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Siberian Husky

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Physical Characteristics

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Breed Group:

The Siberian Husky is a member of the Working Group.


Male: 45-60 lb.; female: 35-50 lb.


Male: 21-23.5 inches; female 20-22 inches


The coat may be of all colors from black to white. The head may show a variety of markings.


The Siberian Husky sports a medium length double coat with a furred look. The soft, dense undercoat is oily and woolly. The coarse outer coat is straight and smooth lying.



The independent and outgoing Husky loves adventure. This dog wears a keen and friendly expression. Mature dogs give an impression of reserve and dignity.

Country of Origin:

Russia (Siberia)


In the East Siberian peninsula the Chukchi people developed this breed that has roots in the Spitz. They needed a dog with great endurance and ability to travel long distances with a light load. As working dogs, the Siberian Huskies pulled sleds, herded reindeer and performed watchdog duties. During the Alaska Gold Rush, sleddog racing provided entertainment. The Husky captured many racing titles. During a diphtheria outbreak in 1925, a team of Huskies participated in a 340-mile “Serum Run” to deliver life-saving serum to Nome. These Huskies saved the town. During World War II, this breed served in the US Army’s Search and Rescue teams. They also participated in the Byrd Antarctic Expeditions.


Arctic Husky, Chukcha, Chuksha, Keshia. Nicknames: Husky, Siberian, Sibe.


Although gentle and responsive, this breed is also stubborn. The Siberian Husky is very sociable and loves human and animal companionship.



Provide persistent and patient training. With their strong will, they are challenging to train. Socialize with other pets when young. Housebreaking may be difficult with some dogs.


Be prepared to provide plenty of daily exercise. This breed likes to roam and explore. The Siberian Husky loves to run for miles. Activities can include a long jog or run off-leash in an enclosed area. This dog also enjoys pulling, carting and sled racing.


Only experienced dog owners should consider this breed. Siberian Huskies like to divide their time between indoors and outdoors in the company of humans and dogs. Another Husky makes a great companion. This cold weather dog needs shade and air conditioning during warm weather. With some dogs having a strong prey drive, they might chase and attack animals as large as a deer. Reports also include some aggression to humans. Be aware this breed may chew, dig, or howl communally.


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