Siberian Husky: Everything You Should Know Before Buying

Siberian Husky Feature

The Siberian Husky is a proud and majestic dog breed that has deep roots in the harsh northern hemisphere.

Throughout their proud history, this breed has served many, many jobs: sled pullers, guard dogs, explorers and loyal companions.

The Chukchi people first bred Siberian Huskies for hundreds of centuries to have high stamina and strength to pull fresh game from hunting across long stretches of land from Asia to North America.

But, do not be fooled by these stoic looking pets, they can be as silly as a puppy and howl their heads off!

They are the perfect dog for anyone who is looking for an intelligent, driven, and loving companion.

What Is A Siberian Husky? (Breed Origin)

Husky Dog

This working dog has a long history in the cold, harsh climate of northern Asia, long before anyone else in the world knew about them.

The Chukchi people first introduced their dogs to America in the early 1900s so they could participate in Alaskan sled races.

When the Chukchi sled runners won multiple races, everyone wanted a Siberian Husky to join their teams.

Several years later, in 1925, this dog became a worldwide sensation.

A relay of sled teams participated in the Serum Run of Nome to transport medicine to that small Alaskan town to cure an epidemic of diphtheria.

The first team to deliver the serum was led by a dog named Balto, a Siberian Husky, and the rest is history.

Their ability to regulate their metabolism is still a mystery to scientists, allowing them to run miles and miles a day without getting fatigued.

Kennel Club Recognition

Siberian Husky Portrait
In 1938, the United Kennel Club officially recognized this dog.

Just five years after preventing a diphtheria outbreak in Nome, the American Kennel Club recognized this breed in 1930.

Since then, Siberian Huskies have continued to be used for sled pulling, whether that be in races or just everyday life in the Alaskan bush.

The breed also has become a family favorite, loved for not only their high energy, confidence, and loyalty, but also for being great with children.

Breed Facts
Size 21-23.5 inches (male) and 20-22 inches (female)
Weight 45 to 60lb (male) and 35 to 50lb (female)
Lifespan 12 – 14 years
Breed Type Working Group
Purpose Companion, Sled Dog
Suitable For Active Outdoor Families
Color Black, Grey, White, Sable, Agouti, Copper and Silver
Temperament Intelligent, Talkative, Friendly, Loyal and Active
Other Names Husky, Sibe, Chukcha

Siberian Husky Puppies

Siberian Husky Puppies

A Siberian Husky puppy can be a terror to have in the home during their first few months.

They are known to be escape artists, extremely curious, and are magnets for getting into trouble if not correctly supervised.

This stems from them being late bloomers when it comes to emotionally maturing, but they will eventually mature at about 2 years of age.

How Much Do Siberian Husky Puppies Cost?

Litter sizes range from 4 to 8 puppies, each costing about $1,000 USD (though some are as expensive as $3,000 USD).

Their price will change depending on whether their parents are working dogs, their coat color (rarer colors such as silver are more expensive), the breeder, and parent pedigree.

A medium sized breed, at 8 weeks of age a puppy should weigh an average of 11 pounds, you can track their growth against the chart below.

Age (months) Weight (lb)
3 24 to 26
6 31 to 38
9 39 to 47
12 42 to 53

Finding a Siberian Husky rescue from a shelter is unfortunately relatively easy.

Due to a popular culture surrounding the breed: Game of Thrones, Snow Buddies, and PAW Patrol all have Husky-like characters that their audience wants, potential owners do very little to no research about the breed’s maintenance requirements.

This leads to many dogs being surrendered or abandoned; here are some rescue organizations to help you help them:

  • Free Spirit Rescue
  • Husky House
  • Husky Club of America

Siberian Husky Temperament

Siberian Husky Puppy

This a strange dog when it comes to behavior.

They may look serious and all business (which they are when it comes to doing a job) but this breed has to be one of the silliest breeds in the world.

Siberian Husky dogs are talkers! Instead of barking, they howl and whine when they do not get enough attention, when frustrated, or when displeased.

However, that doesn’t stop them from talking their heads off when they get happy and excited.

Are Siberian Huskies A Good Family Dog?

Characteristic Rating
Friendliness
Confidence
Protectiveness
Prey Drive
Social Tendencies

These canines love their families – the bigger, the better.

They are loyal to their owners, despite their rowdiness, and will protect the ones they love.

Especially gentle with children, the Siberian Husky is able to be with other animals and dogs as long as socialization is done frequently and consistently at an early age.

Some dogs might even benefit from having another dog in the house to have a friend, but always consider your pet’s personality and attitude towards other dogs first.

But note that they can be aloof and indifferent to people they do not know as well as some family members.

Are Siberian Huskies Aggressive or Dangerous?

Because of their working pack heritage, they thrive in a pack that has an established hierarchy.

They will have no issues pushing the limits of their place in the pack, especially with their owners.

This does not mean they will always challenge their owner to be the alpha dog; it is a behavior that really only occurs when maturing.

Appearance Of A Siberian Husky Dog

Siberian Husky Face

The Siberian Husky is a muscular dog that is often characterized by looking like a wolf with their pointed ears and fluffy tails.

Their eyes are supposed to be almond-shaped and can be a variety of colors, ranging from blue, brown, and bi-colored.

In the breed standard, it states their body is the perfect balance of slenderness and endurance built for an efficient gait.

How Big Can A Siberian Husky Get?

