Hello friends, and welcome back to this week’s edition of Tales & Tails. I decided to make this week’s post about what I consider to be if not the most beautiful, then one of the most intimidating dogs out there: Siberian Huskies. One of the most popular and in-demand dogs today, Siberian Huskies have remained at the top of best-ranked dogs for a long time and for many reasons. But before we get into that, let’s discuss their background.
Huskies were bred in, you guessed it, Siberia. They were bred to work in hard, arctic conditions and love doing so. They were brought to Alaska in 1909 and have spread throughout the world, and the United States, since. Primarily known for their great dog-sledding talents, a group of Siberian Huskies actually saved the entire town of Nome, Alaska. An outbreak of disease spread throughout the town and a group of Siberian Huskies mushed their way through snow to deliver the medicine to the town. Today they are staples in the dog-sledding world. Husky’s are the only dog that can change their chemical metabolism, being able to run for hours and hours while still reserving their fat storage so they don’t become fatigued. They were also first chosen for sledding because of their adaptation to the cold, but also because of their howl. A Husky’s howl can be heard from ten miles away, something that may be useful if ever stuck in a dire situation.
Physically, Siberian Huskies are striking. If you ever think of a Husky, you are more than likely going to be able to recognize their eyes first. They have striking blue eyes only highlighted by their either prominently white, or black and white coat. Huskies are one of the only breeds where the dog’s eyes may be two different colors and luckily, it doesn’t affect their vision. Huskies have a dense undercoat beneath their top coat, designed to withstand temperatures below -50 degrees. This makes them perfectly ideal for cold areas, but it doesn’t have to be the arctic.
Huskies are amazing family dogs. Because they are predisposed to packs and that sort of lifestyle, they are incredibly loyal and are very clingy. My dad had a Husky and said that it would follow him everywhere and try to be as close to him as he could. They love, love, love their owners. They also have a natural affinity for kids and are super gentle, playful, and kind. Even as they grow they are smart enough to recognize their size compared to that of a baby, and adjust their behaviors accordingly. They are also smart enough to know how to be trained, and thus are easily trainable, but they also are aware of when they don’t feel like doing something. If they decide they don’t want to train on that day, they won’t.
Overall, Huskies are amazing and I highly recommend them for anyone who enjoys a true dog of a dog, a dog who loves to run and be outside, but can also be a big baby when needed.