The Siberian Husky is definitely one of the most famous dogs around. Silly to a fault, but also extremely intelligent, this beautiful dog is always up for some playtime. Energetic, strong, and friendly, a well-trained Siberian Husky will be your best friend, your companion, and could be your savior.
Saying that the Siberian Husky is an internet star would be a euphemism. Thousands of videos of this silly and adorable dog have been shared on YouTube, and obviously, more are to come. With his strikingly beautiful facile mask and his multicolored eyes, the Siberian Husky is one of the most handsome dogs out there. But, it's not just about the looks with this fella. He is also energetic, full of joy, and friendly to a fault. He can be a bit (or very) stubborn, so he is not recommended to the first-time dog owner. Instead, he would fare better with someone who has experience with dogs and who can assert themselves as the alpha.
So, before welcoming this lucky chap into your house, here are the 10 most important facts you should know about him.
Buckle up, this is going to be a long ride!
Contrary to what a lot of people think, the Siberian Husky is not a dog-wolf hybrid. He is simply a dog with wolf-like features. The Siberian Husky was bred five thousand years ago by a Siberian tribe known as the Chukchi. He was, first and foremost, a working dog used to pull heavy sleds over long distances. The Siberian Husky used to be taken care of by the Chukchi women, which means that he spent a lot of time with children. The family’s Siberian Husky would often sleep with the children, offering them comfort and a warm bed. This, of course, means that today, the Siberian Husky is a superb companion and a great family dog.
In the early 1900s, the Siberian Husky was brought to Alaska in order to compete in long-distance races, most importantly, the All-Alaska Sweepstakes. This helped this beautiful dog breed gain fame and recognition for his sledding capabilities. He was later used in North America, notably in Alaska, to deliver mail and race.
But, the Siberian Husky didn't become truly famous, at least, not until 1925. People in Nome, Alaska, started suffering from a diphtheria epidemic during winter and needed antitoxin desperately. In six days, a long-range relay of about 20 dog sleds pulled by Siberian Huskies brought the medicine from nearly 700 miles away. This all happened in temperatures hovering around 40 degrees below zero. This even is what truly brought fame to the breed.
After that, in 1930, this breed got recognized by the American Kennel Club, and by 1938, the Siberian Husky Club of America was created. In 1939, he was recognized by yet another important kennel organization, the Canadian Kennel Club.
After that, Siberian Huskies were used on numerous expeditions, notably the Byrd Antarctic Expeditions. They were also used in the US army's arctic search-and-rescue missions during World War II.
Today, the Siberian Husky is still famous for being a working dog and a race dog. But, this is not all. He is also a great family pet and a loyal best friend to many dog lovers. He ranks 18th among the breed recognized and registered by the American Kennel Club.
With his wolf-life features and his beautifully colored eyes, the Siberian Husky definitely doesn’t leave people indifferent.
With his striking light brown of blue eyes, the Siberian Husky is truly a looker. The skull is usually medium-sized and is proportionate to the body. The muzzle is the same, medium in length and width as well, with the tip of the nose neither round nor square, but kind of in between the two. The nose color usually differs following the dog's color. It is tan on black dogs, black on gray ones, flesh-colored on white Huskies, and liver on copper ones.
Usually, the ears are triangular with rounded tips that point in the air. They sit on top of the head. The Siberian Husky's body is muscular, with a long and straight back, almost aristocratic. The tail is almost always covered in thick fur and carried over the back in a curve when the Husky is being alert but trailing behind him when he is relaxed.
Usually, the male Siberian Husky stands between 21 and 23 inches tall and weighs between 45 and 60 pounds. Females are a bit smaller, with a height going from 20 to 2 inches and a weight of 35 to 50 pounds. As you can see, the Siberian Husky, no matter his gender, is quite the large dog.
The Siberian Husky’s coat is thick with medium-length hair. It sheds heavily all year round (so if you have allergies, stay away for god’s sake!). Usually though, twice a year, the Siberian Husky will blow his entire coat (this means one thing and one thing only: be ready to vacuum every few hours).
As for the coat color, you should know that Siberian Huskies come in different patterns and shades, many of them unique to this breed only. They usually come in gray and white, black and white, copper and white, or just purely white. More often than not, their legs, paws, tails tips and faces are white.
As I've already stated, Huskies are heavy shedders, this means that this dog loses his hair year-round. Twice a year, this beautiful pooch blows his entire coat. You will have to brush your dog's coat at least 2 or 3 times a week, if not daily. This will not only help keep shedding under control, it will also prevent your dog's coat from matting, and help gets rid of dead skin and loose hair.
Usually, the Siberian Husky is an odor-free animal. Just like a cat, he cleans himself on a regular basis. This means that you will only need to bathe your dog as needed. Don't use regular shampoo to do so though. It is too harsh on a dog's sensitive skin. Instead, use special shampoo made for dogs. If you have no idea which brands to use, take a look at our review of the best shampoos on the market here.
Clip your dog’s nails as needed. Again, don’t use regular clippers, instead use ones that were made especially for dogs. You can either purchase those online or in any pet store.
