15 Short Hair Husky Facts You Should Know

Husky which is the nickname for the Siberian Husky dog breed is an average-sized dog known to possess various adorable qualities aside from its physical looks.

A short hair Husky on the other hand is a husky breed that possesses shorter hair on its coat.

Their hairs are less woolly and can be quite easy to maintain compared to the long-haired or woolly Huskies.

There are many Husky breeds with such short coats and there are other mixed husky breeds that can pass as short-haired Huskies.

If you are looking out to adopt a Husky dog or you already did, you may want to find out some interesting facts about this breed you are about to take on a companion journey with.

This article contains some of these facts that would acquaint you better with the short-haired Siberian Husky.

It’s possible you know some already but you will be surprised at a few others you never saw coming.

Top-15 Short Hair Husky Facts You Need to Know

1. They originate from Siberia

The Husky is the modern-day result of the dog bred by the Chukchee people over 3000 years ago in the Siberian region during the quest for a sledding dog that could also be a good companion.

These nomads needed a way to expand their hunting over a long distance, hence the need for such help and companion.

Today, the Chukchee dog, or what we call the Siberian Husky is famous for its sledding ability, even though it doesn’t often perform that function anymore. 

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2. This breed can withstand the winter effect

This is as a result of the condition in which they were originally bred for their sledding duty, which was mainly during the winter.

They possess a double-layered coat in which the outer layer does not retain water while the inner layer is thick enough to help maintain body heat.

Their almond eyes play a role in helping them avoid snow particles.

They can wrap their hairy tail, which can act as a shield to feel extra heat.

If you are considering getting a husky and you live in a region with such a harsh climate, especially the winter, there is no cause for alarm as huskies can easily cope.

3. They have high energy

Siberian Huskies Pulling Sled in Snow Winter

Siberian Huskies were bred for running-related activities hence they require lots of high-energy workout activities.

If you love to exercise, the Husky breed might be the right choice for you to adopt because they make good workout buddies.

This does not mean you should engage your husky in intense workout sessions from day one.

However, you should take their workout routine slowly until they are fully in form for intense sessions.

Huskies do not get to overheat during their running sessions but should engage more in activities like swimming during the hot weather.

4. Short-haired Siberian Husky breeds are known to have blue eyes

Close Up of Husky Puppy with Blue Eyes

Such eye color is rare to find amongst canines and can be one of the quickest noticeable features in a dog.

Although, a few dog breeds possess blue eye color due to pigmentation issues as a result of the merle pattern of the gene.

However, the Husky breed has natural bright and blue eyes which makes them look distinct and so adorable.

Sometimes, they come with two eye color variants as well.

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5. They are more friendly than you can imagine

This dog breed, at first sight, gives the impression of a wolf from its appearance. Do not be deceived.

Huskies are super friendly that one can not rely on them to be trustworthy guard dogs because they may end up giving strangers that friendly attitude rather than scare them off.

Disappointing to think about, yeah?

However, the good thing about them is that they will make great pups into an active family without any aggressive traits to be worried about.

If you’re looking for a pup that can survive well in cold weather and you own a large yard suitable for exercise, then the Husky may just be the right breed for you.

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6. Huskies don’t easily run out of energy

This breed is spectacular in energy with an applaudable ability to run and run for hours without having to tire out easily.

The rate at which their body burns calories without tapping into reserve mode is a question that hasn’t been answered.

If humans attempt to go on such a long run without food or any other energy source, they will find it almost impossible to last long enough.

7. They are among the heroic dogs that have saved lives

Sometime in 1925, a group of Huskies was able to save the lives of some Nome residents as some of their kids were diagnosed with a scary illness.

The only available remedy was about a thousand miles away from a hospital.

The train could only get to about 400 miles and the group of Huskies helped out with the long remaining miles with their sledding abilities.

The residents of the town celebrated their courage to undergo such a long journey successfully even with the intense cold.

8. They were military dogs

During the second world war, Huskies were employed by the army to be part of the search and rescue team.

Later on, their sledding skill was also employed as a means to transport and communicate.

9. They might be related to wolves, but different

This breed is known to resemble the wild wolf and they have also been classified to be a descendant of the wolf.

