Huskies are loving, gentle and high energy dog who love to be with their families. They are friendly with all and for this reason alongside the fact they bark very little they do not make effective watchdogs.
They are very intelligent & trainable but can be extremely determined when they want to be. Training a husky takes patience and consistency to be successful.
Although they bark very little this breed is very talkative and loves to howl.
Huskies are not usually recommended to live in apartments due to their active lifestyle however if correctly trained and exercised they are able to do so. They do best with a fenced in yard as they are known escape artists who prefer cooler climates due to their coats.
Origin: North East Siberia, Russia
Weight: Male – 20-27kg. Female – 16-23kg
Height: Male – 54-60cm. Female – 50-56cm
Colour: Black & White, White, Black, Agouti, Piebald, Splash, Silver, Red, Copper, Brown, Sable & Grey.
Lifespan: 12 – 15 years
They have a medium sized head with a muzzle that is equal to the length of the skull. Oval shaped eyes which can be in a number of colour combinations; blue, brown, amber or a mix of colours. Parti-eyed is when an eye is half blue and half brown & bi-eyed is when a dog has one blue eye and one brown eye. Ears are erect (when matured) and triangular in shape, set high on the head. Their teeth feature a scissor bite upper teeth touch and engage with lower incisors. A tail that is carried over the back in a sickle curve.
A thick double coat which can come in a short length or a long length often known as a woolly coat.
Like each breed the Husky is prone to various health concerns. Some more nasty then others but to be warned is forearmed so please research these concerns and recognise the early symptoms. Issues include but is not limited to:
- Hip Dysplasia
- Ectopy (displacement of the urethra)
- Eye Disorders; PRA, corneal dytrophy & crystalline corneal opacities
- Skin Issues such as Zinc Responsive Dermatitis
Grooming & Care
A double coated dog should be brushed at least once a week with a slicker brush & undercoat rake, this will ensure the dog is free of knots and matts. Like most double coated breeds they do not shed daily they blow their coats twice a year to renew their undercoat; brushing should occur more during this time, potentially daily if you want the process to end quickly.
The Huskies outer coat is water resistant and will require a lot of care when bathing which should occur around 4 times per year. Nail trims and teeth care are recommended at home as needed.
Husky vs Malamute
- Malamutes are larger and heavier
- Huskies can have blue eyes, a Malamutes should never
- Malamutes are stronger then they are fast
- Huskies are faster then they are strong
- Malamute tails rest on their back whereas huskies hold them in a sickle shape
- Husky ears are smaller and closer together
- Malamute is not as active as the husky