All About Siberian Huskies
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The Siberian Husky is considered a MEDIUM dog based on the average height and weight.
Males – Height: 21 to 23.5 inches.
Weight: 45 to 60 pounds.
Females – Height: 20 to 22 inches.
Weight: 35 to 50 pounds.
Siberian Huskies are commonly black, gray, tan, sable, red, white and copper. They typically have a number of colored markings on their heads.
Siberian Huskies are outgoing and generally agreeable, though they can be aggressive toward smaller animals. They have a strong work ethic, but they can also be stubborn. They crave companionship, whether of humans or other canines, and make good therapy dogs.
Able sled dogs, Siberian Huskies have incredible endurance and can run for miles without tiring. They need a large amount of daily exercise, and they enjoy pulling things for their owners. They are also very quick.
- Siberian Huskies have a double coat, with straight hair on top and a soft, very dense undercoat designed to keep them warm in cold weather.
- As a medium maintenance breed, they require a weekly brushing.
- They are slightly longer than they are tall, with a long stride and strong drive.
11 to 13 years
The most common health concerns for Siberian Huskies are seizures, cataracts and progressive retinal atrophy. Distichiasis and glaucoma are less common but still occur within the breed, while canine hip dysplasia is seen occasionally.
Siberian Huskies have a high tolerance for cold climates and a low tolerance for hot climates.
Siberian Huskies are very playful and affectionate, good qualities for families with kids. But they are also predators, and so they should be supervised around young children and small household pets. They are friendly toward other dogs.
- Siberian Huskies originated in the Siberian peninsula with the Chukchi Tribe.
- When an outbreak of diphtheria hit Nome, Alaska in 1925, there was no easy way to get the serum needed to protect the remote town’s residents. Siberian Huskies were used to pull sleds in a famed relay that eventually delivered the necessary antitoxins to Nome.
- The breed served in the U.S. Arctic Search & Rescue Unit of the Air Transport Command during World War II.