Siberian Husky Dog Breed
Nicknames: Siberian husky, Sibe
|Right Breed For You?||Siberians are an intelligent breed as well as friendly and gentle usually bonding more deeply with one person in the family. Their thick coats require weekly brushing. New owners should be prepared to provide an outlet for exercise daily, whether through walks or an enclosed space in which to run. Predatory instincts are strong, so Siberians should be supervised around small animals in and around the home. A Siberian can be perfectly happy in an apartment if trained from a pup to enjoy the tight but cozy way of living, though it is not recommended. As long as this dog gets what he needs in exercise he is adaptable to most kinds of living conditions.||Discount Pet Supply Recommendations|
|Height:||20 to 23.5 inches|
|Weight:||35 to 60 lbs.|
|Life Span:||11-13 years|
|Litter Size:||6-8 puppies|
|Color:||black and white, Jet black, silver (dilute) black and redish black, Grey, Wolf Grey, Silver, Sable, Copper, Chocolate Copper.|
|Recognized By:||CKC, FCI, AKC, UKC, ANKC, NKC, NZKC, APRI, ACR|
The Siberian Husky is a beautiful gracious animal, a dog that sees through you and knows your disposition even before he has met you. He seems arrogant and prince like, not deeming every man worthy of his attention. He seems somewhat like a gentle giant, in the meaning he looks kind but still requires respect.
Once accepted by a Siberian first then may you experience the loving and awesome disposition of this beautiful creature.
The Siberian loves to run and play, being very insightful to the body language of other dogs he almost always becomes a quick friend with most of them. A Siberian seldom argues and will much rather flee then fight, but a dog that offends the husky’s honor will see the husky is definitely willing to defend it.
Breeders have been very keen on breeding well tempered dogs as it is a must that the dogs can work together and with a human leader. He is a strong, compact working dog with fantastic colors and patterns.
They can have different eye coloration as well from clear blue to dark brown, in fact even partial coloration is usual such as bi-color ( one blue and one brown eye) and parti-eyed (two different colors in one eye). The Siberian husky has a thick undercoat which makes it possible for the Sibe to withstand temperatures as low as -58 degrees to -76 degrees F (-50 to -60 C).
The coat of a Siberian Husky ranges in color from Jet Black to Pure White. The colors include black and white, Jet black, silver (dilute) black and redish black.
- Grey- The basic color is grey and the undercoat is usually a mixture of beige and silver.
- Wolf Grey- A warm shade of grey with casts of beige, tan, yellow or red behind the ears and saddle area, the undercoat is beige (a wolf like face is not part of this coloration, though they often have it, they may also have open white faces).
- Silver- There is no red or yellow hair intermixed.
- Sable- This is a beautiful color that reminds one of wolf grey; wolf grey dogs have a beige undercoat, sable dogs have red, chocolate or orange undercoats.
- Copper- They are often termed “red” Copper or Chocolate Copper.
Patterns vary from Agouti, (a very rare coloring which often has a brindle look to it.) to Piebald ( white with irregular patches of any color). The traditional colored pattern of the Siberian Husky is called the Irish Coat pattern.
Have you heard that “time changes everything” This can certainly be said about the Siberians coat, as puppies Sibes usually have beautiful colored masks but the effects of time change the mask pattern and with some the mask completely disapears, leaving a open white face.
The Siberian Husky where first bred by the Asian Chukchi people of the extreme northeastern part of Siberia, who once depended on Siberian Huskies to survive. The hearty dogs pulled sleds, herded reindeer and guarded property in challenging environment. Their amazing stamina captured the attention of passing fur traders, who eventually brought the dogs to other parts of the world.
The Husky is still known today for rushing much needed medicine to ill Alaskans. The Siberian Husky does well in sledding activities which provide a much needed outlet for their energies, they enjoy the cold weather romps, they are agile and adventurous and they are very fast runners.
It wasn’t until 1909 that Americans heard of the superior sled dogs bred in Siberia/Russia, as they first competed in the All-Alaskan sweepstakes race , an extremely popular race between Nome and Candle, a race that covered 408 miles. Most were not impressed by the small dogs, though one racer took extreme interest and imported 70 dogs to train for the 1910 race.
Charles Fox Maule Ramsay entered three teams and came first, second and fourth- totally dominating the race. Most huskies entered in the races and with great success was bred by Leonard Seppala.
In 1925 Togo led his team 650 miles from Nenana to Nome carrying Diptherian serum. During World War II, the breed furthered its heroic image by serving in the U.S. Army’s search and rescue teams.
The Siberian Husky earned AKC recognition in 1930, and the Siberian Husky Club of America was founded in 1938.
The temperament of a Siberian Husky is cautious and alert – you have to be worthy of their attention. They are not overly suspicious of strangers or aggressive with other dogs.
