Huskies are probably the wackiest dog breed on this Earth! They fight and argue with you and guess what? They even win those arguments. Here, we brought a list of the most adorable Husky facts just for you.
Read this list and you will be pleasantly surprised to know some of the facts in the Husky facts list. Without any further ado, let us begin…
Husky Facts: 1-10
1. Northeast Asia’s Chukchi Eskimos tribe developed the Husky breed. The breed was developed some 3,000 years ago so that the dogs can help them in pulling the sleds.
2. They even helped to herd reindeer and hence, played the role of watchdogs as well.
3. It may surprise many but Husky has Spitz ancestors (Spitz is another group of breeds of dogs).
4. When the Alaskan gold rush happened, many sled dog races took place to see which groups could be used for working and sometimes for entertainment.
5. The dogs of Chukchi tribe proved to be faster than others and more resilient despite their small size.
6. In 1925 a group or team of Huskies led by Balto and driven by Kassen ran for 340 miles to deliver serum to Nome, a diphtheria-stricken city of Alaska. This incident kind of cemented the popularity of Husky as a racing sled dog.
7. It so happened that children of the Nome city were down with diphtheria. The serum which could cure diphtheria was 1000 miles far. Train could cover only a distance of 326 miles.
8. Twenty mushers and their dogs took to task to cover the rest of the miles. The whole mission took 12.5 hours. The final phase of the mission was led by a black Siberian Husky named Balto. These Huskies were named as heroes and saviors!
9. Thanks to many movies like Balto, Spirit of the Wind, Antarctica, etc. these Huskies became famous all over the world.
10. It is interesting to note that both United States of American and Russia claim Siberian Husky as theirs!
Husky Facts: 11-20
11. Huskies are also called the Chukcha or Chuksha dog or Sibe or Siberian Husky.
12. They are medium-sized dog. The average height of males is 21 to 23.5 inches and that of females is 20 to 22 inches.
13. The average weight of male huskies is 45 to 60 pounds and the average weight of female Huskies is 35 to 50 pounds.
14. The color of Husky’s coat influences the color of Husky’s nose. When the coat color is gray, tan, or black, the color of the nose is black, if the color of the coat is copper then the color of nose is liver-colored. White Huskies’ nose color is red.
15. The color of the eyes of Huskies also vary. The eye colors can be brown, blue, amber, or a combination of these three colors.
16. They can even have half-brown and half-blue color called parti-eyed or huskies can have one brown eye and one blue eye (it is called bi-eyes).
17. Apart from being intelligent, these dogs are determined, self-sufficient, and tough.
18. It is necessary to note that first-time dog parents should seriously reconsider their option of choosing Husky as their pet. They may be challenging and tough for the first-timers.
19. Though intelligent, they are not as ready to please their owners as other breeds. This makes the training challenging. They need proper training and socialization without fail.
20. Sometimes Huskies are considered as ‘street angels’ and ‘house devils’! This means that they behave well in obedience classes but forget everything the moment they enter their house.
Husky Facts: 21-30
21. Another fact that pet parents must be careful is that Huskies have a nasty habit of wandering away from home if given a proper chance. They can jump over the fence, crawl under it, slip collars, etc. just to escape from captivity.
22. It is very important that proper precautions are taken to avoid any such mishaps.
23. They are pretty active. They need a lot of exercise and playtime to spend their excess energy. If they don’t get enough exercise, they can get destructive. The same happens when huskies are left alone for several hours.
24. They are pretty good with children, other pets, and adults. They are social and stay calm and relaxed which means they are not great watchdogs.
25. They love to howl! However, they don’t usually like barking.
26. They are vulnerable to certain diseases like ectopy, hip dysplasia, corneal dystrophy, zinc responsive dermatosis, cataracts, progressive retinal atrophy, etc.
27. They have dense fur. They are made for colder climates. Air conditioning and shaded areas are a must for huskies if you live in warm areas and have or want to have huskies.
28. Huskies shed less when they are in colder areas and shed a lot when they are in warm areas.
29. Brushing your Husky once a week will decrease shedding during no or low shedding time and once a day during shedding season. They are a clean breed and don’t need a lot of baths to get rid of the odor.
30. Huskies live for around 12 to 15 years.
Husky Facts: 31-40
31. Remember the story of Balto that we told? There is a statue of Balto in Central Park, New York as a token of gratitude and a tribute. The real Balto is present at Cleveland Museum of Natural History.
32. It was in the second year of All Alaska Sweepstakes Race that Huskies were introduced to America. The race took place in 1909. The Huskies dominated the race for the next decade and wooed Americans.
33. As their natural habitat is Alaska and Siberia, they have a lot of physical features to protect them from bitter cold. Some of the physical features are double coat (one to keep warm, the other for water resistance), almond shape eyes (so that they can squint to keep the snow out of their eyes).
34. They wrap their tails around their face to protect their face and nose from the cold.
35. They have developed high endurance, high cold tolerance, can survive on little food.
36. They don’t easily get fatigued because they control their metabolism in a way that they don’t get tired even after running for long distances. How they control their metabolism in this peculiar way is still a mystery to scientists.
37. The huskies were used during World War II for search and rescue teams, communication, freighting, transportation, etc.
38. The closest relatives of Gray wolf are Chow Chow, Shiba Inu and Siberian Huskies.
39. Given the fact that they can perform well on little food, the pet parent must take care of not overfeeding the Husky.
40. As Siberian Huskies are pack dogs; the pet parent should make sure that he or she is the leader of the pack. This helps both the dog and the pet parent while training.
Husky Facts: 41-50
41. Thanks to Game of Thrones, many people started buying/adopting Huskies. But on the flip side, many of them were sent to shelter homes because of their ‘temperament’.
42. Huskies are not considered to be gluttons like the other breeds of dogs. They are also allergic to many foods like dairy, soy, wheat, corn, etc.
43. There is a smaller version of Siberian Husky. They were developed by Bree Normandin. She achieved this by breeding two pure bred undersized Huskies.
44. These miniature Huskies weigh around 15 and 35 pounds and are 12 to 16 inches tall. AKC has not recognized this breed.
45. They can run at a speed of 28 miles per hour.
46. Huskies rank 14th in the popularity charts of American Kennel Club.
47. They love digging holes. They can destroy your whole backyard in just few hours. It is wise if you let your dog do its thing in one side of backyard.
48. Because of an enzyme called tyrosinase that controls the pigmentation, some Huskies develop something called snow nose. In this, pink markings appear on the nose during winters. They automatically disappear during summer months.
49. They can withstand a temperature of -60oF. They should not be exercised during hot and humid days.
50. AKC recognizes 6 coat colors of Huskies – black and white, red and white, white, white and agouti, sable and white, and gray and white.
51. AKC puts Huskies under working group and UKC puts Huskies under Northern Breeds.