The Siberian Husky loves the company of humans. This is reflected in his behaviour; he is friendly and playful with everyone. Energetic, this breed is endowed with great stamina and has a vital need to run. Every day, they must exercise vigorously in order to thrive and be happy. Otherwise, it will inevitably adopt destructive behaviour.
53.5 to 60 cm for males and 50.5 to 56 cm for females
45 to 60 lbs for males and 35 to 50 lbs for females
Average life expectancy
12 to 14 years old
Medium length, thick, straight. Soft and dense undercoat.
All colours are allowed, from black to pure white. On bicoloured subjects, facial markings are characteristic of the breed. The blue eyes often found in the breed are not obligatory.
Food of the Siberian Husky
The Siberian Husky is a small eater for its size. Since this breed is prone to digestive problems, it is necessary to avoid to vary its food and to give it table scraps. This dog can easily become obese if he is overfed or if he lacks exercise.
In hot weather, the Siberian Husky tends to eat less. A rest period before and after each meal is required to avoid stomach upset.
The amount and type of food the Siberian Husky eats depends on his weight, age, health and level of physical activity.
Behavior and traits of the Siberian Husky
The Siberian Husky is above all a happy, gentle, intelligent and jovial dog. He loves his family, which he considers as “his pack”, and needs their company. Left alone for long periods of time, he tends to howl (like a wolf) rather than bark.
The Siberian Husky is friendly with everyone, strangers and other dogs alike. However, his predatory instinct will push him to chase cats that were not raised with him. The Siberian Husky should never cohabit with small animals such as rabbits, ferrets and birds, because he will always perceive them as prey.
Runaway, it is important that the backyard is well fenced. The education of the Siberian Husky can be a challenge because he is independent. Although he is intelligent and understands orders, he does not like to obey blindly. Thus, he needs an authoritative and self-confident master who knows how to impose himself as the leader of the pack. Training must be firm, but gentle, and must be carried out at a young age.
The Siberian Husky is agile, athletic, playful and likes to jump everywhere. He appreciates vigorous exercise outdoors, especially in cold climates. To be fulfilled, he must absolutely practice every day a stimulating activity: canicross, walk, ball games, Frisbee, etc.. Running is vital for him and a simple walk around the block will not be enough.
Always keep him on a leash, because if anything catches his attention, he will run after it. He likes to work and to feel useful; if possible, have him pull a sled.
Be careful: if he does not move enough and if he is not stimulated mentally enough, the Siberian Husky will become extremely destructive. In the summer, he tends to dig a lot in the ground to look for coolness.
Grooming of the Siberian Husky
The thick fur of the Siberian Husky should be brushed twice a week. During the moulting period, daily brushing is recommended to remove dead hairs.
The Siberian Husky moults abundantly twice a year; it changes its fur completely, which can last more than three weeks. The rest of the time, this breed sheds relatively little hair.
Very clean, the Husky grooms itself like a cat and does not give off any smell. In addition, its coat is self-cleaning. One bath per year is therefore sufficient. Caution: parasites (ticks, fleas) are fond of the type of hair of the Husky and are easily embedded in it. In this case, act quickly because they would undermine its shape.
For more information, see Hygiene and grooming of the dog.
The Siberian Husky is a hardy and very robust dog that does not show any “typical” disease. It is however subject to certain ailments. The most common health problems in the Siberian Husky are :
Dysplasia of the hip;
Eye problems (cataracts, corneal dystrophy, progressive retinal atrophy, glaucoma);
Von Willebrand’s disease.
Is the Siberian Husky suitable for you?
The Siberian Husky is not meant to live in an apartment.
What suits him best is a house with a large fenced backyard, where he can run and spend his energy.
The size and energy of the Siberian Husky is not well suited to city life. He is much more comfortable in the countryside or in the suburbs, where he will enjoy the outdoors.
All family situations are suitable for Siberian Husky.
Note that it is compatible with the presence of young children.
The Siberian Husky needs a lot of exercise.
His master must be of the sporty type and available for his dog several hours a week.
These hours will largely be devoted to long walks or bike rides, visits to the park, mountain hiking, games, etc..
Since the Siberian Husky does not tolerate solitude, his master must be someone present and attentive.
The Siberian Husky can make a good companion dog as long as he has enough space, enough exercise and human companionship. Moreover, he is very independent and must be trained from a very young age (before six months) if we want to get results.