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Siberian Husky

The Siberian Husky is an athletic working breed that requires plenty of exercise. They have effortless movement and exceptional stamina.

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Physical Characteristics
  • Uncommon eye colors - can be blue, brown, amber or one of each color or a combination of amber or brown and blue
  • Coat: Medium-length fur, double coat is soft on outside and wooly underneath; comes in any color and some unusual patterns
  • Lightly-built sled dog
  • Height: 20-23.5 inches
  • Weight: 35-60 pounds
  • Average lifespan: 12-15 years
  • Affectionate, smart, gentle, frisky, energetic, friendly, even-tempered, uncanny stamina, mischievous
  • Interaction with people: Excellent companions; does not like to be left alone. Kind to everyone, even strangers. Becomes attached to human family, but can adapt to a new family easily; good with children
  • Interaction with animals: Enjoys living with other Siberian Huskies and other dogs in packs
  • Training: Easily trained with patience; follows commands it feels have purpose. May be difficult to housebreak
  • Bark: Does not bark; will howl to communicate
Medical Conditions
While the listed ailments may be common in this breed, not all members of the breed suffer from these conditions. Responsible breeders screen for orthopedic and genetic diseases.
At Home
  • Not recommended for apartments without daily exercise
  • Needs tall, fenced-in yard with a dig-proof base
  • Prefers cool climates; take caution when exercising in warm temperatures
  • Needs daily walk or jog
  • Easy to groom
  • Heavy shedder twice a year; needs combing then
Other Facts
  • Served as aides in World War II to the Army's Arctic Search and Rescue Unit of the Air Transport Command
  • When the diphtheria epidemic of 1925 hit Nome, Alaska, this breed was used to transport a lifesaving serum to the village
Breed History
  • Native to Siberia
  • Developed as a sled dog by the nomadic Chukchi of northeastern Asia, who needed a dog capable of traveling great distances in cold weather while carrying a load
  • Historically working dogs that enjoy being in packs and are not bothered by intense exertion
  • Chukchi maintained a pure Siberian husky breed through the 19th century
  • Brought to North America by Malamute fur traders; began to be imported into Alaska around the turn of the 20th century
  • First team of Siberian huskies appeared at the All Alaska Sweepstakes Race in 1909
For more information about this breed and breeder referral contacts, please visit the Siberian Husky Club of America For breed rescue opportunities, visit Northern Calif. Sled Dog Rescue
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