Dog Breed

Siberian Husky

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Full Name
Siberian Husky
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Life Span
12 years
Weight
35 - 60 pounds
Description

The Husky is undeniably beautiful, unique, ancient, and even majestic. Many argue that it is closely related to the wolf, and are therefore very 'primitive' in that way- with a high prey drive, and intense wanderlust (desire to run away), and adventure instinct. And on the other hand, they are so far from wolves- they are friendly with children and other dogs and are goofy, and expressive when they want something. Huskies need daily exercise or they can become vocal with their barks and howls, and even destructive. They are obviously an excellent choice for cold-weather environments- they absolutely love running in the snow.

Origin
United States of America
Bred For
Sled pulling
Attachments
Family Considerations
Child Friendly

Is the Siberian Husky good with children? Nearly all dogs enjoy playing with small children, but some can play too rough, or be a bit careless. In some cases dogs can get jealous of small children, or try and "herd" them due to their natural instincts.

Stranger Friendly

Is the Siberian Husky friendly with strangers? Getting a dog that is friendly with people really depends on what your lifestyle is. Dogs who are more cautious with strangers oftentimes make good guard dogs, which can be a great fit for some owners. If you are social, live in the city, or frequently have guests over, you may want to consider getting a stranger friendly dog.

Dog Friendly

Is the Siberian Husky friendly with other dogs? Of course this is particularly important if you already have another dog at home. However, it's an important factor to consider as well if you plan on frequently going to the dog park. Otherwise, even a dog who is not automatically friendly with other dogs can be an excellent fit, as they can still be affectionate with their human family.

Likes to Cuddle

Does the Siberian Husky like to cuddle? All dogs want love, but they have different boundaries when it comes to physical affection. If you plan on frequently having a dog on your lap or pushed up against you, then you should consider whether this breed enjoys that.

Playfulness

Does the Siberian Husky like to play? All puppies are playful, but as adults certain dogs are more playful. If you have children, or otherwise want to keep your dog active with plenty of play, there are plenty of options of breeds who will be happy to play all day.

Service Dog Ability

Does the Siberian Husky make a good service dog? When looking to train a service dog it's important to consider how they were historically bred, and if their personality makes a good fit. A service dog must be smart, patient, and obsessed with pleasing their owner. Working dogs are a good fits since service dog 'work' gives them a feeling of accomplishment from doing a job.

Overall Ease of Breed
Ease for Novice

Is the Siberian Husky good for first time owners? Dogs that are good for first time owners are ones who are easy to train, and are eager to please their owner. Very large dogs, or dogs with very high energy may also not be the best for first time owners since it adds a layer of complexity.

Training Potential

How well can the Siberian Husky be trained? This rating is about the training potential of the Siberian Husky. Dogs with high training potential oftentimes are good service dogs, police dogs, and dog show competition dogs. This does not necessarily mean they are the easiest to train, since many will be very intelligent and demanding.

Amount of Shedding

Does the Siberian Husky shed a lot?

Ease of Grooming

Is the Siberian Husky easy to groom?

Exercise Need

Does the Siberian Husky need a lot of exercise?

Personality
Intelligence

How smart is the Siberian Husky?

Amount of Barking

How much does the Siberian Husky bark? Does the Siberian Husky bark too much? It depends on your lifestyle, and where you live. Dogs use barking to communicate, keep guard, and alert. A strong bark can be a good characteristic for guard dogs, or flock guardian dogs who need to be vocal.In apartment living you should consider getting a dog who is less vocal.

Guard Dog Ability

Is the Siberian Husky a good guard dog?

Tolerates Being Alone

Is the Siberian Husky good at staying alone? Is the Siberian Husky independent?

Home and Environment Considerations
Good for Apartment Living

Is the Siberian Husky a good apartment dog? Can the Siberian Husky live in an apartment without becoming frustrated or destructive? Typically people immediately consider the size of the dog, but energy level and historical habitat are also factors.

Size

How big is the Siberian Husky?

Tolerates Heat

How much does the Siberian Husky tolerate hot weather? When is it too hot for a Siberian Husky?

Tolerates Cold

How much does the Siberian Husky tolerate cold weather? When is it too cold for a Siberian Husky?

Potential to Run Away

Does the Siberian Husky try to run away? Some dogs have natural wanderlust and are escape artists... they will do everything to get out and explore.

Physical Characteristics
General Health

Is the Siberian Husky a healthy dog? The general health of a Siberian Husky should be measured not just by how many years they live, but how often they have health issues during their lives. It is important to know which health conditions your breed is prone to- hip problems, eye problems, bloating, and arthritis are all common dog health problems.

Energy Level

How energetic is the Siberian Husky? Is the Siberian Husky too energetic for your lifestyle?

Amount of Drooling

How much does the Siberian Husky drool?

Prey Drive

Does the Siberian Husky have a large prey drive? Does the Siberian Husky like to chase birds, cats, and other small animals? Prey drive can be bothersome at the park, but really an issue at home if you have small animals, since this comes as a natural instinct for dogs with high prey drive, to chase cats, birds, etc.

Athleticism

Is the Siberian Husky atheltic? Is the Siberian Husky fast and strong?

Breed Variations

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    White

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    Red

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    Black and White

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    Agouti

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    Sable

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    Whooly

The Siberian Husky is a purebred dog that belongs to the Sled Dog sub group, which falls under the larger Working dog breed group.
Working group: Working dogs encompass a wide range of different breeds- but they all were bred to assist people, so they are used to working hard. It is important for them to feel they have a "job" as their roles traditionally have varied from rescuing people to pulling sleds. Because of their large size and intensity, they may be a handful for first time dog owners. On the other side, they can be trained well, so any owner who can exercise and dedicate to training their working dog, will be well rewarded. A common misconception may be that the working dog's jobs are only in physically challenging jobs; actually working dogs can also make excellent service dogs, since they are also kind and attentive to their owners.
Sled Dog sub-group: Sled dogs are an ancient breed that has been featured in many movies and tales. Sled dogs live for adventure. They can withstand harsh winters, and run for many miles without needing to stop for rest. Because of their nature, they are a pack animal who loves being in a group. They are not the best dog for a first time owner because they hate being alone, and they have high expectations- they want their pack leader to be firm, but also playful and always around them. Sled dogs over the years have developed into family pets, and they are very friendly with both people and other dogs. However, they do have high levels of energy and high prey drive, so it is important to socialize them at an early age so they know their boundaries with small children and small dogs. They are very athletic, so would be a great fit with an active family who likes to hike, run, bike, and of course... sled!

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