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Siberian Husky

SiberianHusky

Outgoing With A Playful Personality

Adventurous, Stubborn, Working group

Siberian Huskies are extraordinary pets. While it is interesting to learn about the breeding purpose of Siberian Huskies, their genetics actually influence health, outward appearance and behavior. Some behaviors make the Siberian Husky and some can be quite irritating! Understanding her unique needs will help you keep her healthy and will create a stronger bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about where she came, which health conditions are a risk to her and how to keep her feeling her best.

Breed Details

Height:Male: 21-23.5"; Female: 20-22" Weight:Male: 45-60 lb; Female: 35-50 lb Lifespan:11-13 years

Size
4

1=small 5=large

Grooming requirements
3

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
3

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
1

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
4

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
5

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Grooming: She needs a thorough brushing at least weekly most of the year. Twice a year she blows her coat and loses crazy amounts of hair; daily brushing is recommended during this time.

Dental: Siberian Huskies generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

Ear Care: Clean her ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!

Routine Care: She's a smart dog with lots of energy, so keep her mind and body active, or she'll get bored. That's when the naughty stuff starts. She has a high prey drive, so she needs to be leash walked and a sturdy fence is a must. Can be affected by snow nose, which is a loss of pigment from the nose, making her prone to sunburn. She will need dog-safe (zinc-free) sunscreen.

She is a loving and docile companion, but she can be independent and willful. With early socialization and consistent leadership, she is a joyful and faithful addition to any family.

Positive Traits:

  • Outgoing, playful personality

  • Sweet, gentle, and sensitive

  • Always on the go, with a keen eye for adventure

  • Good with children

  • Friendly and eager to please

  • Even-tempered, affectionate, and happy-go-lucky

Negative Traits:

  • Has a tendency to escape, wander, and roam

  • Is a bit “mouthy”—likes to carry and chew things

  • Likes to dig

  • Likely to attack other small animals, including cats

  • Prone to boredom and separation anxiety when left alone and will find trouble

  • Can be difficult to housetrain


Whether you are considering adding a new Siberian Husky to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Siberian Husky will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Siberian Husky you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.

Some health issues a Siberian Husky could encounter:

Eye Problems

Cataracts

Glaucoma

Corneal Dystrophy

Bleeding Disorders

Epilepsy

The Siberian Husky originated in Siberia and was first imported to Alaska in 1909 for use as a sled dog. Original breeding of Huskies by the Chukchi people of northeast Asia focused primarily on dogs with great endurance and tolerance of harsh climates. The Husky is fastidiously clean and has minimal doggie odor. They are a social breed that craves close human contact and due to their social nature they do not make good watchdogs. Siberian Huskies are intelligent and have a innate desire to work; they are highly active and require vigorous exercise and space to run. Huskies make excellent jogging partners in cool weather! She is not much of a barker, but she is a communal howler especially when bored or under-exercised. The Siberian Husky is a generally healthy breed with an average lifespan of 11-14 years.

Consult with a veterinarian if your Siberian Husky shows signs of the following:

  • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

  • Cloudiness to eye lens

  • Squinting, watery eyes, bluing cornea, redness, enlarged eye

  • Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors

  • Louder than normal panting, especially when hot or after exercise

  • Leg stiffness, reluctance to rise, sit, use stairs, run, jump, or “bunny hopping”

  • Chronic vomiting or diarrhea

  • Dragging the hind toes and hind limb weakness

  • Red, hairless, crusting sores in specific spots on face or foot pads

  • Redness to the eyes, loss of pigment to the nose and other skin areas

  • Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain

  • Urine leaking when awake

  • Care

    Grooming: She needs a thorough brushing at least weekly most of the year. Twice a year she blows her coat and loses crazy amounts of hair; daily brushing is recommended during this time.

    Dental: Siberian Huskies generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

    Ear Care: Clean her ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!

    Routine Care: She's a smart dog with lots of energy, so keep her mind and body active, or she'll get bored. That's when the naughty stuff starts. She has a high prey drive, so she needs to be leash walked and a sturdy fence is a must. Can be affected by snow nose, which is a loss of pigment from the nose, making her prone to sunburn. She will need dog-safe (zinc-free) sunscreen.

  • Characteristics

    She is a loving and docile companion, but she can be independent and willful. With early socialization and consistent leadership, she is a joyful and faithful addition to any family.

    Positive Traits:

    • Outgoing, playful personality

    • Sweet, gentle, and sensitive

    • Always on the go, with a keen eye for adventure

    • Good with children

    • Friendly and eager to please

    • Even-tempered, affectionate, and happy-go-lucky

    Negative Traits:

    • Has a tendency to escape, wander, and roam

    • Is a bit “mouthy”—likes to carry and chew things

    • Likes to dig

    • Likely to attack other small animals, including cats

    • Prone to boredom and separation anxiety when left alone and will find trouble

    • Can be difficult to housetrain


  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Siberian Husky to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Siberian Husky will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Siberian Husky you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.

    Some health issues a Siberian Husky could encounter:

    Eye Problems

    Cataracts

    Glaucoma

    Corneal Dystrophy

    Bleeding Disorders

    Epilepsy

  • History

    The Siberian Husky originated in Siberia and was first imported to Alaska in 1909 for use as a sled dog. Original breeding of Huskies by the Chukchi people of northeast Asia focused primarily on dogs with great endurance and tolerance of harsh climates. The Husky is fastidiously clean and has minimal doggie odor. They are a social breed that craves close human contact and due to their social nature they do not make good watchdogs. Siberian Huskies are intelligent and have a innate desire to work; they are highly active and require vigorous exercise and space to run. Huskies make excellent jogging partners in cool weather! She is not much of a barker, but she is a communal howler especially when bored or under-exercised. The Siberian Husky is a generally healthy breed with an average lifespan of 11-14 years.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Siberian Husky shows signs of the following:

    • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

    • Cloudiness to eye lens

    • Squinting, watery eyes, bluing cornea, redness, enlarged eye

    • Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors

    • Louder than normal panting, especially when hot or after exercise

    • Leg stiffness, reluctance to rise, sit, use stairs, run, jump, or “bunny hopping”

    • Chronic vomiting or diarrhea

    • Dragging the hind toes and hind limb weakness

    • Red, hairless, crusting sores in specific spots on face or foot pads

    • Redness to the eyes, loss of pigment to the nose and other skin areas

    • Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain

    • Urine leaking when awake

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