The Agouti Siberian Husky has a very different hair color from the rest of the Husky family. Have you heard of the Agouti Husky? Curious to discover as much as you can about this amazing dog?
That’s excellent because we’ll discuss everything you need to know about the Agouti Husky in this article.
The Siberian Husky is a dog familiar to all dog lovers and currently is at number 14 on the AKC (American Kennel Club) list of the most popular dog breeds. But, they are incredibly popular worldwide; I’ve met several Huskies that live in Thailand.
The Husky comes from Russia’s Siberian region, hence the name; they are relatives of the Spitz group of dog breeds. Huskies are instantly recognizable with their ultra-thick coats and their wolf-like appearance. Native Chukchi tribes originally bred them to help pull their sleds. Huskies are tremendously energetic dogs and to live in the harsh, freezing winters of Siberia means they would need to be tenacious and hardy dogs. A Russian fur trader brought them to Alaska during the famous gold rush.
The Alaskans took a great deal of interest in the dogs and were soon importing them into the United States in the early part of the twentieth century. The AKC recognized huskies in 1930, but they did continue as sled dogs, even until today.
Everything You Need To Know About The Agouti Siberian Husky:
1. Agouti Husky Coat Color
The Husky breed standard accepts several coat colors, and there is a wide variety such as sable, grey, red, black, and agouti. Siberians having an agouti coat coloring is very rare. Another term for Agouti is ‘wild coloring,’ which creates the illusion that the Agouti Husky looks like a sable or grey wolf. Agouti Huskies always have a dark mask and are known as ‘dirty-faced.’
While an Agouti’s undercoat will be charcoal, the outer coat can be anything from grey, tan, black and red. The most common combination is black on tip and hair roots with tan or red in the middle.
The agouti color gene occurs in several animals such as mice and, of course, dogs. The agouti protein determines how much melanin it releases into the hair and alternates between eumelanin and phaeomelanin. Each of these two pigments has its own color. Eumelanin is black, while phaeomelanin is red. Genes behave by diluting the pigments creating different shades of each default color.
Pheomelanin only affects coat color, but eumelanin can also determine eye and nose color. These two pigments are responsible for a massive range of dog coat colors. You see white hair on some dogs because the dog’s cells did not produce any pigment.
2. Agouti Siberian Husky – Personality And Size
Agouti Huskies, the same as all Huskies, are medium-sized dogs. A male will be a little bigger than the female and grow to twenty-four inches. Their weight can vary, but typically they don’t exceed sixty pounds when fit and healthy.
Young adult Huskies reach their full height and weight when they are between twelve and fifteen months.
3. Agouti Temperament
Irrespective of the possible similarity in looks to wolves, they are not wolves and do not have an aggressive nature. They are an out-going dog and delighted to meet people. Husky parents lament that they would instead welcome a burglar into the home rather than warn the house of an intruder. They have the energy to burn, affectionate, and highly intelligent. Because Huskies are so bright and were bred to work, they must be given tasks to exercise their minds.
Physical exercise is essential with Huskies. Suppose you’re planning on adopting one; you need to give at least a couple of hours each day to tire them out. A lot of the exercise needs to be off-leash, and that can be tricky because they are fantastic escape artists and, if not properly trained, will be gone before you can turn around.
Lack of proper exercise can have severe repercussions with huskies. They will become destructive and cause serious amounts of damage to your home. They can also have other behavioral issues, such as escaping from your home and backyard.
If you intend for your Agouti to spend time in your backyard, you need to build high enough fences that he cannot jump over; you might be astonished at just how high a Husky can leap. Digging the wall down eighteen inches is also recommended because if they can’t jump over the fence, they’ll attempt to tunnel under it.
I’m not sure people fully comprehend just what they are taking on when they bring a baby Husky home; they don’t see beyond the cute puppy. But Huskies need dedicated owners, fully conversant in the needs of the dog. This lack of knowledge is perhaps why so many Husky owners abandon their dogs in shelters. Early socialization is vital with a dog of the intelligence of the Husky. Help them get to know everyday sounds, sights, other pets, and strangers.
