Siberian Husky Dogs and Alaskan Malamutes are famous for their sled pulling abilities and the fact that they are quite comfortable in freezing conditions. They both have amazingly thick coats and are very hardy dogs. The main differences between the 2 breeds are that Huskies tend to be smaller, sleeker and finer set than Malamutes. They are absolutely striking dogs with the most amazing eyes and faces.
The breed was originally developed by the people of the Chukchi tribe, in the foothills of the Cherski mountains. They needed a dog that was intensely strong for its size with high stamina for drafting. These dogs have a lovely temperament, but it is important to remember that they are true pack dogs. Therefore, it needs to be clear to them where they are placed in your home’s hierarchy (preferably below all the humans!) Huskies are outgoing and friendly dogs that love interacting with humans and they are a great companion for people of all ages. It is important that they are exercised every day. Lack of exercise can lead to these dogs becoming a nuisance and they can begin to display quite destructive behaviour to keep themselves amused.
The average lifespan is around 12 years, but they can live for up to 14 years with the right diet, genetics and lifestyle.
They usually grow to about 55-60 cm in height and weigh between 20 and 28 kgs in peak condition.