What is the Siberian Husky? The Siberian Husky is a northern breed of working dog that was originally used to pull sleds at moderate speeds over long distances. It is recognized by the American Kennel Club. The AKC has developed a standard for the Siberian Husky as well as several other breeds. Please check out the Siberian Husky of America Website. www.shca.org
Where did the Siberian Husky Originate? The Siberian Husky has been a pure bred DOG, for many centuries. It is NOT a half wolf or wolf cross. The Checki people of Siberia developed the Siberian Husky as an endurance sled dog. In 1909, the Siberian Husky was brought to Alaska to compete in the long-distance races.
What does the Siberian Husky Do Now? The Siberian Husky is an excellent companion dog for the right person. They also excel in many winter sports such as sprint sled racing, mid-distance sled racing, Skijoring, as well as in obedience and agility. (with the proper training)
What part did the Siberian Husky play in history? In the winter of 1925, a diphtheria epidemic broke out in Nome Alaska. Many dog teams relayed the serum to Nome. Leonard Sepalla, brought his team of Siberian Huskies to help compete the run. The most famous dog is Balto.
What is the Siberian Husky temperament like? The Siberian Husky has a delightful temperament, affectionate but not fawning. They are eager to please, alert , and adaptable. They are highly intelligent, but it is their independent spirit that may challenge the best of trainers! They respond best to positive reinforcement.
Are Siberian Huskies good watch or guard dogs? In general, NO! The Siberian Husky, is capable of showing strong affection for his family, but is typically not a one-man dog. They are generally not suspicious, nor fearful of strangers and greet strangers and guests cordially.
Are Siberian Huskies dog aggressive? In his relations with strange dogs, he will generally display a friendly interest and gentlemanly decorum. There are some who are aggressive of other dogs. Siberians were meant to work as a pack, and generally like other dogs.
Do Siberian Huskies Shed? YES!!! do they ever shed! They generally "blow coat" twice a year and be prepared with a brush and garbage bags for all of the hair! They do loose some hair all year round, but the profuse globs of hair usually only occur two times a year.
Daily brushing and frequent bathing will decrease shedding. Siberians tend to be very clean and free from body odor and parasites.
Do Siberian require any special vet care? Typically, they only require a proper diet and regular medical care including vaccinations, fecal exams for worms, heart worm preventative, and regular check ups. It is also extremely important to spay or neuter your dog as early as possible.
How much should the Siberian Husky weigh? According to the AKC Standard, the Siberian Husky show carry no extra weight. Their weight should correspond with their height. A Siberian can weigh anywhere from 40 pounds to 65 pounds. It is important that the Siberian Husky is not overweight. They are typically easy keepers. Requiring little food for their size in comparison to other breeds. A thinner dog will live a longer happier, healthier life. You should be able to feel the backbone/spine, and their ribs should be felt without having to push in through a layer of fat.
Do Siberians chew or dig? YES! They are definitely known to do their share of digging and chewing. Siberians love to dig!
Can I train my Siberian to stay in the yard without a fence? NO! In general, the Siberian has one major trait given to it by its relatives~~~ They love and desire to RUN!! No Siberian should ever be allowed unrestrained freedom! For his own protection and out of your love, he should be confined or under control at all times. I know of several breeders who include a no off leash rule in their contracts. A Siberian should only be allowed to run in a safely fenced in yard with supervision.
Do Siberians require a lot of exercise? they do require a moderate amount of exercise. If they do not have proper exercise, they may think up activities for themselves, such as digging, chewing and tearing up your stuff!
Do Siberians have genetic health problems? YES! There are a few genetic health problems in Siberians. Generally, the Siberian Husky is a very healthy dog living on average 10-15 years
Juvenile Cataracts -cataracts are an opaque film that covers the eye and interferes with vision. Most dogs and people develop cataracts as part of the normal aging process. Siberians, however, have been found to develop them very young, even as puppies. It is extremely important that all breeding stock be certified free from juvenile cataracts. for more information, see the Canine Eye Registry Foundation or the SHOR (Siberian Husky Ophthalmic Registry). Hip Dysplasia- is a problem where the hip joint and socket do not function properly. In general, Siberians do not run a large risk of having hip dysplasia, but it is also very important that all breeding stock have their hips x-rayed and certified by the OFA.
There are other genetic problems such as thyroid problems, and ectopic ureters that occur, please check back to the site, I am always updating and adding new information.
IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A PUPPY, IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THE PARENTS OF THE PUPPY HAVE BEEN CERTIFIED FREE OF GENETIC DISEASE, AND THAT THE BREEDER HAS A CONTRACT FOR DEALING WITH ISSUES THAT MAY ARISE.