He is a quick and athletic dog with a moderately compact build and a smooth, effortless gait. This intelligent breed is friendly and gentle and usually bonds more deeply with one person in the family. The Siberian is an independent thinker and can be a bit stubborn at a time. Still, if properly trained then he makes a great companion for the whole family and has a natural affinity for children.
Some measure of reserve and dignity may be expected in the mature dog. His intelligence, tractability, and eager disposition make him an agreeable companion and willing worker. The Siberian Husky is not a protective nor possessive dog, it will often share it’s treasures and treats with friends.
Although he is often affectionate to his entire family, the Siberian is really a one-man dog. With the fact that he is not naturally suspicious towards strangers, this breed does not make a very good watch dog. The free spirit of the Siberian Husky gives him a very real wolf like feel he digs, he hunts and he must run! He is by nature meticulously clean and can often remind of a cats temperament.
One very positive trait of the husky is that it is a quiet dog, he seldom barks. Still many are very talkative and will howl with soft “boo” to tell you that he is happy to see you or is glad for other reasons. He will often show his affection towards the ones that have earned it, lay his head in your lap or give a kiss when he walks by. The Siberian Husky is a grateful and thankful breed.
Common health issues are, eye problems and hip dysplasia ( From January 1994 through December 1998, a total of 12,087 Siberian Huskies have been evaluated by OFA for hip dysplasia. Out of this total, 30.5% of the dogs have received “excellent” hip ratings, and only 2.2% have been dysplastic.)
The Siberian Husky is a comparatively easy dog to care for. He is by nature fastidiously clean and is typically free from body odor and parasites. Siberians clean themselves like cats. In fact, a Siberian that becomes soiled with mud will clean himself up. Therefore, bathing requirements are minimal. In fact, most owners bathe their dogs once per year or less.
Twice a year, Siberians blow their undercoats, that is, they shed their undercoats completely. It is a very intense shedding period that can last three weeks or more from start to finish. The good news is that this only happens twice a year. The remainder of the time, Siberians is relatively shed free. The bad news is that the shedding period can be rather messy. You can help reduce the hair loss with good quality deshedding dog shampoo and deshedding dog brush. When used together both have been known to reduce shedding by up 90%.
The hair comes out in large and small clumps. It should be noted, however, that this shedding schedule is climate dependent. Some owners that live in very warm climates, ones that lack clearly defined seasonal changes, report some shedding year round in the breed.
Other than during coat-blowing season, the Siberian needs very little grooming. No trimming or shaving of hair is required or recommended. Just occasional brushing to remove dead hair and keep the coat fresh and shiny is required. Their nails should be checked and clipped periodically, and their feet should be checked regularly to ensure good health, particularly in actively working dogs.
This breed is highly in need of lots of exercise as it is a dog that loves to run. Siberians make great hiking companions. Given a dog backpack, a Siberian can carry food and water.
Mushing is also a very effective way of burning the Siberian Huskys energy. Mushing is the practice of harnessing dogs to a sled with a special dog harness for the purpose of recreation or transport. It may also be practiced as a competitive sport. Naturally, mushing is only practiced in areas with significant snowfall, although a form of dry land mushing, called carting, also exists.
This allows the dog to run of his energy and satisfies his working needs as well, giving him both physical and mental stimulation.
The Siberian Husky breed is highly intellectual and can be trained to do almost anything as seen in movies where these dogs are used. With patience and good training you will have the ultimate life partner. They are extremely intelligent, energetic and stubborn. One must expect the unexpected. Since the dog is pack-oriented, it is important to establish yourself as the head of the pack, or alpha very early.
It is very important to understand the distinction between establishing yourself as alpha and bullying the dog into submission – It is NOT the same thing! The former is simply a communication that the dog needs and expects, while the latter is very negative and detrimental to the dog’s well-being.
By establishing yourself as the leader of the pack early, your dog will learn to respect you and look to you for guidance and will know where the boundaries for acceptable behavior lie. Obedience training this breed can be very interesting and extremely challenging.
Many owners will complain that their dogs act perfectly in class, but will not obey at home. This breed is intelligent enough to differentiate situations very well, and will apply different rules of behavior for different situations.
You must stay on top of the dog and maintain control, which is easier to do while the dog is of manageable size than with a stubborn, energetic adult that has been allowed to get away with undesirable behavior for a long time. The Siberian Husky is recommended to stay on a leash if not in well fenced areas, though there are known cases of well trained Sibes that can be let off the lead at any time, it is still not recommended.
Socialization is one of the necessary requirements to successful dog ownership. This breed thrives in dog and human activities. They need company like they need food and water. Socialization and social activity for these dogs is mandatory to maintain a happy, well balanced and almost well behaved Siberian Husky.