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Description: The Siberian Husky is a medium sized dog, the male is 21-23½ inches tall and the female is 20-22 inches, with the dog weighing 45-60 pounds and the female is between 35-50 pounds. . They were originally bred as sled dogs. They are compact and strong, almost short, making them ideal for the job they were bred for. They have a proportionally sized head, which is roughly half skull and half snout, with the oval shaped to medium sized eyes being moderately spaced. They have a medium-length double coat, which is thick and maintains body temperature. These dogs can tolerate temperatures as low as -50 to -60 degrees Celsius (but you probably don’t want to be the person with them in these temperatures). Their triangular-shaped ears are erect and set high.

History: The Siberian Husky was used as a guard dog and for herding reindeer, although it is probably best known for pulling sleds. They were used by the Chukchi tribe on the eastern side of the peninsula in Siberia. It was the traders who originally brought these dogs to Alaska, where they used to breed them. Sleds used to be bred for speed, as dogs are very strong and have an exceptional amount of stamina. The event was very popular and became official when, in 1908; The Alaska draw came up, which is a 408-mile race. These dogs also have a more significant history. In 1925 Alaska suffered an epidemic of diphtheria in the town of Nome. Since most of Alaska is fairly isolated, and Nome is no different, the dogs were used to bring much-needed medicine to residents. In World War II, due to their great resistance to weathering, they were used by the military in search and rescue work in the Arctic. In 1930, the breed was first recognized by the AKC.

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