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As I mentioned at the beginning of this video, the Siberian Husky is a very popular breed due to its stunning looks. They are extremely wolf-like in their appearance with their pointed ears, strong build and variety of coat colours ranging from black to pure white. When getting a Husky you should be aware that these are not dogs that shed lightly. They have a thick double coat which features a medium-length hair with a straight topcoat and a dense and soft undercoat. They shed 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, 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. The lifespan of the Siberian Husky ranges from 12 to 14 years. As with all dog breeds, they can be more prone to particular health conditions, which is really important to be aware of before adding a Husky into your home. For this breed, you should expect to see health clearances from the breeder which have been done by a certified scheme. These tests prove that your dog has been tested for and cleared of a certain health condition. There are many Health Tests available in order to understand potential risks and the level of the risk, these include Hip Dysplasia Schemes, Eye Schemes and Gonioscopy. Certain health conditions that Huskies are prone to include hip and elbow dysplasia, gland problems, and eye conditions like cataracts, corneal dystrophy or progressive retinal atrophy. Corneal dystrophy is a condition which affects the cornea of the eyeball and is usually seen in young adolescent dogs. Progressive Retinal Atrophy is a degenerative eye disorder which eventually causes blindness due to loss of photoreceptors at the back of the eye – it can be detected years before the dog shows any signs of blindness. Breeders should have their dogs’ eyes certified annually and do not breed the dogs with this disease.  Male Huskies are around 53 to 61 centimetres at the highest point of the shoulder and females tend to be between 51 and 56 centimetres at the same point. They are large and strong built dogs, males weigh between 20 and 27 kilograms and female Huskies weigh around 16 to 23 kilograms. The recommended daily amount of food for a Husky is 1 and half to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day which can be divided into two meals. They require a relatively small amount of food for their large size which is believed to be because of the fact that they were first bred to pull a loaded sledge at a fast pace over very long distances in cold climates on the smallest possible amount of food. As always though, the amount of food your dog requires can change depending on their size, age, build, metabolism and their activity level. Each dog is individual and may have different requirements which is very important to remember as an owner.  A key fact to know about the Siberian Husky is that they are a Pedigree Breed recognised by the Kennel Club in England. They are classed as part of the Working Group of dog breeds and this definitely explains their highly active nature. As I previously mentioned, 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. Their curiosity and inquisitive nature are important traits to be aware of, especially as this can sometimes end up with them getting lost or injured. They have a good-natured temperament and are known to do well with children and a home with multiple dogs. The Husky is a pack dog, they thrive off being around people and enjoy being in their company.  The Siberian Husky is an extremely impressive breed, but do make sure that before getting a pup that you know all the key facts regarding the breed you are looking at to make sure you are able to care for them in the way they need.

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