Siberian Husky Information
(Husky, Sibe) The Siberian Husky is a medium-sized, graceful working dog with a fairly compact body and a well-proportioned build that denotes power, stamina, and speed. The breed’s medium-length, arched neck is carried erect when the dog is standing. When working, the Siberian Husky extends their neck so that the head is carried slightly forward. They have a strong, deep chest with well-sprung ribs that are flattened on the sides to permit freedom of movement. Their medium-length back is muscular and sturdy, with a level topline that extends from the withers to the croup. Their loin is lean, proportionately narrow, and has a slight tuck-up. The hind legs are well-spaced and parallel when perceived from the rear. Upper thighs of this breed are brawny and well-muscled, with the hock joint set low to the ground. Their elbows are close to their body, and their shoulders are well-muscled. They have oval-shaped, thickly padded feet that turn neither inwards nor outwards. The Siberian Husky has a medium-sized, well-proportioned skull that is slightly rounded on top and tapers from the widest point to the eyes. Their stop is well-defined, and its bridge is straight to the tip of the nose. The muzzle of this breed is of medium width, and it tapers gradually to the nose. Their teeth close in a scissors bite and their almond-shaped eyes are moderately spaced. Eye colors for this breed include brown, blue, or a combination of both. The Siberian Husky’s double coat is medium in length and consists of a soft, dense undercoat and a straight, longer outer coat. The coat of this breed is not harsh, nor do the hairs stand straight off the body. Coat colors include a variety of shades from black to pure white, and a variety of markings may or may not be present.
The Siberian Husky is playful, affectionate, and kind. They form strong relationships with their family. They are clever, even-tempered, and docile, and they are very loving and sociable. They have a lot of energy, especially as puppies, and they have a mischievous streak. While they are very trainable and intelligent, they have a mind of their own and will only obey a command if they understand its purpose. They easily become bored and they may be difficult to housebreak. Lonely Siberian Huskies can become destructive. This breed is generally good with other pets and animals.
Siberians have a very high prey drive and may kill small animals, including cats and small dogs.
20 – 24 inches
35 – 60 pounds
Like many other large dog breeds, the Siberian Husky is prone to hip dysplasia. Certain types of eye problems including juvenile cataracts, PRA, corneal dystrophy, and crystalline corneal opacities are also of concern. Some lines of this breed may acquire a skin condition called zinc responsive dermatitis. This breed typically lives for 12 to 15 years.
Epilepsy is present in some lines.
The Siberian Husky was brought to Alaska in 1909. The breed is native to Siberia, where they were used for centuries to pull sleds, herd reindeer, and serve as watch dogs. Because of their hardiness, work ethic, and ability to integrate into small packs, they were perfectly suited for the harsh conditions of Siberia. They came to America alongside fur traders for the purpose of performing in arctic races. In 1925, there was a diphtheria epidemic that broke out in Nome, Alaska, and teams of Siberian Huskies delivered precious medicine to the city. This heroic action led to increased popularity of the breed. While they are used as sledding, racing, and carting dogs, they are becoming increasingly popular as a companion.
For the most part, the coat of the Siberian Husky is easy to groom and take care of. This breed sheds profusely twice per year. During shedding season, their coat should be combed thoroughly with a metal comb.
The Siberian Husky can learn to live in a small household or apartment if it is sufficiently exercised and well-trained. They are a very active breed indoors, and they are most content with at least a large-sized yard. Because of their heavy coats, they prefer to live in cool climates. They shouldn’t be excessively exercised in warm weather.
It is recommended to have a tall fence, 6 foot or higher. They usually do not bark but howl. These dogs enjoy exploring and it's a very small possibility that they will come back if they escape.
It is recommended to have a tall fence, 6 foot or higher. They usually do not bark but howl. These dogs enjoy exploring and it's a very small possibility that they will come back if they escape. Siberian Huskies love to go out of their way in order to explore. They will chase small animals or other dogs for a long time.