The Siberian Husky is a purebred dog recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1930 as a member of the working group of dogs. The Siberian Husky is a descendent of the “Eskimo dog”, or sled dog, and is also a member of the larger Spitz group of dogs which derived from the Arctic region. Each Siberian Husky breeder helped retain the traits of both groups including the high-set, triangular ears and curled, furry tail of the Spitz and the thick, double coat of insulating fur and overall wolf-like appearance of the Eskimo dog.
In 1909, Siberian Huskies were brought to Alaska to compete in sledding races. Their endurance and intelligence helped the husky win many events and deliver medicines to isolated regions during pandemics. Huskies are renowned for their sledding history. Though the breed is more commonly used in American Kennel Club competition than sledding races today, Siberian Huskies are still bred with the traits needed to pull sleds such as endurance, physical strength and intelligence.
It is important to stress the many similar physical and behavioral characteristics that huskies share with wolves. Each Siberian Husky breeder has a responsibility to warn potential buyers of this. Siberian Huskies can do serious damage and put themselves and their owners at risk if owners are not aware of their needs and do not properly train and care for huskies. Breeders want to find appropriate, permanent homes for huskies. So it is important that they share all relevant information with potential dog owners.
Siberian Huskies, like wolves, howl rather than bark. They howl when they are happy and sad and in response to a distant fire alarm. Their howls can sound like screams and can be shocking to unsuspecting owners and annoying to neighbors. An unaware husky buyer may give away or abandon their dog due to the noise alone. Other potentially problematic behavioral issues include stubbornness, escape artist behavior, running away (miles away due to their high endurance for running), acting out when bored and inability to be left alone. Siberian Huskies are pack animals and become severely unhappy if left alone.
The first question a breeder needs to ask is why a potential buyer wants a Siberian Husky. This is not just a beautiful dog breed. Siberian Huskies require regular exercise, stimulation and training. If a buyer cannot provide these things, a Siberian Husky is not the appropriate dog breed for them. The second question the potential breeder needs to ask is what buyer knows about the breed. Any questions about the breed should be answered before buying. The next questions can be directed at the Siberian Husky breeder.
The breeder should be an expert on the breed and should be able to effectively answer all questions the buyer has about the history of the breed, common medical and behavioral traits of the breed, how to train, discipline, and care for the breed, and the pedigree associated with the particular Siberian Husky they are selling. Asking the right questions of the breeder and making sure the breeder also asks questions about the buyer’s home and knowledge of Siberian Huskies is the way to ensure parties are a good match and that the Siberian Husky will be placed in a loving, appropriate, permanent home.