The Husky is also known as the Siberian Husky, breed for his stamina, strength, loyalty, work ethic, friendly demeanor, and thick coat. Many people love the breed for their antics and their beautiful markings but know very little about the breed. Let us take a closer look at the Siberian Husky.
Colors Like Agouti
The Husky is known for its many color schemes and patterns. They may even have variations in eye color. A list of husky colors includes:
- Black and white
- Mostly black
- Silver and white
- Light red
- Wolf grey
- Splash pattern
Huskies can have eye color variations from blue, silver, brown, and amber. It is permissible for them to have one eye of two different colors. This can sometimes be called a ghost eye and is not considered a fault in any way. Piebald and Splash pattern both refer to the ways in which the colors of the coat are presented on the body. Piebald has mostly white, interspersed with color whereas splash is more of the color with less white or possibly cream.
Agouti is a very dark color with wisps of lighter color showing through it in the undercoat. Contrary to one of the other colors being called ‘wolf grey’, the agouti color is potentially more wolf-like in appearance. It is also not one of the most common colors for the Siberian Husky.
Their coat is very thick, and the husky has an undercoat which grows very thick in cold weather. In northern climates, the husky thrives due to the undercoat that insulates it from the cold and the outer coat, which is a barrier to moisture, such as snow and protects against pine needles, thorns, twigs and is almost impenetrable by normal brush because of the sheer thickness.
In warmer climates, such as anywhere in the United States, especially in summer, the husky will shed heavily at least once per year, sometimes twice. This is referred to as ‘blowing their coat’ and this is the undercoat thinning out so that they are comfortable in warmer weather. Their fur will float through the air as it comes loose and this requires regular brushings to pull all of this dead hair out if you don’t wish to live with a snowstorm of fur for several weeks.
Many owners of huskies prefer to take their dog to a groomer who can use a blow dryer that is designed specifically to powerfully blow the loose and dead hair from them. This essentially makes the process happen in a few hours, versus several weeks. Your husky will still shed normally when you take him or her home, but you will likely not have hair blowing through your home like tumbleweeds in an Arizona desert.
When the undercoat is absent, the agouti colored husky changes in appearance somewhat and is darker and appears to be a dark gray solid color again. As the seasons pass, when cooler autumn breezes begin to blow, the undercoat will fill back in and you’ll see the return of the color you are used to.
Keeping Their Coat Healthy
- Brush your dog daily. The average husky sheds all the time and very heavily a couple of times per year. The shedding is an arduous process which requires that you have patience and invest time in regular brushings to prevent mats from forming and stimulate the skin underneath to excrete healthy oils that move through the coat, keeping it shiny and shedding water.
- Do not bathe more than once per month. The husky doesn’t create a lot of oil in their coat and doesn’t have a lot of natural smell because of this. Bathing your dog too frequently will strip what precious little oil they have. Brush them daily, and you’ll note that they always look nice and clean.
- Do not trim whiskers or hair inside the ears. Huskies need the hair in their ears to prevent debris from entering the ear channel and causing dirt to build inside. They need their whiskers as well. These prevent them from shoving their head into areas it won’t fit. Their whiskers act as a way of sizing things up and making sure they protect their face.
- Use a comb to break-up mats. Don’t pull on them with a brush. This hurts and can also leave bald spots in the area. Gently pick them apart with a comb until you are able to get a brush through them.
- Use a coat conditioning shampoo. Using a good shampoo and products that can be massaged into the coat between bathings can help to keep the coat shiny, less matted, and healthy looking.
Considering the fact that they have a double coat, the husky really requires very little maintenance compared to similar breeds. Brush them, never trim them as it is bad for them. Trim their nails, clean their ears once a month or more if necessary, but never trim the hair from their ears or their face. You should also start doing these things from puppyhood on. The sooner you practice grooming with your husky, the faster he will be content to stand and allow you to take care of him without complaint.
Some dogs do not like their feet messed with at all and get nippy over this type of handling. Playing with the feet of your husky puppy right away and teaching him to enjoy this as part of bonding and snuggling will make groomings far easier as he grows.
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