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Siberian Husky

The Siberian Husky (often shortened to Sibe or Husky) was developed by the Chukchi tribe as an endurance sled dog. They are a purebred dog, and they are one of the fourteen ancient breeds. This means that while they show some of the fewest genetic differences to wolves, they are not wolf-crosses.

The Siberian Husky is a medium sized dog with a thickly furred double coat. They come in a wide variety of colours and markings, and all colours are allowed under the ANKC standard. Their coat, due to being a double coat, can help them survive in both freezing winters and hot summers. Some dogs will have a more wooly undercoat and have longer guard hairs, which is a recessive trait that is considered a fault in the show ring. These dogs will require more grooming. A Husky has a bushy tail that should not be tightly curved like a Malamute but instead lightly curved in a sickle shape. Females should be between 20 and 22 inches at the withers and males between 21 and 23.5 inches at the withers.

The Husky is a loving, playful and happy-go-lucky dog. They have a lot of energy and need a lot of exercise to make up for this, especially when they are young. Huskies are intelligent, however a handler needs patience in training one as they are very much a "what's in it for me?" breed of dog. They are a breed that needs very strict rules and pack structure and with this they can be a fantastic family member. The big thing, though, is that Huskies LOVE to RUN. They value their freedom, and a Husky that gets out of their yard will not come back in a hurry. They are very good at escaping, whether by jumping or digging. They need stimulation every day and high fences to keep them in their yard. They are not a dog that is easy for a beginner owner.