Often confused with the Alaskan malamute, the Serbian Husky type of dog is native to north-eastern Serbia where it was (and still is) used widely for pulling heavy loads over long distances. This is one of the hardiest, energetic and resilient dogs you can find, certainly because of the harsh Serbian arctic type of climate. The dog was later to be imported into northern parts of America and in particular Alaska, where the Alaskan malamute originates. Like before, the Serbian Husky is still used as a sled dog.
Those who confuse the Serbian Husky with the Alaskan malamute are however not mistaken; the dog shares many features with the latter. You will find it in different colors including black and white. You are also likely to come across those that have combinations of grey/white and those that are spotted. The dog features white paws and legs with distinct facial marks. Its eyes are almond-shaped and can either be ice-blue, brown, or dark blue. It features a very thick coat in two layers, which serves to protect it against harsh weather conditions. The dog can withstand temperatures as low as -60 degrees centigrade.
A mature male Serbian Husky normally stands at 23 inches in height and can weigh up to 60 pounds. Females are however smaller in size. The dog has a heavily furred tail, which it curls up to reach the face for warmth. Like the Alaskan malamute, the Serbian Husky does not bark but rather howls like a wolf. It is a very affectionate dog and gets along very easily with human beings. It is also easy to train. The Serbian Husky is a very active dog and can easily be trained through various activities.
Although very active, the dog turns out to be one of the best pets you can have at home. It is however susceptible to various diseases including eye disease, seizures, retinal atrophy, gastric disease and bronchitis. A well cared for dog can live for up to fifteen years.