In this series we will profile breeds registered with the American Kennel Club to give dog owners some ideas of what to expect of their dog. At Denver Dog Works we work with a network of breeders and with 20 years experience and training thousands of dogs we can help the new dog owner choose a breed that is right for you, your family and lifestyle.
Trainers Note: As many of you know the Siberian Husky of Sibe as we call them have been a huge part of my life since getting my first one in 1987. His name was Axl (after the singer in Guns and Roses who was hugely popular at the time). This breed has captured my heart the primary reason I am a trainer today. I have competed in many events with my Sibes over the years including conformation, obedience, weight pulls, Canine Good Citizen, Service and Therapy work, and of course dog sledding. My plans are to run a competitive team of Siberians in the Iditarod in the near future.
Bred in Northeast Asia as a sled dog, the Siberian Husky is known for its amazing endurance and willingness to work. Its agreeable and outgoing temperament makes it a great all-around dog, suitable for anything from sledding to therapy work. Because it originated in cold climates, Siberians have a thicker coat then most other breeds of dog, made up of a dense cashmere-like undercoat and a longer, coarse top coat. All colors from black to pure white are allowed, and a variety of markings on the head is common.
A Look Back
The Siberian Husky is widely believed to have originated from within the Chukchi Tribe, off the eastern Siberian peninsula. These dogs were used in 1908 for the All-Alaskan Sweepstakes, which consisted of a 408 mile long dogsled race, and served in the Army’s Arctic Search and Rescue Unit during World War II.
Right Breed for You?
Siberians are relatively easy keepers, but their thick coats require weekly brushing. New owners should be prepared to provide an outlet for exercise daily, whether through walks or an enclosed space in which to run. Predatory instincts are strong, so Siberians should be supervised around small animals in and around the home.
- Working Group; AKC recognized in 1930.
- Ranging in size from 20 to 23 ½ inches tall at the shoulder and 35 to 60 pounds.
- Sled dog.
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Dr. Robert Forto the owner of Denver Dog Works and Alaska Dog Works, is a musher training for his first Iditarod under the Team Ineka banner and the host of the popular radio shows, Mush! You Huskies and Dog Works Radio Shows