Siberian Husky | Dog Breed Guide

Siberian Husky | Dog Breed Guide

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Siberian Huskies are friendly, energetic, playful and affectionate. They are leaders of the pack, true working dogs, outgoing, and aren’t afraid of new people. They are devoted family pets but have a strong independent streak. Don’t expect these fluffy and playful pups to cling to your side 24/7, but do expect a pet that will make sure you never get bored. 

Weight - Male: 44-60 pounds; Female: 35-51 pounds 

Height - Male: 21-24 inches; Female: 20-22 inches

Life Expectancy: 12-15 years 

Group: Working group

Temperament: friendly, gentle, intelligent, independent, stubborn, strong-willed 

Energy Level:

Ease of Training:

Grooming Requirements:

History and Personality

Your favorite sled dogs, Siberian Huskies, originated in Northeast Asia around 3,000 years ago by the Chukchi, who bred them as endurance sled dogs. Fur traders brought them to Alaska in 1909. 

Huskies are medium sized dogs with a long fluffy, soft coat. They have a strong build, a triangular face with a narrow snout. Their ears stand straight up, and their eyes can be brown or bright blue, and sometimes both.

Siberian Huskies are loving, devoted, and affectionate. They are great with children and love to play. However, they are notorious for being difficult to train. Siberian Huskies were bred to be working dogs that followed a leader, so it’s best to establish yourself as that strong leader from the very beginning. Huskies need a lot of discipline, patience, and consistency. Give them an inch, and they will take a mile. The good news is that they are food-motivated and love to perform for rewards. 

Don’t expect your Husky to be a great watchdog. They were not bred for guarding and only bark during playtime. Do expect them to still be very vocal. They love to whine, moan and howl. They are also very sneaky. Do not leave food out unattended on a counter or table your Husky can reach, unless you plan on sharing. 

Huskies demand a lot of exercise, so living in the suburbs or a rural area with a backyard or lots of land would be best for these athletic free spirits. But do make sure the fence is secure. Huskies love to test their limits, both physical (like doors and fences) and emotional (like your patience). 

Raising a Husky takes work, but it’s incredibly rewarding. A lot of their quirks (like running away, digging holes, and pulling on a leash) might be undesirable by humans, but to Huskies, it’s very normal and natural behavior. They are not recommended for first-time dog owners. They are great with other dogs their size, but are not recommended for cat owners. 

Grooming

Huskies lick themselves much like cats. They prefer to be clean. Their coat is long and thick, needing brushing at least once a week. They shed a lot and they shed everywhere. Their long coats keep them warm in the winter, as well as cool in the summer. Do not shave your Husky when it’s hot out. 

Energy Level

Huskies are very high energy; they need daily exercise and a lot of space to run around. If not sufficiently exercised, your Husky will become bored and find their own fun, like exploring what your shoes taste like, or what’s inside the throw pillows on the sofa. 

Health Concerns

  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Cataract 
  • Hypothyroidism 

Huskies don’t have too many health problems. In fact, they were bred to not require much food, so a skipped meal isn’t out of the ordinary for this breed. They also have a tendency to be fussy eaters. They can overheat in the summer. Make sure your Husky is well hydrated.