Siberian Husky Facts: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Diane Sieverson

Diane has taught all subjects at the elementary level, was the principal of a K-8 private school and has a master's degree in Measurement and Evaluation.

Siberian huskies are friendly dogs bred for cold weather and running. Come learn about Siberian huskies, how they were used to save lives, where they came from and what they like to do for fun.

What is a Siberian Husky?

Imagine snowshoeing through a field. It is peaceful, but somewhere in the distance you hear yelping. Suddenly, a sled being pulled by dogs appears. The person in the sled is steering the dogs, and they zip right past you. You just saw Siberian huskies pulling that sled!

A Siberian husky is a medium-sized dog with thick fur. Huskies were originally bred in Siberia, Russia, as working dogs.

Siberian huskies come in different colors.
Siberian huskies with Different Colored Fur

They can weigh as much as 60 pounds, which is almost as much as 5 typical desktop computers, and can be different colors, including white, black, brown, gray and red, or combinations of those colors.

Siberian huskies also have different colored eyes, including different shades of brown or a clear light blue, and sometimes they have one of each.

This husky has one blue and one brown eye, which is not uncommon.
Siberian husky with Different Colored Eyes

Siberia, where they were originally from, is very cold. Just like whales have blubber and you have a jacket for warmth, Siberian huskies have a toasty double coat of fur. They shed their soft undercoat once each year, and it gets everywhere. It's almost as if you could comb enough fur off of them to cover another dog!

Siberian Husky Behaviors

If digging were an Olympic Sport, Siberian huskies would be gold medalists. They love digging pits in the yard, so watch your step!

Siberian huskies also love to be around other dogs and people all the time, but be careful with them around your other pets. They are great hunters, and they sometimes think cats and other small animals are snacks and will turn them into a chew toy.

These dogs usually love everyone, so they don't make protective watch dogs, unless being a watch dog means watching happily as people break into your house. They are excited to see any and all visitors, even those you don't want.

They aren't big into barking, but they are loud, enthusiastic singers! Siberian huskies howl, groan and cry, and aren't afraid to make husky music, though your neighbors might not enjoy their melodies.

Siberian huskies are also great at escaping and disappearing, the way magicians escape and disappear out of a box. They are smart and athletic and can be a challenge to keep safe. Some have even been known to jump 8-foot fences like they had springs on their feet. Siberian huskies are great dogs, but not everyone can handle them and meet their needs.

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