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(Husky, Sibe) The Siberian Husky is a medium-sized, graceful working dog with a fairly compact body and a well-proportioned build that denotes power, stamina, and speed. The breed’s medium-length, arched neck is carried erect when the dog is standing. When working, the Siberian Husky extends their neck so that the head is carried slightly forward. They have a strong, deep chest with well-sprung ribs that are flattened on the sides to permit freedom of movement. Their medium-length back is muscular and sturdy, with a level topline that extends from the withers to the croup. Their loin is lean, proportionately narrow, and has a slight tuck-up. The hind legs are well-spaced and parallel when perceived from the rear. Upper thighs of this breed are brawny and well-muscled, with the hock joint set low to the ground. Their elbows are close to their body, and their shoulders are well-muscled. They have oval-shaped, thickly padded feet that turn neither inwards nor outwards. The Siberian Husky has a medium-sized, well-proportioned skull that is slightly rounded on top and tapers from the widest point to the eyes. Their stop is well-defined, and its bridge is straight to the tip of the nose. The muzzle of this breed is of medium width, and it tapers gradually to the nose. Their teeth close in a scissors bite and their almond-shaped eyes are moderately spaced. Eye colors for this breed include brown, blue, or a combination of both. The Siberian Husky’s double coat is medium in length and consists of a soft, dense undercoat and a straight, longer outer coat. The coat of this breed is not harsh, nor do the hairs stand straight off the body. Coat colors include a variety of shades from black to pure white, and a variety of markings may or may not be present.

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Their eyes can sometimes be parti-colored, half of the eyeball is blue, other half brown. Huskies are preferred in dog sled racing that typically ranging 100-300 miles. Some races are even 1000 miles long.

The nose of the Siberian Husky dries at night to keep it from freezing in subzero temperatures.

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Character

The Siberian Husky is playful, affectionate, and kind. They form strong relationships with their family. They are clever, even-tempered, and docile, and they are very loving and sociable. They have a lot of energy, especially as puppies, and they have a mischievous streak. While they are very trainable and intelligent, they have a mind of their own and will only obey a command if they understand its purpose. They easily become bored and they may be difficult to housebreak. Lonely Siberian Huskies can become destructive. This breed is generally good with other pets and animals.


Siberians have a very high prey drive and may kill small animals, including cats and small dogs.

The Siberian Husky is known to have a high prey drive and will need socializing if it is to live with cats or other small animals.

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Size

20 – 24 inches
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Weight

35 – 60 pounds

Male: 45-60 pounds Female: 35-50 pounds
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General Health

Like many other large dog breeds, the Siberian Husky is prone to hip dysplasia. Certain types of eye problems including juvenile cataracts, PRA, corneal dystrophy, and crystalline corneal opacities are also of concern. Some lines of this breed may acquire a skin condition called zinc responsive dermatitis. This breed typically lives for 12 to 15 years.


Epilepsy is present in some lines.

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History

The Siberian Husky was brought to Alaska in 1909. The breed is native to Siberia, where they were used for centuries to pull sleds, herd reindeer, and serve as watch dogs. Because of their hardiness, work ethic, and ability to integrate into small packs, they were perfectly suited for the harsh conditions of Siberia. They came to America alongside fur traders for the purpose of performing in arctic races. In 1925, there was a diphtheria epidemic that broke out in Nome, Alaska, and teams of Siberian Huskies delivered precious medicine to the city. This heroic action led to increased popularity of the breed. While they are used as sledding, racing, and carting dogs, they are becoming increasingly popular as a companion.

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Maintenance

For the most part, the coat of the Siberian Husky is easy to groom and take care of. This breed sheds profusely twice per year. During shedding season, their coat should be combed thoroughly with a metal comb.

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Ideal Environment

The Siberian Husky can learn to live in a small household or apartment if it is sufficiently exercised and well-trained. They are a very active breed indoors, and they are most content with at least a large-sized yard. Because of their heavy coats, they prefer to live in cool climates. They shouldn’t be excessively exercised in warm weather.


