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Red Husky: The Unique Sled Dog

Red Husky: The Unique Sled Dog

We all know and love the Siberian Husky. While they are quite the Drama Queens, their loving nature and bubbly personality will win anyone over. But did you know that beside the black, grey and white color combination, the Husky can also be red? While the red Husky is pretty rare, they do exist. And we are so grateful that they do — because these dogs are absolute stunners!

In this article we will get to know the red Husky. But before doing that, let’s clean the air first, shall we?

The first thing that you have to know is that the red Husky is in no way a separate dog breed. It is just a rare color variation of the classic Siberian Husky.

And the second thing is — the red version is just as much of a challenge as any other Husky is. So if you’re looking for a low-maintenance dog, this isn’t it.

Huskies need a lot of love, attention and exercise. But just believe us when we say — it’s all so worth it.

Origins of the Husky

The ancestors of the red Siberian Husky are – as the name suggests – Siberian sled dogs. The nomadic peoples living there have been breeding their tough and persistent dogs for centuries. In 1909, the Siberian fur trader William Goosak competed for the first time with his dogs for the “All Alaska Sweetstakes Sled Dog Race”. Since the dogs were much smaller than Alaskan Malamutes, which are currently popular in Alaska, the other participants ridiculed him. They called his dogs “Huskys” – a insult to the Inuit at the time.

When he took third place in the demanding race with his “Siberian Huskies”, the curiosity of the other mushers was aroused. The dogs were able to keep a high speed over long distances. In addition, they were more agile than the other four-legged friends. Then in 1910, the Norwegian musher Leonard Seppala began the first husky breeding outside Siberia with his male Togo. In 1930, the breed was recognized in the USA by the American Kennel Club. Even today, the Inuit use the dogs as sled dogs, but they are also popular family dogs worldwide.

Personality

The red Husky is a sociable and sporty breed of dog with an original character. The dogs are considered friendly, gentle and human-oriented, which is why they are reluctant to be alone. They prefer to be with others anytime and everywhere and get along easily with other dogs too. The dogs build a close relationship with their owners and go with them through thick and thin. However, many representatives of the breed are characterized by a strong hunting instinct. Therefore, you should attach particular importance to retrieval when educating. At the same time, the dogs can also be idiosyncratic, stubborn and arrogant. Well socialized, huskies get along great with children and like to play. They are open-minded and friendly to strangers, but would protect their family from threats.

Appearance

Overall, a red Siberian husky strongly resembles a wolf from appearance and physique. With a height of up to 25 inches and a weight of up to 50 lbs, the dogs are relatively slim. Their red color can go from a very light rusty color to a full on auburn red. Its coat structure is striking with very dense underhair and fur-like top hair. The eyes of the dogs are almond-shaped and slightly oblique and can be blue, brown or mixed color. The triangular ears sit high on the head and stand closely together. The huskies have a white, dense undercoat, whereby the top hair is red, but can also have traces of brown or black. Usually the fur on the back is strongly colored and becomes weaker and weaker over the sides to the tummy.

Training

The Siberian Husky is an open and honest dog who likes to work with masters and mistresses. Nevertheless, a good upbringing must not be missing. The independent polar dogs are best stored in the hands of experienced dog owners. With consistency and discipline, you can make the dog a loyal and incomparable partner. Take a loving step forward and work primarily with praise. Attending a puppy school where your young dog can make contacts with other dogs is the best way to socialize. Many breeders only hand in their dogs if the new owners guarantee a visit to the dog school.

Activities with the Siberian Husky

The Siberian Husky is a active dog that wants to run extensively every day. As an original sled dog, the huskies of the show lines are still enthusiastic draught animals. There are many ways to utilize the dogs without snow. For example, there is the sport of canicross, in which the dog pulls a kind of sled on wheels with the help of a belly belt. Of course, you can take the husky with you for hiking, cycling or jogging. It is important that he is not bored. It is also relevant for the intelligent dog breed to be mentally challenged.

Health and care

The grooming of the Siberian Husky is not complex and it is enough to comb it easily. During the change of fur, the situation changes. The dogs now lose tufts of undercoat and depend on your help. In terms of health, huskies are robust dogs that have hardly any breed-related diseases. With a balanced diet and healthy dog food, you can support the vitality of the husky. A sufficient nutrient intake in the form of vitamins and minerals is vital for the sled dog, especially under stress. In summer, you should make sure that the dog with the thick undercoat does not overheat.

Does the Siberian Husky suit me?

The pretty appearance, the original style and the elegant appearance give the huskies many fans. If you want to get a Siberian Husky, you don’t have to be a trained musher. However, there should not be a lack of dog experience and enough time for the four-legged friend. You should definitely attend a sled dog race beforehand and see the dogs in action. These dogs love winter and the cold, which is why you shouldn’t mind long walks in snowfall. The keeping in a house with a large, secured garden would be optimal, where the dog can let off leash.

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