The Siberian Husky Breed
The Siberian Husky is a Northern breed of canine that generally have a wonderful friendly disposition.
Their height ranges between 21-23.5 inches at the withers for males, with a weight of 45-60 lbs.
and 20-22 inches at the withers for females, with weight ranging 35-50 pounds.
They have a very thick coat that needs very little care. Their coat does not mat or require brushing except when they shed & even then it will not mat but it is very hard to describe just how much hair a Siberian has accumulated onto his/her medium sized body (every Siberian Husky owner knows why a Siberian is never cold when they see their dog shed their adult coat for the first time).
Warmer climates also do not pose a problem as a Sibe is dual coated.
This dual coat protects them not only from the cold, but also from the heat…..
so NEVER, EVER shave a Siberian Husky (unless it is vet recommended for a health related or skin issue).
Bathing should be limited to once or twice a year, unless he/she gets into something ‘nasty’.
Siberians come in all colors – different variations of Blacks, Grays, Reds & Whites. The color of the coat may be allocated solidly over the back and neck with white legs, chest and snout or it can be arranged in various patches (called pie-bald). If the color of the coat is deprived from the hair, the dog will be white and can have either a Black pigmented nose or Liver pigmented nose depending on if the dog is a white masking Black or Grey or a White masking Red. “Snow nose”, having the Black, Brown, Liver or Flesh pigment mixed is also a common trait. Eye color also varies and can range from whitish blue to the darkest of brown. It is very common to see Sibes with different colored eyes.
They can have one or both eyes have Brown and Blue in the same eye (called parti-eyed).
They can also have 2 different colored eyes (known as Bi-eyed).
The most important thing for a Siberian Husky is having the structure to run, the character & demeanor to be a good companion, and the health to be a secure, strong member of the family pack.
The Siberian Husky is generally a healthy canine. They are not plagued with many of the skin, hip or heart problems of many other breeds. They do have a small risk of genetic eye problems, usually only 13% (which is much less then other breeds). Hip dysplasia is reported to be only at about 2% for the breed. Sibes are ranked 148 out of 153 for having this issue. Seizures and age related cancer are the leading causes of death in the Siberian Husky, but still only ranks at 20% for the breed (again, much less than other breeds). At times an owner will rush the Sibe to the vet thinking their furry friend has had a seizure, however, numerous conditions, some normal and some pathologic, are often misinterpreted as seizures.
Sibes are usually very affectionate & sociable members of the family and the typical properly trained Sibe is proved to be very good with children. They are not protective by nature so they cannot be considered a ‘loyal’ canine. They are nomadic and non-territorial so their non-protective, running nature must be restrained by being fenced or on a leash at all times. They are extremely intelligent & they get bored easily, so if left without a source of amusement, they will create their own ‘fun’ which is likely to be digging out of the fenced yard, re-landscaping the yard & garden or removing the house siding or inside walls & floors. They do best as a member of a family that can accommodate at least 2 dogs. Siberians love companionship. They were bred to be members of a team and can become destructive and depressed if not given the companionship their intelligence and nature require.
Siberians love to run and can do so for hours.
A second dog will help them both keep exercised and entertained by letting them run and play in an enclosed yard or field or even indoors.
Siberians are usually not hyper indoor canines, except from normal puppyhood energy, and so make good indoor companions, as long as they are not left for long, boring lengths of time alone.
Sibes are extremely intelligent, but this does NOT mean they are obedient. Most Sibes have their own ideas of what they want to do well before you give them a command & they will be on their way to doing what they thought of first before even hearing your command. Siberians (like most Northern breeds) are difficult to make ‘come’ when they are called and are likely to turn to look at you after you throw a ball for them to fetch, and say, "you threw it, you pick it up." Experienced obedience people have made unbelievably well trained dogs out of Siberians because the breed is so smart, but the average dog lover makes too many mistakes in training this intelligent breed, so much so that the Siberian learns how to get his or her own way and teaches YOU to accept it.
Siberians, like all purebred canines, are best acquired from responsible, knowledgeable breeders that are producing puppies for the love of the breed. Beware of anyone breeding to sell puppies that do not take the time to know this breed completely & do not take the time to provide their own companions with proper care AND are only breeding to make a buck (puppy mills & back yard breeders).
A Siberian Husky is NOT an obedient breed!
A Siberian Husky is a compliant breed -
meaning, they will ONLY do something if THEY see a reason to do it…..
Their reason and your reason will usually be completely different.