10 Incredible Siberian Husky Facts

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Siberian huskies are famous for their impressive sled-pulling talents, but don’t let that fool you—they have plenty of charm beyond the snow trails! Originally bred to assist the Chukchi people in hunting, these pups are hardworking and versatile. But they’re also very friendly, known for their affectionate and loyal nature. Here are all the incredible Siberian husky facts you need to know!

Huskies sport their own winter gear

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Siberian huskies come from cold places and are always prepared for freezing weather. Their fur is like wearing two coats: a thick, warm one underneath and a long, water-resistant one on top. Plus, their eyes are shaped like almonds, which helps keep snow and bright sunlight from bothering them. And get this—they can even snuggle up by wrapping their big, fluffy tails around their faces for extra warmth when they’re taking a nap.

Huskies are bursting with energy

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Bringing a lively husky into your family means being ready for lots of exercise! The American Kennel Club says Siberian huskies need regular workouts. How you do that is totally up to you and your furry friend—whether walking, running, or playing. Since huskies were born to run, they’re great jogging partners. Just start with short runs and build up slowly. But be careful; their thick fur can make them feel hotter, especially in warm weather.

Many huskies boast striking blue eyes

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Did you know that blue eyes are rare in most dog breeds unless they have a special gene called merle, which affects their eye and coat colors? Lots of huskies are born with stunning blue eyes. And here’s another remarkable fact: some huskies have heterochromia, meaning their eyes are different colors. You might spot a husky with one blue eye and one brown, gold, or orange eye.

Huskies are famously friendly

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Even though Siberian huskies look tough like wolves, they’re actually super friendly—maybe even too friendly! If you’re hoping for a husky to be a guard dog, you might be out of luck. These pups love everyone and trust strangers easily. But that’s what makes them such great family pets. So if you live in a chilly area, have a big yard and kids, a husky could be the ideal furry addition to your family.

Huskies have remarkable metabolisms

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Here’s something unique about huskies that even science finds confusing: these dogs can sprint for hours and hours without eating and still have plenty of energy left in their bodies. How do they do it? They have a very efficient metabolism that helps them keep going. Huskies were bred to run long distances without much food, so their bodies adapted to perform incredibly well, even with little rest or food.

Huskies aren’t ideal guard dogs

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Huskies are not the type to pick favorites—they’re friendly to everyone, which can be nice but not so helpful if you’re looking for a guard dog. Even though they might look fierce like wolves, they’re more likely to greet intruders with a wagging tail than a growl. Huskies might have that intimidating wolf-like appearance, but those who know them understand they’re more likely to lick than bite.

Huskies share genetic ties with wolves

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Research suggests that the Shiba Inu and the Chow Chow have the most DNA similarities with gray wolves. Siberian huskies also rank high on that list. However, while huskies might share DNA with wolves, they’ve been domesticated for thousands of years and have evolved separately from their wild relatives. So even though they might have some wolf-like traits, they’re all about being your loyal, loving pet!

Huskies are skilled escape artists

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Siberian Huskies are full of energy and love to move, but that can make them a handful as pets. Since they enjoy running so much, it’s very important to keep them on a leash in open areas without fences. And just in case they ever wander off, it’s a good idea to get them microchipped. That way, if they get lost, there’s a better chance of finding them and bringing them home safely.

Huskies display a variety of coat colors

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When we picture Siberian huskies, we usually imagine them with thick gray or black and white fur. But did you know their coats can come in many different colors? The American Kennel Club says huskies can have coats in six main colors: black, agouti, gray, red, sable, and white. But guess what? There are loads of variations within those colors, too.

Huskies played key roles in WWII

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In World War II, the U.S. Army used Siberian sled dogs to find and rescue people and cargo in the cold Arctic. The dogs worked with planes to locate crashed planes and supplies. Then, they pulled sleds to reach the crash sites. After that, they helped injured people and brought back supplies. This teamwork between people and dogs saved lives and kept important things moving even in the freezing Arctic weather.