The Siberian Husky originated with the Chukchi peoples of Siberia as an endurance sled dog that could go great distances at moderate speed carrying a light load in low temperatures. After 1900, fur traders introduced the breed to Alaska where they became popular in competitive sled races. They were recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1930. Siberians were later bred for us on the Byrd Antarctic expeditions and in the U.S. Army’s Search and Rescue Unit during World War II. Today they are still raced in sleddog competition. The Siberian Husky is friendly and gentle. He is intelligent with an eager disposition. Although people-oriented and a good family dog, he needs exercise and training.
The Siberian Husky is a medium-sized working dog. He is quick and light on his feet with ease and freedom of movement. His body proportions reflect his primary function as a sled dog with power, speed and endurance. The Siberian’s skull is of medium size with a slightly rounded at the top. There is a definite drop off between skull and muzzle at the level of the eyes (called the stop.) The muzzle is of medium width and of equal length to the skull. The eyes are almond shaped and may be either blue, brown, or a combination of both. The ears are medium sized, triangular in shape, set high on the head and pointed strongly erect. They are well-furred against cold weather. The teeth meet in a scissors bite. The neck is of medium length and arched. The chest is deep and strong. The legs are parallel and straight with substantial but not heavy bone. The feet are of moderate size, compact and well-furred between the toes. The back is of medium length, straight and strong with a level topline. The tail is well-furred with a fox-brush shape, carried level in a graceful sickle curve with the dog is moving or trailing down when the dog is at rest.
The Siberian has an odor-free double coat. The undercoat is soft and dense of sufficient length to support the outer coat. The outer coat is of medium length, straight and smooth. All colors from black to pure white are acceptable and generally include a mask on the face. Average height is 20 to 23-1/2 inches and weight is between 45 and 60 pounds.
“I have a Siberian Husky and she is just wonderful. I took her to a GREAT trainer when she was six months old and she became a terrific student. Living on a farm with no fenced-in area for her, she isn't really trusted to be off leash outside. She had the tendency to try to play with the cattle. Her training allows short periods of time where she can run and play under a very close eye. She does dig when she is tied out and bored. She also chews, a lot. (We learned not to park vehicles too close, she chewed on a few license plates, plate frames, and bumpers.) But, she is absolutely wonderful with children. She tolorates young children playing and climbing on her. She is a friend to everyone. She is uncharacteristically shy around people until she has been with them for a while. Being an inside dog, the shedding is quite a bit, especially during the times she is blowing her coat. Daily vacuuming helps a lot. Even with the chewing, digging, and shedding, I would recommend a Husky, but you MUST have it trained properly.”
“I got my Husky, a male redhead, a year ago and life hasn't been the same since. He irritates our three-year-old Malamute, hunts birds, and is as good a watchdog as a lawn gnome. But he's great around people, especially kids, learns quickly when he wants to, and always has a smile to greet you after a long day. Like other northern breeds, he sheds pretty much year-round, but he lives outside most of the time so it isn't a problem. If you consider getting this breed, do your research and weigh the pros and cons carefully.”
“Loves of my life. We have four Siberian Huskies ranging in age from six to seven and a half years old. We bought them from different breeders when they were very young (six to eight weeks old). They do require a lot of patience in training them when they are young. I highly recommend purchasing a large crate the same day your puppy comes to live with you. My dogs love theirs. I just leave the door open and they eat and rest in there when they need to or want their own space. Also, I have learned if you confine them for short periods of time when they are young when you leave the house it will also lessen the time in potty training or having to reprimand them if they did let curiousity get the best of them. Just be sure to put their favorite toys and things in there with them. It took me about eight months (in full confidence) to leave mine alone in charge of the house the whole time when I was at work. All of mine are so different in personalities. My oldest is the stubborn one. I can call her to come in sometimes and she pretends I didn't say a thing or look at me and turn back to whatever she was doing before. This cracks me up ... she will even have her head turned to where I can see her eyes staring off to the side at me but not move her head. My male is definitely the guard dog of everything and everyone, especially of my daughter. I trained them when they were young to bark when someone is at the door, literally by running and barking toward the door when someone knocked. Now they all bark when someone pulls in the driveway, opens up the fence, or comes to our door. They are very protective and will not stop barking until we assure them everything is okay. So if you work with them they can be your guard dog. They are very eager to please and learn. Anyone who is trying to make a decision on this breed ­p; they are the BEST.”
