Siberian Husky Breed Origins and Caracteristics

The husky is an old breed of dogs of Siberian origin. They were found among the Tchouktches that lived in the borders of the Kolyma River and they were truly their most precious property. The huskies watched over their properties; they pulled from sleighs and accompanied the hunters and the children. Unlike other sleigh dogs of the Great North, the Siberian huskies often lived inside the houses. The name Siberian huskies was given to the breed by the Europeans, because of the pejorative description of the Eskimos. It acquired a huge popularity towards the half of the 1920s. During the winter of 1925, a diphtheria epidemic was declared in Nmome, the capital of gold hunters of Alaska, and serum had to be found as soon as possible. The Norwegian Leonard Sepala walked 300 km in the middle of a snowstorm with a team of huskies and brought the medicine on time. To commemorate his success, nowadays the longest sleigh race with a team of dogs, the Iditarod, is being organized from Anchorage to Nome, more than 1.939 km. The husky is friendly, intelligent dog, which is a marvelous companion and its popularity grows more and more, especially in these last years.

The term husky is also used to designate the dogs that lived in Greenland, the Labrador, Alaska and the North of Canada. But its right name is Greenland Eskimo. These dogs did not acquire the status of breed until a little time ago and the FCI considered Canada as their native country. Unlike the Siberian husky, the Greenland Eskimo is mistrustful and does not bark, but hauls as a wolf. It is an excellent dog for work because it pulls from sleighs and it is a good help for hunting.

Siberian Husky (1). Size: male 53-59 cm; female 50-55 cm. Weight: male 20-27 kg; female 15-22 kg. The hair can be of any color. Generally it is found in different tonalities of gray, tan and black with patches and white spots. A darker color in the cranium and white mask are also typical features. The eyes are brown or blue and it is allowed that each one of the eyes have a different color.

Greenland Eskimo (2). Size: male 63-66 cm; female 58-60 cm. Weight: male 35 kg; female 30 kg. The colors is an accessory, in most cases, these dogs are white, white and black, wolf, blue, tan, brown, yellowish or any combination of these colors. Above the eyes, it generally has white or tan patches.

The feet of the two breeds have very well-protected soles with longer hair between the toes, which are separated by solid membranes.

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