About Siberian Huskies
History & purpose
Siberian Huskies are a medium sized northern breed, used to pull sleds and travel long distances. They were bred and developed in north eastern Siberia by the Chukchi tribe long ago. Siberian Huskies have the appearance of a wild canid but are a completely domesticated breed; they are no more closer to the wolf species then a bulldog or any dog breed for that matter.
Siberians also come in a variety of colors and markings; eye color is usually blue, brown, amber, bi-eyed (one color of each) or partial eyed.
Coat colors range from Jet black, black, diluted black, Agouti, light red/cream, copper or brown, silver gray, wolf gray, sable, pure white, isabella white, and can come in different coat patterns, the standard being any color with the white blaze or pinto and spash coats. There are also wooly coated sibes.
Here is a website with photos of different colors and coat patterns: http://www.huskycolors.com/colors.html
Siberian Huskies are generally a very healthy breed with fewer problems than most. Hip dysplasia and some hertiable eye problems can affect this breed.
Siberians live up to 12-15 years.
Their ideal weight according to the canadian kennel club is between 35-60 lbs.
Siberians are classified under the working group of dogs. They are an energetic breed that was bred to be inteligent, gentle and an affectionate working/family companion. As a working dog siberians will exceed in almost any activity, whether its sledding, agility, the show ring or obedience training.
Siberian huskies are a pack oriented breed making them very suitable for family life or an active couple. A well socialized Siberian gets a long great with other dogs and even cats.
Siberians generally love everyone they meet, they are not a one person type of dog and although they are affectionate they are not a clingy breed; They have an independent nature.
Another thing about siberians is that they LOVE to talk; they can make a wide range of different wild sounds such as howling, yipping, chirping, singing and wooing. They generally only bark when there is a strange animal in their yard. So if you dont like a very vocal dog then don't get a siberian.
Siberians are very smart and catch on to learning new commands fast, however they can be stuborn. They like to be rewarded or know that they are getting something in return.
Siberians also love to pull, this is a trait that is bred into them. Early leash training should begin right away and using a harness for a daily walk is not the right tool. Harnesses are for pulling.
Most siberians do not do well offleash due to their nature to run, roam and look for prey animals. However if off leash training is started at a young age then a husky will do just fine; supervision is still needed.
Siberian huskies have a thick double layered coat which sheds heavily twice a year; this is refered to as "blowing" their coats. During the warm summer months help them shed out their coats by brushing away all loose hairs. The entire shedding process may take awhile depending on climate.
Siberians are also a very clean breed; they have no doggy odor at all and often clean themselves like a cat.
A good brush through their fur once in awhile is sufficient enough and a bath only as needed.
This breed thrives in the winter months, their coats able to withstand up to -60 degree weather. Siberians absolutley love the snow, they will often dunk their heads into a snow bank and sleep curled up in the snow rather then a dog house.
Siberian Huskies have a reputation for running and wandering away from home if not kept in an enclosed enviroment; early off leash training and supervision will help curve this trait.
Siberian huskies do not do well with small animals such as rodents and birds due to their prey drive.
~Remember to always do your research before bringing home a new puppy to insure you have the right breed for your family and lifestyle.~