“Like other breeds that were recently descended from wolves, Huskies have some dangerous tendancies. They are one of the five worst breeds in biting people so seriously that the person needs hospital treatment. It is not that they are bad dogs. They are doing what they were bred to do ­p; protect themselves in the tough northern climates. If looking for a pet, choose a breed that was bred to love people, not to fight with wolves.”
“I purchased two Siberian Huskies four years ago, and as others have commented, life has never been the same. Huskies take a lot of care and time to be trained properly. They are definitely not for the person looking for a dog like a Lab or Golden Retriever which becomes extremely loyal to its owner. Huskies are independent and would tend to run off if given the opportunity. They do require frequent grooming to keep the hair down, but it's worth it!”
“We used to have a Siberian Husky and he was very sweet and affectionate. He loved being with people ... everyone was his friend. When we moved to the mountains he tended to wander a bit and it wasn't a problem until he started killing the wild life. We tried fencing him in but he was a true escape artist. We had to give him away. Some other drawbacks were that he stole items out of neighbors' yards, although he never really chewed things up. He also shed a lot and I mean HUGE amounts of hair. I kept expecting him to go bald with the amount of hair that he was shedding. He also liked to dig a lot. This breed is for EXPERIENCED dog owners only. They can be a great companion but should be used for their original purpose as a sled dog. After all that is what they are best suited for. But they are so cute and cuddly it's very tempting to move to Alaska and start a sled dog team.”
“My Siberian was a typical, sweet, female. In her twelve and a half years, she probably barked four times, but she would scream instead ("Let me in! I can see that you're home!"). Within a year of moving to our current house, she dug up just about every plant in the backyard and, after that, she would often come in from the yard with her nose and front paws black from digging. The only human thing she ever chewed up was a single piece of a wooden puzzle. For that matter, she had little interest in toys, nor chasing a ball ("Well, if you're just going to throw it after I bring it back, there is no point in chasing it again."). However, "keep-away" and "try to catch me" were always her favorites. She lived for her evening walks with me (always leashed, as Siberians are notorious for running into traffic), and was always eager to play (wrestle and "play" growl) with any dogs she met; some (unsocialized?) dogs didn't know what to make of her overtures. Even if we went jogging earlier in the day, she would expect an evening walk. Heavy rain or a bad flu were the only excuses she would grudgingly accept. After a few years I accepted the fact that she was bred to pull, not walk at a heel, and we were both happier (obedience-trained Siberians are very rare). Her shedding ranged from heavy to overwhelming, and she hated to be brushed or plucked (my wife would tell people that she was a Siberian Shedder). She hated baths but, fortunately, she never smelled "doggy." She was not a big eater, at all (maybe a cup of dry food a day), and she maintained her (light for the breed) weight of about 42 pounds almost her entire adult life. For a long time, she would try to sit on our laps, then became content to be at our feet, as long as she was touching someone. As much as she loved her family, anyone coming to the door was instantly welcomed with great enthusiasm. I could leave her, unsupervised, with small children with complete confidence that she would just love the attention. In short, Siberians are worthless as watchdogs, wonderful with children, and death to vacuum cleaners.”
“My Husky is one of the smartest dogs around. She is so protective of my five-month-old boy and is so gentle with him. Our Husky is eight years old and still a baby to our family. If you have time to groom them almost all year long and love to be licked and want a cuddly dog then this is one for you. They are so good with kids and are an unbelievable breed; they have a unique personality and when they feel the need to protect they will stand up. Just a downfall is that they shed 375 days a year. Once you look past that you'll see one of the greatest breed of dogs.”
“We got the dog because our son was doing poorly in school and wanted a Husky in the worst way. He has been very good for our son, who is fourteen years old. They are companions. When it is homework time now, our son just says, "come on," and up to the bedroom they go to do their homework. Our son doesn't feel alone anymore. The dog LOVES to run. Our son puts him on his leash and gets on his bike, and the dog pulls him around (great exercise for both of them). It is important to know when you get a Husky that they are not a dog that you can just open the door and let them go out and do their business. They need to be leashed at all times. My only complaint is the hair. If you don't like to run the vacuum every day don't get a Husky. They shed a lot. The dog plays with his own toys and chews his own things. We have not had any problems with him chewing anything that does not belong to him. He has been a good addition to our family. Very easy to train, to sit, lay, stay ... the trainer just has to be persistent. He likes to play fetch EVERY DAY. The Husky is a joy to have around the house. He is my BABY DOG. That's what I call him.”
