Siberian Husky breed description.
The Siberian Husky is a factory specialized breed of dog bred by the Chukchi of the north-eastern part of Siberia and registered by American dog handlers in the 1930s as a sled dog obtained from aboriginal dogs.
Husky is one of the oldest dog breeds. Currently, the developed breed “Siberian Husky” is used not only as a sled dog, but also as a companion dog and a show dog. The husky’s coat does not have a characteristic odor, the dog will not cause problems associated with allergic reactions.
This is a medium-sized animal. The height of the dog at the withers is from 54 to 60 cm, the bitch is from 51 to 56 cm. The weight of the dogs is, respectively, 21-28 kg and 16-23 kg. Excess and growth is grounds for disqualification. The husky’s weight is proportional to its height; the length of the body when viewed from the side is slightly greater than the height at the withers.
Siberian husky character
Husky has a cheerful, good-natured and welcoming perception of people of all ages, a calm attitude towards strangers. She is perfect for a large family, she will tenderly love all household members, although she recognizes only one leader and master. The attitude of these animals to children deserves special attention. A more gentle, attentive and affectionate friend for a child is difficult to find. Suffice it to recall that the Eskimos used huskies even to heat newly born babies.
Sincere interest in learning new things, love for long walks and even multi-day travel. Huskies, like true sled dogs, are very active and need good constant physical activity. But representatives of this breed are not suitable for hunting enthusiasts, despite the presence of a rather strong instinct. For the Siberian Husky, such a fishery is one of the ways of food, and it will not share the prey.
These northern dogs are gregarious animals, which has led to almost complete levelling of the instinct to protect their own territory, therefore, such pets are completely unsuitable for the role of a watchman. The absence of aggression towards humans, even towards a stranger, also does not allow these dogs to be classified as guard dogs. Attempts to embitter the dog can only lead to permanent disturbances in the psyche of the animal. Nature has endowed these amazing dogs with a well-developed intellect and the ability to make independent and often extraordinary decisions. Hence the difficulties that arise during training, when, under certain commands, a template algorithm of actions is required from the husky. The use of representatives of the breed as service animals is not practiced. It is interesting that the husky almost never barks.
Among the shortcomings, one can note the tendency of the husky to escape, excessive, sometimes even destructive activity (especially at a young age), a very strong stubborn character, a desire for leadership – and hence the possible problems during training. A door latch or a snap hook will not be an obstacle – to understand how they work for a pet is a matter of several days. Digging a hole under the fence, and, if necessary, overcoming a high obstacle is also not a problem. No one claims that your dog will systematically engage in such tricks, but you should not forget about this feature of the husky.
Education and training
In matters of upbringing and training the Siberian Husky, it is important to take into account that these dogs are by nature working, but not service. Experts consider the breed to be good and easy to train animals. But they will obey only the recognized leader and owner – you must become an indisputable authority for the pet.
Raising a puppy should be based on two main principles – rigor and fairness. An excessively gentle attitude will spoil the baby and he will “sit on your head”, cruelty will embitter the animal, which will take revenge on you on occasion.
You can start teaching and training your dog from the age of three months. The Siberian Husky is very smart, and if you fail to interest him, then it will be difficult to achieve the result. And not because the animal does not understand you – no, he is simply not interested. The greatest effect is given by the training process, clothed in a playful form. These dogs are very sensitive to the very manner of giving commands, so correct intonation is very important. You must speak calmly, confidently and clearly. Although at the same time, many owners of dogs of this breed note that huskies respond better to a request than to an order.
Rewards and punishments.
The education of any dog is impossible without a system of rewards and punishments. The best method of punishment for the Siberian Husky is to demonstrate their strength and advantage. To do this, simply take the animal by the withers, press it to the floor and hold it there until the dog stops resisting and calms down. Beating as a method of education is unacceptable. It’s easier with rewards. Always praise your dog for any correct action. If you are working with a puppy, you can reinforce the praise with a morsel of treats. The intonation should be different from the tone with which you give commands, but do not show excessive emotions – huskies cannot stand high squealing intonations. There are several Husky offenses that should be addressed immediately:
- aggressive behaviour towards the owner;
- unreasonable hostility towards other dogs;
- actions that can harm the animal itself.