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Siberian husky, husky, wolfAmong one of the fiercest and most beautiful of canine companions, the Siberian Husky is a strong-willed, loyal, affectionate, humorous, and powerful breed that resembles its wolf heritage very closely in appearance when compared to any other breed. Not suited for timid or inexperienced parents, they are capable of being incredibly devoted companions to parents who understand them and their needs and are ready to take on a true adventure.

Whether you are considering parenting one or have already brought one into the family, here is everything you need to know about Siberian Huskies.

Meet The Siberian Husky Siberian husky, husky, wolf

Weight: 35-60 pounds

Height: 20-24 inches at the shoulder

Life Expectancy: 12-15 years

Fur type: Siberian Huskies have thick, medium-length double coats, the under coat being soft and dense while the top coat is thicker and designed for protection.

Color: Siberian Husky coats can be black/gray and white, completely white, or red/copper and white, the markings differing from dog to dog.

Personality

As mentioned, Siberian Huskies are not suited for new or inexperienced parents. They are pack dogs and need parents who they can trust to be their leaders and depend on for their most valuable resources – food, water, treats, toys, etc. They may test their boundaries at times and if their leaders allow it, they can and will take control. Being the pack leader for a Siberian Husky takes consistency, firmness, boldness and confidence. You need to assert yourself as the leader from the very start – not through bullying or hitting, but through setting ground rules with clarity and sticking to them – and never give in to their pushiness or potential tests.

With that said, Siberian Huskies do hold a high respect for their parents/pack leaders and will follow you and remain incredibly loyal at your side. Once a Siberian Husky has found security and comfort in their pack or family, they will continue looking forward to the next adventure and be on the ready for whatever’s next.

Siberian Huskies are not the type of breed that settles or remains content with boredom. They thrive on action and need adventure and mental stimulation to be satisfied and happy. They have strong destructive tendencies, both indoors and outdoors, especially if they feel stir crazy or bored. They also are known to be fantastic escape artists, meaning a securely fenced yard is a necessity when parenting a Siberian Husky. They also love digging, which can be a difficult habit to break, so they sometimes may need a designated area where they can be trained and allowed to get out their digging impulses.

Though fierce in appearance, Siberian Huskies don’t actually have natural tendencies to be guard dogs and aren’t often alarmed by intruders or potential invaders. They are very outgoing, social dogs and are typically open to meeting and greeting just about anyone, dog or animal. They have a strong sense of curiosity that can often get the best of them at times and is often the reason behind their escaping tendencies and also why it’s important to keep them leashed when taking them on walks or out in public, as they will otherwise go running off after anything that catches their interest.

Along with being strongly driven by instinct, Siberian Huskies all have their own unique quirks or personalities. Some may be strong-willed and focused while others may be overly friendly and bouncing off the walls with distraction. It all depends on the individual dog. In general though, along with their regal, loyal, confident disposition, they are often affectionate, loving, funny dogs and will likely want to get in some good cuddles, regardless of their size.

Energy LevelSiberian husky, husky, wolf

Siberian Huskies are high energy dogs with a moderate intensity and need thorough, daily exercise to be physically and mentally satisfied and fulfilled. They need at least 30-60 minutes a day of exercise to keep from getting bored. They can be great jogging or running companions, though keep in mind it’s important not to exercise them outdoors on extremely hot days. They also can love hiking and some good playtime and also love spending time roaming in the backyard. They are considered working dogs a love feeling purposeful and having things to do.

Good With Children

Siberian Huskies can make great household dogs and be very tolerant and affectionate towards children. It’s still important to supervise them with young children though and to also take the opportunity to teach your children how to properly approach, interact with and respect their space.

Good With Other Dogs

Siberian Huskies do tend to get along well with other dogs and they are typically very outgoing and social in nature, though it’s highly recommended to socialize them from a young age to make sure they cultivate and maintain good social behavior as they age.

Shedding

Siberian Huskies have lots of hair and therefore, can shed a lot, especially during the spring and fall seasons when they are blowing their coats. With that said, their shedding can be manageable if you stay on top of their grooming needs as well as household cleaning.

Grooming NeedsSiberian husky, husky, wolf

Siberian Huskies have thick, abundant coats that do need some care in order to maintain. They need a weekly brushing throughout the year and then daily brushes are recommended for major shedding seasons, which are usually in the spring and fall.