4. Agouti Husky Training
Begin training your Agouti Husky puppy immediately you take possession of them from the breeder. Hopefully, he will have begun socialization from about six weeks. Even if you bring your puppy home at only eight weeks, it’s never too early to begin training. As we mentioned, Huskies are brilliant dogs, and it will not take them long to learn bad habits. It’s far easier to start them on the correct way to begin than attempting to train bad habits out of them. Good habits are something puppies cannot learn soon enough.
Huskies are intelligent, and that means they’ll think about why they should do as you ask. Yes, they are people pleasers, but stubbornness trumps pleasing you. So positive reinforcement training is the way to go, and treats are an essential part. Give them masses of praise and a small treat every time they get your command and react to it quickly. If not, don’t reward them. They’ll soon get the hang of what this training business is all about, and if you can, make it fun.
When they are young puppies, their attention spans are not great, so don’t try and train them for too long, just a few minutes each day and start with the basic commands, especially the command stay; Huskies need to learn and obey that command. Above all else, training takes patience, kindness, and understanding. Never get upset, angry, or treat your Agouti Husky harshly. They will remember, and it can be tricky to come back from that.
However, the dog must see you as a firm and consistent leader. Don’t allow them to take liberties one day, yet expect them not to do so the next. This inconsistency will confuse your dog and make training very challenging. Other family members must be on boards well; the consistency must run through the whole family. Dogs are very childlike; if they can’t get their way with you, they’ll pressure another family member to give them what they want.
5. Care And Grooming Your Agouti Husky
Agouti Huskies may only have a moderate length coat, but they will shed all year round and even more in the Spring and Autumn seasonal changes. If you don’t like to see hair all over your soft furnishings, then a daily brush is necessary. Should you be okay with hair around the house, then brushing three to four times each week will be plenty.
You won’t need to give your Agouti regular baths, though. Their body oils will keep them pretty clean and smell-free. As long as you bathe them two to three times a year, you will be good; unless they roll in something disgusting, it’s straight to the tub.
Agouti Huskies do not have a reputation for excessive barking, but they do have one for howling and singing. This type of vocalization is more prevalent in Huskies that are left alone for too long. The Agouti will not enjoy left alone for hours on end. Of course, some dogs behave differently than others, and leaving a Husky that’s well-trained and socialized correctly for a couple of hours doesn’t pose a huge problem. But for Huskies that are not socialized might be more anxious and nervous; this leads to separation anxiety.
If you live close to neighbors, this can be very problematic for them and you.
6. Agouti Husky Health
Huskies typically are a pretty healthy breed of dog; it probably stems from their heritage; having to brave such harsh conditions must have given them a robust constitution.
A Husky’s health always begins with the breeder. If you choose the wrong one, then you can end up with a dog that’s continually sick. Try and research breeders in the area you live; it’s much easier to visit them and get a feel for what they represent; are they honest, is it obvious the breeders treat their dogs and puppies kindly, with love and affection, do they bring the puppies into their home. The breeder should offer to show you all the health clearances and results of the medical testing his dogs should have undertaken.
There are specific health clearances pertinent to Huskies that you’ll want to see. For example from CERF (Canine Eye Registry Foundation) confirming the dog’s eyes are normal. The OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) issues health clearances for hip dysplasia (the hip joint that doesn’t fit together as it should and will lead to arthritis).
Hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid condition), Von Willebrand’s disease (a common inherited bleeding disorder), and elbow dysplasia will also require health clearance certificates.
Some of the other health conditions that can plague Huskies are:
- Specific types of cancer.
- Eye problems such as glaucoma (an increase of pressure in the eye causing pain and potential eye loss) and cataracts ( the eye lens clouds over and seriously affects the dog’s vision).
Bottom Line – Agouti Husky
An Agouti Husky is the same in every aspect as a regular Siberian Husky except the color of his coat; it’s purely down to his genes.
You won’t be able to tell any difference in their personality or temperament. Agouti Huskies are equally intelligent and love their family the same as every other Husky.