5 AMAZING FACTS About The SIBERIAN HUSKY
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Our first fact is to do with the Husky’s recognisably beautiful appearance. The Husky sheds profusely - Especially during the spring and autumn. This is particularly important to know about the breed if you are not someone who can deal with finding hair here, there and everywhere. Although, interestingly, depending on the climate you live in, the level of shedding can differ – in cooler temperatures they tend to shed less than those who live in warmer climates. Huskies do require regular grooming to avoid their fur matting and reducing the amount of hair that you find around the house. Brushing your dog’s coat at least once a week and daily during shedding season can be a great way to keep your pup looking their best and reducing the high level of hair around your home. Now, the second fact about this very popular breed is that they are very vocal dogs. It is not a surprise to come across a video where someone has filmed their Husky having a big old howl. Incredibly a Husky’s howl can be heard up to ten miles away! A Husky’s howl is their main form of communication thanks to their wolf ancestors. Howling is much easier to detect in the distance than barking is which makes it easier for them to find one another out in the wilderness. Huskies continue to howl, whine and “talk” today because of their wolf ancestors. Although the domesticated Husky does not need to howl to communicate through snow and forest, there is a lot that can be learnt about why they howl and what they mean when they howl. Being closely related to wolves, the howling is inherent to them and the best way to understand it is to understand why wolves howl in the wild. When a wolf gets separated from the pack they howl to call out to the pack in order to find them again. It is a long sustained howl which carries through the air making it easy to pinpoint the location. Often Huskies will be found to howl at sirens as an instinctual response of returning the call. Also, some experts have said that Huskies will howl when a baby cries as they see the baby as part of their family or their pack and so even if the Husky knows that a human is not the same as a dog, they will treat the baby as though they are part of the back. There are a couple potential reasons behind this as the Husky may recognise the baby’s cry as a sign of distress and howls in response or to get the parents attention. The third fact about this remarkable breed is that they need a lot of exercise! The Husky was bred to run for extremely long distances pulling a load which required a high amount of energy and stamina. Siberian Huskies are impressively powerful and athletic dogs. They need a large amount of exercise every day – at least 2 hours or more. As they have a lot of energy, they also need a lot of mental stimulation to prevent them from becoming bored and developing destructive behaviours. Our fourth fact about the Siberian Husky is that they are very friendly in nature, particularly in a family setting. This is a major positive, especially if you are a big family with children of all ages. Huskies are known to be really great with children and are not known to be aggressive dogs. Being pack orientated dog, they absolutely love to be in people’s company which means they are good with strangers – they tend to love everyone they meet which is a great quality. However, if you are looking for a watchdog then the Husky is not going to be the best choice as they thrive off the attention and company, so would most likely not consider any stranger or situation a threat. Obviously, all dogs’ temperaments can vary due to other factors which is important to be aware of when getting a pup; they may not always be as you expect as they are individuals like we are. The fifth and final fact about this absolutely incredible breed is that they have incredible eyesight. Huskies have a tapetum lucidum membrane in their eyes which allows them to see extremely well even in the darker hours of the day. Also, to keep their eyes protected and moist, the Husky has a nictitating membrane or extra eyelid which really benefits the breed when used as a working dog in harsh and freezing environments.