It is recommended to have a tall fence, 6 foot or higher. They usually do not bark but howl. These dogs enjoy exploring and it's a very small possibility that they will come back if they escape. Siberian Huskies love to go out of their way in order to explore. They will chase small animals or other dogs for a long time.

It is recommended to have a tall fence, 6 foot or higher. They usually do not bark but howl. These dogs enjoy exploring and it's a very small possibility that they will come back if they escape.

The Siberian Husky is known to dig under or jump over fences. Take extra precautions to make sure a play area is properly secured.

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I have adopted a Husky - built like an ALaskan - colored like a Siberian - only 28 pounds. We are the 5th place she has lived in her 2 1/2 year life --She suffers separation anxiety -peeing, jumping 4 ft fence - now she is digging under 6 foot fence. I would like to know if a second dog- or puppy would help? She is very loving and accepting of all dogs and people.

It sounds like she lacks training, has too much energy and thinks she is the dominate figure in the house. She may have inherited a lot of these traits from her previous owners….. I would recommend taking her on a couple of 20-30 minute leash walks a day. This will help get some of her energy out and it`s a great time to practice your dominance and training. Even though she is 2.5 years old, you can still teach an old dog new tricks. When you`re walking her, only give her about 1ft of leash and make sure she doesn`t pull. Give her immediate corrections….. this will help show her whose the boss and that her anxiety and nervousness is not ok. I wouldn`t recommend a second puppy until she`s fully trained. More than likely, she will teach the new puppy her bad qualities.

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are siberian huskies good around young children?

they love children, but if the child is smaller than the dog they might not be ready for a siberian love hug, and these love hugs cant be taken out of the dog , it just the breed and they just love. .. basicly they jump on everyone , no matter how you try to teach them otherwise..

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is there anything that I can put in my siberian huskies' (1 yr. old) dog house for her to sleep on that she will not tear apart?

No .. haha, not really... straw is the only thing for a husky.

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we own a 2yr old female shiba inu w/ an excellent temperament. we have 4 children ages 14,12,9,7 and we would love a female siberian puppy. would you recommend this breed for our household?

I have 2 children, 5 and 2 yo. Dakota, our female Siberian is fantastic with our children. I couldn't ask for a better dog with children. Beware though they are runners and they are also escape artist.

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I just adopted a 2 yr old female, but she is very shy and scard. How do I help her know that we won't hurt her and love her?

take baby steps, stand back and let her come to you. she will start trusting you more and more.

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My husky is acting really strange. She's acting like she gonna have a puppy. You know, she's finding a place to be her "den" and acting pregnant, but the vet says she not. She's spayed/neutered too!

I don't really know, but I think she might have met a dog she WANTS to mate with, but since she's neutered she might just be satisfyed with pretending.

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My Siberian who is 6 month old has an extra fang tooth on each side of his lower jaw...(his adult teeth are in), is this normal?

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We have a 25 month old neutered (at 7 mos.) male that has been leaving wet spots after resting. Vet has done urine test, no infection, says next thing would be blood work for $130 and probably an ultrasound costing $350+. Our guy is happy, eating normal, and seems to be totally fine other than this leaky bladder problem. Breeder said he's too old for ectopic urethrea to just show up in the last 6 month and too young to have develpoed bladder stones or urine crystals. Any thoughts? Thanks!

It may be from the Husky licking themselves. I went through that with one of my Huskies. it is perfectly normal.

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Our husky is 10 years old and has developed a skin conditions that looks like cradle cap on a baby. It seems to hurt him when he is brushed. Tried samon oil in his food and a shampoo recommened by vet can you recommed anything else?

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im thinking of buying a female husky pup but im worried about the health problems they have. what can i do to help keep her healthy?

The best thing to do is buy a puppy from a responsible breeder and make sure both parents of the puppy are healthy and do not have any heath problems like eye problems. Also you should get a health contract on the puppy.

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