The Siberian Husky: A Complete Guide

The Siberian Husky is part of the Spitz family of dogs, and it is perhaps best known for being a sled dog in northern parts of the world. However, there is so much more to them than just that.

This is a dog that is known for its exceptional stamina while it can also withstand harsh weather conditions as well. Also, you will discover that it can be a wonderful family dog.

The breed originated in Northeastern Asia, hence the name, but its popularity has spread across the world.

Viewed as being a rather friendly and outgoing type of dog, the Siberian Husky will prove to be a worthwhile companion.

However, prior to owning one, there are several key points that need to be covered.

Siberian Husky Puppies – Before You Buy…

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Siberian Husky puppies are exceptionally cute, but you have to look beyond that to determine if you are planning on potentially owning one.

Instead, you need to be honest with yourself regarding owning this particular breed.

This is a breed of dog that does require exercise, so if that is an issue for you, then it might be best to think about another breed.

Also, you must be aware that this is an extremely intelligent breed of dog, and a number of breeders will prefer you to have previously owned a Spitz breed of dog.

If you have never owned a dog before, then this will not be the best breed for you. Training them can involve some precise work, and you must know how to handle dogs before taking on a Siberian Husky.

What Price are Siberian Husky Puppies?

Siberian Husky puppies are not the cheapest out there, but there are still some factors that will influence the price.

Their pedigree will always push the price higher, so do check this out as it will help you to ultimately have a better puppy. Also, the price is going to vary between the United States and the UK.

In the UK, you are looking at somewhere in the region of £600 for a KC registered puppy while a non-KC registered is around £500.

In the US, then a KC registered puppy is going to be in the region of $1300 to $1500.

How to Find Reputable Siberian Husky Breeders?

In order to find reputable Siberian Husky breeders, then there are several options available to you.

First, do contact the Kennel Club in your country as that will allow you to discover their register of breeders that they themselves trust. Do tell them of your interest in the Siberian Husky, and they will be happy to help.

Next, there are various Siberian Husky groups, and they can also be a source of information. Talking to owners and asking the name of the breeder that they visited will also make sense.

The official Siberian Husky Owners Club would also be a good place to check out, as they will certainly be in a position to advise you accordingly.

3 Little-Known Facts About Siberian Husky Puppies

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The Siberian Husky is good with other pets.

There is no doubting that Siberian Husky puppies are very cute, but how much do you really know about them?

Perhaps these three little-known facts surrounding this breed is going to make you feel that you knew a bit less about the breed than you thought.

  • They are escape artists.

The Siberian Husky, in general, is an amazing escape artist, and that is something that starts from when they are puppies.

You do need to be careful that there are no potential avenues for escape from your yard as they will take that opportunity.

  • They are not just a polar dog.

People often believe that the Siberian Husky is just a polar dog, but that’s not the case.

Yes, it can withstand temperatures as low as -50, and it cannot deal with extremely high temperatures either, but it’s better than you think.

Their double coat protects them from the temperature extremes, so even if you live in warm areas, then a Siberian Husky is a possibility.

  • Their sense of smell is astounding.

From an early age, their sense of smell is astounding. From just a scent, they can create a mental image of the animal that left its scent there. Also, they can then track it based on scent alone.

Physical Traits of the Siberian Husky

The immediate thought that most people have when they see a Siberian Husky is that it is clearly a strong and powerful dog. However, there is more to it than that.

They have a strong and very straight back. They are also viewed as having an elegant shape, and they appear to share a number of characteristics with breeds of a wolf.

Their legs are powerful and firm. Their paws are rounded and resistant to the cold. Also, due to the location of their ears, they are known to have amazing hearing.

One area that immediately strikes people are their eyes. Often, they will be either brown or a rather striking blue color. At times, some may have one eye of each color, which does make them stand out.

They also have a very thick double coat of medium length hair. This coat is the reason why they can withstand the cold and work as sled dogs in the middle of winter.

Their coat can also come in a number of different colors.

How Big is a Full-Grown Siberian Husky?

The actual size of a full-grown Siberian Husky does vary depending on whether you are looking at the male or female.

Generally speaking, the male is slightly larger in both size as well as weight, but there is very little difference between the sexes.

The male is often between 21 to 24 inches at the withers. The female is between 20 to 22 inches.

For the weight, then the male is also heavier at anywhere between 45 and 60 pounds while the female is 35 to 50 pounds.

What is the Life Expectancy of the Siberian Husky?

The life expectancy of the Siberian Husky is very average for a dog of this size.

What you are looking at is an average of anywhere between 12 and 15 years, but there will always be things that can be done to prolong their life.

