Friday, July 4, 2008

Siberian Husky

Did you remember the famous lead dog in the animated movie, Balto? Well, it actually belongs to a breed of dog known as the Siberian husky. It is a medium size working dog that has a dense and thick coat. Moreover, it is known to have originated from the eastern part of Siberia. It is part of the genetic family of the Spitz but it is strongly recognized by its thick fur and stiff triangular ears. Since it has originated from the Siberian Arctic, it is expected to withstand extremely cold weather and harsh atmosphere.

The people from the Northeast part of Asia were the ones who bred the husky and from there, it was imported into the different parts of the United States. It was usually taken care of for the purpose of sled racing or sometimes, a working dog. It is known to be quite similar with the other Spitz breed such as the Samoyed and the Alaskan malamute.

However, Siberian huskies have a thicker fur compared to other dog breeds. Its coat comes in different shades and colors. It can range from copper, to pure white, grey, black, or a combination of these hues. Another distinctive thing about huskies is that its face resembles the features of a wolf.

The facial marks of this kind of dog are characterized by striking masks, strong eyes and erect ears. Its eye color can be blue, hazelnut, dark brown, yellow or amber. Its coat is composed of two layers: the topcoat and the undercoat. This protects and shields the husky from cold temperatures this is why the dogs have a difficulty to live during the summer season. But this outer coat can shed due to reasons such as stress or anxiety. Additionally, Siberian huskies are working dogs so a great amount of exercise is needed for it to maintain a healthy lifestyle and energy.

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