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Name of breed:
Siberian Husky was developed in ancient times by the Chukchi people of
north-east Asia who wanted a hardy sled dog with strength, speed and stamina.
Wider recognition of its abilities came after the gold rush to Alaska at the
turn of the century, when dog-hauled sled were the only means of transportation
available. There was considerable rivalry between the dog teams, and Huskies
became famed sled racing dogs.
at withers: dogs 53-60cm (21-23.5 in) bitches 51-56cm (20-22in). Weight: dogs
20-27kg (45-60lb), bitches 16-23kg (30-50lb)
Medium in length, giving a well-furred appearance; outer
coat straight and lying smooth against body; under coat soft and dense.
All colors and markings permissible; markings on head
common, including striking ones not found on other breeds.
The breed became renowned, during the Second World War, for search and rescue
work. In the following decade it gained considerable popularity in
America, and by about 1960 and come into its own in the United Kingdom and
Character and care
The Siberian Husky is an intelligent and friendly animal
with considerable stamina. It is not an aggressive dog and may be kept as a
family pet, provided it is given some work and plenty of space and exercise.