Pay particular attention to their diet and health conditions that afflict the breed, and we discuss them later on in our guide.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Siberian Husky

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The Siberian Husky is certainly more intelligent than a number of other breeds.

A Siberian Husky is extremely intelligent and is very good at taking commands. Also, they love being around other Huskies as well as people, so they are very sociable.

Some argue they are actually too intelligent. That means they will suss you out and try to dominate you if you allow them to.

They do love the sound of their own voice, but as a howl instead of a bark. The only other potential problem is they are prey-orientated. This means they can be a danger around small animals.

A Husky should be trained as early as possible. You must be strict, and it’s easier if you have previously owned a Spitz breed of dog.

Even though strictness is required, do not be harsh on them or use harsh techniques as they will not respond well. Instead, positive reinforcement will prove to be the best approach to take.

Do make sure that they know you are the ‘Alpha’ dog in the pack.

A Siberian Husky does form a very close bond to its owners, and they are wonderful with children.

However, they can get quite excited when playing, so be careful with younger children as accidents can happen.

Thanks to the bond aspect, they can suffer from separation anxiety. Training them to counteract this needs to be done as a puppy.

They are not a good guard dog. They are too friendly and want everyone to be friends with them for this kind of role. However, they are very alert at all times.

Overall, you will have a strong dog with a good brain on it that is very friendly, a people pleaser, and very much with an individual personality.

The Siberian Husky’s Diet

You should avoid providing your Siberian Husky with your average type of dog food as that is going to serve no purpose whatsoever. This is a dog that has a lot of energy, so its diet has to reflect that.

Normal dog food has low nutritional values, which is why it should be avoided.

Instead, either purchase specialist food from your vet, or make sure that you provide them with quality food, and a variety of it as well.

Older Huskies have particular problems digesting cereals. You should feed them twice a day and check if it is gluten-free.

While wet and dry food can serve a purpose, it should not be the mainstay of their diet. This should only be given in small quantities, and understand that they will be lacking in certain nutrients.

If you get a puppy, then stick to the same food and feeding schedule as the breeder. Drastic changes can upset their digestive tract and lead to problems.

If you do change, then it must be gradual.

Real food, such as real meat, is advisable. Also, they can eat fish as well as some vegetables and fruit. Do not give them prunes, raisins or grapes as this will just cause them a number of problems.

How Much Exercise Does a Siberian Husky Need?

A Siberian Husky has amazing stamina, but that does not mean that you have to take it for long walks on a daily basis.

They also rather enjoy sleeping or just being given something to do as they can get quite bored.

In general, a Siberian Husky requires at least two hours of some form of exercise each day. They do feel the heat, so in summer take them for a walk either early in the day or the evening or they will overheat.

Do note that a puppy should have limited exercise due to their body still developing. Too much at a young age can lead to joint problems later on in life.

It will be better for the breed if you have a secure back garden or yard that they can run around in to burn off some energy. They are not good for apartments due to this requirement.

This breed requires a lot of mental stimulation. Providing toys and interacting with them will help to reduce the chances of destructive behavior.

Siberian Husky Health and Conditions

The Siberian Husky can develop certain health conditions that are often attributed to the breed.

While it can be difficult to stop them entirely, there are certainly things that can be done to make it less likely.

The good news is that they are known for generally being a rather healthy breed of dog.

In this instance, the main health conditions to be aware of are:

  • Glaucoma
  • Cataracts
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy

As you can see, their eyes and hips are the main cause for concern. Out of these conditions, there are tests available for all apart from Glaucoma.

The Siberian Husky Breeders Club recommends that breeders test parents for these conditions before selling puppies.

Of course, as a potential owner, you should view any medical records of the parents before buying. Do note that you may have to specifically ask the breeder for this information.

My Final Thoughts on the Siberian Husky

The Siberian Husky is a truly wonderful dog that has so much more to it than just being a sled dog.

What you will have is a loyal, friendly dog that can be a wonderful companion.

However, do maintain your role as the ‘Alpha’ or they will take advantage.

This is a fun-loving dog that does have a high energy level, so you must take that into consideration at all times.

They are good with other dogs and are certainly more intelligent than a number of other breeds.

Also, they are viewed as being relatively healthy with the main cause for concern being their eyes as they can develop a number of issues.

Aside from that, you should have a wonderful time with your Siberian Husky, and you are genuinely going to have a friend for life.

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OVERALL SUMMARY

4.5
Cost to Buy
9.5
Cuteness Level
9
Family Safety
8.5
Friendliness
7
Health Concerns
7.5
Life Span
5.5
Exercise Required
6.5
Food Required
OVERALL RATING 7.3 / 10

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