Dog breed info
Siberian Husky "Sibe" "Sibes"
Weight: 35 — 60 lbs
Height: 20” — 23”
AKC Rank 2008 #23
Lifespan: 11—13 yrs
Origin Russia (Siberia)
Dog Breed Info - The Siberian Husky
Doing what Sibe Huskies do best - Mushing!
Original function: Sled pulling, sled racing. Today, sled pulling, Companion. Colors, all from black to white.
The Chukchi people of northeast Asia developed the breed now known as the Siberien Husky. The Husky comes from spitz background. It evolved over hundreds of years as a sled dog for nomadic people. In 1925 the Huskies acquired their greatest acclaim. Teams of Huskies raced 340 miles with life-saving serum for diphtheria stricken Nome and were credited with saving the town. The first Siberian Huskies came to Canada, and then the United States, around this time. The AKC recognized the breed in 1930.
During WWII, many Siberian Huskies served in the US Army rescue teams, and thus captured the public's admiration. The Sibe remains popular in America.
"How To Train Your Siberian Husky" is a short 96 page hardcover book that sheds light on getting the dog and what to expect next. The book has some very favorable 5-star customer reviews. Read all the reviews by clicking on the book cover or link below and scroll down Amazon's page a bit. This whole series of "How-To's" have been best sellers.
How to Train Your Siberian Husky (Tr-105)
Intelligent and trainable. Some can be difficult to work with but clicker training works best. Take your time. Be persistent and repetitive.
Want to crate train your Siberian Husky puppy? It's easy and if you're interested, take a look and you'll see what to do. Crate training your puppy will save many headaches and problems.
Some Siberian Husky puppies are difficult to house train, potty train, toilet train, housebreak or whatever you want to call it. If you have a puppy, decide if you want to crate or paper potty train it. For the best results, we have a page at Crate vs Paper Potty Training which will help you decide and from there you can get all the information you need to get the job done. Always praise the pup profusely when she goes potty in the RIGHT PLACE so she knows she has done a good thing. Either method will work for this breed.
If you have an older dog, take the dog outside every two hours until she gets the idea which door leads to her potty area. Older dogs catch on to the potty or housebreaking pretty fast once they are shown what to do.
Fun loving, adventurous, alert, loyal, independent, stubborn, agile, mischievous, and obstinate all describe the Siberian Husky.
Sibes can be aggressive toward strange dogs, but they are generally good toward other household dogs. In fact, this is a very special dog that must have plenty of human or canine contact. It may chase strange cats or livestock. Some dig and chew. The Sibe can display separation anxiety, a condition where the dog feels abandoned by his "pack" when left alone. This can be dealt with by investing some time and effort.
This is an active dog, bred to run tirelessly for many miles at a stretch.
Friendly Toward Other Dogs
Moderately good with other dogs. The Husky is sometimes aggressive but gets along with just about everything.
Friendly Toward Other Pets
Moderately friendly with pets. Introduce the Husky on common ground if possible. As long as he gets his exercise, the Siberian Husky will blend in with your other dog and cats.
Friendly Toward Strangers
Very friendly toward people. This is a loving dog!
Highly affectionate, loyal.
Good with children?
Yes. This is a family oriented companion dog.
Good with Seniors over 65?
No. Needs too much exercise.
A Siberian needs ample yard space to play and romp and chase balls. A yard 30 feet by 100 feet would be nice for a good game of fetch. However, giving a dog yard space doesn't mean he'll get exercise, as he will usually go into the yard and just take a nap. YOU have to go out and play ball or otherwise exercise with the dog!
He also needs a cool to cold climate.
Exercise needs, daily
The Sibe needs lots of exercise. They were bred to exert tremendous energy pulling sleds long distances. The Siberian Husky needs long walks and play in a large fenced yard.
This dog needs to go JOGGING off-leash every day to satisfy his mental and physical needs.
Fairly good. Will generally alert you.
Not so good. Likes people too much. Too friendly.
Yes. In the spring.
High. Brush the Husky coat daily to remove unwanted fur from his heavy coat and stimulate circulation. This will take time but it must be done. Your dog will appreciate the extra attention.
Suggested Reading For The Siberian Husky
Click on the cover photo for more book information.
- The four books on top are owners guides for training your Side, caring for and living with him. Click on the books and scroll down about 7 inches, as a few of the books have editorial reviews.
- Book on bottom row left teaches "How To Play With Your Dog" as well as when and where. It's training not normality thought of.
- The book in the center, bottom row id "50 Games To Play With Your Dog" which as the name suggests, will give you a variety of things for your Sibe to learn and perform. It's a break from the everyday "sit-stay-come" routine.
- The last book at the lower right is by the American National; Red Cross and deals with dog emergencies, illnesses and injuries. It's a valuable reference manual for all dog owners to keep handy. You get Vol 2, 2008 and includes a DVD.
Siberian Husky Breeders
In the event you decide to go looking for Siberian Husky puppies, be SURE to find reputable breeders that really know what they are doing. Be sure the puppy has been well socialized and started in obedience training.
Siberian Husky Breeders with puppies for sale.
