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Explore the Breed: Husky Type Dogs

Posted By SLCo Animal Services
March 09, 2021

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So, you are considering a husky type of dog? Here at Salt Lake County Animal Services, we are seeing more and more huskies ending up in the shelter, hoping to be adopted.  Did you know that they rank 14 of 193 in breed popularity according to the American Kennel Club?   

We know this breed is beautiful and they have amazing markings, striking patterns, and eyes that are entrancing, but this is not the reason to pick the dog you are welcoming into your life and home. It is important to pick the breed that is best for you and your lifestyle.

What Does a Husky Need:
A Husky can be a great family dog, but this depends on you!

They need physical activity both to stay in shape, and to be happy. They love to be a part of the family and love their humans, but they do need socialization, training, and leadership.

They LOVE TO RUN!! They often do well with other animals but do have a high prey drive and may chase small animals: small dogs, cats, etc. Some are story tellers and others never sing you their song. They are known for their ability for great escapes because as we mentioned they LOVE TO RUN! They can be a fan of digging and can clear a fence. If not exercised properly they may also take it out on your furniture, door, garden, wall, and more. An obedient husky is an exhausted husky.

Huskies are loyal, intelligent, somewhat independent, outgoing, friendly, active and at times mischievous dogs and they like all breeds are not for every household. Do your research!

We believe a good match for a potential adopter is very important. No matter what breed you are interested in make sure you have done your research and you have the lifestyle and know-how for the dog you are bringing into your home. There are many great dogs looking for their second chance and a wonderful home. Check out our adoptable dogs. Do you have a husky type dog and need some help with their behaviors?  Or want to learn more about Huskies? Check out our monthly virtual Snow Dog Squad workshop with Arctic Rescue.

The Origins of the Siberian Husky:

They originated in Siberia and their ancestors were used for hunting that is until another use evolved, and they started teaching them to pull a sled with goods and food over long distances, commonly referred to now as Mushing.  Each tribe started breeding its own specific type which eventually evolved into distinct breeds that we now know today as the Alaskan Malamute, the Eskimo, the Samoyed, and the Siberian Husky to name a few.

They became sled dogs because tribes lived inland, and they often depended on the sea for their food source. They needed a way to get the food from the sea to the tribe. This is where the Siberian Husky enters the picture as a sled dog. They are tough enough to carry the weight over a long distance, they are smart, and they are dependable. All attributes needed for this task.

The Siberian Husky is typically medium sized. Their average height is 21-23.5 inches for Males and 20-22 inches for females. This is important to know before adopting to consider if you have the proper space to care for them.

They are quick and light on their feet, they are a working dog who loves a physical challenge and activity. They can be very serious and equally as playful.

Husky’s have an amazing combination of speed, power and endurance, because of this they need a home that will keep them active running, walking, giving them a job to do and providing daily activity to keep them happy and healthy and out of trouble. They have been known to be mischievous when they are bored.

FUN FACT: Did you know Siberian Huskies can run up to 28 mph and up to 150 miles a day when mushing with their pack!!

Siberian Huskies have double coats, it is medium in size and straight. They do require grooming and that is something an owner needs to consider.

FUN FACT: The Huskies tail is abundantly coated and is meant to easily protect its face from snow and wind when it is curled up on the ground. Remember they are accustomed to a lot of cold weather and like snow and cold temperatures.

Their life expectancy is typically 12-14 years on average. Keeping your husky active and engaging in needed physical activity can have a lot to do with this.