They are said to have developed differently from their close wolf relation and are currently domestic animals.

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10. A short-haired Husky would require a large properly fenced area

These canines have very high energy and can commence digging under the barriers so they can easily run off exploring.

If you need to keep your pup inside to avoid unnecessary search at all times, it is important you provide them with a large terrain and ensure it is properly guarded beyond what they can destroy.

11. They have dominated racing competitions in the past

Their high and tireless energy and love for running gave them quite an entry in the second annual All Alaska Sweepstakes race held in 1909.

Alaskans were impressed by such athletic dogs and later had their information about the breed being originally bred as sled dogs.

Their dominance in this racing competition remained for about another decade. 

12. They can come in varieties of colors

Close Up of White and Red Siberian Husky Pup

Many persons are more acquainted with the grey-white or black-white variant for the husky breed.

However, the truth is that they can come in varieties of other colors than you may think as there are different short-haired variants bred for different working purposes.

Some other colors that may occur in this breed include red, pale brown or pale yellow, black, silver-gray, agouti, etc.

13. This breed has a high prey drive

This breed is often regarded as very friendly and affectionate.

But did you know that they may require early training and socialization to easily associate and live with other pets like cats?

Oh well, it is better to note now than never.

If your Husky is not properly trained, their high hunting instinct might cause them to create the Tom and Jerry episodes with other pets in the home.

14. Huskies generally love attention

If you are planning to adopt a Husky into the family or already have, be ready to dish out loads of attention to them.

An alternative is to get them a suitable company like a sibling.

They give as much attention as they yearn for, this is why they make great companion pups.

The slightest change in your countenance is noticed by your Husky and they’re great comfort buddies.

15. Huskies are known to possess a temporary pink nose

Close Up of Dog's Snow Nose

The Husky’s temporary pink nose is termed as “snow nose”.

It is a situation where pink marking appears in the nose of a canine for a short period during winter.

This pink color appears as a lining at the middle of the nose and often goes off after winter.

This nose pigmentation during winter is however not dangerous for your husky; hence, there is no need to panic once noticed.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are Huskies long or short-haired?

Huskies are naturally short-haired. However, there is another coat length possessed by the woolly Siberian Husky which can come off as long.

This woolly variant is not accepted by the American Kennel Club for the reason that their coat length does not allow for the real size of the dog.

What are short-haired Huskies called?

Short-haired Huskies are known as the plush or the quality Siberian Husky.

However, there is a specific Husky breed with short hair known as the sprint line Alaskan Huskies.

This breed isn’t a pure Husky breed and is specifically bred for racing competition possessing a shorter coat in case of heat.

Their short coat requires that they be provided with shelter during the cold period while the Siberian Husky and other Alaskan variants find it easy sleeping out in the cold.

Do short-haired Huskies shed?

Yes, Huskies are known to shed especially during the hot weather and the short-haired variants are no exception to this.

Although they require less grooming need, their coat may require proper maintenance by regular brushing to keep its shedding level at a minimum.

How much is a short-haired Husky Puppy?

Short-haired Huskies are known to come from the lineage of good racers, which makes them quite an expensive breed.

A top-quality breed Siberian Husky from a reliable breeder can cost as much as $800 to $2,500.

In some cases, for dogs with exceptional breed lines, the price can go as high as $10,000.

Final Thoughts

The short-haired Siberian Husky is an adorable dog breed that may just be the right pet for you.

However, it is important to note that purebred Huskies can come with short hair, while some mixed breeds for certain purposes can as well pass as short-haired Huskies with certain distinct features.

Knowing what you’re getting is important. So, it is important to buy from a trusted breeder or a reputable adoption shelter.

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Authored By

Ben Pierce

Ben Pierce is a canine behavioral and nutritional specialist, professional dog trainer, and the CEO of Puplore. A former military working dog handler, Ben founded Puplore to provide owners with breed-specific information and to act as a go-to guide to health, nutrition, care, and to help them find the confidence they need to step up to the plate and become the best pup parents they can possibly be. A firm believer in treating all animals with kindness and compassion, and that positive discipline is paramount in achieving a harmonious canine-human relationship, Ben’s former and present careers have enabled him to become a leading light in his chosen profession and business.

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