Siberian Huskies are gorgeous looking, outgoing, friendly and loyal dogs with a streak of mischief in their personality that is immediately endearing. These are medium sized sled dogs with thick coats and exceptional endurance. They are naturally designed to work in packs and pull loads at great speeds over frozen landscapes.
As family pets, Siberian Huskies are amiable and loyal. Given that they were born to be pack dogs, they get along quite well with other dogs in the household and also do well with young children.
Siberian Huskies have an average height of around 21-24 inches and an average weight of 35-60 pounds, so they are smaller than their cousin, the Alaskan Malamute. The life expectancy of a Siberian Husky is 10-14 years on average. Standard colors in Siberian Huskies are black, white, agouti, tan, brown, gray, red, sable and combinations of these colors. Typical markings are saddle back and piebald.
The Siberian Husky is a robust breed that generally enjoys good health. Breeders of Siberian Huskies should have the sires and dams examined by a canine ophthalmologist for problems such as juvenile cataracts, however.
The good news is that your Siberian Husky will require very little grooming. This is a low doggy odor canine and a self-cleaning breed that only needs a few baths a year. The thick double coat is ideal for cold climates and sheds a couple of times a year. If you love these dogs and live in a warmer place, you might be wondering – Can Husky dogs live in hot weather? Or… Is it cruel to keep a Husky in a hot climate? The answer is that while Siberian Huskies can adapt to any climate, including tropical climates, you will need to take some precautions to keep your Husky healthy if you live in a warmer part of the country.
You should know that Siberian Huskies are an active breed and these dogs need lots of daily exercise. Also, since these dogs were bred to run, they will do so at every opportunity, so it’s important to keep them leashed or in a fenced yard at all times.
Last but not least, a Siberian Husky’s nutrition needs special attention. These dogs need high-quality dog food to keep their coat and skin healthy. You might need to adjust the protein in your Husky’s diet based on activity level. A working Husky will need more protein than a house pet. Also, Siberian Huskies need more protein in the winter than in the summer.