They are typically good at keeping themselves clean and don’t usually carry that common “dirty dog” smell, meaning they rarely need a bath, unless they manage to get themselves into a mud puddle or get exceptionally dirty in some way. Whenever they do need a bath, it’s important and highly recommended to use good quality dog shampoo that’s designed to help maintain the natural oils on their fur and skin that help protect them and keep them healthy.

They need their teeth brushed at least 2-3 times a week, daily if possible to help prevent tarter or plaque buildup and other dental concerns. Their nails also need to be clipped about two times a month (if you can hear their nails clicking on the floor, they’re too long). If you’re not experienced clipping dog nails, consult a professional groomer or veterinarian to learn how to properly do it without injuring the dog.

When brushing and tending to their grooming needs, make it a habit to check your Siberian Husky’s ears for any signs of infection (redness, swelling, foul odor, etc.). If there is any indication of infection or other concerns, be sure to consult a veterinary professional. You can help keep their ears clean by using a cotton ball and a safe, pH balanced ear cleaner to gently wipe down their ears (never stick anything down the ear canal though, as this can injure or damage the ear). Also check the rest of their body for any signs of injury or other health concerns. This can help you catch any potential issues early on if they ever occur and get them taken care of before they become a bigger problem.

Tips for grooming: start getting your Siberian Husky used to a grooming routine from the very start and make it a fun, rewarding experience, something to look forward to rather than dread. When you first start brushing their teeth, treat the toothbrush like a game and then add the toothpaste later once they get used to it.

Barking Level

Siberian Huskies enjoy howling, something to keep in mind, though they don’t actually tend to bark that much. They don’t even have the tendency to bark at strangers or intruders, which is why they shouldn’t be depended on as watchdogs or alarm dogs.

Trainability/Tips For Training

Siberian Huskies are intelligent dogs and can be trained, though it can be a process. They are strong-willed and need to know who’s boss from the very start. Training a Siberian Husky takes patience, consistency, a firm will and oftentimes, some assistance from a training professional.

When it comes to taking them to a professional trainer and carrying over what they learn into your own home, that can be a challenging step, as Siberian Huskies often will differentiate their training classes from their home life, which is also why patience is essential. While they may behave perfectly in their classes, they may act out again when they get home. With time and consistency, this gap can be bridged though.

Crate training for Siberian Huskies is recommended, as this can help with house breaking and also give them a safe, secure space to retreat to whenever they need some time to themselves or want a nap. However, keep in a mind that a Siberian Husky should not be contained in a small enclosed space for long periods of time. They are designed to be active and have very free spirits. For this reason, it’s also important to note they are not suited for small living spaces or apartment living.

Leash training is also an absolute must for Siberian Huskies and is something that should be taught from the very start, as it’s much more difficult to leash train (or train in generally) a full grown dog. They are very curious, adventurous dogs and will go chasing after anything and everything that spikes their interest if they’re not secured by a leash at your side out in the world.

As with most dogs, it’s very important to socialize them with both dogs and people from the very start. Siberian Huskies naturally have good, outgoing temperaments, but socializing can ensure that they cultivate and maintain good social habits and behavior and can be managed when meeting new dogs and people (Siberian Huskies are large dogs and can become overwhelming if you don’t learn how to handle them or teach them how to behave from the very start).

What Should My Siberian Husky Eat?

To keep your Siberian Husky in shape and to avoid any unnecessary weight gain, it’s often best to keep them on a consistent schedule and to measure out and schedule their meal times. If you’re ever unsure about your Siberian Husky’s weight, you can consult a veterinary professional or follow this rule of thumb: you should be able to feel, but not see their ribs without pushing too hard and be able to see their waistline when looking down at them. Or you can use this calculator to do a quick assessment.

For your Siberian Husky (and every dog breed really), you want to be sure you are giving them raw, natural food. They are living beings with digestive systems that stem from their “wolf” heritage. Processed foods do more harm than good for them overtime.

Raw food tastes better to them. Its ingredients are simple, it is good for their health and helps keep their coats nice and shiny, it keeps them satisfied and happy and ultimately it saves you money (a pretty good perk)! For more information on how to provide your dog a good, safe, raw food diet, check out our page here.

For dog food in general (especially if you insist on sticking to bagged, kibble food) you want to be sure healthy meats are the highlight ingredient and that the food is not stuffed with additives and ingredients you cannot even pronounce. You especially want to avoid grains and artificial flavorings. Just as you want to be careful with what foods you are putting in your body, so should you also be for your little furry companion.

