The name “white” is used here because it’s not just one color, but rather a combination of many colors. There are several breeds with this appearance; however, only two have been recognized by the AKC (American Kennel Club): the American Eskimo Dog and the Siberian Husky.
Both of these dogs were developed from purebreds bred to look like polar bears or seals. They share some physical characteristics, such as their long bodies and thick fur coats. However, they differ in other ways. For example, the Eskimo Dog was originally bred to hunt seals while the Siberian Husky was originally bred to hunt bison.
The Eskimo dog is a medium sized dog weighing between 20 and 30 pounds at maturity. Its coat tends towards being lighter than most huskies’ hair but darker than a golden retriever’s coat.
It is usually silvery gray in color with a few silver hairs scattered throughout. The Eskimo dog has very large ears which are set high on its head. Their size makes them appear larger than they actually are, making them easy to mistake for snowmen when standing next to each other.
The Siberian Husky is a medium sized dog weighing between 40 and 50 pounds at maturity. It has the darkest coat of any dog and is often mistaken for a black dog when photographed against a dark background.
Its ears are smaller than an Eskimo dog’s ears, but they still protrude from the top of its head.
Several factors influence whether a husky will be black or white. One of these factors is their coat color; white dogs usually have more white hairs mixed in with their primary color, while black dogs are solid black.
Another factor is the mixing of parent breeds, such as an Alaskan Malamute and a Siberian Husky; in this case, the offspring will most likely be a white Siberian Husky. However, the opposite mix, such as a purebred Siberian Husky and a purebred Alaskan Malamute, may produce a black offspring. The final factor is whether the dog carries recessive genes for any hidden colors; it may not show up even when both parents carry the gene. Dogs that are solid black are more likely to carry recessive genes.
The difference between an Albino and a True White Dog
There is a difference between an albino and a white dog, even though most people mistake them for the same thing. An Albino is a Dog that has a problem producing the pigment melanin, which is necessary for coloration.
This causes most albino animals to have pink eyes and very pale skin compared to the rest of it’s body. In extreme cases, an albino may have white hair and pink skin (such as the hair and skin on its belly). Due to a lack of pigment, an albino’s eyes tend to be extremely sensitive to light.
A True White Dog is a dog that has a solid white coat and no other markings. It usually has dark eyes which are not as sensitive to light compared to an albino.
Should I get a Siberian Husky?
Due to their thick fur coats, Siberian Huskies and other similar breeds do not do well in warmer climates. They also require large amounts of exercise and human interaction. If you are not prepared to provide these needs, then you should not get a Siberian Husky.
The amount of human interaction required by a Siberian Husky is extremely high. If you do not plan on spending hours each day playing and talking with your dog, then you should not get one.
These dogs have a lot of energy and become bored and destructive when left alone for extended periods of time.
How Much Space Does a Siberian Husky Need?
An fenced-in yard that is approximately 1/2 an acre is enough room for one Siberian Husky. However, Siberian Huskies are working dogs and need a lot of exercise to stay healthy and happy. Taking them for long walks and having a yard with a fence that has no holes in it is recommended.
Siberian Huskies are very friendly toward unfamiliar people and do not make good watch or guard dogs.
Living with a Siberian Husky
Siberian Huskies have a lot of energy and are one of the most active dogs you can own. You should always make sure they get lots of exercise.
Take them running, jogging, or hiking on a daily basis. Several long walks and hikes throughout the week would also be beneficial. If you do not have time for this, then you should not own a Siberian Husky.
Grooming a Siberian Husky
Siberian Huskies have thick fur which requires several hours of grooming a week. Take your dog to a professional groomer 2-3 times a year and do the rest yourself.
Bathe your dog as often as necessary to keep their coat clean.
Even though Siberian Huskies have a thick coat, they are extremely susceptible to extreme changes in temperature. Never bathe your dog the day before extreme cold or hot weather.
Siberian Huskies and Children
Because of their playful nature and size, most children over the age of five can play with Siberian Huskies without any problems. It is always good to supervise the children when they are playing with the dog.
Siberian Huskies and Other Animals
Siberian Huskies get along with most animals, but they can be dominant toward other dogs of the same gender. They will usually get along with cats if they are raised with them, although the cat might not be as fond of this idea.
Siberian Huskies will also usually get along with other dogs if they are raised with them since birth. However, they still may try to act dominant toward other dogs and may even try to fight with them.
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