Surely no breed can claim to be as well-traveled as the Siberian Husky. Hailing originally from the frigid steppes of Northern Asia, the Husky’s ancestors were much-valued sled dogs. The original Arctic sled dog is thought to have been bred by the Chukchi tribe of what is now Siberia. The Husky was introduced to Alaska in the early 20th century, originally as a sled-dog for use during the gold rush, but quickly became valued as a loyal companion.
While Siberian Huskies are not generally vocal dogs, when they do decide they have something to say, they’re often more prone to howl rather than bark. Even their “talking” tends to be a soft “woo woo woo” sound rather than a loud “woof!”
Today, while Huskies are still a popular breed for competitive sledding (such as the Alaskan Iditarod race) they’re now more often found in homes across the world as much-loved pets. Siberians make great pets, but owners must be committed to spending a good deal of time training and exercising; the breed’s high level of intelligence and athletic heritage mean that they require varied mental stimulation and a lot of vigorous exercise to stop them from getting bored!
Although an athletic and intelligent breed, Huskies are still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Huskies are prone to include eye problems such as entropion, pannus and cataracts; respiratory issues such as laryngeal paralysis; and hip conditions such as hip dysplasia.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Husky inherits his dad’s poor eyesight or his mother’s bad hips, you’re covered.