Hi there! You can call me Simo. I am a Husky dog, and believe me, I can take you for spin here in the North, in Lapland, far above the Polar Circle. We Huskys are a very strong breed. Together with my partner Hanski and the rest of my sledge team, we will make your sledge fly. We love to take long tours lasting several days and nights on the vast snow fields of Lapland. Join us on a safari, but remember, you must load your sledge with your own tent, your own sleeping bag and food. I and my partners, we are used to the strong cold winds. Snow storms don’t scare us a bit. We will dig a nice and warm igloo for ourselves deep under the snow.
A little history, just so you know
We, the real Huskies, we are proud of our history! Long ago we lived with the Chukchi people in Siberia and that’s why we were called Siberian Huskies. Our forefathers were active, energetic and resilient. They knew how to live in the extremely cold and harsh environment of the Siberian Arctic. The Chukchi were hunter-gatherers and we loved to help them to hunt and find prey. We and they, we were partners. We needed each other, there, on the tundra.
How do you recognise me, a real Husky?
We have a much thicker and therefore warmer coat than most other dogs. Our coat has two layers: a dense undercoat and a longer topcoat of short, straight guard hairs. This protects us against harsh Arctic winters, but the good thing is, that the coat also reflects heat in the summer. Who can beat that!
Most of us have white paws and legs, facial markings and tail tip. Our coats are black and white, but some are copper-red and white, grey and white, pure white, and some have the rare “agouti” coat where each hair displays alternating bands of dark and light pigmentation. Some of us also have quite striking masks, spectacles, and other facial markings occur in wide variety.
Our forefathers, Siberian Husky dogs, have eyes that are “almond shape, moderately spaced and set slightly obliquely. Siberian Huskies can also exhibit what humans call “snow nose” or “winter nose.”
Siberian Husky tails are heavily furred. We often curl up with our tails over our faces and noses in order to provide additional warmth. Now you know what to look for, if you meet one of us!
And now to the fun part: A Husky sledge safari
It cannot be explained words. You have to experience it. Therefore, watch this YouTube video by Carlos Chicharro. But first, sit tight, otherwise you may fall off your chair when we take off:
So, if you now have decided to get a Husky of your own, here is some points to keep in mind:
- We shed quite a lot. It is because of our thick coat that needs to be cleaned and renewed constantly
- People sometimes say we scream a lot more than other dogs. That’s because of our history. When living on the tundra we needed to scream to keep the pack together during the long nights.
- We want to keep track of things. Again, living in the North with enormous fields of snow forced us to keep a close eye on everything. The Chukchis liked that.
- We like to run full speed and exercise. Please make sure there is enough food around when we decide to rest.
- We live in packs. We live together. Don’t leave us alone is the house. The neighbour may wonder what is going on.
- Good to remember: We are a breed descending from wild wolves. We are defensive, territorial. But we are always your best friend.