The Siberian Husky: Everything You Need to Know About It

The Siberian Husky: Everything You Need to Know About It

The Siberian Husky is generally known as a free-spirited dog and a big heart wrapped in thick fur. If you stumbled upon some lovely Siberian Husky puppies and decided you want to love and cherish this type of dog, then you should know a few things about it. We will start with the most important one and then get slowly into details: the Siberian Husky makes an incredible companion whose loyalty, playfulness and love will win your heart forever. Before searching for a purebred Siberian Husky for sale, though, you should know that it is a great lover of the great outdoors and of cold weather.

You can raise a Husky in warmer climates as well, but it will suffer from the heat. It will also need vigorous and extended physical exercise, a lot of running around and a lot of activities since its purpose in life seems to be carrying backpacks in the mountains or pulling snow sleds. If you are prepared to offer your Siberian Husky the attention, the exercise and the space it needs to grow happy, then let’s take a look at the most important aspects before you buy or adopt your future best friend.

The Siberian Husky Characteristics

 

The Siberian Husky is a working dog of medium size, with thick fur, high intelligence, and strong personality. The male Siberian Husky’s optimal growth is between 21 and 24 inches (53 and 61 cm) tall at the withers, with a healthy weight ranging between 45 and 60 pounds (20 and 27 kg). The female Siberian Husky’s optimal growth is between 20 to 22 inches (51 to 56 cm) tall at the withers with a healthy weight ranging between 35 to 50 pounds (16 to 23 kg). On average, the Husky’s life span is around 12 to 15 years.

The Siberian Husky eyes are a thing of wonder, as you can find dogs with two mesmerizing blue eyes, two brown hazelnut eyes or a bi-eyed dog. Their fur color ranges from gray and white, fully white, black with white or brownish. One thing that will win you over is their majestic beauty, no matter what color mix of fur or eyes they sport.

You might want to jump at the opportunity to bring home one of the Siberian Husky puppies for sale you just found, but be warned that you should be a seasoned dog owner. If the Husky is your first dog ever, specialists advise you to think again and consider another breed to gain some dog training and dog owning discipline. Things won’t get any easier with a miniature Siberian Husky either, as they are just as smart, pushy and energetic as their larger family members. Let’s see some of the most important traits and features of the Siberian Huskies.

The Good

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  • It is not aggressive to other dogs or people, which makes him a rather lousy guard dog but an incredible life companion; it does great with children and other pets around the house if they grow up together.
  • It is agile, light on its feet, very energetic, athletic, playful and curious.
  • It is medium sized and has a gorgeous wolfish furry appearance.
  • It is in love with outdoors living and physical exercise, not being suited to grow in apartments or confined spaces.
  • It thinks its life goal is full speed running, sled pulling and animals chasing, so it makes a partner for life for those living in colder climates and natural environments.
  • It has good manners around people.
  • Its intelligence is staggering and it learns so fast you will remain in awe.
  • It is highly trainable and learns everything, but it needs a strong willed owner and an experienced dog trainer to teach him discipline.
  • It is incredibly sensitive and affectionate and it gets its feelings hurt more often than you think.
  • Its general health is overall satisfactory.
  • It sheds moderately, but be prepared to vacuum a lot and engage in regular grooming activities.
  • Its loyalty towards its family is incomparable and it will keep you as safe as it can, despite its lack of suspicion towards strangers.
  • The Siberian Husky needs a little food to survive, in comparison to other breeds. Ask your breeder about the proper diet and don’t stuff the dog with unnecessary calories.

The Bad

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  • It is a strong-willed dog with a powerful personality and high intelligence which will challenge your authority every step of the way. It is known for not being easy to train or discipline, not because it doesn’t learn, but because sometimes it doesn’t want to implement the things it knows. It may do very well in the dog training class and forget everything once it is home, only to test your dominance.
  • It is an escape artist which is known for breaking out of yards whenever its wanderlust strikes and it can start its own journey and adventures.
  • It doesn’t bark much, but it tends to howl endlessly when it gets bored, doesn’t get its proper physical exercise or is neglected for long periods of time. While it doesn’t need your 24/7 attention to survive, it can suffer from neglect if you don’t play with it or push it to vent all its inner energy.
  • The Siberian Husky puppy can create chaos in seconds if not supervised, as it is incredibly energetic and playful, being known to jump and romp around for hours. Its rowdiness and exuberant jumping seem to fade after it gets around 2 years old, but the adult Husky needs vigorous exercises to keep its balance.
  • It has strong instincts to chase, grab and sometimes kill anything that runs, so make sure it doesn’t escape your property chasing your neighbor’s cat, as the cat is likely to have a very bad day. The Husky is not good around birds, rabbits or ferrets either, as it will chase them just for the fun of it.

The Ugly

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  • If they are not exhausted enough by running, playing and training they get bored and massively destructive. They can literally tear your house down and break anything in their way if left with too much energy to spend.
  • Their favorite pastime, besides being active, is digging – if you think you will own a flower / vegetable garden and a husky in the same time, you need to reconsider. Give the dog a special area to dig and have fun and you will both be happier.
  • They get easily lost or injured when exploring the great outdoors – because they often escape, jump fences, break tie-out chains, slip collars and so on. Always check if your dog is still around, as its native curiosity can determine it to disappear from under your nose.
  • Never let your Husky out of its leash when you walk it, no matter how well it is trained. Its natural instinct is to run away and chase anything that moves.

What Else Should You Know About the Siberian Husky?

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  • This breed is not recommended to shy and first-time dog owners, as they need an alpha figure to respect and follow.
  • Never hit, beat or jerk a Siberian Husky under no circumstance, it will scream until your heart breaks and it will get so emotionally hurt you will need a lot of time to patch things up between the two of you.
  • You may want a white Siberian Husky or wonder about the advantages of the Alaskan malamute vs. Siberian husky – no matter what type of arctic breed you get you have to know they are all strong dogs with specific athletic needs and amazing intelligence. In other words, make sure you own them before they totally own you.
  • In our present times, there is a saddening large amount of Siberian Huskies in need for adoption or foster care. This happens because owners don’t really know what they got themselves into and abandoned the dogs when things got overwhelming. Always talk to professional breeders, read books and reputable dog resources and foster a Husky for a while before you buy it or adopt it for good, just to get a hint at what to expect.

If you are used to caring and managing strong willed dogs, then your Siberian Husky will be your favorite companion. His huge heart, playfulness, and joy will charm you forever. Celebrate this incredible dog by giving it a name with a Russian resonance or heritage and wander the great outdoors together for years to come. And if you lack the inspiration to properly name your friend, there are a few Siberian Husky names that truly rise to their incredible personality: Kremlin, Smirnoff or Rasputin for boys and Lolita, Odessa or Olga for girls are among the most appreciated names for a Siberian Husky.

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Doris comes from a large middle class family and is pretty close to her two sisters and one brother, while being the youngest of the four. She graduated from a journalism degree and likes writing about anything that doesn’t involve politics.
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