Brush your Siberian Husky’s teeth at least 3 times a week. Not only will this help keep your pooch’s breath fresh, it will also help prevent tartar buildup and gum disease. You can either use a commercial dog toothpaste or one that you can make yourself at home.
Finally, check your best friend’s ears once a week to look for signs of irritation, ear mites, infection, or wax buildup. Clean them weekly to avoid health issues and use a special cleaner that you can get at the vet, in a pet store, or online.
The Siberian Husky is famous for his playful temperament and his stubborn personality. This, in itself, makes this breed fascinating. He is not a guard dog, oh, definitely not. Sure, he will let you know someone is around, but if you are looking for a dog to protect you, look somewhere else. He is extremely friendly, not only with humans in general but also with other dogs. All he wants to do is play and have fun (oh my god, I am a Siberian Husky). He is smart, eager to play, and has an excellent sense of humor. Basically, once you adopt a Siberian Husky, he will be like sunshine in your life.
You should also know that the Siberian Husky is a digger. He doesn’t do that to be destructive or annoying. He is simply following his instincts. He is digging to look for a place to hide or somewhere to bury things he thinks are important (be careful, he might want to bury you ha ha ha I’m not funny).
If you have a garden or a nicely landscaped backyard that you want to keep looking all pretty and nice, I would say that you’d have to start training your Siberian Husky early. Give him a spot in the yard and teach him that that is the only place he can dig in. Otherwise, be ready to close a lot of holes in your garden or backyard.
The Siberian Husky is also known for being extremely stubborn. This is why he is not made for the first-time dog owner. He needs someone who is experienced, firm, and who can assert his dominance over him. As soon as you do this, you Siberian Husky will always listen to you.
He is also known for being the "Houdini" of dogs, as he can pretty much escape from anywhere without much hassle. So, if you have a yard, make sure the fence is built deep into the ground unless you want your best friend to escape.
Siberian Huskies make great pets for homes with children, even small ones. Thanks to his overall temperament and his nature, he is tolerant of children and can be very sweet and kind to them. Still, a dog is a dog, and he should always be supervised when he is around small kids. And of course, you should also teach your children how to approach a dog or touch him. Monitor all interactions between your dog and your children to prevent accidents from happening. You know what they say: better safe than sorry.
As for other pets, especially dogs, well you will be glad to know that Siberian Huskies get perfectly along with them. Still, socializing your Siberian Husky puppy is important, and you will need to do it as soon as you welcome him into your house.
Keep in mind, though, that the Siberian Husky has a hunter’s instinct, and thus, might view smaller animals as prey. Still, if your best friend is raised with other pets (such as cats or rabbits) since puppyhood, he will have no problems getting along with them.
Because the Siberian Husky is an extremely stubborn dog, training him might be a difficult task. It will take you a while, but you will get there. Start with obedience training, housebreaking, and crate training to be sure that your puppy can grow up as a well-rounded dog.
The Siberian Husky can learn to perform well in a lot of activities, such as obedience. This is quite a sensitive dog, so being harsh or using punishment to train him will not work. Instead, use positive reinforcement and treats to get him to listen to you.
Because he is a smart dog, the Siberian Husky can and will easily get bored. For this reason, you will have to keep your training sessions short, fun, and interesting.
The Siberian Husky doesn’t need a lot of space to live in, he can be perfectly happy in a small apartment. But, he does need quite a lot of exercise. He will definitely enjoy having a place where he can run around and play games with children or other pets you might have.
The Siberian Husky can also make a great companion for anyone who wants to take long walks (leashed, of course), go on running sessions, or hikes. You can also harness his natural abilities and teach him to pull a sled, wagon, or cart.
If it snows where you live, then know that your Siberian Husky won’t be happier than outside, playing with the snow and rolling in it. So, give him the freedom to do so.
The Siberian Husky is an active dog, and thus, needs an active owner. If your idea of a perfect Sunday is staying in and watching Netflix while eating cookies and sipping on a hot chocolate (talking from experience here), then this might not be the right breed for you.
Don’t forget that healthy snacks and treats are important too. They keep your dog happy, as long as you don’t overfeed him. The best choice would be fruits and vegetables, some of them are excellent for dogs (such as cucumber, for example… no, I am not kidding). Check out this article to learn more about some human foods that you can give your dog as treats.
Compared to other pure breeds, the Siberian Husky is actually quite healthy. He has a long lifespan (a healthy Siberian Husky can live up to 14 years) and rarely gets sick. Still, there are some health issues that you should look out for. Here are the most important ones:
All in all, as long as you keep your Siberian Husky well-fed and well-exercised, and never miss his shots and visits to the vet, he should be healthy.
Usually, a purebred Siberian Husky puppy costs between 800$ and 1300$. It all depends on the dog’s pedigree, as well as on the breeder you choose. Always make sure to choose a good breeder, someone with a good reputation.
The Siberian Husky is not a dog for everyone. He can be too overwhelming sometimes, and it takes a lot of work to train him. Still, he is a delightful pet to be around. Friendly and full of life, he will turn every single day into an adventure, and you will definitely love it!
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