Breed Information 


The Siberian Husky

"There are few people who are not impressed at their first sight of a Siberian Husky.  If any breed has the capability of stopping a crowd with it beautiful eyes alone, it is this one"

An excerp from the book A NEW OWNERS GUIDE TO SIBERIAN HUSKIES by Kathleen Kanzler

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The Siberian Husky is certainly a breed that has caught the public eye.  Their striking good looks and personality make them a crowd pleaser wherever they go. 

There is much more to the Siberian Husky than meets the eye. 

Size & Color
The Siberian Husky is working dog of moderate size. According to the standard for the breed, the males are 45 to 60 pounds and stand a maximum of 23-1/2 inches at the shoulder.  The females are a bit smaller, averaging 35 to 50 pounds and standing a maximum of 22 inches at the shoulder.

Coat color ranges from pure white to shades of gray, black or red with additional colors such as sable and pinto allowed.

Eye color makes no difference in the quality of the dog.   Unfortunately, the popularity of the breed among the uninformed pet owners has always centered on the blue eyes.  Thank goodness we do not choose our human friends by their eye color!  The Siberian has so much more to offer than the novelty of blue eyes.

The original heritage of the breed dates back to the Chukchi tribe, who used the dogs not only for travel and work, but also as companions to the children.  This is an important part of the Siberian's heritage and one that is still quite evident today.

The breed is described as extremely independent.  THAT THEY ARE!  This does make training a challenge, but the important thing to remember is that, hopefully, you are smarter than they are!

It would be unfair to provide a description of the breed without listing the downfalls.  The Siberian is a sled dog by heritage and has the desire to run.   You cannot change this.  No matter how much you think your dog will be different, HE WON'T!  Because of the friendly nature of the breed, once free and loose they will attach themselves to just about anyone who will give them love, attention and food.  Please do not allow a Siberian Husky to run loose.  A Siberian needs controlled exercise, a fenced yard or a daily run.  

Speaking of yards, do you like a beautiful lawn and ornamental bushes?  So does a Siberian.  They just love to dig! 

Because of the dense thick undercoat, they do shed.  Any dog kept indoors on a regular basis will shed more often; therefore, regular grooming of a Siberian is important.  By nature, they are a clean animal with little body odor; however, the coat must be groomed on a regular basis to keep them clean and healthy.

Yes, there are hereditary problems in the breed, such as eye abnormalities, seizures, shyness, etc.  Ethical breeders are working to eliminate these problems.  Be sure to inquire about the background of the puppy you are buying.

The Bottom Line
The bottom line is DON'T BUY FROM A PET SHOP!!!!!  Consult a reputable breeder or the SHCA or Regional Rescue..  If you are the kind of person who can accept a Siberian Husky for what it is, we are more than willing to help you in your search for the perfect dog. 

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