Siberian Husky Breed Information
Siberian Husky History
Siberian Huskies are dogs that come from an ancestor in the Russian region of the Chukchi Peninsula in Siberia with the Chukchi people. Indigenous people to the land they were known to have Siberian Huskies.
Their breed goes so far back that writing systems didn’t exist yet making them an ancient breed. Bones date back to 10,000 plus years in these regions.
From the appearance of the breed most people would assume that they are part, half or full wolf. There is no point in history where these dogs were wolves. They were always a dog but hold some similar characteristics.
Sled dogs from the time they were brought to Alaska to help people carry loads of items. They were giving assistant to population to help them find food and hunt. During times of droughts people had to move from one region to another to find food and the Huskies were a huge help in this accomplishment.
Gaining popularity because of their ability to help humans and their racing abilities while dragging a sled Huskies are a dog with a long rich history. Carries large slabs of meat back to the civilization would have been difficult to do in negative weather for long distances.
First appearing in Asia, Russia and then in Alaska this dog has the coat and ability to survive in any weather condition. They thrive in the cold and can work while the weather is below freezing temperatures.
They had a late recognition to the American and United Kennel clubs in the U.S.A. showing a late appearance to the clubs in the 1930’s.
- American Kennel Club (AKC)
- Canadian Kennel Club (CKC)
- Kennel Club United Kingdom (KC)
- New Zealand Kennel Club (NZKC)
- United Kennel Club (UKC)
From this long and respectable list we can see that the Siberian Husky is a dog that is all around the world touching multiple continents.
They have branched out too many different locations both freezing cold and hot.
Before they were in America, they had a mission is 1925 where they had to bring supplies for Alaska who were in desperate help. They became more famous than ever showing their abilities for a humanitarian effort.
Shortly after, they became a member of the AKC and UKC not even a decade later.
Since then the Huskies have been in many military operations helping out with different causes in freezing cold temperatures where they can make the biggest difference being in their territory.
Male Weight: 35-65 pounds
Female Weight: 30-60 pounds
Male Height: 20-24 inches
Female Height: 19-22 inches
Huskies boast a large selection of acceptable colors and make few rules against what color they can hold. The following colors are acceptable for the breed
- All White
- Black and White
- Grey and White
- Red and White
- Brown and White
- Tan and White
- Cream and White
- Grey and Black
- Tan and Black
- Black, Grey and White
- Black, Tan and White
Different Types of Huskies
The most common Huskies you will find are the Alaskan Husky, Siberian Husky and Alaskan Malamute.
Alaskan Huskies – Have found themselves in many competitions and are world class sled dogs. This style of Husky has no breed standard that is recognized by any kennel club yet. It is hard to find a Husky lover that is unaware of their presence.
Siberian Husky- Another Sled Dog and legend in the Spitz dog category.
Alaskan Malamute – is the large version of all the Huskies. Not only are they known for pulling heavy freight they are noticeably larger than the Siberian. Sitting next to each other and you will notice one is way bigger than the other.
Siberian Husky Price
They are one of the more affordable breeds on the market. You can find a Husky for under $1,000 in most states. The average price hovers around $600 up to $2,000. Find a good breeder and you should be able to get a great companion.
Coming from a cold climate it is natural for this dog to host a double coat for the harsh winters their home countries have. They have an undercoat and an outer coat.
Shedding in different times of the year makes grooming a full-time job for dog owners. You must make sure you are brushing and combing to the skin regardless of coat length.
Brushing the hair during times of shedding will help some of the loose hair release from the body. Combing will have a similar effect on the overall coat during shedding season. At some point in the year they will shed their outer coat.
You don’t need to give the dog a hair cut in any season of the year.
As usual, keep the nails cut, teeth clean and the ears clean year around to complete the grooming service of your dog. If you find this difficult you should consult with a professional and let them do the job.
Husky Life Span
Lifespan is around 12-16 years. You will have a long time to spend with your dog from puppy until old age and passing to the ancestors. Take that time to properly train and exercise them early on and you will have an easy time keeping them their entire life.
Huskies are a generally healthy dog breed that doesn’t have many associations with bad health problems. After getting all their shots in the first year make sure you take them to the vet once per year after that.
Reaching senior ages, you need to take them to the vet twice per year. Health can take a turn for the worst quickly with older dogs and taking them twice a year is good rule of thumb.
One of the tests you should have done is a hip evaluation to make sure they don’t have hip dysplasia. That condition can affect any breed.
