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The Siberian Husky is a medium sized breed originally imported in 1908 for the purpose of Dog Sled racing. They were then know as the Chukchi Sled Dog named after the Siberian nomadic tribe who are credited with the development of the breed. The little dogs were first laughed at because of their small size in comparison to the current mastiff type dogs in use. But they proved themselves to be exceptional sled dogs. The Siberian Husky is still used today on many competitive race teams.
Siberian Huskies are one of the most entrancing breeds due to their unique look and friendly disposition. But before you fall in love with the looks there are some things you should know about the breed. They are definitely wonderful pets and very intelligent however, they are not right for every family.
The Siberian Husky makes a wonderful companion. They thrive on attention, and long walks in the park. Most are good with older children. The only danger with very young children is that he Siberian may be so eager to play with the child they may knock it over in exuberance. Siberians love to go anywhere with their owners.
It used to be that if one wanted to show a dog in obedience it was recommended that one purchase a Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever, Border Collie, Shetland Sheepdog, German Shepherd, or an of the many breeds labeled as "intelligent". However, now that trainers are using more positive methods of motivation they are discovering that most breeds can do obedience and do fairly well. There are more and more people exhibiting Siberian Huskies in obedience. There are people who are getting High In Trial at all breed trials with their Siberians. So, it can be done!
Some dos and don'ts:
The Siberian Husky is the only purebred dog still competitive on todays race circuit. Any Siberian or medium to large size dog can be trained to pull. Whether it be to pull it's owner on skis or inline skates, a small team for recreation, or to race for fun or be competitive.
If one wishes to be competitive one must get a dog from a breeder who selects for working ability as their number one criteria in their breeding program.