The Siberian Husky is a native of eastern Siberia in Russia, bred by the Chuckhi people of Northeastern Asia. Like the Samoyed and the Alaskan Malamute, this working breed is a direct descendant of the original sled dog and belongs to the Spitz family. They have a height range of 20 to 23.5 inches and weigh between 35 to 60 pounds. Strong and compact, the breed shares many physical similarities with the Alaskan Malamute and appear more wolf-like. The eyes are almond-shaped, set slightly obliquely and are either ice blue, dark blue, amber or brown in colour. The colour of the nose depends on the coat colour- that is, black in gray dogs, tan in black dogs and liver in copper-coloured ones. In rare instances, the breed can have a “snow nose” which is basically caused by hypo pigmentation. The ears are erect and triangular in shape and the tail is carried over the back in a sickle curve. The feet are large and have hair between the toes for warmth and for gripping on ice. The double coat is thick and can withstand extremely cold temperatures with a wide variety of colours from black to pure white with piebald being a common pattern. The face mask and underbody are usually white.
The Siberian Husky has been used for all kinds of tasks from pulling sleds, herding reindeer and as watch dogs. They are highly intelligent and they do well in obedience trials. They tend to howl than to bark. Active and highly energetic, they make excellent jogging or running companions. They are actually happy-go-lucky, lively dogs that are good with children and even friendly with strangers. A good socialization and training program will ensure that they do not acquire bad habits such as chewing furniture and digging tunnels in the yard.