THE UNSTOPPABLE SIBERIAN HUSKY
Siberian Huskies are, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful dogs in the world. These utility dogs are growing in popularity as family pets as they love company and children, but can be sometimes challenging to train. Learn more about teaching huskies Canine Snake Avoidance.
Official classification: Utility
Country of origin: Russia (Siberia) – Chukchi Peninsula region.
Size & Weight: Males 53.5 – 60cm, females 51 – 56cm
Males 20 -27kg, females 16 – 23kg.
Siberian Husky Canine Snake Avoidance
We are often told that Siberian Huskies "can't be trained" in Canine Snake Avoidance. This is far from the truth. As the video shows, huskies can readily be taught to avoid snakes as long as the trainer understands how to work with this particular breed. Huskies have a strong tendency towards family, and require a lot of exercise yearning for something to do. This must be understood in canine snake avoidance training or the husky dog simply won't 'get it'.
Siberian Huskies are taught canine snake avoidance both in and around the home as well as unfamiliar public settings. They are taught to avoid snakes on visual and olfactory (smell) contact. We use both venomous and non venomous snakes so Huskies learn canine snake avoidance no matter where you are in Australia.
About Siberian Huskies
FEATURES OF THE SIBERIAN HUSKY
• Huskies are Good with children
• Siberian Husky is friendly and eager to please owners.
• Huskies are Even-tempered, affectionate, and happy dog
• Siberian Huskies have Outgoing & playful personality
• Huskies are Sweet, gentle, and sensitive – including children.
• Siberian Huskies demonstrate High energy, prone to escape and loves adventure
SIBERIAN HUSKY DESCRIPTION
Huskies are energetic, athletic dogs that have a similar appearance to wolves, but are not defined as wolf hybrids. Typically with a very thick double coat that can either be variations or combinations of grey, black, reddish or white. Despite their double coat, they can survive hotter climates as these dogs shed their under coat and by adjusting their eating patterns. Huskies are often known for their piercing eyes.
History of Siberian Huskies
Siberian Huskies were originally from the Chukchi Peninsula region (North Eastern Russia near the Chukchi sea between Russia and Alaska) being originally bred by the indigenous Chukchi people for both companion and endurance sled dogs. This breed was developed over time to allow the semi-nomadic Chukchi people to expand hunting grounds by operating as a sled dog capable of hauling lighter loads over significant distances of vast frozen tundra in sub zero conditions. These dogs were the predecessors of the modern day Siberian Huskey.
Huskies came to the world’s attention after winning sled races in the early 1900’s, and then in 1925, they made international headlines because of the famous “serum run”. This is the true story of musher Leonhard Seppala who led a relay of Huskies for a distance of 1059km in only 5.5 days to bring life saving serum to Nome, Alaska to deal with an outbreak of diptheria. The lead dog of the pack on the final day of the journey named Balto, has a statue in New York Central Park. Today, Siberian Huskies are still used by Mushers for sledding, but are still great sociable companion dogs for families.
Coat: Siberian Huskies have Thick medium length double coat that is variations or combinations of grey, black, reddish or white
Head: Siberian Huskies have a Medium sized skull with medium length muzzle that tapers gradually towards the nose.
Ears: Huskies have Medium sized triangular shaped ears.
Eyes: Siberian Huskies have Almond shaped Eyes, piercing appearance either brown or blue.
Body: Huskies have Deep strong chest not too broad with ribs well sprung from the spine but flattened at sides to allow movement.
Gait: Smooth effortless gait, quick and light on the feet.
Legs: Siberian Huskies feet have strong legs. Forelegs and hind legs are carried straight forward, with neither elbows nor stifles turned in or out.
Tail: Siberian Husky tails are Well furred fox like brush tail.
Siberian Husky Care
Health & Lifespan
Siberian Huskies can live up to around 11 – 14 years. Huskies are generally very healthy dogs but they are more likely to have problems with their teeth so ensuring good dental care is essential. Huskies are also susceptible to infections such as parvo hence vaccinations are required. Other issues related to huskies include obesity, parasites, eye problems, Von Willebrand’s disease which is a blood clotting disorder, epilepsy, laryngeal paralysis, high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer, hip dysplasia, inflammatory bowel disease, degenerative myelopathy, autoimmune skin disease, skin infections, thyroid problems, bladder disease, and liver enzymes issues.
Siberian Huskies have a medium length double with a soft, The main coat is straight and lies smooth while the undercoat is soft and dense. Siberian huskies shed excessively and require grooming to rake the undercoat away when necessary. They are easy to groom and require daily brushing to remove dead hair. The advantage of Siberian huskies is that they are very clean dogs with little to no odor so bathing is rarely necessary.
Siberian Husky Character
Siberian Huskies are friendly and gentle – great with the family, but are also alert and outgoing in their character. They are not possessive or overly suspicious like guard dogs towards strangers and aggression and display characteristics of being reserved and maintaining dignity. The characteristic temperament of the Siberian Husky is friendly and gentle, but also alert and outgoing. He does not display the possessive qualities of the guard dog, nor is he overly suspicious of strangers or aggressive with other dogs. Some measure of reserve and dignity may be expected in the mature dog. His intelligence, tractability, and eager disposition make him an agreeable companion and willing worker.
Uses: Sledding, family dog.
Future Prospects: Huskies will continue to be a great family dog provided they are with an active family.
Exercise & Training Considerations
Huskies, as demonstrated by the Serum run, have significant endurance and athletic capacity. They were bred to run and need to do this a lot. In addition, huskies require regular long walks and a lot of exercise. Being a working breed, huskies are happiest when they have a function to perform. This also strengthens the bond between dog and owner. Being adaptable, huskies can live in urban settings or other environments provided the exercise and mental stimulation requirements are met.
Training with huskies can be interesting. They are full of personality , like most dogs, requires early socialisation, basic obedience training and house training. With huskies, the goal is to make training as fun as possible. Huskies are not suited to being left alone all day, require high fenced areas and when outside, should never be allowed off leash. Huskies have a tendencies to escape, wander and roam. Don’t be surprised if you find holes in your garden as they like to dig. Huskies can be mouth and like to carry and chew things. Huskies can be known to attack small animals such as cats. Most of these above challenging behaviours are a result of being left alone for extensive periods and being bored as huskies crave close human contact on a continuous basis. They are very social so make very poor watch dogs.
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