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Siberian Husky Breeders: Facts And Stats

Jul 22, 2008
The Siberian Husky is considered to be one the of the fourteen most ancient dog breeds in the world. This breed, which is part of the larger "Spitz" dog family, has ancestry that dates back five thousand years. These dogs, along with the Alaskan Malamute and Samoyed are directly descended from the Eskimo dog and were used throughout history as sled dogs. Like other members of the Spitz group, Siberian Huskies have physical characteristics adapted to living in a harsh climate. They have two coats of fur a soft, dense undercoat that is waterproof and provides insulation and a longer, coarser topcoat that provides additional production from the elements. Siberian Huskies also have the triangular, erect ears, curled, furry tail and distinctive markings common to the Spitz family.

The AKC does not disqualify the Siberian Husky for certain traits that would disqualify other breeds. These include bi-eyes or parti-colored eyes and a "snow-nose", or a hyper-pigmentation of the nose. This is because coloring is not considered important in sled pulling.

Other characteristics required by the American Kennel Club include a height of twenty-one to twenty-three and one half inches for males and twenty to twenty-one inches tall for females, a weight of forty-five to sixty pounds for males) and thirty-five to fifty pounds for females, a scissors-bite (upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth), a smooth gait, a friendly, alert and mischievous expression and an outgoing personality.

The behavioral traits common to Siberian Huskies can be problematic for the wrong owner. Like wolves, Siberian Huskies howl. This excessive howling can come as a surprise to an unsuspecting owner. Huskies are independent, stubborn, energetic, pack animals that require specific care and training to maintain their happiness and health. Siberian Husky breeders will not sell puppies to owners who are not educated about the breed.

This is because there are a disproportionate number of huskies sitting in shelters and rescue centers because their uneducated owners wanted a beautiful dog but failed to research the behavioral characteristics of the breed. Siberian Huskies are considered one of the top elevem dogs that increase homeowner's insurance due to their tendency to escape and run. Other "bad" dogs on this list include Rottweilers and Pit Bulls.

Finding good Siberian Husky breeders should begin in a northern climate. This breed is made for cold weather and potential owners and breeders should not reside in hot climates. Huskies can withstand negative fifty-degree temperatures and can suffer heatstroke in high temperatures.

Word of mouth, Internet searches, local veterinarians, and shelters are all good starting points for locating good, local Siberian Husky breeders. It is never acceptable to buy a dog of any breed from a pet store. A medium to large dog like the Siberian Husky should not be caged or treated as merchandise that is shipped and sold to just anyone.

Huskies are not for everyone and it is better for good breeders to rule out owners in the beginning then to have to rescue huskies that are mistreated, neglected, and abandoned.
About the Author
Andrew Preston is an avid lover of the Siberian Husky and owns a popular website that can show you how to have a happy, healthy and well behaved Siberian Husky. Among other topics at this website, you can also learn all about Siberian Husky Puppy mills plus a whole lot more.
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