“I got my Siberian Husky when he was five months old. It took about three days to house-train him, a couple of weeks to break him of chewing things he should not have chewed, he still loves to dig, and does not always listen to my commands. (He comes running when I call him.) He only listens, when he wants to listen, but overall I love him, and he is a wonderful challenge. I have a true companion in him. He owns me, and I feel very lucky he does. He is also great with my children. I have a ten-, three- and two-year-old. I have two cats he does not bother. They do not like him. He has tried to play with them, but has never harmed them. If you are a shy person, or you do not like attention brought your way, then I would say the Siberian Husky is not for you. I think any prospective owner needs to have a large fenced yard, likes to be active, as well as have a great sense of humor, a great deal of patience,a true appreciation for intelligence, beauty and wonderful challenges, and a heart full of love specifically for the Siberian Husky breed, because they truly are so very different than any other breed I have ever known.”
A dog for the patient, fun-loving and sporty person.
“Are you seeking an affectionate and loyal dog? Do you want a gentle companion that is amiable with other pets and children? Do you enjoy an active and adventurous life that involves your dog? Then you should consider a Siberian Husky. Even though they are alert, their friendliness makes them not good as protection dogs. Their playful and somewhat clown-like personality will make them enjoyable company to be around everyone. They are very intelligent and with proper training during puppyhood will turn out to be an obedient and loving pet. Due to their independent nature, which can be explained as headstrong bordering stubborn, they will require time and patience as a pup to train for obedience, however the natural act of "pulling" for sled or ski-boarding is mostly instinctive.”
“Our Siberian is a blue eyed doll. My biggest warning to people is that these dogs need lots of excersise. Daily and vigorous. Our Siberian likes to walk-or even better jog 3-4 miles a day. If you want a dog to sit around and look pretty a Siberian is not for you. On the plus side a Siberian is one of the best personal trainers you'll ever meet. No matter how tired I am when she flashes those blue eyes at me I can't refuse her a walk. (Thus far she's worked 12 lbs off of me!) Lots of the things people say about Siberians are true - they are stubborn - making them sometimes hard to train, they are diggers, they are destructive when bored, they do wander. All of these things can be worked around. Give your dog an area to dig in, always keep them leased or kenneled (it's not cruel-cruel is letting your dog get hit by a car b/c you let her run loose. We rotate our Siberian's toys. She has 4 sets. One for each week in the month. We rotate them every week. I pick up all the toys she has been playing with and put them away and get out a different set. Each set had between 7-10 different toys. That way she always has variety and doesn't get bored. She is so sweet-she's loving and gentle and intelligent. When you get a Siberian all the bad stuff is just little details. You just need patience. Our Siberian is very good with our cats and we started very early training her not to chase after squirrels and rabbits. Now she just ignores them. We live in Nebraska where the winters are very cold and the summers are very hot. In the summer we always make sure our Siberian has lots of fresh water and a cool place to sleep. We never leave her outside in her kennel all day. On those really blisteing days when it's not even worth moving we buy her a big bag of ice and wrap it in a towel. She'll lay on it in the kitchen the the ice is all melted and there''s water all over the floor. She loves it!”
“I got my Husky when she was five weeks old. I had no idea of what I was getting into. At first she was adorable, sweet and calm. Then she grew up. She shed everywhere and I never succeeded in house training her. She messed in her cage, ate the floor, all of her toys, the cabinets, carpet, walls, the kitchen table, you name it, she ate it. I constantly had bones available to her too. I would walk her to get the energy out, but she was always hyper. Always. My brand new vaccuum would over heat from picking up her hair. When she went into heat, that was a terrible experience too. There was blood everywhere so I had to keep her confined during that time. Don't get me wrong, I loved my dog (her name was Jasmine), she was gentle, loving and we got along very well, but I just had had enough. I took her to the Humane Society and surrendered her to them. Within a week she was adopted, and I often wonder what problems her new family had with her. This might have only been my dog's personality, but I would definatly not recommend this type of dog to first time dog owners.”
“I am still going through puppyhood with my siberian. She is so full of energy, and opinions of her own. I will admitt at first I felt overwhelmed by her. But we soon found a routine that works for us. These dogs are extremely intelligent so if you are looking for an easily trained breed this one is probably not for you. They can learn very fast but she decides what and when she'll do it. I adopted her at 10 weeks. she already mastered playing feach as well she has now taught me how to shake hands, well paws. I would definitely reccomend this breed to people with children. The seem to understand that gentlness is required with little ones. Also if you have other pets sibe's are very easy get along with, even cats. I have three little felines' that just addore my sibe. I spent my whole life being afraid of dogs but this gentle breed has brought me new hope. I have overcome my fear and am now looking at becoming a vets assistent. This breed will strive to be nothing less then your best friend.”
