Also Known As:
Blue-Eyed Beauty, White Wolf, Born to Run, Houdini Dog
Area of Origin:
Agreeable, Out-going, Hard-Working, Curious
Alaskan Malamute, Norwegian Elkhound, Norwegian Buhund, American Eskimo Dog, Samoyed
Best Breeds For:
Joggers or families with kids. They’re born pack dogs who like to be a part of the family and they have a true joy of running (just not in hot weather).
They’re smart and respond great to positive training like clicker training, but need a consistent and confident trainer.
A house with a super secure fenced-in area or a nearby dog park for them to run freely is best.
The Siberian Husky was the sled dog of the semi-nomadic Chukchi people in northeastern Asia. When the Chukchi had to expand their hunting area, they bred a sled dog who could help them travel long distances through the snow. The breed became famous after the heroic “serum run” of 1925, when a sled dog team brought diphtheria antitoxin on a life-saving thousand mile journey across Alaska to save the children of Nome.
Good To Know
Compared to other breeds their size, Huskies eat relatively little. That’s because they were bred to be super efficient sled dogs who could travel long distances without needing to bring along a lot of food. If you live in a warm-weather climate, schedule walks for early morning or night when the weather is cooler. (You wouldn’t do so well running in the middle of the day in 90 degrees in a heavy coat, either.) If you’re outside for a longer period of time in warm weather with your Husky (such as at a picnic), make sure the dog has enough shade and water. It’s not recommended to shave your Husky. Its coat helps regulate its temperature. Plus the haircut puts them at risk for sunburn.
Huskies are curious by nature and are prone to running away. To contain the escape artist that is the Siberian Husky, you should keep them on leash if you’re in an area that is not secure. If you let them run loose, make sure it is in an area with a fence that is at least six feet high. If the fence isn’t built on concrete, it should have underground reinforcements.
Health & Care
Height: 20” to 23” at the shoulder
Weight: 35 to 60 pounds
Lifespan: 12 to 15 years
Prone to: Hip dysplasia and eye disease, but most are healthy dogs. They’re able to maintain a healthy weight on less food than most dogs their size. Feed your pup a high-quality, protein-based food and watch out for weight gain.
Grooming: Siberian Huskies are fastidiously clean dogs who groom themselves much like cats do. This means they don’t smell and rarely need a bath. For most of the year they don’t shed much and only need a weekly brushing, but twice a year they blow their coats and shed a lot. You can keep up with the shedding by brushing your Husky daily during those shedding seasons.
The Siberian Husky is a stunning wolf-like dog, whose eyes can be a piercing bright blue. They’re gorgeous, but they’re also working dogs who love to be with their families. First bred as sled dogs who could endure long journeys through the tundra, they have a thick double coat, a willingness to work and a love of running. Their high energy, intelligence and friendly nature also make them great therapy dogs.
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