Breed Group: Working
Color: All Colors From Black To Pure White
Height: male: 21-23.5, female: 20-22 inches
Weight: male: 45-60, female: 35-50 lbs
Description: Siberian Huskies are strong, compact, working dogs. The Siberian Husky comes in all colors from black to pure white are allowed.
A variety of markings on the head is common, including many striking patterns not found in other breeds. Color choices include Black and White, which ranges from light (dilute) to dark (jet), Red and White, which ranges from light (peach or orange) to dark (chocolate or brown), Gray and White, which ranges from light (silver) to dark (wolf-gray), Sable and White (which is red-orange with black tips), Agouti and White (which is sometimes referred to as the coyote color and contains a lot of dark gray coat), and White (not to be confused with a Samoyed).
Different coat markings are all accepted, the most notable being a pie-bald. These coat markings are similar to that of a pinto horse.
The face mask and underbody are usually white, and the remaining coat any color.
The eyes are almond-shaped, moderately spaced and set a trifle obliquely. It is a common misconception that all Siberians have blue eyes.
They can have eyes that are blue, brown, amber, or any combination thereof including eyes that are half blue and half brown, which is referred to as being part-eyed.
Having one blue eye and one brown eye is referred to as being bi-eyed. The large “snowshoe” feet have hair between the toes for grip on ice.
Its ears are set high and erect, with a sickle-shaped tail. The Siberian Husky has a thick, wooly undercoat and a soft outer coat.
It is able to withstand temperatures as low as -58 degrees to -76 degrees F ( -50 degrees to -60 degrees C).
Temperament: These dogs are gentle and playful, but willful and mischievous. This cheerful dog is very fond of his or her family.
A puppy at heart, they are clever, sociable and loving, easy-going and docile. Though they do generally have a lot of energy, especially as puppies.
Good with children and friendly with strangers, they are not watchdogs, for they bark little and love everyone. Huskies are very intelligent and trainable, but they have a mind of their own and will only obey a command if they see the point.
Training takes patience, consistency and an understanding of the Arctic dog character.
This dog will take advantage if he can. Huskies make an excellent jogging companion, as long as it is not too hot. Huskies may be difficult to housebreak.
This breed likes to howl and gets bored easily. They do not like to be left alone, so if this is the breed for you, you may want to consider having two. A lonely Husky can be very destructive.
Remember that the Husky is a sled dog in heart and soul. They are good with other pets if they are raised with them from puppyhood. Huskies are thrifty eaters and need less food than you might expect. This breed likes to roam. Siberian Huskies can make wonderful companions for people who are aware of what to expect from these beautiful and intelligent animals.
Although there are ‘exceptions to every rule’, there are a number of breed characteristics that are generally present among members of this arctic breed.
This is not meant to be a comprehensive list, as even the top breeders in the country will tell you that they learn something new about their dogs every day!
Health problems: Huskies are relatively free of breed-specific problems, apart from hip dysplasia and occasional eye problems (such as juvenile cataracts, PRA (eyes) primarily in male dogs, corneal dystrophy, crystalline corneal opacities and ectopy (displacement) of the urethra). Also, they sometimes have zinc responsive dermatitis (a skin condition that improves by giving zinc supplements).
Breeders can get hip screenings from the OFA and eye screenings yearly from a canine ophthalmologist (AVCO) and register the exam through CERF and SHOR)… I can provide more information if you’d like.
Living conditions: They are not usually recommended for apartments, however, they can live in apartments if well trained and properly exercised.
Siberian Huskies are very active indoors and do best with a fenced-in large yard. Because of their heavy coats, these dogs prefer cool climates.
One has to use common sense with respect to maintaining them in the heat by providing adequate shade and air conditioning. This breed prefers to live in packs.
Exercise: Siberian Huskies need a fair amount of exercise, but should not be excessively exercised in warm weather. They need a large yard with a high fence but bury the wire at the base of the fence because they are likely to dig their way out and go off hunting.
Life expectancy: About 12-15 years.
Grooming: The coat does not need much care except during the twice a year heavy shedding season when they have to be combed thoroughly with a metal comb.
Origin: Native to Siberia, the Husky was brought to Alaska in 1909. They were used for centuries by the Chukchi people in Siberia to pull sleds, herd reindeer and perform watchdogging functions.
They were perfect working dogs for the harsh Siberian conditions: hardy, able to integrate into small packs, and quite happy to work for hours on end.
The Siberian Husky is a very light-weight sled dog with great stamina. It was brought to North America by fur traders in Malamute for arctic races because of their great speed.
In 1925 there was a diphtheria epidemic in Nome, Alaska and many dog teams relayed precious medicine to the stricken city.
This event focused national attention on the Siberian Husky and helped popularize the breed. The Siberian Husky was also used during Admiral Byrd’s Antarctic Expeditions.
An excellent pack animal, the Husky gets along well with his comrades. Siberian Huskies have now become very popular as a companion dog, but they are also used for sledding, carting, and racing.