Huskies, known for their wolf-like looks and trademark blue eyes, are a breed most commonly associated with valiantly pulling sleds through the snow–and rightfully so.
Bred for mushing in subzero temperatures, these dogs know how to work. But, how do they survive in such conditions?
The American Kennel Club (AKC) describes Huskies as “Friendly, gentle, dignified; alert, but not aggressive;” there’s a softer side to these intrepid canines that some may not have considered.
They do not make good guard dogs. In fact the presence of somebody is likely to excite them and invite play, rather than protect. They are great with kids and, if you can keep up with their energetic nature, can be great family pets.
They’re able to change their metabolisms. Apparently, scientists still can’t put their finger on how this works. Huskies can sprint for hourswithout getting tired, all the while reserving their energy and fat stores.
SIBERIAN HUSKIES ARE FAST
Huskies were bred to pull sleds and hunt, and need a lot of exercise to fulfill this need in domestic environments. Unleashed they can run 30mph, which is why lead training is so important, and having them off-leash is sometimes frowned upon, or at least risky. Huskies have been bred to run for long periods of time across the wilderness. You might have trouble keeping up.
SIBERIAN HUSKIES HAVE EARS THAT STAND UP
Whilst you may think of Labrador Retrievers or Golden Retrievers as larger dogs with floppy ears, the AKC breed standard specifies ears that stand up. But if your Husky’s ears flop down, no need to frown! Every dog is different and it is these little things that make them special.
Although handsome, Huskies are not the perfect dog for every home. Unsurprisingly, Huskies are happiest in cold climates and need a big yard to exert all that energy! Neat freaks and allergy sufferers, beware: these dogs shed A LOT! But if you don’t mind a little Husky hair in your morning cereal…
SIBERIAN HUSKIES MAY HAVE EYES OF DIFFERENT COLOR
Brown and an icy blue are the typical colors of a Siberian Husky, but sometimes you get one of each! This is sometimes known as ‘parti-eye’ and is quite normal and acceptable for the breed. Check out the eyes on the husky picture here. Even more amazing is they are all born with blue eyes but can change colour after a few weeks! See our information on Siberian Husky eye color.