A medium sized dog, males weigh 45 to 60 pounds, while females are slightly lighter, weighing between 35 to 50 pounds.

In terms of height, Males are slightly larger standing at 21 to 23.5 inches compared to females at 20 to 22 inches.

Color

There are many Siberian Husky colors, some of which are very rare and some are more common and popular.

The most common color we see is black and white, where the white covers the underbelly and face, while the black comes over like a coat and mask.

This pattern of white underbelly and a coat on top can be with grey, wolf grey (orange or red tinge to grey), silver, copper, light-red, agouti, and sable.

Sometimes the colored overcoat is replaced by something called the saddleback, where it looks like the husky is wearing a saddle of a darker color.

Piebald and splash coats patterns are somewhat rarer; normally, the white undercoat is the primary color on the dog.

Lastly, they can also be pure white or black.

Blue Eyes Of A Siberian Husky

Coat

The Siberian Husky has a thick double coat, which protects them from cold winters while reflecting summer heat.

Their undercoat sheds twice a year, which can lead to a massive amount of cleaning in the house.

Going to the groomers for a blow-out or spending an afternoon brushing it out yourself is the best way to manage it.

The coat length can vary between thick and woolly, which makes them look like a little bear.

How To Groom A Siberian Husky

Weekly brushing will keep debris out of your Husky’s coat, leading to fewer baths needed.

Nails need to be trimmed every 1 to 2 months, along with the hair around the paws to avoid injury.

When your dog goes to the groomers, they should never be clipped or shaved so that they can keep the outer coat that protects them from UV rays.

Removing the undercoat can be done via a warm bath to loosen the hairs and a blow-out, or a thorough brushing with a de-shedder.

How To Care For A Siberian Husky

Walking A Siberian Husky

The hardest thing about caring for this breed is its exercise requirements.

They are an active breed which loves to run long distances, so it is extremely important for owners to spend a good amount of their day playing with their pet.

Training and feeding your dog is simple due to their healthy appetite and eagerness to please.

What Do Siberian Huskies Eat?

Daily Food Consumption
Guide 1,200 calories
Cups of Kibble Three Bowls of Kibble Required per Day

If your Siberian Husky is training for a race, running a race, or is just a family dog, their diet will change drastically.

Typically, this breed needs to have a diet high in protein (over 30%) and fat (18 to 20%).

Dog foods that are made with fish are great because they provides a lot of protein and fat.

Red meats are heavy on the stomach and should be avoided if possible.

They are prone to only eating after they have had a lot of exercise, so feeding them after a morning run is ideal.

Depending on the concentration of food and the size of your dog, you will need to feed 2 to 5 cups of food a day.

How Much Exercise Does A Siberian Husky Need?

Daily Exercise Requirements
Minutes 120+ minutes
Activity Level This is a high activity dog breed

A Siberian Husky needs a lot of mental and physical stimulation in order to feel happy and relaxed.

Running is ingrained into this breed’s DNA – you should expect nothing less than your dog running zoomies around the house if they have not gotten out in a while.

With this in mind, never let your pet off a leash when they are not in a fenced-off area; they will run and run fast!

Since they are working dogs, give them a job to do…

If you live in colder climates, try hooking a small sled to your husky and letting them drag a kid or snow around just for fun (if you live in warmer areas, a cart with wheels is an adequate substitute).

Agility, obedience, and other dog-sports are extremely good activities to do with your dog to keep them from getting into trouble.

How To Train A Siberian Husky

Your intelligent dog aims to please, but sometimes they have a stubborn streak that can come out if they do not get what they want.

Consistent, frequent training is good to remind this breed that they need good manners while simultaneously providing good mental stimulation for them.

Positive reinforcement is the best training method because you want your canine to look forward to getting something in return for a good job.

Having something taken away, negative-reinforcement, can lead to frustration for both the owner and the dog.

Fighting fire with fire is not the best way to win the respect and love of the proud Siberian Husky.

Small Siberian Husky Dog

Health Concerns

The most common illnesses in the Siberian Husky are diseases that relate to their eyes (cataracts and progressive retinal atrophy), and hip dysplasia.

Breeders should have their stock routinely checked for any signs of hip dysplasia, especially breeding stock which are working dogs.

The routine health checks are also a reason why purebred Siberian Husky puppies are a high price; it costs a lot of money to perform hip and eye health screens.

How Long Does A Siberian Husky Live?

Overall, this is a very healthy breed with a life span of 12 to 14 years.

This is due to careful selective breeding by the Chukchi people, because sled runner dogs do not want to have a fellow canine that cannot pull the sled because of hip or eye issues.

Summary

From great working dogs to family companions, the Siberian Husky is a jack of all trades.

They are friendly and loyal to their family, always wanting to have a good time by playing and howling with each other.

Investing in a puppy from a reputable breeder is worthwhile to avoid known illnesses and unnecessary vet treatments.

Boredom and a lack of exercise is the biggest downfall to this breed; they need lots of attention in order to stay happy.

If you think you can take on all of the Siberian Husky’s quirks and are ready to accept them into your home and heart, then let us know below!

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John Woods is the Founder of All Things Dogs and leads our editorial team as our Editor in Chief. A member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, he has been a dog lover since he was 13 years old. John is parent to Nala, a working lab retriever. John has also volunteered at multiple animal shelters, where he gained firsthand experience of rehabilitation and force-free positive reinforcement training methods.

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