Siberian Husky Puppies

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An intelligent, athletic, and social breed

The Siberian Husky is unique in that it was bred to work, but also to live harmoniously in the household in Ancient Russia. Their wolf-like experience is often intimidating, but don't let that fool you. Huskies are often friendly companions that fit in perfectly in modern households.

Siberian Husky At a Glance

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Siberian Husky At a Glance

  • Size: 20"-24", 35-60 lbs.
  • Lifespan: 12-14 years
  • Energy Level: high
  • Coat: Thick and medium-length
  • Shedding: heavy
  • Hypoallergenic: No
  • Dog Group: Working
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Siberian Husky Breed Guide

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  • Temperament

    Siberian Huskies are smart, gentle, and outgoing. They are even-tempered and not territorial, so Huskies are typically friendly with strangers, children, and other dogs. The Husky is a pack dog by nature, so it's important for their owners to establish their leadership early on. Otherwise, these dogs may try to assert themselves as "top dog." Siberian Huskies are energetic dogs that require lots of exercise, both physical and mental. A bored or hyperactive Husky may become destructive, both indoors and outdoors. While Huskies aren't big barkers, they do tend to howl, which makes them a poor choice for apartment living.

  • Health

    Siberian Huskies are most susceptible to eye problems, including Cataracts, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, and Corneal Dystrophy. Conditions like Hip Dysplasia, Follicular Dysplasia, and Zinc Deficiency are also common.

  • Activity Level

    Due to their origins as working dogs, Siberian Huskies are very high energy. They do best when their exercise has a goal to complete, especially if it involves working with their owner to accomplish it. A large fence-in yard is highly encouraged so they have a chance to run and play. They love hiking and exploring with their owners, but should always be kept on a leash.

  • Grooming

    These pups require regular brushing to prevent their thick double-coat from matting, usually once a week does the trick. During the spring and fall regular brushing is encouraged to get ahead of their heavy shedding. They don't require regular bathing, and if they are bathed too much their skin has a tendency to dry out.

  • Shedding

    Siberian Huskies have a dense undercoat and shed all year round. They will shed more heavily twice a year as they blow their coat, usually during the spring and fall seasons. One benefit of this is that they don't need to be bathed regularly since the dirt often sheds with their fur.

  • Appearance

    Huskies have a powerful and dignified look with a beautiful double-coat that is most commonly white with silver and black accents. Their bushy, fox-like tail hangs down, but when they are alert it curls up onto the back. Their striking eyes and pointy triangular ears give them an alert expression.

  • History

    Despite common misconception, the Siberian Husky is not a descendent of the wolf. The Husky was actually developed by the Chukchi people, a tribe of nomads from Siberia. While the exact time of the Husky's origin is unclear, DNA tests prove that it is one of the oldest dog breeds. For centuries, these dogs were used to pull heavy sleds across long distances for the Chukchi people. It wasn't until the early 1900s that the Siberian Husky was brought to Alaska to compete in dog sled races. While the last Siberian Husky was exported from Siberia in 1930, the breed continued to thrive in America and was an active part in expeditions and races. The American Kennel Club (AKC) recognized the Siberian Husky in 1930, and the breed remains popular today, both as a sled dog and a family pet.