"The characteristic temperament of the Siberian Husky is friendly and gentle, but also alert and outgoing. He does not display the possessive qualities of the guard dog, nor is he overly suspicious of strangers or aggressive with other dogs. Some measure of reserve and dignity may be expected in the mature dog. His intelligence, tractability, and eager disposition make him an agreeable companion and willing worker."
from: The Standard for Siberian Huskies (AKC, FCI)
|A closer look at the characteristics mentioned in the standard:||
Alert and curious or ............... strong willed and independant?
|- Friendly and gentle||Non-agressive, open to people and other dogs|
|- Alert and curious||Keen, likes to discover and explore|
|- Outgoing||Happy with almost everybody|
|- Reserve and dignity||Well, not with all|
|- Intelligence||Solving problems|
|- Tractability||Easy to keep outdoors and in a pack|
|- Eager disposition||Cooperative, when convinced|
|- Willing worker||Pulling hard in harness|
Not officially recorded in the standard, but definitely Siberian Husky traits:
|- Mischievous||Doing those things you do not want them to do|
|- Strong willed/independent||Ignoring commands, goes its own way|
|- Sensitive||Offended when shouted at, easily in pain|
|- Puller||Born to run and pull, regardless your tennisarm.|
- Pack Animal
|Doing what comes naturally; any will do: Hunting cats, sheep, rabbits, birds, cows. etc.; Operating in Pack formation; Playing and sometimes fighting to determine the hierarchy; Digging dens and escape tunnels; Rolling in muck(preferably human) Howling to locate soulmates and to express mood.|
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