Siberian Husky Rescue
In the event you are seriously considering the adoption of a Sibe and are looking for a Siberian Husky rescue group or groups in your state, here are several links that might help:
Petfinder - Siberian Husky Rescue - (Nationwide) If you do find one to adopt, try to locate any dog health records for possible future reference.
Adopt A Pet This is an interesting site that may give you some ideas. Check your papers for Siberian Husky Rescue and also local kennels and breed rescue groups.
Dog Health Issues For The Siberian Husky
Below: The dog illness / illnesses or medical problems listed for the Siberian Husky by various vets.
This is basically a healthy breed. Don’t let the list below scare you! Your own dog will probably never have ANY of these problems. These are the dog illness and medical problems this breed is prone to that have been listed by various veterinarians at different times over the past decade or so. Some pertain to puppies and very young dogs that a reputable breeder would deal with.
The information contained herein has been gathered from books by veterinarians and is intended as general information only. Every dog and situation is different. You must see your vet. Our information is for general interest only and not intended to replace the advice provided by your own veterinarian.
- Degenerative myelopathy—Is common to German Shepherds, Siberian Husky's and Welsh Corgis. There is no cure for this chronic disease that destroys the sheathing around the dog’s lower spinal column. This forces a loss of sensation and the use of the hind legs. There are some treatments for this crippling problem, but no cure.
- Laryngeal paresis— A paralysis of the larynx. Found in middle aged and older, larger dogs like Labs and St. Bernard's, Siberian Husky and Retrievers. It’s a malfunction or weakness of the muscles of the larynx or the controlling nerves. The larynx does not function properly causing difficulty breathing. This can also be caused by an injury to the larynx, illness and other factors. If you notice a change in voice, trouble breathing, coughing, gagging, fainting or any other odd symptom, get to the vet right away.
- Hip dysplasia - Hind end limping, back leg acts lame. Wear and time causes the femur to fit poorly into the pelvic socket with improper rotation causing great pain, lameness and difficulty walking for the Sibe. You may notice the dog “hopping”” like a rabbit when running plus hesitating to climb stairs, all due to pain in the hind quarters. The problem actually starts as a very young puppy with an abnormal formation of the hip joint and grows progressively. A vet can locate this with a diagnostics test.
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy—An inherited, untreatable disease of the retina affecting both eyes causing blindness. It’s in the genes of the dog and is not painful. Starts with night blindness and progresses as the retina gradually deteriorates.
- Dermoid sinus—Hereditary—An infection and inflammation noticed at birth in the sinus or tubes running along the spine from the rear end to the neck. These are a thick-walled tubes with skin cells, fiber tissue, hair and oils. When the sinus becomes infected with bacteria and inflamed, it can cause swelling and infection in the spinal cord which causes encephalitis and abscesses.. Surgery is the remedy.
- Nasal solar dermatitis—Hereditary immune diseasese. The skin of the face and nose are involved… it is called “Collie Nose” though many breeds have it. There will be rough, scaly skin or ulceration where the nose and skin meet, also, a loss of color on the nose. Sores may be on the skin at the nose. The disease is not a killer but is not easy to look at. If too much sunlight hits the nose area, cancer may develop. That area will sunburn easily. Treatment includes no sunlight or use sunscreen, corticosteroids in cream form, medicine as pills, injections and a vitamin E supplement.
- Entropion—Eye irritation caused by the eyelids and lashes rolling inward. The problem is usually inherited and found in young, adult dogs. It can come from an eyelid spasm. Affected eyes will be held partially shut and tear excessively. Both eyes will usually be affected the same. Treatment for the condition requires eye surgery.
- Cataracts—Hazy vision as found in humans and can cause blindness if not treated.
- Glaucoma - Painful pressure builds in the eye and eventually causes total blindness.
- Corneal Dystrophy—An inherited disease of the eye. A fluid buildup causing the outer part of the cornea to appear white and move inward toward the center. A very painful and difficult to treat ulcer will develop.
- Hypothyroidism—An underactive thyroid gland produces too little thyroid hormone which reduces the dog's metabolism level. Hypothyroidism stems from the dog’s immune system attacking the tissues of the thyroid gland. Bottom line is the dog becomes symptomatic. The cause can be a predisposition for thyroid problems, air pollution and allergies. A FEW symptoms of the disorder include lethargy, weight gain, skin infections, dry skin, hair loss, slow heart rate, ear infections, depression. See your set right away.
- Perianal gland fistulas—Abnormal openings or tumors around the dog's anal area. These tumors quickly get badly infected and are painful. The dog may “scoot” on his rear end and a foul odor may be omitted. This is a SERIOUS disease. Early detection and treatment is vital.
- Zinc responsive dermatosis - The Siberian Husky tends to run short on zinc in the body. This can show up around 1 to 3 years of age. Look for hair loss and crusting around the mouth, eyes, ears and genital areas. See your vet.
- Nasal depigmentation - "Pink nose." Cause unknown. The nose and sometimes other areas like around the eyelids turn from normal black to a pinkish color. There are many theories but no answers. It can affect Siberian Huskies. Use protective sun screen cream on the nose and keep the dog out of the direct sun if you can.
Other problems could occur with your Siberian Husky. If you notice any problems with your dog, take it to the vet immediately. This website is for general information only and is not intended to, in any way, be a medical guide.
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