Dog Profiles - Description of Siberian Husky

Siberian Husky

Description: The Siberian Husky has a sweet nature and is a breed who is suited for the whole family, but he does not make a good guard dog. Gentle in character with a determined look he is a very people oriented dog. Males have a tendency to roam and need to be kept in a fenced in area. If he gets out it may be impossible to catch him on foot. A member of the Spitz family, the Siberian Husky is strong and has the ability to haul heavy loads over long distances and rough terrain. They will happily pull a young child in a wagon or sled.

Height: 20-23 inches.

Weight: 35-60 lbs.

Colors: All colors; markings on the head are common.

Coat: Medium, well-furred; outer coat straight and smooth against body; undercoat soft and dense.

Temperament: Dependable, energetic, friendly. Good with children. Enjoys other dogs, and may do better if there is more than one Husky. Does not get along well with cats or other small animals. Good sled dog, fair watch dog, poor guard dog.

Care and Exercise: Brush his coat twice a week, paying special attention during shedding. Bathe only when necessary. Clip nails regularly. Needs a lot exercise and he should not be exercised hard in warm weather. Daily walks and a large fenced yard will help keep him in shape and prevent boredom and destructive behavior. Makes a great cross-country skiing partner.

Training: Learning Rate: High, Obedience: Low, Problem Solving:Very High.

Activity: Very High

Living Environment: Huskies have a thick insulated coat and are not suited to live in hot climates. Will do well in a kennel or outside in a fenced yard. An owner of a Husky will need to spend considerable time exercising him and should not mind a dog who is a playful, challenging, independent breed.

Health Issues: Hip dysplasia and some heritable eye problems.

Life Span: 10 -14 Years

Litter Size: 6-8

Country of Origin: Russia

History: He was developed by the Chukchi tribe of northeastern Asia about 3,000 years ago. Used to pull sleds and herd reindeer for this nomadic tribe, it wasn't until the early 1900's when the Siberian Husky was introduced into Alaska where he became renowned for sled racing and search and rescue work.

Registration: ACA, AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI (Group 5), KC(GB), UKC