Siberian Husky

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Siberian Husky

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Character Data
Also known as: Domestic Dog
Japanese Name: シベリアン・ハスキー
Romanised Name: Shiberian hasukī
First Featured in: Not Featured Yet
Animal Data
Scientific Name: Canis lupus familiaris
Distribution: Worldwide
Diet: Omnivore
Average Lifespan in the Wild: 12-15 years
Read More: Siberian Husky
Conservation Status: Domesticated
Siberian Husky

Siberian Husky is a type of Friend.

Appearance

Siberian Husky has short, primarily black hair with a white fringe and sides. Her hair is topped by pointed black ears, which are white and pink on the inside. She has light blue eyes with small, circular pupils and thick eyelashes. She wears a white and black jacket with short, fur-trimmed sleeves and a white collar over a white shirt and a dark blue harness, similar to the ones other domesticated dog friends wear. She wears white gloves that are partially hidden under her jacket. Her shirt hangs over her black skirt, and she wears primarily white leggings with some black markings. Her fluffy tail is black on the top and white on the bottom. Her shoes are white, with a fur trim, and they are tied with black lace with blue tassels.

In Real Life

The graceful, medium-sized Siberian Husky’s almond-shaped eyes can be either brown or blue—and sometimes one of each—and convey a keen but amiable and even mischievous expression. Quick and nimble-footed, Siberians are known for their powerful but seemingly effortless gait. Tipping the scales at no more than 60 pounds, they are noticeably smaller and lighter than their burly cousin, the Alaskan Malamute. In fact, breeders and fanciers prefer the moniker Siberians over huskies, as the latter suggests a bigger, brawnier dog than what is the standard for the breed.

As born pack dogs, Siberians enjoy family life and get on well with other dogs; their innate friendliness render them indifferent watchdogs. This breed is also energetic and can’t resist chasing small animals, so secure running room is a must. An attractive feature of the breed: Siberians are naturally clean, with little doggy odor.

Siberian Huskies are probably best-known for their incredible sled-pulling skills, but these doggies aren't all business! They indeed make excellent working dogs—they were originally bred to help the Chukchi people of Siberia hunt more efficiently—but they're seriously sweet, friendly, and loyal.

About 3,000 years ago, the Chukchi people, a semi-nomadic tribe in Siberia, wanted to expand their hunting grounds but needed a little help pulling their sleds over such long distances. So, they set out to breed the ideal sled dog—one that required some serious endurance, a thick, winter-ready coat to protect them from sub-zero temperatures, and the ability to survive on minimal food.

Because they originated in subzero climates, Siberian Huskies are always ready for severe winter weather. They have a double coat, comprised of a very thick, short undercoat that helps them retain body heat, and a long outer coat that's water-resistant, while their almond-shaped eyes offer protection from loose snow and strong sunlight reflecting off of snow. What's more? Their long, bushy tails can be wrapped around their faces while they sleep for extra warmth.

Trivia

  • Huskies can sprint for hours upon hours, without food, and without tapping into their bodies' glycogen (carbohydrates) or fat stores. How do they burn so many calories without using their reserves? They regulate their metabolisms for performance.
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