If you have added a Siberian Husky to your family from a responsible breeder or a rescue group — or are planning to do so — congratulations! You have fallen in love with one of the most handsome and devoted breeds in all of dogdom.
Most fans of the breed are first seduced by the Siberian’s haunting eyes, but this dog is more than a good-looking, blue-eyed hunk. In fact, the Siberian’s eyes are not always blue. Brown eyes are equally common, as are dogs with one blue and one brown eye.
Besides his dramatic appearance, the Siberian is friendly, alert and energetic. Of course, no breed is perfect for every household so prospective owners need to be accepting of the Siberian’s idiosyncrasies.
This breed is incredibly gregarious and social. He needs the company of other dogs and his people pretty constantly. If you work all day, a second dog to keep him company would be a good plan. The Siberian also makes a terrible watch dog. While some Working Group breeds are one-man dogs, the Siberian loves everyone.
Whether your preference is for a black, gray or red dog with white markings – or even a solid white – this breed will put your vacuum cleaner to the test at least once a year when he sheds hair all over the house. Many owners prefer this annual coat blow to the year-round shedding of many other smooth-coated breeds.
On the downside, the Siberian can be a digging fool. If gardening is a hobby of yours, be sure to segregate the plants and shrubs. Having a garden and a dog are not mutually exclusive but you will have to be resourceful if you expect your Siberian to share the backyard.
The Siberian Husky is a majestic breed that really brings out dogdom’s link to wild wolves.
While affectionate with humans and social with other dogs, the Siberian still maintains predatory instincts and demonstrates them around small animals in and around the house, including cats, birds and rodents. If you keep these furry critters, you will have to protect them from the Sibe’s swift and sneaky hunting skills.
The Siberian adapts well to most suburban settings because he is a medium-sized dog. According to the American Kennel Club breed standard, males range from 21 inches to 23½ inches at the shoulder and 45 to 60 pounds; females reach 20 to 22 inches at the shoulder and 45 to 50 pounds. The standard has disqualifications in place to ensure that size does not creep up and compromise the breed’s agility on the trail.
While a reasonable size, the Siberian’s need for speed cannot be denied. He has a tremendous desire to run, and he must have this outlet but within safe, controlled boundaries. The Sibe is stubborn and independent so it falls on you to save him from himself. Sledding comes naturally to the breed and is the ideal way to let him burn off energy. During the dryer months in temperate climates, wheeled carts provide the Sibe an opportunity to pull in harness and continue a fitness regime all year long.
To see this breed joyfully pulling a sled is to witness him connecting with his time-honored past. It acknowledges tradition while giving your devoted companion much-needed exercise. Provide the Siberian a safe, happy outlet and you will be richly rewarded with a beautiful, steadfast friend to all of your family.