“My Siberian Husky is my best friend. I knew absolutely nothing about the breed when when I got him, and I was quite blown away by all of the warning people do of their negative traits. Let me just say this, these are the smartest dogs you will ever come across. Mine never had to be house trained! The first day I got him, he scratched at the door (and up to then, lived outside for his first 8 weeks). They can do anything they want to. Just love him or her, their deepest desire is to be your #1. Talk to him, let him know how you feel, these dogs can understand you better than most other breeds. The main problem people talk about is the wandering. Yes, I've had my share of that! It makes you feel bad to see other dogs all playing and having fun, and if you let him off the leash to play with them, he'd just tear off away. I live in Boston, and this was the case with me too. But just give him a chance people told me, don't give up. Well, he's a year and a half old now and off the leash! He runs and plays with the other dogs at a park nearby everyday! He is so much happier. You see, they understand what you want them to do, just tell them. When I first moved here, he would tear everything up when left alone, so he had to be left in the kitchen. After a month, I tried again to leave him out. He doesn't touch a thing anymore. And gentle .... great with kids and small dogs (but definately not to include baby ducks, squirls, and mice). This is probably more for those of you out there who are sort of frustrated with your husky, don't give up on him!! Give him a chance, they can change bad habits in a day...they've just got to WANT TO. Ohh yeah, if you're not giving him enough attention/love, give it up. They will find other ways to occupy their time!”
Life will never be the same if you own a Siberian Husky,
“Siberian Huskies are wonderful unique creatures. They each have a unique personality and markings. Available in may different coat colors, eye colors, they are a great family dog. However they will run, they will dig holes in your yard, they will eat your couch, and have to be watched with small animals (i.e., cats). They make wonderful sounds, which your neighbours may not like, are higly adaptable, engertic and mischief. A pleasure to own if you do not mind most of the above and they heavy coat shedding that happens with these wonderful dogs. As a rule and most other owner will tell you, you do not own a Siberian Husky, a Siberian Husky owns you!”
“No matter what time of day or night our Siberian is always willing to play fight with me, though he wearies of our five month old daughter. He likes to mark his territory in the house too much but we just have to live with this - it could be due to poor training.”
“I love Siberirians! I have one, and I must say that it is the joy of my life! She is kind and loving, though she tendes to be a wanderer. She is extremly gentle with children, which is great! She gets along well with my cat, although they do get into an occasional scrap. I love my Husky! My Husky, however, is not exactly well-behaved. She comes when called only half the time. But if given early trainig, Huskies are great pets.”
The prettiest, smartest and most loyal companion you could ever hope to find.
“I have been around dogs all my life,my grand-parents raised Airedales and my parents raised Collies, both great breeds, but not for me. I got my first Sibe for a fourteenth birthday present,for almost the next 15 years we grew and matured together, going on trips across Canada & the States. Once you have owned(more correctly been owned by a Sibe),endured the challenges of training,got over the immediate shock,that they just don't respond like other dogs,you will ultimately fall in love with the breed. I will be the first to caution prospective owners that unless,they have "buckets of quiet patience", lots of time for early puppyhood interaction, and above all else time for exercise, please,please do yourself and the puppy a favor pick a more serene breed (animal shelters across Canada and US are full of Sibes, turned in by people who fell in love with the looks but were not prepared or warned of the challenges). This is a breed that can thrill you with it's intelligence one minute and drive you crazy with it's stubborness the next. After what will seem like a lifetime of disappointments,you will look and find the prettiest, smartest and most loyal companion you could ever hope to find.”
“I was not familiar with the breed before my Sibe came into my life. She came into the Vet clinic I was working at. She was going to be put to sleep. Once I looked into those big, blue eyes I knew she was the one for me. She is an adult dog and my pride and joy. She has been a wonderful dog. She has adapted well to my home, animals, and rules. She is a very well mannered and obedient dog. It has taken time, money, and compassion to get to this point. She is a very loyal dog. She loves to run and test her boundries. If you are looking for a dog and you have a lot of time to dedicate to your new friend, the Sibe is for you. The only downfall she seems to have is the subborn headedness. If you dedicate yourself to your dog, your dog will be dedicated to you.”