Siberian Husky Dog Naturally Friendly and Gentle in Temperament

A family loving, reliable and powerful sled dog.

Breed History:

 Siberian Husky picture Many centuries ago, this breed was developed by an inland, semi-nomadic tribe, the Chukchi, living in the Siberian arctic, North Eastern Russia. The women did selective breeding using only the best specimens. Because of natural isolation, the breed bred true. They needed to be family dogs, friendly with people, especially children, but capable of pulling a moderately loaded sled over incredible distances to ocean hunting grounds and back on little food. The Chukchi people maintained the purity of the breed throughout the 19th century.
About 1900, Alaskans discovered this marvelous sled dog with superior temperament, stamina and speed. Dogs were acquired by fur traders and mushers. Soon, the Chukchi Husky dogs were winning the sled dog races. A Norwegian, Leonhard Seppala won the prestigious All-Alaska Sweeps three years running, and other notable races, making the Chukchi breed renowned. Heroically, he and others rushed life saving serum by dog sled, 340 miles to Nome, in the winter of 1925, averting a devastating diphtheria epidemic. A Siberian Husky dog statue stands in Central Park, New York, honoring that event. Upon emigrating to the US, Seppala brought his Huskies and they contributed to the breeding programs in both the US and Canada. As the fame of the Chukchi Husky dog spread, its name was eventually changed to Siberian Husky. The AKC recognized it in 1930, the CKC in 1939.
Dogs:  21 - 23½ in. (53 - 60 cm) at withers.
Weight:  45 - 60 lb. (20 - 27 kg).
Bitches:  20 - 22 in. (51 - 56 cm) at withers.
Weight:  34 - 50 lb. (15 - 23 kg).
Activity Level:  Moderately high.
Affection Level:  Very affectionate.
Playfulness:  Very playful.
Grooming:   Needs brushing 3 times a week.
Trainability:  Low.
With Other Dogs:  Quite friendly.
With Other Pets:  Quite friendly.
With strangers:  Excellent.
With children:  Excellent.
Protection:  Not good.
Watchdog:  Quite good.
Other Names:  Arctic Husky.
Life Expectancy: 11 - 13 years.

Siberian Husky Appearance:

 The Husky dog, a gracefully built medium size dog, varies from rather compact, to fairly rangy, well muscled, and without excess weight. Each Husky has unique coloring, and no two coats are alike. Its soft dense coat sheds considerably and therefore needs grooming about three times a week. Its eyes have a keen and friendly expression. It is intelligent, alert and outgoing, and just like its ancestors, excellent with children, not aggressive with other dogs. They are very affectionate and playful, but can be stubborn and are not considered to be highly trainable. A Siberian Husky dog needs lots of exercise, and would wander if not fenced it. A Siberian Husky puppy makes a good family addition.

Siberian Husky Temperament:

  There are many adjectives to describe the Siberian Husky dog such as, outgoing, venturesome, watchful, liberated, knowing, determined, playful, and persistent. The breed loves to run and will roam if given the chance. It may be hostile toward strange dogs, but it is usually good with other family dogs. In fact, it is a very social dog that must have human or canine comradeship. It may harass strange cats or livestock. Some howl. Some dig and chew things they shouln’t.

Finding other breeders:

Want more information on the Siberian Husky dog and Siberian Husky breeders who have a Siberian Husky puppy for sale?  See the breeders. If none, see the Canadian Husky dog club, or Husky rescue, Siberian Husky rescue. See also thhe US Husky dog club, or Husky rescue to get advice on other breeder whereabouts.

Siberian Husky Health Issues:

Siberian Husky main worries:   None.
Minor concerns:   PRA; (Progressive Retinal Atrophy.)   Cataracts; (same as in humans.).   Corneal dystrophy; (Corneal dystrophy is an inherited irregularity that affects one or more layers of the cornea. Both eyes are usually affected.).   Hypothyroidism; (Hypothyroidism is an endocrine disorder that commonly affects dogs. In fact, hypothyroidism is the hormonal disorder most frequently experienced by canines. This disorder affects a dog's entire body and can significantly detract from you pet's happiness and enjoyment of life. This disorder can also lead to additional medical problems, compounding your pet's ill health and discomfort. The good news regarding canine hypothyroidism is that it's relatively easy to treat.)
Sometimes seen:   CHD; (Canine Hip Dysplasia)

Siberian Husky Suggested Tests:

All breeding stock should be tested, prior to breeding, for the following:
Eyes, thyroid, hips.