Here are ten fun and interesting things about Huskies you may not know…
1. Siberian Huskies are not wolves, nor share wolf-like characteristics
Huskies originate from Siberia many hundreds of years ago. They belong to the Spitz genetic family which, at least for the last 5000 years, has not been influenced by wolves. So next time you think a Husky is like a wolf, think again! They may look similar but their behaviors are very different.
2. Siberian Huskies would rather lick you than bite you
A Husky’s behavior is typically fun-loving and energetic. They do not make good guard dogs. In fact, the presence of somebody is likely to excite them and invite play, rather than protect. They are great with kids and, if you can keep up with their energetic nature, can be great family pets.
3. Siberian Huskies are fast
Huskies were bred to pull sleds and hunt, and need a lot of exercises to fulfill this need in domestic environments. Unleashed they can run 30mph, which is why lead training is so important, and having them off-leash is sometimes frowned upon, or at least risky. Huskies have been bred to run for long periods of time across the wilderness. You might have trouble keeping up.
4. Siberian Huskies shed a lot
And by a lot, we mean A LOT!! Luckily their grooming requirements are quite minimal and shedding only happens once or twice a year.
5. Siberian Huskies are escape artists
Their nature to be out and about can play havoc if left alone unattended for periods of time. Huskies will work independently to find a way out of the yard, so you better make sure the latches cannot be undone. Playing with your Husky, especially from an early puppy stage, will help satisfy some of that itch to move about.
6. Siberian Huskies thrive in both cold and warm climates
Originating from Siberia the Husky can survive in extreme cold down to minus 70 F. They can also live quite happily in warmer environments, sub-tropical and even tropical where their coat insulates them from the heat. However, you do need to be aware that they need more water and may not do so well with extended, vigorous exercise sessions.
7. Siberian Huskies have ears that stand up
Whilst you may think of Labrador Retrievers or Golden Retrievers as larger dogs with floppy ears, the AKC breed standard specifies ears that stand up. But if your Husky’s ears flop down, no need to frown! Every dog is different and it is these little things that make them special.
8. Siberian Huskies may have eyes of different color
Brown and an icy blue are the typical colors of a Siberian Husky, but sometimes you get one of each! This is sometimes known as ‘parti-eye’ and is quite normal and acceptable for the breed. Check out the eyes on the husky picture here. Even more amazing is they are all born with blue eyes but can change color after a few weeks! See our information on Siberian Husky eye color.
9. History Lesson: Huskies saved the town of Nome Alaska
The famous 1925 Serum run to Nome Alaska saw teams of Huskies pull sleds and vital medicine across Alaska. Balto and Togo were two of the dogs that helped save the town. Now, how’s that for an impressive feat for man’s best friend?
10. Siberian Huskies are one of America’s most popular breeds
The AKC registration statistics reveal Siberian Husky as America’s 13th most popular breed in 2014, and now consistently in the top 20. Who can resist a cute Husky?