Take the time to x-ray them if you find any discomfort when using our exercise program.
The breed group Siberian Huskies are a part of is the Working Group. These group of dogs have a drive to work and have been bred to exhibit certain work capabilities.
Known for their intelligence, work ethic and assistant to their owners these dogs have a strong history of being a man’s best friend.
These are some of the dogs that are members of the working group:
- Bernese Mountain Dog
- Cane Corso
- Caucasian Shepherd Dog
- Doberman Pinscher
- Dogue de Bordeaux
- German Shepherd
- Giant Schnauzer
- Great Pyrenees
Earning their kept as a sled dog that could carry supplies, food, or medicine distances that would be difficult for humans to accomplish. Add the cold weather element and Huskies were not only important as a companion, but to human survival.
Lap dogs may find themselves more popular overall than working dogs the working dog was important to human delivery goods and trading items.
Due to their nature as working dogs and high activity levels you should look to exercise this dog every single day. We use runs a lot when we are looking to lower a dog’s energy so that we can train them.
With a Husky you would look to run them more often regardless of behavior problems. Failure to provide daily exercise and frequent runs can result in unfavorable behavior.
Keeping them with a balance of exercise walks and runs will give you an excellent platform to train them and be the leader of this beautiful dog.
Here is what we would recommend due to the high-level activity from the Husk.
One Hour Run in the morning
One Hour Walk in the evening
And we recommend this at a minimum. All dogs show different activity levels, but I would start here and increase or decrease depending on the situation.
If your dog is always hyper and jumping around engaging in unwanted behavior you should look at increasing. When the dog is calm, sleep all day, and very easy to train you should look at decreasing and see if the same behavior continues with less exercise.
These dogs are social and listen very well. The owner needs to provide an exercise outlet as the beginning of their program. That should be the first thing you do and focus on that at the very beginning.
The next phase of training is to establish rules around the house and in the backyard. Verbally correct any behavior that isn’t consistent with the house rules and use the lightest correction possible if verbal isn’t effective.
Those situations will be few and far between if you are exercising daily, but the day will come that you need to get the dog’s attention at all cost.
Last part of the training is autopilot. You will relax some of the rules because the dogs listen to everything. Never tries to break rules. You must earn this part of the relationship through hard work and putting in the time.
There isn’t a big part of our training program that is passive or waiting on something to magically happen. We teach real strategies, not techniques, that will help you design the life you are looking for with your dog.
Use these resources
- Pack Leader Alpha Dog Training
- The Best Dog Correction Guide
- Dog Exercise Basics for All Breeds
- Top 10 Commands to Teach Your Dog
How cold is too cold for a Husky
Huskies can survive in temperatures of -60 and still be able to function. The way the dog can adapt to cold temperatures is truly remarkable and explains why they were able to survive some of the coldest weather in the world.
Siberian Husky in a Hot Climate
You would want to treat them the same way you treat any dog with a double coat. You want to monitor how hot the summer days will be every day. Once the temperatures start reaching 90 degrees you should think about changing the environment.
Put the dog inside of the house unless it is early in the morning or late at night. Take the proper precautions to avoid your dog having a heat related injury or death.
Double coats can cause them to get hotter than dogs with a short coat. Whether the coat is long, short, double or curly you want to keep them away from hot temperatures.
Are Huskies Part Wolf
There is no physical evidence that a Husky is part wolf. The appearance is what keeps the speculation going but at no time in history have they been called a wolf. They have only been dog’s the entire time.
The debate is interesting, but wolves interact much different than dogs and we see that the Siberian Huskies behavior is exclusively dog like.
Are they good pets?
They are affectionate dogs, that are easy to train, and have decent social skills. Long as they have an owner that is willing to put in the hard work or training and exercising them every single day.
The family will love a calm and loving Husky. The opposite can be true as well. You can have a dog that doesn’t fit with the family and should be “outside” at all times due to lack of training.
The choice is yours but learning the principles to training a dog is simple but not easy.
A great history of helping humans get things done that would be impossible unless you were a dog. They have a position in human history and should held in high regard.
Moving from Russia, Alaska, and to the U.S should have been a seamless transition because all those areas are next to the others.
Taking the training very serious and implementing it from day one should help you avoid mistakes most owners make. If you already have the dog start to exercise and train the dog right now and continue until the dog is behaving right.
You can be great at teaching them basic commands like sit and lay but getting them to behave can only happen with exercise.
Use all the tools available at your disposal and keep trying methods until you find one that works.