Siberian Huskies and Husky mixes consistently make “Top 10 Most Dangerous Dogs” lists.
About Siberian Huskies
Adorable balls of fluff as puppies, it is easy to see why many people choose Huskies as a family pet.¬† But Huskies grow into medium-large dogs that require a lot of exercise and attention and were originally bred to be working dogs in the cold climates off the eastern Siberian peninsula to pull sleds, herd reindeer and serve as a watch dogs.
Huskies can overheat in warm climates making it be more challenging to get in the exercise they need during hot summers.¬† Without properly handling Huskies can become difficult to control and aggressive.
Their long, silky coat requires a fair amount of bushing due to a thick undercoat that sheds twice a year.
The Siberian Husky was first recognized by the AKC in 1930 and is classified in the group Northern, AKC Working.
Height: Dogs 21-23¬Ω inches (53-60cm.) Bitches 20-22 inches (51-56cm.)
Weight: Dogs 45-60 pounds (20¬Ω-27kg.) Bitches 35-50 pounds (16-22¬Ωkg.)
Huskies vs. Malamutes
Both breeds have similarities in coat colors and patterns which can make it hard for people unfamiliary with the breeds to tell them apart.
The eyes of the Alaskan Malamute are always brown.¬† Huskies can have brown or blue eyes, or even one brown and one blue eye.¬†¬† In general, Alaskan Malamutes are larger than Siberian Huskies.
Personality and Traits
Huskies are a high-energy dog, playful, but gentle and loving and devoted to their owners and family members.
Most breeders recommend an experienced dog owner because the Husky, while intelligent and trainable, will not respond well to someone it perceives as inferior or weaker.¬† They require and a strong owner who can offer consistent and patient leadership, training, and plenty of exercise.
The breed is not considered aggressive by nature, but is highly protective with a strong herding instinct which can lead to aggression. Poorly bred or untrained Huskies can become dangerous and may account for the high rate of human attacks by this popular breed.
Huskies are generally loyal and protective to anyone they see as part of their “pack.”¬† This includes the owner, family members, and sometimes other animals. Because of their naturally protective nature, early and extensive socialization is important when raising a Husky¬† puppy.
- The name husky is thought to be a corruption of Eskie ‚Äì a slang term for Eskimo.
- Their extra-thick coat lets them survive in Arctic temperatures as low as minus 60C.
- In cold weather, Siberian husky noses can change color from black to light brown or pink.
- Huskies make terrible watch dogs because they rarely bark, instead they make a wolf-like howling sound.
- In sled races they can manage speeds of 20mph for 20 to 30 miles every day.
- A sled dog race was included in the 1932 Winter Olympics; Canada won the gold medal.