SIBERIAN HUSKIES...A Good Dog for You?

 

Siberian Huskies are a popular member of the Working Group, Group III. Opinion holds that they were descended from a relatively small sled dog owned by the Chukchi who lived in the Arctic regions of the former Soviet Union.

Olaf Swenson introduced the breed to the United States, where it rose to prominence not only for reliability but also speed under the teams of Leonhard Seppala. His famed run to bring serum to Nome to stave off a diphtheria epidemic is commemorated in the Iditarod Race, an exciting annual event. Seppala brought the first breeding kennel to Canada, located at St. Jovite, Quebec.

These are medium sized dogs in the 34 to 60 pound range. Bitches are 20-22 inches, males slightly larger.

They are double coated, and all colours including white are accepted. Markings are varied, and are often cap or spectacle like. Eyes may be brown or blue, one of each colour, or parti-coloured.  All are equally acceptable.

These are hardy dogs, that shed out to a summer coat. They are easily groomed out with a rake or device like a loop of saw blade. They are not territorial, and can roam off. Bad habits could include pulling on a lead, climbing over fences, and howling. They dig because they sheltered that way in the snow.

On the plus side, they are usually good with children, and fun for winter sports. They are hardy and don't suffer in Canadian winters. Their wolf like appearance and interesting eyes add to their appeal. They are capable of being obedience trained (but be sure you find a trainer who understands Northern breeds).  While somewhat aloof with strangers, they are seldom nasty with people.

Many people have found them good companions when trained, and of course, to the sled dog fancy, they will always be part of the fun of outdoors in the winter. Die-hards even work them off season pulling training carts.

You don't have to have a sled team or snow to own one, but you need to understand their proud heritage as useful dogs of the north, to understand their habits and be prepared for them.

Don Hooker (right) watching fun with Siberians on a training cart...
even without snow, these active dogs are ready for an outing

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