Siberian Husky Puppies
Information, Temperament and More




Siberian Husky Puppies, with their glacial blue eyes, beautiful coats and joyful personality, create the perfect concoction for love at first sight.

As characters of many fiction movies such as Eight Below, Snow Buddies and Snow Dogs, these dogs have become quite popular.

Yet, owning Siberian Husky puppies is a whole different story, requiring a deep understanding of this breed's needs.

Whether you are thinking about buying a puppy or adopting an adult dog and want to know if this is the right breed for you or just want to learn more about this breed, I hope this article will help you find the answers to your questions.

Siberian Husky Information and History

Also known as Arctic Husky and Sibe, the breed originated more than 3,000 years ago in what is now called Siberia. It was originally used as a sled dog by Chukchi Indians who are believed to have developed this breed.

This breed set foot in Alaska in the early 1900s and was used extensively as a sled dog during the gold rush. It was also used in the sport of sled dog racing. Many Siberian Huskies were used in the All-Alaska Sweepstakes, a grueling 408-mile race that first occurred in 1909. The same year, a large number of Siberian Husky puppies and dogs were imported to Alaska by Charles Fox Maule Ramsay whose team won that race the following year.

Factoid...

While the Siberian Husky is an excellent sled dog, the Alaskan Husky, which is a much faster dog, eventually replaced it as the dog of choice in many sled racing competitions.

In addition to sled racing, the breed is also known for numerous heroic acts performed by these dogs. During a diphtheria epidemic in 1925, numerous Siberian Husky dog teams relayed much-needed medications to the stricken city of Nome. Later, during World War II, many Huskies served in the Army's Arctic Search and Rescue Unit.

The Siberian Husky breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1930 and categorized under the working group.

 
Three Siberian Husky Dogs

Breed Standard

Huskies are well proportioned, medium-sized dogs designed for the purpose of carrying loads over great distances. Power, speed and endurance are all qualities that allow this breed to move almost effortlessly over the snow.

The Husky's body is compact and boasts well-developed, firm muscles. The neck shouldn't be too short or too thick and is typically arched and carried proudly. The chest is strong and deep, with well-sprung ribs. The back is straight. The furry tail is generally carried over the back and when the dog is attentive, it boasts an appealing sickle curve.

The front legs are straight, with elbows kept close to the body. The rear legs are parallel with powerful upper thighs. The feet are oval with, with fur between the toes. The pads are tough and well-cushioned.

The overall facial expression is mischievous, yet friendly. The ears are triangular, erect and well furred. The nose is typically black in specimens with gray, tan or black coats. A liver nose is acceptable in copper coats and a flesh-colored nose is acceptable in white coats. The teeth must meet in a scissor bite.

The eyes are almond-shaped. Though the blue-eyed Siberian Husky puppies are the most common, Siberian Husky eyes can also be brown and amber. Some specimens have one blue eye and one brown eye (bi-eyed) while others may have eyes that are half blue and half brown (parti-eyed).

A Siberian Husky's coat is medium in length and double. The dense undercoat boasts soft hairs, whereas the outer coat has straight and somewhat smooth hairs. All coat colors are acceptable, from black to white and all the possible shades in between.

    Height Weight
  Male 21 to 24 inches 45 to 60 pounds
  Female 20 to 22 inches 35 to 50 pounds

You may have heard or read about a smaller version of this breed, a Miniature Siberian Husky. Unlike some other breeds, there is just one version of the Siberian Husky. What some breeders refer to as the "Miniature" are specimens that are smaller than required by the breed standard. While some of these dogs may be naturally small, others are bred down in size on purpose.

Some breeders also breed for specific colors. The black and white Siberian Husky is a common color and so are the brown, gray and white, silver, sable and white, red-orange and dark gray. Some breeders at times may ask for more money for pure white Siberian Husky puppies, a pure black Siberian Husky puppy or a red Siberian Husky puppy.

Siberian Husky vs. Alaskan Husky

While these breeds have many similarities, there are also many differences.

For starters, the Siberian Husky is a purebred dog while the Alaskan Husky is not even a breed, it's rather a type of a dog.

Alaskan Huskies are usually larger and leaner than Siberian Huskies. While Siberian Huskies can have blue, brown, amber or a combination of brown and blue eyes, the Alaskan Husky eyes are usually brown.

While both dogs are excellent racers, Alaskan Huskies are usually used in longer distance races while Siberian Huskies are usually used in races that span shorter distances.

