be somewhat apprehensive because of their wolf-like appearance. But once you get acquainted with Husky puppies, you will be mesmerized by these “snobs” immediately.
Husky dog – hyperactive and naughty
Husky is a sled dog, so its body is always full of energy. They love to run around and explore everything they see. If you keep your Husky in a tight space without letting your dog out often, the dog may gradually develop autism and become disruptive. Therefore, when raising Husky, you need to arrange a time for them to contact the outside world. Take them for a walk every day to give the Husky a chance to release energy.
When taking your dog for a walk, let your dog do some exercises such as jogging, playing catch games. This not only helps the dog to release excess energy but also reduces the risk of obesity for the dog.
In the process of walking your Husky dog, you must remember that there is always a leash to keep the dog from running around. Because Husky is a very mischievous dog, with just a little negligence, Husky can get lost. So never let your Husky dog run around freely without a leash.
Husky dog – very loyal and intelligent
Husky dogs are very hard. Once you have raised them since they were separated from their mother, they will treat you as their sole owner, absolutely loyal. Although sometimes the Husky is a bit disruptive, as long as you strictly correct it, the Husky can self-regulate his behavior.
Husky looks a bit “dumb” like that, but you should never think that Husky is not smart. It is known that the Husky is at number 45 in the list of the most intelligent dog breeds in the world. This is not a low rank out of hundreds of dog breeds in the world.
Although the nature is a bit hyperactive, likes to mess around a bit, but just teaching the dog the method, the Husky will become a great friend. Husky usually absorb lessons very quickly. But there are times when they become stubborn and difficult to obey. So when training Husky, you need to be a little patient. It is best when the dog is about 2 months old, you should teach the dog a few simple lessons so that the dog gets used to a disciplined life.
Husky dogs – live very affectionately and are incomparably cute
Husky is a very affectionate dog. They love to be petted, hugged, rewarded and sometimes even coddled like a baby. With family members, Husky is always friendly and obedient. Husky also loves to play with young children, although he looks a bit sassy, but when he comes into contact with “little lotuses”, Husky becomes unusually gentle. They are willing to sit still for hours to let the children play freely.
In the case of being occupied by other animals and competing for food, Husky is also not afraid to respond. But to endanger humans is very rare. The point where many people fall in love with Husky is their “50 shades of gray” expression. When Husky is happy, you will see their face smiling. On the contrary, when sad, Husky has a face like “lost rice book”. Especially when Husky makes a mistake but doesn’t know what he just did, their face becomes more “dumb” than ever. In general, as long as you have a Husky in your house, your life will always be filled with fun colors.
Does the Husky still have the wild nature of a wolf?
The ancestors of Husky dogs were originally wolves in Siberia. Therefore, when deciding to breed this breed, many people are still concerned about the wild wolf nature that may still exist in the Husky. However, because it has been through the crossbreeding process for many generations, the Husky has been almost completely domesticated. The only feature that still resembles the Husky’s wolf ancestors is that they are more interested in barking. Husky’s bark is a bit hoarse but not as clear as other dog breeds.
Howls are also the main means of communication between Husky individuals. Husky often howls in the middle of the night, the howling is very loud, almost like the howl of a wolf. Howling is a sign that they are lonely and want attention.
Husky when reaching puberty often tends to leave home to find a mate. They like to roam somewhere, not confined in a tight space. With a slim body and very agile, Husky has also nicknamed “the saint of hurdles”. They can break through fences and gnaw even objects that are many times taller than them. Or even dig extremely deep caves to escape. Therefore, when raising Husky you need to manage them a little tight. Because with just a little carelessness, your Husky can go out and forget the way back there.
How to distinguish Husky dog and Alaskan dog
Husky and Alaska are both sled dogs with many similarities in appearance. They are all native to Siberia, the common ancestor is the arctic wolf, and the coat color is almost the same. That is why many of you are confused when distinguishing between Husky and Alaska. But just be a little observant and you will easily know which is a Husky and which is an Alaskan.
The first is about the appearance characteristics of Husky and Alaska. As is known, Husky has a body size to belong to the average form, their weight is commonly only from 20 to 27 kg. Meanwhile, Alaska is a large dog breed, the average weight of Alaskan dogs is from 45 to 50 kg. Even with the Alaska Giant line, the weight can be up to 80kg. If you put these two dog breeds next to each other, you can easily see the difference in their body sizes.
The second is about the characteristics of the eyes. Alaska’s eyes are only black or brown. Alaska’s eyes are very gentle, not as sharp as Husky’s eyes. In contrast, Husky has very sharp slanted eyes. In addition, the eye color of the Husky is also more diverse than that of Alaska. Popular colors include navy blue, sky blue, green, brown. Besides, netizens also showed a way to distinguish Husky and Alaska based on their facial expressions. Alaska’s face looks “cute” all the time. As for the Husky’s face, it’s like “calling the blow”. In fact, it is the feature of the eyes that makes the difference between the expression of the Husky and the Alaskan.
The third is about the characteristics of the plumage. Alaskan coats are usually longer and thicker than Husky’s. The Husky’s fur is shorter than Alaska’s, but when you touch it, you will find that the fur is very soft and smooth.
In addition, people also distinguish Alaska and Husky based on their personality characteristics. Alaska is considered very docile, docile, very attached to its owner. Meanwhile, Husky is somewhat stubborn, more difficult to obey. They like to mess around, bite things to get attention and release energy. However, the above personality comparison is only relative. Because there are still a lot of Husky puppies that are also good and docile, not just a Husky that has to be “dumb”.