The members of the siberian Husky Club of Canada want to help you answer that question...honestly, for it can make the difference between happiness and misery for you and your dog.

There's no one breed of dog ideal for everyone. That is why so many breeds have beed developed...to mmet different tastes in size, appearance, character and function. Dogs are like people, each one a bit different. But, in general, this is what the Siberian Husky is, and isn't!

He is friendly. He likes people, big and small, familly and strangers. This means he isn't a one-man dog;it also means he is no watchdog.It has been said that if a burglar appeared, a Siberian Husky would probably hold the flash-light for him.

He is quiet. He rarely barks, even at strangers. When his family comes home he is more likelyto break into song (sort of a yodelling howl of welcome). He is clean. A double coat of fur sheds dirt ans snow. He may even be a bit fastidious, preening himself occasionally. Many people who are allergc to other dogs finf they can live comfortably with their bushy Siberian Husky. Once each year, he sheds his wooly undercoat. Wow, does he shed...bags of it for two or three weeks while he is preparing for summer.

As a puppy, he may like to dig holes in your grass. The dirt on his nose and paws just disappears, but, the holes don't. He likes and needs daily exercise. A run free in safe fields, or forest is his greatest joy. He likes it so much he may just keep on going if he is not watched, and trained to come when called.

Needless to say, he likes to pull sleds in the snow. In trim, he has endurance you will have to see to believe. With proper training, and lots of love and patience, he will do what he is told. But, he is no doldier...you will not get the instant obedience some breeds offer. He will obey, but after a suitable pause to show it was his idea in the first place. You see, the Siberian Husky thinks he is people, so he has dignity. He does not see himself as the dog in the family, but a member of the family, an equal. Some are convinced they are the head of the family.

History: Where did he come from? long ago and far away. The Siberian Husky we know today is the culmination of a strain believed to have been bred pure for over 2000 years. He was the dog of the Chukchis, an Eskimo-like people from the Kolyma River basin of Northern Siberia. The tribe's isolation, and an intelligent breeding system, produced continual improvement in the breed. Unlike the Eskimos, who left their dogs very much to themselves when not actually working, the chukchis developed a dog not only to pull their sleds, but also to guard their possessions and be a companion to their children. The dogs were family pets, and often shared their dwellings.

Selected teams of siberian Huskies were imported to alaska in 1090 to compete in the All-alaska Sweepstakes...408 miles non stop from Nome to Candle and back. the three teams of Siberian husky entered in 1909 finished 1 st, 2nd, and 4th with the winning team setting a record time of a little
over 74 hours. Leonard seppala, the greatest dog driver of them all, won with his Siberian Huskies the last three years the race was held. He also set the record time: 1:50:25 for 25 miles marathon race at Nome, known as Borden Cup Race. It was Seppala's team, with his great dog Togo on lead, which performed soheroically when nome was stricken by a diptheria epidemic in 1925. Serum was relayed by dog team for 658 miles, with seppala's team travelling 84 miles through a blizzard in one day.

The Siberian Husky is a medium-sized working dog. A mature male dog weighs between 45 and 60 pounds: a female weighing between 35 and 50 lbs. there is a wide range of color combinations in the Siberian Husky including solid white. The most common colors are silver-grey, black,copper or tan - all with white as a contrast, giving a variety of striking markings on the head and face. The eyes may be brown, or blue, or one of each color. Although he is well-known as a working and racing dog, the Siberian Husky has proven himself as a house pet. He is so quiet you may even forget he's in the house.

If you have enjoyed what you have read so far and are still determined to own a Siberian Husky, then welcome! So they dig holes in the garden, they run away when given the chance. patience and training on your part will give you the best companion you ever had - the Siberian Husky.

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