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Temperament

Good-natured, playful, agile and free-spirited are some of the adjectives used to describe this endearing breed. But as much as these traits may seem easy to deal with, the truth is that this breed has many needs.

Siberian Husky with Blue and Brown Eyes

For starters, this is a breed that loves the outdoors and loves to run. Make sure that you can meet its needs for vigorous exercise and mental stimulation.

Siberian Husky training is not the easiest task due to this breed's stubborn and independent streak. Patience, consistency and loads of supervision will help training Siberian Husky puppies. Food rewards may also help give him some motivation.

Siberian Huskies love to roam and are excellent escape artists. While they rarely bark, they can produce some "interesting" sounds! They can also howl, especially when other huskies are around.

If you are planning to acquire a Husky to protect your home, you may want to think again and stick with another breed. This breed is too good-natured and accepts just about anyone.

This breed gets along well with children, but since Huskies have a tendency to play rough, small children are at risk. Huskies are sociable and easy going with other dogs; however, small pets, including cats, are at risk of turning into a lip-smacking dinner.

Best Owner and Living Conditions

Nothing makes this breed happier than running and playing in the great outdoors, especially in cold weather. Providing it with plenty of exercise is a must and not an option. So it's not surprising that the best owner for Siberian Husky puppies and dogs is an outdoorsy fellow who loves to walk, bike and hike.

If you are planning to keep your Husky out in the yard all day, keep in mind that this is a breed that loves to dig. It's not unusual for Husky owners to find their yard magically transformed into something resembling planet Mars!

Huskies like to howl, especially when other dogs are around. Since not many people will be eager to hear your Husky's mournful songs when you leave him home alone, this breed will do best in a suburban environment with lots of space to romp around.

Huskies are known for having a "Houdini" reputation, so a fence is a must with this breed. But what they cannot climb they will try to dig under. Make sure your fence is high, has wire sunk into the ground and that your gates have the best locks in town.

 
Siberian Husky Puppy

Activity and Exercise

As mentioned, this breed requires lots of exercise and mental stimulation. With the desire to work deeply ingrained, it was never intended to be used as a pet. Fail to keep this breed entertained enough and you may end up with a frustrated companion that will express his unhappiness through howling episodes and destructive chewing.

Important...

Since this is a breed that prefers cold weather, be careful not to overdo with exercise when the weather is warm.

If you are into doggie sports, you may want to enroll your companion in sledding, carting and skijoring. These outdoor-related activities will help make your Husky tired and extra happy. At a minimum, take your pet for several brisk walks every day.

Grooming a Siberian Husky

Siberian Husky with Blue Eyes

Like many Northern breeds, Siberian Husky puppies clean themselves just like cats. They are also odor free.

Twice a year, they go through heavy shedding that can last up to three weeks. During that time, they completely shed their undercoat. The good news is, for the remainder of the year, they are almost shed free.

During the shedding period, you'll need to brush them daily. For the rest of the year, one to three times per week will be sufficient.

Now, let me give you the bad news... If you live in a warm climate, the shedding may go on for most of the year.

Because this is a very clean dog and because heavy shedding removes most of the dirt, some owners wash their Siberian Husky puppies once or twice a year.

Health Concerns

Some of the conditions Siberian Husky pups are predisposed to include hip and elbow dysplasia, hypothyroidism and eye disorders such as cataracts, corneal dystrophy and progressive retinal atrophy.

Prospective owners interested in this breed should purchase from reputable Siberian Husky breeders. Look for a good breeder who health tests his breeding dogs and provides you with health clearances.

Visit dog health problems to learn more about dog diseases and health care.

Even healthy dogs get sick. While many health problems will require an immediate attention from your Vet, there are many others that you may handle on your own. Learn how to save time and money (and how to prevent small problems from becoming big problems) by diagnosing and treating dog health problems that don't require your Vet's attention.

Life Expectancy

The average life expectancy for healthy Siberian Husky puppies is between 12 and 15 years.

 
Siberian Husky Dog Sled Race

Final Thoughts...

Unfortunately, Siberian Husky puppies are one of the most misunderstood breeds. Many fall in love with this dog's looks and fail to recognize how challenging it may be to own one. For this reason, many Siberian Husky dogs are unfortunately relinquished at shelters. If you are considering opening your heart and home to this breed, spend a lot of time learning about Siberian Husky puppies and dogs.


Did you ever consider adopting your next pet?

If this is the breed you are interested in, and adoption appeals to you, consider contacting your local Siberian Husky rescue. There are thousands of pets waiting for a loving home and, yes, it's possible to adopt a purebred dog.

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