The Siberian Retriever: A Complete Guide

The Siberian Retriever is also called a Husky Lab Mix, a Lab Husky Mix, or a Labrador Retriever Husky Mix.

He is a medium to large dog that is the result of breeding a Labrador Retriever with a Siberian Husky.

He is multi-talented participating in activities that include competitive obedience, agility, and retrieving.

The Siberian Retriever is also used for military, police, search and rescue, and narcotics.

He’s also known to be excellent in sledding, tracking, carting, and being guide dogs and service dogs.

Your Siberian Retriever may exhibit a calmer Labrador temperament or a more high-strung Husky temperament. They may bark only as needed, or at anything and everything.

Your Siberian Husky may be an eager and fast learner during training, just like his Labrador Retriever parent; or he may be more stubborn or inconsistent in your training efforts like his Siberian Husky parent.

He may possess natural decorum and reserve, which is a Husky trait. He may also have the natural exuberance of the Labrador Retriever.

He may also seem unable to control his need to dig as most Huskies seem born to do, or equally helpless when faced with the opportunity to chew like the Labrador Retriever is known for; but all these things can be handled with the right amount of training and socialization.

Siberian Retriever Puppies – Before You Buy…

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The Siberian Retriever is a great family dog.

What Price are Siberian Retriever Puppies?

The price of Siberian Retriever puppies is anywhere between $300 to $800.

How to Find Reputable Siberian Retriever Breeders?

Good breeders do not breed to make money. They do not sell their puppies to the first person that shows up with cash in hand.

They also do not knowingly sell their puppies to pet shops, brokers, or middle men for resale. Reputable breeders keep their dogs in the home as part of the family, not outside in kennel runs.

They have dogs who appear happy and healthy. They are excited to meet new people and do not shy away from visitors.

They show you where the dogs spend most of their time, and it should be a clean and well-maintain place.

Reputable breeders encourage you to spend time with the puppy and the puppy’s parents when you visit.

They breed only one or two types of dogs and know a lot about the breed’s desired characteristics. They have a strong relationship with a local veterinarian.

They also share the puppy’s medical history with you and what vaccinations your new puppy will need.

They offer advice and guidance when it comes to caring and training your puppy. They are always available for assistance even after you have taken your puppy home.

Reputable breeders are willing to provide references from other families who have purchased puppies if you ask. They feed their dogs high quality, premium brand pet food.

Good breeders will also require some things from you, too. They will probably ask you to explain why you want a dog, who will be responsible for the puppy’s daily care, and where the puppy will spend most of his time.

They will request you to provide a veterinary reference or proof from your landlord that you are allowed to have a dog.

If the breeder you are working with doesn’t meet a lot of these criteria, walk away. Do not be tempted to buy a puppy from a broker, an importer, a middle man, or a pet shop.

Most of those puppies come from mass breeding facilities better known as puppy mills.

Another pitfall to avoid is a backyard breeder. Too often, puppies that have been bred by backyard breeders have poor health or temperament issues that may not manifest until years later.

3 Little-Known Facts About Siberian Retriever Puppies

  1. The Siberian Retrievers does not like wet weather and prefers to stay indoors when it is raining.
  2. Apart from being an effective watchdog and guide dog, the Siberian Retriever excels in police and military work, narcotic detection, search and rescue, retrieving, tracking, and competitive obedience.
  3. The Siberian Retriever’s eyes can be of different colors, one being pale blue and the other one being brown.

Physical Traits of the Siberian Retriever

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The Siberian Retriever loves the company of other animals.

The Siberian Retriever was created by crossing a Siberian Husky and a Labrador Retriever. It should not be mistaken with a Labrador Husky.

While some may look like a Husky with a taller stature, others may have a Labrador Retriever appearance.

These large dogs have a kind of triangular head with pointy and erect ears. They have long legs with webbed paws, and a curly tail with a pointed tip.

Moderate maintenance with occasional brushing will ensure a soft and shiny coat, as well as keep the dead hairs away.

Trim his nails and clean his ears regularly because he can suffer from parasitic infections. Use a vet-approved toothbrush and toothpaste to clean his teeth every week.

How Big is a Full-Grown Siberian Retriever?

The Siberian Retriever weighs approximately 40 to 60 lbs. and can grow up to over 25 inches in height.

What is the Life Expectancy of the Siberian Retriever?

The life expectancy of the Siberian Retriever is 10 to 15 years.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Siberian Retriever

Known for his loving, friendly, and cheerful disposition, the Siberian Retriever makes a good family pet.

This devoted and obedient dog bonds closely with his humans and always wants attention.

He feels bored and lonely if his owner is away for too long. This may induce unwanted behaviors like chewing and excessive barking.

Though he’s much calmer and less noisy than his Husky parent, he does not hesitate to bark and alert his owner of impending danger.

This lively and active dog enjoys playing water sports, a characteristic inherited from his Labrador Retriever parent.

He has a natural preying instinct that can be curbed if trained properly at a young age.

Owners enjoy training him because he can take in instructions and master the skills quickly.

He may exhibit occasional willfulness, but this can be addressed with firm and consistent training methods reinforced with the right rewards.

Socializing the puppies by exposing them to new people and animals are needed to show him good behavior.

Be persistent in your house training methods to help him learn good manners and etiquettes that are required in a family pet.

The Siberian Retriever’s Diet

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The Siberian Retriever has a lot of energy.

The Siberian Retriever needs a nutritious diet that will give him adequate amounts of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, and vitamins.

It requires 2 ½ to 3 cups of dry dog food regularly. However, make sure you divide his daily amount in two meals.

How Much Exercise Does a Siberian Retriever Need?

The Siberian Retriever loves to play. Like his Retriever parent, he loves the water, too.

He has a lot of energy and is very active, so he needs a lot of physical and mental stimulation.

He needs owners who are committed to being physically active each day and is therefore not suited to older people or anyone who has a less than active lifestyle.

He would enjoy two brisk long walks each day. He will also be a very willing companion when you go running, jogging, cycling, swimming, hiking, going to the dog park, and playing outdoor games.

He does like to dig so it may be an idea to have a section in the yard where he is allowed to!

Siberian Retriever Health and Conditions

There are no known major health concerns with the Siberian Retriever, but it is fairly early days for this mixed breed.

There is a chance he could inherit the conditions of his parents. He can also be more prone to certain conditions because of them.

These include eye problems, heart problems, skin problems, epilepsy, bloat, cold tail, joint dysplasia, and ear infections.

You can guarantee your puppy has better health by only buying from a responsible breeder and one that is glad to show health clearances for the puppy and the parents.

My Final Thoughts on the Siberian Retriever

The Siberian Retriever does better when raised with other animals. Otherwise, he can see them as prey to chase.

Early socialization and training are also important. When he’s trained and well-socialized, he gets along better with other pets and dogs.

The Siberian Retriever is usually good with children. They should also be taught how to play nicely with him too.

This is a great family dog, as long as you have a good-sized yard and are active and happy to spend time with him outside.

He suits a family who are not often off on trips, leaving him alone for long periods.

The Siberian Retriever would be a great loyal working dog or companion for the owner who can give him an interesting and active life and does not mind the shedding!

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OVERALL SUMMARY

7.5
Cost to Buy
10
Cuteness Level
10
Family Safety
9.5
Friendliness
5
Health Concerns
7.5
Life Span
4
Exercise Required
5.5
Food Required
OVERALL RATING 7.4 / 10

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