Did you know there is a statue of Balto, the Siberian Husky, in Central Park erected in 1925? Balto transported the antitoxins to Nome, Alaska, during an epidemic of diphtheria. In honor of this lifesaving adventure, the statue was placed, and the famous annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race was started.
Today, they are the 12th most popular breed in the U.S, according to the AKC. In fact, the American Kennel Club describes the Siberian Husky this way.
“They are a working breed and happiest when they have a function to perform. Regular exercise is important both physically and mentally, and doing activities together strengthens the bond between dog and owner.”
And at Animal Care Center, we love Huskies too. It is one of the more popular dog breeds in America. And they make fantastic family pets when cared for the way they need.
Siberian Huskies are bred for work, which means they need to be active and exercising. They are pretty capable and brilliant. As a part of the working group, they are ready to listen and perform. However, if not trained, these animals can be a nuisance. Husky ownership should be carefully considered since they are known escape artists. But if you are prepared for the work it takes to own a husky, you will have a loyal and obedient work dog that will be amazing with family and visitors.
To learn more about this breed, Animal Care Center has put together a breed guide for various types of dogs. So, keep reading, and you may find yourself the perfect person to love a Siberian Husky.
Of course, if you have any questions we did not answer here, contact the office to chat with our friendly and knowledgeable staff.
Siberian Husky Appearance
Native to Siberia, the Siberian Husky is a member of the Working dog group. Their general physique is that of a medium-sized dog with a compact body. The Husky’s fur is dense, and they have erect ears and a brushtail. Their coats are a thick double coat of black to pure white and all between. And many say they look quite wolf-like, which attracts many pet owners to the breed.
Here are a few of the statistics for Siberian Huskies:
Average Height: 20-23.5 inches tall at the shoulder
Weight: 35-60 pounds
Life Span: 12- to 15 years
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Siberian Husky Care
The temperament of a Husky is that of loving devotion, playfulness, and gentle grace.
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Huskies are part of the Working Group, so they are hardworking and need plenty of exercise to burn off energy. Considering they were bred to pull sleds, they have endless energy and are not recommended for apartment living. They need more exercise than anyone can give them, so training is a necessity for this breed.
Dogtime.com says it best,
“It is easy to see why many are drawn to the Siberian’s wolf-like looks, but beware because this athletic, intelligent dog can act independently and challenge first-time dog parents. Huskies also put the “H” in Houdini and need a yard with a high fence that goes all the way into the ground to prevent escapes. Giving your Husky enough exercise may prove easier said than done; though, it’ll reduce boredom and unwanted behaviors, like escape attempts.”
These dogs are not for first-time pet owners due to their high level of intelligence and energy. If they are not trained and worked, they will become mischievous and destructive, which lands many huskies in shelters. But with the right owner, huskies are excellent companions.
The Siberian Husky sheds twice a year when they “drop their coat.” This process lasts about three weeks. That is when you may want to brush your dog often to keep some of it off the floor and furniture. An undercoat rake will do well to getting that shedding over with sooner than later. Nails should be trimmed as needed.
Siberian Huskies are a healthy and hardy breed with a few hereditary health problems like these:
- Hip Dysplasia
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy
Furthermore, the best care you can give your Siberian Husky is to have an excellent veterinarian to rely on. That is what Animal Care Centers is all about, providing the best care for pets and their owners.
Animal Care Center Loves All Their Furry Family Members
The total preventative care of your pet is our pleasure at the Animal Care Center. So, you need not worry one bit. From the moment you enter Animal Care Center, you’ll be among the friendly staff, owners, and pets who prefer Dr. Williams. What’s more, the team will welcome your Siberian Husky with open arms putting you and your loved ones at ease.
The best care for your furry family member is at Animal Care Center. We provide complete care for all your pet’s health needs, including dental care, internal medicine, and emergency care. Caring for the total pet is our passion. From eyes and ears to testing and surgery, the people of Smyrna, Georgia, and the Greater Atlanta Area can count on the fantastic staff at Animal Care Center and our own Dr. Williams.