Siberian Husky

 

The ancestors of the Siberian Husky came from northern Siberia and were for centuries the indispensable companion of the nomads living there.
Over the years, the Siberian Husky has become the most popular sled dog in Europe. His running, his athleticism and his fine character make him an extraordinary sportsman. The male dogs have a shoulder height of asbiout 60 cm and the bitches about 56 cm. The weight of male adult dogs can be up to 28 kg and that of females up to 23 kg. The coat of the Siberian Husky consists of two layers: the undercoat and medium-length coat. The undercoat, which is changed once or twice a year, is pure white or only slightly colored. The cover hair can assume all the colours from white to red and gray to black.
The most common marking on the body is a strong coloration on the back, which becomes less over the sides towards the belly. The marking called Pinto (checkered coat) is rarely observed. Belly and chest are usually pure white.
The eyes can be blue or brown or amber. The occurrence of differently colored or mixed-colored eyes are within the breed standards. Often, one eye can be brown, the other blue (Bichromatism), which can occvur in onne eye only as well (unilateral bichromatism). The top of the head has often a pronounced form of an open or closed mask.
The husky is able to get himself completely snowed in a snow storm by rolling up and sticking its nose under its tail. This acts as air filter and heats the air to breathe, enabling the husky to spend the whole night snowed in. The husky is optimally adapted to the polar regions. Its coat has two layers: the upper coat, which is water resistant and robust, and the undercoat made of fine hair. The two layers provide optimum thermal insulation, because the underwear generates heat (by friction) during the dog’s movements, whereas the top coat prevents heat loss.
The paws are comparatively small and more compact than those of similarly large dogs. Heat loss is also limited here, as well as the risk of injury.
The Husky is able to pull ten times its own body weight (with proper training) which made him an important domesticized animal for survival as well as a family member for the Eskimos. Puppies were brought up together with the own children of the house (Igloo), which formed the human and child-friendly character of the husky. They also had to listen to the commands of many different persons because sleds were not driven by just one man. Only the most obedient and friendly dogs were used for breeding. Huskies have an excellent sense of orientation, which makers them never to deviate from familiar trails, even if the trails are no longer visible becvause of the thick coverage by snow.
The FCI description of the husky is as follows: The characteristic temperament of the Siberian Husky is friendly and gentle, but also attentive and communicative. It is not a guard dog, and is rarely suspicious of strangers or other dogs. He is credited with intelligence and good behaviour, and thus a good companion and willing labourer, with a desire to run.

 

Quelle Bild: Von Joern Hauke - Joern Hauke, CC BY-SA 3.0 de, Link

Quelle Text: de.wikipedia.org

 

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One of the most famous sled dogs, several times filmed by Walt Disney. Balto was the lead dog of Gunner Karsen, when a group of sled dog teams brought the much needed drugs and vaccines to Nome. Today the legendary Iditarod is following the same route.

 

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