Siberian Husky dogs are gentle, affectionate, friendly, intelligent and independent dogs. They are good with kids, as they like to accompany the children in their mischievous activities. These medium-sized, light weight dogs have a fairly good amount of stamina. They are good at activities like sledding, racing and carting. But, they usually do not make for good watchdogs as they tend to welcome the family members as well as strangers alike.
Siberian Husky breed dogs were originally developed as endurance sled dogs. As the name indicates, the breed was originated in Siberia, to be specific, by Chukchi tribe in northeastern Siberia. In fact, they believed that the way an owner treated his Siberian Husky was an important determinant in deciding his place in heaven as the doors to heaven are guarded by these dogs.
They are characterized by a wolf-like appearance with medium sized head and a gently tapering muzzle. They have an overall compact and strong build. The triangular, erect ears are set high on the head. The well-furred tail is quite long and curled in shape. The medium sized oval eyes can be of any color, whether uniquely or in combination with other colors. That is, they can be bi-eyed or part-eyed too. Their large feet have hair between the toes to keep them warm and provide an easy grip on ice.
Color: These dogs are usually grey, black and white, copper-red and white, and white and pure white in color. Though, other colors like blond, piebald spotting etc also exist. Facial markings are quite common in such dogs.
Height: An average male Siberian Husky dog stands about 21 to 23.5 inches in height. 20 to 22 inches of height is considered good for the female ones.
Weight: The ideal weight for the male dogs of this breed ranges between 45 to 60 pounds. The ideal weight of Siberian Husky bitches varies from 35 to 50 pounds.
These dogs like to binge on food. This arctic breed of dogs is capable of tolerating wide swings of temperature. They do fairly well in cold climates but they are susceptible to extremely hot climates. Siberian Husky dogs are prone to eye problems like Corneal Dystrophy, Juvenile Cataracts, Glaucoma, Progressive Retinal Atrophy and other related diseases.
Other health issues include thyroid disorders, zinc deficiency, skin allergies etc. Unlike other medium or large sized breeds, the Siberian Husky dog breed is less prone to hip dysplasia. The ones used for sled racing can become susceptible to Bronchitis.
Life Expectancy: The average lifespan of this breed of dogs is usually 12 to 15 years.
Litter Size: The average litter size is 6 to 8 puppies.
Interestingly, these dogs are fastidious cleaners just like cats. Hence, they require minimal amount of grooming. Hence, bathing can be done occasionally only. A typical Siberian Husky sheds his undercoat almost completely during the shedding period (twice in a year). Otherwise, this breed does no shed much. Therefore, the medium length, soft, dense, double coat can be brushed once or twice on a weekly basis to maintain it in its original shiny condition.
Trimming of the hair coat is generally not required. Nail trimming, on the other hand, should be done on a regular basis. The ones being used for sled racing, require special attention in terms of feet care to avoid unwanted accumulation of ice on the paws between the toes. Hair between the toes need to be trimmed on a regular basis.
Siberian Husky dog breed is characterized by active, affectionate, loyal, friendly, keen, playful, outgoing and an independent temperament. They can be quite willful and dominating, hence making the task of training quite challenging and troublesome. Hence, early and consistent obedience training is often recommended to make them disciplined. Plus, they need sufficient amount of play and activity; else they can become bored quite easily. These smart dogs are always willing to work and impress their owners.
They are not possessive or aggressive in behavior. Siberian Husky puppies may show traits of rowdiness and exuberant jumping. Though, lack of adequate activity and human companionship may give rise to destructive and disturbing behaviors like excessive chewing, howling, crying etc. At times, they may exhibit their natural predatory instincts, thereby putting smaller animals like cats and rabbits in danger. But, otherwise, they socialize well with other dogs.
Siberian Husky dogs love to dig, dig and dig. Therefore, it would be better to keep a sandbox for your beloved dog where he can dig freely without causing damage to your yard. Housebreaking could be a bit of a problem with these dogs.
Interestingly, it has been observed that a group of Siberian Huskies likes to howl together, that is, the dogs start and stop howling simultaneously. These working dogs make for good hiking companions capable of carrying their own backpacks. These active dogs require a properly fenced yard when placed in apartment situation (which is generally not recommended) as they like to remain outdoors most of the time.