Characteristics of the Siberian Husky

A business accountant by profession, Brandon Belanger of Walnut Creek, California, has volunteered extensively with animal rescue groups. Brandon Belanger maintains a particular fondness for the Siberian husky, a friendly and docile dog breed.

A strong working dog as well as a loving companion, the Siberian husky originally came to the world through the Chukchi tribe of Alaska. Since that time, they have become famous for their ability to pull sleds extremely long distances and through harsh weather conditions. The Siberian husky first achieved fame as the sled dogs that made possible the 1908 All-Alaskan Sweepstakes, a dogsled race covering 408 miles.

Also a sweet-tempered family dog, the Siberian husky typically gets along well with children and visitors to the home. They are energetic and need a good deal of exercise, though they quickly become uncomfortable exerting themselves in hot weather. Highly intelligent as well, they are very trainable, so long as the trainer projects an air of authority. Huskies are unlikely to obey commands if the giver seems uncertain or subservient. They are pack dogs at heart and dislike being left alone, so they are best suited to a family who can dedicate considerable time to their care.

West Coast residents interested in adding a husky to their family should check with the Siberian Husky Rescue/Referral of California, which serves parts of Nevada, Oregon, and California, including Walnut Creek. Other Siberian husky rescue resources can be found at