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Siberian Husky

Also known as: Husky

Breed origin: Northeast Asia, within the Chukchi Tribe, off the eastern Siberian peninsula.
Original purpose: Sled dog.

AKC recognized: 1930
AKC group: Working

Size: Weight: males 45 to 60 lbs; females 35 to 50 lbs
Size: Height: males 21 to 23½ inches; females 20 to 22 inches
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Color: All colors from black to pure white. A variety of markings on the head is common, including many striking patterns not found in other breeds.

Life span: 12 to 15 years.

General characteristics/temperament: The Siberian Husky is friendly, gentle, alert, and outgoing. They exhibit some wolf-like behaviors, such as howling rather than barking. Bred to be a sled dog, they are capable of tremendous endurance and possess a strong willingness to work. They love to run, and must have a safely fenced area to do so on a daily basis. They have a strong hunting drive, and are likely to chase small animals, including cats. They are agreeable and friendly with strangers, thus are unsuitable as watchdogs. However, they will defend themselves if attacked.

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Good with other dogs? Yes

Good with cats? No

Good watchdog? No

Protective? No

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Intelligent? Yes

Energy/Activity Level: High

Good jogging partner? Yes

Suitable canine sports/activities: sledding, therapy

Grooming requirement: They are naturally very clean dogs, but do shed seasonally. Brush weekly, and more frequently during shedding season.

Known health problems: Cataracts, progressive retinal atrophy, corneal dystrophy, gastric erosions or ulcerations.

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Recommended books for further reading:

Siberian Huskies for Dummies
By Diane Morgan
Published in 2000
440 pages

The Siberian Husky
By Lorie Long
Published in 2007
208 pages

Siberian Huskies (A Complete Pet Owner's Manual)
By Kerry Kern
Published in 2000
96 pages

A New Owner's Guide to Siberian Huskies
By Kathleen Kanzler
Published in 1996
160 pages

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Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
Siberian Husky Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page
Siberian Husky Club of America Rescue

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