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Breed of the week

Dog Breed of the Week: Siberian Husky

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Their piercing eyes and wolf-like appearance have helped Huskies become the dog du jour. These lovable pooches make the perfect companion for someone who has a lot of time to spend on their pet, has an active lifestyle, and is looking for a slightly more practical alternative to a pet wolf!

Temperament

Whilst Huskies may look like everyone’s dream pet, they require far more training and attention than many other dog breeds, making them more difficult and time-consuming to care for. Certain behaviours, like howling, digging and an uncanny ability to escape, make Husky training a difficult but rewarding task. However, a well-socialised Husky makes for a great companion – especially for children – because they are so friendly and affectionate.
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Health

Huskies need a lot of exercise – at least 30 to 60 minutes a day – or they can become destructive and unruly. Any prospective Husky owner really needs to have an active lifestyle to be able to keep up with their pooch’s needs! Genetic health issues within the breed are mostly eye-related, but if you are getting a puppy, make sure it is coming from a responsible breeder who has health checked both parents.

Did you know…
  • Huskies have traditionally been bred as sled dogs, working in packs to pull sleds across the Arctic tundra. This means that working Huskies can run up to 100 miles a day, and can withstand temperatures as low as -50°C! Brr!
  • They might look big and tough, but many Huskies are friendly to a fault – they make terrible guard dogs, and are more likely to try and make friends with an intruder than to scare them away!
  • Huskies were originally bred to be working dogs by the Chukchi, an indigenous people from north-eastern Siberia, but were so loyal and gentle in their behaviour that they were often left to watch over the Chukchi’s children.
  • Huskies have become hugely popular in the US and around the world thanks to them being a realistic alternative to the mystical dire wolves featured on TV series, Game of Thrones. While this is great for the Husky’s image, it also means that huge numbers of these pooches are ending up in dog shelters when they grow too big and difficult for their unprepared owners to handle. So if you’re considering getting a Husky, why not consider adopting one?

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