Other names for this breed:Chukcha, Chuksha
Breed nicknames:Husky, Icee, Sibe
Country of origin:Russia
Weight:Male 45–60 pounds (20–27 kg), female 35–50 pounds (16–23 kg)
Height:Male 21–23.5 inches (53–60 cm), female 20–22 inches (51–56 cm)
Coat:Thick double coat - thick undercoat and soft outer coat
Color:All colors from black to white along with a brown/red color
Litter size:9-11 puppies
Life span:12-14 years
The Siberian is a gorgeous dog known for both their work ethic, as well as their long history living alongside man. Many admire them for their unique double coats, as well as their enchanting eyes. Some even love them for their resemblance to their wild cousins, the wolf. But no matter what you think of them, the Siberian Husky is most certainly something fantastic. In this post we will be discussing the Siberian Husky breed in general terms. You can learn more about their fascinating history, as well as if they might be the right dog for you.
Most likely, the Siberian Husky is one of the oldest breeds of dogs in the world. They most likely helped some of the first humans on their expedition into uncharted territory. For years, Huskies have been used as sled dogs, as well as work dogs. In some cases, they were used to help make famous deliveries of very important medical supplies (like in the case of Balto). In 1930, the AKC officially recognized the dog breed. During WWII they were put to use by the armed forces. Today, there are still native peoples who keep dogs closely related to the Husky.
Siberians come in a large variety of colors. Their double coats are meant to keep them warm in very cold temperatures. However, this is now how many instantly recognize this dog. Their bushy, curled, and expressive tails can also be used to cover their noses for extra warmth. A wide variety of colors, coat markings, and eye colors are just fine in the showing ring. Many may actually have two different colored almond-shaped eyes. Sizes for males range between 21 and 23 ½ inches. They can weigh from 45-60 pounds. Females are a bit smaller than males.
Despite their fantastic work ethic, as well as high energy, Siberian Huskies need to be around people or other dogs quite a bit. Not doing so can make them revert back a bit to their wolf-like origins. They might cause property damage if not properly trained or given enough attention. Huskies can also easily escape shorter fences. Expect them to be pretty even keeled, good with children, and very gentle. Also know that they will want to get lots of exercise and may often run due to their original breeding purposes as a sled dog.
Huskies do require special attention. Be sure you brush their coats at least weekly. Taller fences (at least ones of 6 feet) may have to be installed to keep this dog breed in your yard. They may not be the best for keeping indoors, either. Be sure that this dog has lots of room to roam and run and that you let them exercise much, much more than most breeds. Huskies live from 12 to 14 years, typically. However, they can be at risk for certain health problems, like having issues with their eyes or having seizures. This risk is higher for those dogs used as sled dogs.