Description: The Siberian Husky has a sweet nature and is a breed that is suited for the whole family, but does not make a good guard dog. Gentle in character with a determined look they are very people oriented dogs. Males have a tendency to roam and need to be kept in a fenced in area. If they get out it may be impossible to catch them on foot. A member of the Spitz family, the Siberian Husky is strong and has the ability to haul heavy loads over long distances and rough terrain. Siberian Huskys will happily pull a young child in a wagon or sled.
Other Names: Arctic Husky
Type: Northern Breed
Height: 20 - 23.5 inches.
Weight: 35 - 60 lbs.
Colors: All colors; markings on the head are common.
Coat: Medium, well-furred; outer coat straight and smooth against body; undercoat soft and dense.
Temperament: Siberian Huskys are dependable, energetic, friendly.
With Children: Yes
With Pets: Enjoys other dogs, and may do better if there is more than one Husky. Does not get along well with cats or other small animals.
Special Skills: Sled dog
Care and Brush their coat twice a week, paying special attention during shedding. Bathe the Siberian Husky only when necessary. Clip nails regularly. Needs a lot exercise and they should not be exercised hard in warm weather. Daily walks and a large fenced yard will help keep the Siberian Husky in shape and prevent boredom and destructive behavior. Makes a great cross-country skiing partner.
Training: A sled dog at heart they need consistency and patience when training. They will obey if they see the point.
Learning Rate: High, Obedience - Low, Problem Solving - Very High
Activity: Very High
Living Environment: Siberian Huskys have a thick insulated coat and are not suited to live in hot climates. Will do well in a kennel or outside in a fenced yard. An owner of a Siberian Husky will need to spend considerable time exercising them and should not mind a dog who is a playful, challenging, independent breed.
Health Issues: Hip dysplasia and some heritable eye problems.
Life Span: 10 -14 years
Litter Size: 6 - 8
Country of Origin: Russia
History: The Siberian Husky was developed by the Chukchi tribe of northeastern Asia about 3,000 years ago. Used to pull sleds and herd reindeer for this nomadic tribe, it wasn't until the early 1900's when the Siberian Husky was introduced into Alaska where they became renowned for sled racing and search and rescue work.
First Registered by the AKC: 1930
AKC Group: Working Group
Registries: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI (Group 5), KC(GB), UKC