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When the semi-nomadic Chukchi people of Siberia had to expand their hunting grounds 3,000 years ago, they sought to breed the ideal sled dog. It had to have endurance, high tolerance to cold and the ability to survive on very little food. The resulting pups should be able to carry loads over long distances. Thus a Siberian husky was bred.
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Key Facts & Information
SIZE and APPEARANCE
- An average male stands between 21 and 23.5 inches high while the female averages 20 to 22 inches. The male weighs between 45 and 60 pounds and the female 35 to 50 pounds.
- It is a medium-sized dog with a light, compact frame. Its body is well proportioned and muscular – fit for long-distance running.
- The color of a husky’s nose depends on the color of its coat. The nose is black in gray, tan and black dogs; liver-colored in copper dogs; and flesh-colored in pure white dogs.
- The eyes can also vary in color from blue to brown and amber, or a combination. Huskies can also have half-blue and half-brown eyes, or one blue and one brown eye.
- The Siberian husky coat comes in all colors ranging from black to pure white, and with or without markings on the head. The face mask and underbody are typically white. Common Husky color combinations are black and white, red and white, gray and white, sable and white, red-orange with black tips, and piebald.
SOCIAL LIFE and HABITAT
- With a thick coat and athletic body, huskies thrive in colder climates. Cold means even as cold as -50 degrees.
- Huskies are unsuspicious and friendly to strangers – not guard dogs.
- Huskies are great with kids. In fact, the Chukchi people – indigenous Eskimos of Western Chukotka – used huskies to look after their children.
- They love to run and explore and are known as escape artists – capable of digging under fences and slipping out of leashes.
- Known for being independent thinkers, huskies will sometimes ignore your commands – choosing to see them more as thoughtful suggestions.
- Like every dog, Siberian huskies need early exposure to many different people, sights, sounds and experiences when they’re young. Socialization helps ensure that your puppy grows up to be a well-rounded dog.
- Siberian Huskies are pack dogs, and they need an owner who is the clear leader of the pack.
- Huskies require plenty of physical and mental stimulation, and when they don’t get it, they are known to be destructive.
- Huskies often run long distances on very little food. They burn a lot of calories without ever tapping into other energy stores – and they do this by regulating their metabolism.
- Huskies will only eat until they are full. They don’t overeat, but of course do not starve them! How much your adult dog eats depends on his size, age, build, metabolism and activity level.
- Their diet consists raw food, commercial dog food including dry and wet varieties, or a combination of the two.
PUPPY TO ADULTHOOD
- Gestation period is around 63 days. If your husky is pregnant, be gentle and keep her healthy!
- A healthy Siberian husky averages between four and six puppies in a litter; however, that’s a guideline.
- Huskies continue to fill out until their second year, and some males take as long as 36 months to reach their full size. Your dog will also continue to mature emotionally and intellectually until she is about two.
- Siberian huskies typically achieve their adult size at about 12 months of age. They are considered adult dogs between one and seven years old. Once it reaches the age of seven, it is considered to be a senior dog.
Siberian husky Worksheets
This is a fantastic bundle which includes everything you need to know about Siberian husky across 20 in-depth pages. These are ready-to-use Siberian husky worksheets that are perfect for teaching students about the Siberian husky. When the semi-nomadic Chukchi people of Siberia had to expand their hunting grounds 3,000 years ago, they sought to breed the ideal sled dog. It had to have endurance, high tolerance to cold and the ability to survive on very little food. The resulting pups should be able to carry loads over long distances. Thus a Siberian husky was bred.
Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- Siberian Husky Facts
- My Husky!
- Nitty-Gritty Husky
- Husky Awesomeness
- Balto and Togo
- Huskies Letter Jumble
- Pup Care
- Senior Moments
- To Sum it Up
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