Feeding Your Puppy

In general, when your puppy is 8-12 weeks old, he likely will be needing to eat at least 3-4 times a day. You want to be sure you are feeding your puppy the amount he needs, but also not too much. Again, you should be able to feel, but not see their ribs and they should have a visible waist when you are looking down at them.

Feeding Your AdultSiberian husky, husky, wolf

By 6 months you will want to start reducing the amount of food you feed your Siberian Husky to fit an adult Siberian Husky feeding plan (about 2 meals a day). Make it a routine, feeding your Siberian Husky around the same times every day. You should be feeding your Siberian Husky 1 1/2 – 2 cups of food a day, split between the two meals. It is recommended to avoid giving them table scraps and “people” food, as this can cultivate begging habits and a tendency for weight gain and health problems. This is a rule that should be implemented from the very beginning and be understood by everyone in the family and members of your social circle who spend time around your Siberian Husky.

It should be noted that the amount of food you feed a dog ultimately depends on their size, weight, age, build, metabolism and activity level. Be sure you know your Siberian Husky and his individual needs, especially when it comes to feeding.

Health Concerns For Siberian Huskies

Every breed of dog has its own health concerns and issues to which it is prone. Though generally healthy dogs, Siberian Husky are no different. If you give them the proper attention and care, however, most health problems can be avoided. Some of the most common health concerns Siberian Huskies are prone to include:

  • Cataracts – a cataract is an opacity that occurs on the lens of the eye and can cause blindness or obscured vision.
  • Corneal Dystrophy – this is a condition that affects the cornea of the outer transparent portion of the eyeball. It is caused by a collection of lipids in the cornea.
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) – this is a degenerative eye disorder that eventually causes blindness from the loss of photoreceptors in the back of the eye. It can be detectable before any blindness starts to occur.

If you ever have questions or concerns about your Siberian Husky, be sure to consult a veterinary professional. If you take the proper care of your Siberian Husky and make sure to get him frequent medical examinations though, many of these health issues can be prevented.

Frequently Asked Questions About Siberian Huskies

Q. Are Siberian Husky aggressive?

A. No, Siberian Huskies are not generally considered aggressive as they are well tempered, outgoing dogs that aren’t even suited to be guard dogs since intruders don’t tend to alarm or highly concern them.

Q. Are Siberian Huskies wolves?

A. No, though they do bare striking visual resemblances to their wolf ancestors, more so than most other breeds.

Q. Are Siberian Huskies endangered?

A. No, Siberian Huskies are not considered an endangered breed.

Q. Can Siberian Huskies survive in India and Pakistan?

A. Siberian Huskies have thick coats and are bred to function in cooler or cold climates, meaning they are not very tolerant of high or extreme temperatures. For this reason, they are not recommended for India or Pakistan living, as the climates in those countries tend to be too extreme for them and can cause them to suffer major health issues.

Q. What are Siberian Husky colors?

A. Siberian Huskies can be black/gray with white, completely white, or red/copper with white.

Q. When will my Siberian Husky be full grown?

A. Their growing typically slows down between 6 months to a year. They can be considered full grown by their first birthday.

Q. When is Siberian Husky shedding season?

A. They usually shed more during big season changes, mostly in the spring and the fall.

Q. Why is my Siberian Husky howling?

A. Howling is an ancient trait in dogs and can stem from their pack mentalities, as howling in the wild is usually used as a form of communication within packs. Siberian Huskies may howl for communication purposes, to let others in their pack or family know where they are, or they may use it as a response to other sounds that resemble howls, such as sirens.

Q. Why are Siberian Husky eyes blue?Siberian husky, husky, wolf

A. Siberian Huskies have blue eyes often due to a rare gene that effects the pigmentation of their irises.

Q. Can Siberian Husky swim?

A. They are definitely capable of swimming. If Siberian Huskies are in cold or freezing climates, they may avoid swimming as this can cause their coats to freeze and cause health threats or concerns. However, if they are in a warmer climate, then they may really enjoy the occasional swim.

Conclusion

Strong-willed, confident, loyal, adoring and free-spirited, Siberian Huskies are an incredible breed with powerful hearts and adventurous spirits that, when paired with parents that have the ability to handle them and be their leaders, can make excellent, exciting companions. You can never have a boring day when a Siberian Husky becomes a devoted member of the family.

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