Bred in Northeast Asia as a sled dog, the Siberian Husky is known for its amazing endurance and willingness to work. Its agreeable and outgoing temperament makes it a great all-around dog, suitable for anything from sledding to therapy work. Because it originated in cold climates, Siberian Huskies have a thicker coat than most other breeds of dog, made up of a dense cashmere-like undercoat and a longer, coarse top coat. All colors from black to pure white are allowed, and a variety of markings on the head is common.
Friendly, gentle, dignified, alert, but not aggressive. Siberian Huskies are pack dogs and they need an owner who is the clear leader of the pack. This makes training easier because you will find that your dog respects you, but don't be surprised if they test the limits of your position in the pack and try to take control from time to time. When this happens, it's important not to give into their pushiness. Assert yourself as leader not by bullying or hitting but by confirming the ground rules with clarity and consistency.
Huskies are generally healthy, but like all breeds, they're prone to certain health conditions. Not all Huskies will get any or all of these diseases, but it's important to be aware of them if you're considering this breed.