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
STANDARD for the breed
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
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.
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
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.
yards, do you like a beautiful lawn and ornamental bushes? So
does a Siberian. They just love to dig!
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.
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
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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