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Huskies are known for their wolf-like appearance and trademark blue eyes. This breed is a working dog commonly used for pulling sleds through the snow.
See the fact file below for more information on the huskies or alternatively, you can download our 23-page Huskies worksheet pack to utilise within the classroom or home environment.
Key Facts & Information
- The word husky originates from the word Eskimo, known as ‘huskies’, generally referring to Arctic people. This is a contraction of ‘Huskimos’, the pronunciation given to the word ‘Eskimos’ by the English sailors of trading vessels. The use of ‘husky’ is recorded from 1852 for dogs kept by Inuit people – a group of culturally similar indigenous peoples inhabiting the Arctic regions of Greenland, Canada and Alaska.
- They were used to pull sleds in Siberia, Russia, specifically.
- During the gold rush in Alaska, huskies were used not only to transport goods, but also as miners’ entertainment like dog races. During outbreaks of a serious disease called diphtheria, they were used to deliver medicine and other supplies around Nome. These dogs were also working dogs in WWII, used for search and rescue.
- Dog Breed Group: Working dogs
- Height: 20 to 2323½ inches
- Weight: 35 to 60 pounds
- Life Span: 12 to 15 years
- Huskies are medium-sized dogs. The mature male Siberian husky stands 21 to 23½ inches at the withers and weighs 45 to 60 pounds. Females stand 20 to 22 inches at the withers and weigh 35 to 50 pounds.
- They have a thick double coat that can withstand harsh cold weather. Their undercoat is short and warm, while the overcoat is long and water-resistant. Huskies can be gray, black, copper red or white.
- Their almond-shaped eyes are typically pale blue, although they can also be brown, green, blue, yellow, or heterochromia (two colors). The color of their eyes is controlled by a rare gene that few dog breeds are believed to have.
- A husky’s nose is wet due to a thin layer of mucous that absorbs scent. This is then licked to further process the scent with their mouths. When it is freezing, a Siberian husky’s nose will dry up.
- Their tail is thick and bushy and used to wrap around their faces while they sleep; their breath warms the tail and keeps the nose and face protected from the cold.
SOCIAL LIFE and HABITAT
- As working dogs, huskies are energetic and athletic.
- They are bred to work hard and have high stamina, so they need plenty of exercise and play time to keep them happy.
- They are known for being destructive when they don’t get enough physical and mental stimulation.
- They’re not great watchdogs – they’re unsuspicious and friendly to strangers. Huskies are not one-person dogs and they make great pets for households with children. They can be very tolerant of children but, like all dogs, should be supervised.
- Known for being independent thinkers, huskies will sometimes ignore your commands – choosing to see them more as thoughtful suggestions.
- Huskies are very vocal dogs, preferring to howl rather than bark.
- Huskies are generally healthy, but like all breeds, they’re prone to certain health conditions. Not all Huskies will get any or all of these diseases, but it’s important to be aware of them if you’re considering this breed. If you’re buying a puppy, find a good breeder who will show you health clearances for both your puppy’s parents.
- Health clearances prove that a dog has been tested for and cleared of a particular condition. Like many pedigree dogs, huskies are prone to health conditions. In huskies, you should look for health clearances from the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) for hip dysplasia (with a score of fair or better), elbow dysplasia, hypothyroidism, and von Willebrand’s disease; from Auburn University for thrombopathia; and from the Canine Eye Registry Foundation (CERF) certifying that the eyes are normal.
- These dogs were bred to need very little food to survive. They burn a lot of calories without ever tapping into other energy stores by regulating their metabolism.
- Huskies will only eat until they are full. They don’t overeat. How much your adult dog eats depends on its size, age, build, metabolism and activity level.
- Their diet should consist of raw food, commercial dog food including dry and wet varieties, or a combination of the two.
This is a fantastic bundle which includes everything you need to know about huskies across 23 in-depth pages. These are ready-to-use Huskies worksheets that are perfect for teaching students about the huskies which are known for their wolf-like appearance and trademark blue eyes. This breed is a working dog commonly used for pulling sleds through the snow.
Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- Huskies Facts
- All About Huskies
- Witty Husky
- Safe with Care
- Chore Charts
- Husky Discovery
- Letter Jumble
- Crossword Puzzle
- Heroes of the North
- Dog Maze
- Four Fun Facts
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