The Red Husky Breed, also known as the Siberian Husky, is quite a dog breed. They have some fantastic qualities about them and can be great work dogs as well as loyal family companions. But what are these dogs like? What kind of temperament do they have? Are they intelligent?
Hi my name is Mike and I like working with dogs. This website was created to relay some of my experiences with our furry little pals in one easy to access place. Today we will be looking at the Red Husky breed. We will also be looking to answer questions on what the Red Husky Breed is like and what kind of pet a Red Husky would make. Lets get into it!
Red Husky Breed Overview
The Red Husky breed is sometimes referred to as the Siberian Husky. This is because Siberian Huskies are not a separate dog breed from a Red Husky. The reason they get their reddish color is due to recessive gene traits. Think of it like a rarity such as people with pure blue eyes.
The Red Husky Breed is a high energy working dog that will never lack the endurance to get out and keep up with a hectic life. In fact, it is best to have this type of dog in a highly active atmosphere where they can get plenty of exercise. If the Red Husky is left to their own devices too much, mischief will often follow.
These dogs can be great family dogs as well. They are very loyal and gentle when it comes to humans. With other animals, (especially those that are smaller than they are) it can be a different story entirely. That’s why it’s important to make sure you have the right environment to support a free and active spirit like a Red Husky. In other words, Don’t get this dog if you live in a small, one room apartment in a big city.
Now lets break this dog breed down section by section and give you all the facts you need to know when making a decision about how to train or even if you should bring one of these dogs into your home.
Origins Of The Siberian Husky
The Red Husky or Siberian Husky originated in North East Asia Thousands of years ago.
The Chukchi People of Northern Asia were the first to domesticate and use these dogs in daily life. They were mainly used at the time for sled pulling and herding activities.
The popularity of this breed began to spread like wildfire and they soon became one of the most popular dogs in Asia.
One of the main reasons their popularity grew so fast was because this breed was durable and strong. They were able to stand extreme cold temperatures and quickly adapt to a various degree of inclement weather conditions. Their well developed coats and bushy tails allowed for quite a great deal of warmth to be kept for prolonged periods of time without any external heat sources.
Red Huskies In Recent History
The Siberian Red Husky breed may have been well known in Asia for thousands of years but the rest of the world had little knowledge of them. This slowly began to change with the advent of dog sled races in the 18 and 1900’s. During this time their popularity started to grow on a global scale as they became known for their hardiness, work ethic and survivability.
In 1925 A Diphtheria Epidemic broke out in Alaska. Guess which dogs were instrumental in delivering crucial medical supplies? That’s right, Red Huskies came to save the day!
After this event, Their popularity exploded again and now they are one of the top 20 most popular dog breeds in the world.
Red Husky Breed Statistics
Now that we know a little bit more about this breed, lets take a look at some other key metrics that could help you make a very important decision.
- Size: Medium or between 20 to 25 inches.
- Weight : 40 to 60 pounds depending on sex (males weigh more)
- Lifespan: 10-15 years
- Dog Type: Working Class
- Main Jobs: Herding or sled pulling
- Good For: Owners with lots of property, active lifestyles and ideally no smaller animals in the home.
- Coat Colors: Copper, Red and Sable
- Temperament: Loyal, Stubborn, Intelligent and Hard Working
- AKA: Red Husky, Siberian Husky, Siberian Red
The stats listed above are a great starting point when determining if this dog breed is going to be right for you. With that being said, All dogs can be different when it comes to temperament and personality. Because of that, some of your dog’s specific traits may vary from those listed or seen in other dogs of the same breed. This doesn’t mean your dog is broken or there is something wrong. Celebrate your pup for their uniqueness and learn to embrace it!
Siberian Husky Temperament Explored
One of the most important aspects of any dog is going to be their temperament or personality. A breed will generally tend to act one way but individual personality traits may still shine through in your dog as well. Lets take a look at some of the more established behavioral tendencies of this breed.
The Bark Factor
Huskies tend to be a little more on the vocal side when compared to your average dog. They also have a tendency to howl quite a bit as well. These howls can come in the form of your traditional wolf howling at moonlight brand. They can also be much smaller and more akin to what we describe as “talking”.
Either way, This dog will be vocal about day to day life events and you can expect their excitement to be translated into barks and howls on a daily basis.
