Huskies are a special and unique breed. They always look cute and adorable. Ready to jump in the snow and play with anyone that’s willing to take a chance. Beautiful animals and all they need is a loving and adventurous home. They also date back as far as the record books go. Here are eight interesting facts about Huskies that you might not know. Some facts to show you how amazing these dogs truly are.
1. Huskies are bred for cold weather. They have a thick, double layered fur coat that keeps them warm in temperatures far below zero degrees. They have special claws that help them keep a firm grip on icy ground. Their overcoat is also water resistant. They wrap their tails around their faces while they sleep. Their warm breath keeps the tail warm while their tail keeps their nose and face protected from the cold.
2. Huskies can run for long distances without getting tired. They can run for hours on end, while burning a lot of calories, on very little food while also not tapping into their energy storage. Scientist still aren’t able to exactly pinpoint how Huskies can change their metabolic rate so quickly. One minute they have a rate that is close to what humans have then the next they flip a switch and everything gets completely reversed.
3. Huskies aren’t great watch dogs and have been known to be little escape artists. They’re friendly to pretty much anyone they meet which isn’t a good thing if you’re looking for someone to keep the house safe while you’re gone. They love to run, dig, jump and explore. Best idea is to keep both eyes on them.
4. They are closely related to wolves and their howls can be heard up to ten miles away. These pups share a good amount of DNA with the grey wolves. With that being said Huskies have been raised in family environments for thousands of years and are far from their crazy cousins that roam the wild.
5. Huskies are known for their blue eyes. The same blue eyes that can make your heart crumble into pieces and want to purchase every Husky
Heterochromia (two different colored eyes) also runs in the family. Usually one eye is almost always blue. Their coats also come in six different shades. Each one is a beautiful and unique in its own respect.
6. This breed can make for great family dogs. They are very pack oriented and thrive in family environments. They do great with children and thrive in a cold, wide open, outdoor environment.
7. In the winter of 1925, a sled dog team led by Siberian Husky “Balto” and driven by Gunnar Kassen became heroes when they delivered medicine to treat a diphtheria outbreak in Nome, Alaska. Today, a statue of Balto stands in Central Park as a tribute.
8. Huskies can live between twelve and fourteen years. They reach a height around two feet and can weigh anywhere between 45 and 55 pounds.