The Siberian Husky is a beautiful dog breed popular for its wolfish appearance and striking blue or parti-color eyes. This breed‘s thick double coat protects them from cold as they pull sleds in areas across the Arctic region. It’s not only a stunning breed—it’s intelligent as well. Furthermore, this breed has distinctive genes, and it’s considered one of the ancient dog breeds in the world.
The Husky certainly has the looks to make people want to have one. Are you one of them? Learn more about the Siberian Husky and see if this is the right breed for you.
Siberian Husky Dogs and Puppies
What is a Siberian Husky?
‘Husky’ is actually the corrupted form of ‘esky,’ a term used to call Eskimos.
This dog breed is typically silent, but it can be pretty loud when it howls.
One fascinating feature of a Husky is how it can control its metabolism. It can do vigorous activities for hours, storing away fats at the same time to avoid getting fatigued. It can also burn off the stored fats when needed.
Where does the Siberian Husky come from?
The Siberian Husky originally comes from the Northeastern part of Siberia, Russia. It’s believed the breed was specifically developed by the Chukchi people, an Eskimo tribe mostly living in Northern Siberia. The Chukchi used the Husky as a means of transport and treated the breed like family. The Husky’s gentle behavior towards children is an instilled trait it got from being raised by this hunter-gatherer group.
It was in 1908 when people began to import Siberian Huskies to Alaska. They were used as sled dogs during the Alaskan gold rush.
The Siberian Husky known today have slightly changed from the original Chukchi sled dogs. But many of its ‘wild’ and natural traits remain intact.
What does a Siberian Husky look like?
All it takes is one look for people to see the Siberian Husky is built for power and endurance. A Husky moves about in an elegant and effortless manner. Its stride is swift and light.
Many people find the Siberian Husky stunning with its beautiful, thick fur coupled with a piercing set of (often blue) eyes.
This breed is considered medium-sized. A male Husky stands between 20 to 23.5 inches at the withers and weighs about 45 to 60 pounds. A female Husky meanwhile stands between 20 to 22 inches at the withers and weighs about 35 to 50 pounds.
Breed standards indicate the Siberian Huskies have:
- Blue or brown eyes. Sometimes a Husky has one of each color. The eyes are almond-shaped and have a keen and friendly expression.
- Erect, triangular ears. These are thick and furry.
- Noses in pinkish color for those with white fur, black for those with gray or black fur, and liver for those with reddish fur.
- Deep and strong chests.
- Furry, fox-like tails. When they curl up, their tails can cover their face. Their tails curve up like a sickle when they’re alert
- Furry, well-cushioned paws.
- Thick, double coats. The outer coat is short and straight, while the undercoat is soft and dense. Coat color comes in white, copper, gray, and black. White markings usually appear on the face, legs, paws, and the tip of the tail.
What is the Siberian Husky like?
Siberian Huskies are generally pleasant dogs. They’re friendly to almost everyone, even strangers at times, and are sociable enough to other dogs. They’re especially gentle and tolerant to children as well.
Huskies are intelligent, and can potentially be well-trained. But it can be challenging to train them as they are quite independent and strong-willed. They’re not only smart; they are also energetic and athletic and require vigorous, regular exercise.
Most Huskies get along with other dogs. But they still have a strong prey drive and tend to chase after smaller animals. They’re naturally good escape artists as well, and wouldn’t hesitate to wander off on their own if given the chance. They can jump over fences, dig under them, and slip off collars and leashes.
Cooler places suit them best. After all, their bodies were developed to survive in the Arctic region.
Are Siberian Husky dogs dangerous?
Siberian Huskies aren’t usually dangerous dogs. They’re not exactly known to be aggressive towards humans. Most of the time, they’re loyal to their owners, but wouldn’t hesitate to cuddle with strangers too.
But Huskies can be threatening to smaller animals. Their prey drive is quite high, and would often wander off to chase after small prey. Cats aren’t really safe around unsocialized and untrained Huskies.
Are Siberian Huskies good pets?
Yes, Siberian Huskies can be good pets. They’re pleasant and gentle enough to be around people and other dogs. But they do have some traits that are challenging to deal with. They’re independent and strong-willed, plus they like to wander away on their own. Devotion isn’t exactly their strongest suit. They’re loyal, but they’re not overly eager to please their owners.
Many people take in Huskies because they’re beautiful. Huskies are indeed stunning creatures, but their more ‘natural’ and ‘wild’ traits can be a handful to first-time owners.
How much do Siberian Husky puppies cost?
Siberian Husky puppies can cost around USD $500 to $1,800. Good quality puppies from well-known, registered breeders tend to cost more. Adoption fees meanwhile can cost around $150 to $250.
What does the Siberian Husky eat?
Siberian Huskies can eat both commercial food (dry or wet) and homemade food. They also thrive on raw food like beef, chicken, lamb, and fruits and vegetables. Protein is a very important component of their diet as they’re active dogs. Owners then must ensure protein is highly present in their Huskies’ meal.
Commercial food is convenient—it lasts longer, and it’s relatively cheaper. But some owners find homemade food or even raw food better and healthier for their dogs, especially Huskies.
Owners must avoid giving their Huskies grapes, raisins, prunes, cooked bones, and raisins. Huskies can tolerate dairy products, but it should be given to them moderately.
When does a Siberian Husky stop growing?
There are a lot of factors that influence the growth rate of a Siberian Husky. Some Huskies grow faster, others slower.
Lots of rapid changes occur during a Husky’s first few months, but growth can eventually slow down at 6 to 12 months. It might be able to reach its full height towards the end of its first year or a few months after. A Husky continues to fill out until its about 2 years old. It can be physically, mentally, and emotionally mature by then.
Are Siberian Huskies wolves?
No. Siberian Huskies are not Wolves. It can be easy to assume the breed is a wolf because of its appearance. But Huskies are dogs, and are probably as related to the wolves as Poodles are. It’s possible the wolf and the Husky (as well as other dog breeds, for that matter) share a common ancestor. The Husky just didn’t evolve very much from its primitive appearance because it has to maintain its wolfish qualities for survival in the Arctic region.
Learn more about the Siberian Husky in this Animal Planet video:
Pretty, wolfish, and smart, the Siberian Husky definitely has the traits many people want in a household pet. It’s not exactly a surprise why it’s one of the most popular dog breeds in the U.S. today. This dog might look wolfish, even intimidating, but it’s actually a good-natured, free-spirited breed.
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