Do They Play Well With Others
These dogs can be socialized and trained to get along with almost any animal but their natural tendency would be to pounce on or attack anything smaller than they are. This is strictly a reaction to other animals though. In terms of humans, these dogs are very friendly for the most part and a pleasure to be around. You can have them with you working all day and they will still be up for a nice cuddle or petting session each evening. These dogs are also very affectionate so expect a fair amount of dog licks coming your way.
These dogs love to get into mischief! Huskies in general have a very high energy level and if this energy isn’t utilized or properly trained, they will tear things up or get into other issues. If you work with this dog from a young age, you should be able to train this right out of them for the most part. Their may be an occasional backslide as this is quite a stubborn breed but you would probably find the act more endearing than anything else.
A great example from a few years ago has to do with a pair of huskies I was working with. This poor family had decided to rescue 2 husky pups and raise them at home. After the first week, these dogs were walking all over their owners and they needed a bit of help. One of the funniest things I ever saw was caught on an indoor camera. These dogs would coordinate with each other to hop up on the dining room table and knock the fruit bowl onto the floor. They would then take their selection of fruit and leave the rest for all to see. Such Confidence!
Red Husky Appearance
As I stated above, this dog is just an offshoot or variation of the Siberian Husky line. The Siberian Husky can come in many different colors. The most common are:
- black and white
- Black and grey
- All White
- All Black
- Red and Orange
The bottom four colors on this list are what are more commonly referred to as the Red Husky.
Red Husky Size and Coat
We touched briefly on size and coat above. These dogs are often referred to as medium sized. They also possess a double coat. The topcoat is longer and consists of wiry hair to help guard their skin while the undercoat is much shorter and very dense. This provides great benefit in the harsher weather climates and allows them to thrive in cold weather.
These dogs will shed a fair amount throughout the year. Twice a year they will shed a great deal in preparation for both their summer and winter coats respectively. You can counteract a large amount of this shedding with a strong grooming regimen and a more concentrated effort for the few weeks or so each year where they change coats.
As you can probably tell, this dog would make a poor choice for anyone who has a pet dander allergy. There are plenty of better hypoallergenic options available.
Is A Red Husky Breed Right For Me?
That largely depends on what you want to have them for. In my opinion, these dogs should be kept by owners who have a good amount of living area and plenty of yard space for your pet to stretch their legs on a daily basis. If an open yard isn’t an option, frequent 10-15 min walks could take their place along with a little active playtime several times a day. This will likely be enough to keep your dog entertained but there could still be some situations in which they get into something or do something their not supposed to.
I do not recommend apartment or city living for a dog of this breed. They will find the living space too confining and these dogs don’t really agree with city life in general. Wide open spaces and an active life are the best kind of environment to provide for a Siberian Husky.
With that in mind, training also plays a crucial role in determining how your dog will react in any situation. I strongly recommend you train your Husky as soon as you get them. Giving them a tight foundation to build from will go a long way towards keeping them out of general mischief and saving you piece of mind in the process.
Another thing to remember is that these are working animals. Give them work to do! Assigning or training them to preform small tasks even if they aren’t sled pulling or herding animals can be a great way to keep them focused and help them burn off some of that excess energy which they are known for.
Red Husky Breed Concluded
As you can see, a Red Husky can be quite a handful but also a great benefit in many situations. This working class dog can be extremely helpful in certain scenarios and is fiercely loyal to boot. They bring a generally friendly attitude to the table and their intelligence can be a great asset as well.
Training them might be a little difficult as they are more stubborn than the average breed. They make you earn their trust but once you have it, all bets are off. They will do anything for their owners at that point. Don’t get to upset at them if they occasionally get into some mischief. Use it as a training opportunity or an indication that they need more activity in their lives.
All in all, these dogs are a wonderful breed with tremendous potential in many areas. Working with them has been an absolute joy for me and if your living situation is up for it, I suggest giving this dog some serious consideration.
Remember also that these dogs are not allergy friendly at all. They shed a moderate amount during the year and a wild amount when losing winter and summer coats. This can cause issues for those of us with pet dander intolerance. Keep that in mind when making your selection.
If you do decide to choose this breed, you are in for quite the ride. At the end waits a faithful companion that will bring you joy and excitement for years to come!