Siberian Husky Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Siberian Husky so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginRussia flagRussia
Other Names
What other names does the Siberian Husky have?
ChukshaHuskyIceeSibeChukcha
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

Siberian Husky Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Siberian Husky puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? How much money is a Siberian Husky?
$700-$1200
If you choose to purchase the Siberian Husky, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Siberian Husky for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Siberian Husky gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Siberian Husky? How many Siberian Husky are there in the world?
Very frequent: The Siberian Husky is quite easy to get. There is a risk of overbreeding, as it is an extremely popular breed.

Inbreeding is common because of its popularity. A new study suggests that inbreeding contributes to the incidence of disease and health problems.

So be careful, buy from a trustworthy place or kennel and seek the help of an experienced person, a professional, to make the right decision.

Siberian Husky Size

Size
Is a Siberian Husky small, medium or large dog?

How big do Siberian Husky get?

Medium
Weight
How much does the Siberian Husky weigh? How much should the Siberian Husky breed weight? What is the normal weight of a Siberian Husky?
Male: 45–60 pounds (20–27 kg), Female: 35–50 pounds (16–23 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Siberian Husky?
Male: 45–60 pounds (20–27 kg), Female: 35–50 pounds (16–23 kg)
Height
How tall is the Siberian Husky? Siberian Husky height:
Male: 21–24 inches (53–61 cm), Female: 20–22 inches (51–56 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Siberian Husky?
Male: 21–24 inches (53–61 cm), Female: 20–22 inches (51–56 cm)

Siberian Husky Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Siberian Husky have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
Fluffy
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Siberian Husky's coat?
Agouti WhiteGraySableRedBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Siberian Husky and how often?
Average: The Siberian Husky requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential.

Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections.

Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes.

Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath.

If you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of your Siberian Husky, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment.

Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk-in dog bath places nearby.

Shedding Level
How much do Siberian Husky dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Chuksha?
Siberian Huskys shed above average. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. The amount and frequency of hair loss mostly depend on their health status and breed type. If you don't like vacuum cleaning, you might have to reconsider your choice of having a puppy from the Siberian Husky breed.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Siberian Husky need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Siberian Husky every day?
3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds. While a good bath every now and then is a great way to keep your buddy from becoming overly smelly, be mindful about overbathing.

Bathing will wash away your dog’s natural oils, while a simple brushing every few days should keep them clean.

Siberian Husky Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Siberian Husky have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
AlertGentleOutgoingFriendlyIntelligent
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Siberian Husky? Is the Siberian Husky breed dumb or smart?
Average: It takes patience to teach this breed any tricks or commands, but the effort is worth it. They understand and remember new commands after an average of 25-40 repetitions.

The Siberian Husky ranks average in the intelligence ranking of dogs.

Trainability
Are Siberian Husky dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Siberian Huskys are hard to train. They don't really get the association between commands and actions. If you want them to obey, you should be very consistent and patient while teaching.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Siberian Husky is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Siberian Husky sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Siberian Huskys don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits really well.

They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is a Siberian Husky a good family dog?
High: Siberian Huskys are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Chuksha need? Siberian Husky social needs:
Siberian Huskys need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Barking
Do Siberian Husky dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Chuksha bark?
Average: The Siberian Husky barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and the same barks could have different meanings.

Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.

Watchdog Ability
Is Siberian Husky good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Siberian Huskys are not the best choice if you want a good watchdog. They aren't territorial and protective about their property, so they won't alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Siberian Husky dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Siberian Huskys can't provide protection for their territory. It's better to leave them out of the duty of protecting your valuables and property.
Biting Potential
Do Siberian Husky bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Chuksha? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Siberian Husky? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Siberian Husky has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Siberian Husky has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Siberian Husky? How much bite force does a Siberian Husky have?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Siberian Husky bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI.

The Siberian Husky, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained.

However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.

Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Siberian Husky do?
Siberian Huskys have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Siberian Huskys need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Siberian Husky to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Siberian Husky roam?
Siberian Huskys have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command. This breed is also able to cause damage to your fence.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Siberian Husky have high prey drive?
Siberian Huskys have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Is Siberian Husky good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
It is not recommended to keep the Siberian Husky breed in the home. It does best in the garden, but if you do want to keep it indoors, it should be exercised thoroughly with long daily walks, so you can keep the Siberian Husky indoors by introducing daily routines.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Siberian Huskys adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can a Siberian Husky be left alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.

Siberian Husky Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Siberian Husky temperament with other people:
Siberian Huskys are average friendly towards strangers.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Siberian Husky dogs get along with other pets? Are Siberian Husky dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Siberian Huskys do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Child Friendly
Are Siberian Husky dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Siberian Husky temperament with children:
Siberian Huskys are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Siberian Husky dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Siberian Husky breed live with a cat?
Siberian Huskys are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Siberian Husky good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Siberian Husky dogs get along with other dogs?
Siberian Huskys are very dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Siberian Husky can be a great choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Siberian Husky breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Siberian Husky breed suitable for first-time owners?
No
Siberian Huskys are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Office Friendly
Are Siberian Huskys good office dogs? Do Siberian Huskys make good office friendly dogs? Can Siberian Huskys be office dogs?
No
Siberian Husky is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Siberian Husky dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Chuksha temperament with senior people? Are Siberian Husky dogs good for elderly owners?
Siberian Huskys are usually recommended for elderly people.

Siberian Husky Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Siberian Husky dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
The Siberian Husky is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Siberian Husky breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Siberian Husky breed? Most common health risks of Siberian Husky:
CataractsCorneal DystrophyProgressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Siberian Husky breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Siberian Husky see the vet?
Average
The Siberian Husky should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Siberian Husky dogs live? How old can a Siberian Husky be? What is the age limit of the Siberian Husky? How many years can the oldest Siberian Husky live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Siberian Husky?

12-14 years
The average lifespan of Siberian Husky: 13 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Siberian Husky breed hypoallergenic?
No
Siberian Huskys don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Siberian Husky have? What is the activity level of the Siberian Husky?
Siberian Huskys are high-energy dogs. An active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does a Siberian Husky need? How much exercise do Siberian Husky dogs require per day?
Siberian Huskys need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Siberian Husky breed need?
Siberian Huskys don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does a Siberian Husky need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Siberian Husky breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Siberian Husky? How much food should I feed my Siberian Husky?
Recommended daily amount: 2.5 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Siberian Husky risk for obesity:
Low to Average: The Siberian Husky has a low to the average risk for obesity. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding.

If you notice any weight change, consult your veterinarian to make a meal plan, and measure the Siberian Husky's weight regularly.

Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers cold weather
The Siberian Husky can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog. Dogs can suffer from frostbite and hypothermia in extremely cold weather, so it is important to take precautions to keep your dog safe and comfortable during the winter months.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Low 🔽

The Siberian Husky has a low chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Siberian Husky drool?
The Siberian Husky is an average drooler. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Siberian Husky As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Siberian Husky be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Siberian Husky is not the best breed for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Siberian Husky be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Siberian Husky be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Siberian Husky is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Siberian Husky be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.

Siberian Husky is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Siberian Husky be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Siberian Husky is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Siberian Husky be a boat dog?

Not really

Siberian Husky breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Siberian Husky be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.

Siberian Husky is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Siberian Husky dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Yes

In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dogs. A combat dog is a specially trained dog that is used in warfare to help protect military personnel and assets. Combat dogs are often deployed in areas where there is potential for contact with the enemy, such as during raids or search operations. Combat dogs are typically assigned to either infantry or special operations units. They are used for a variety of tasks including area security, sentry duty, trackers, and explosive detection. In addition to their combat roles, combat dogs also play an important role in troop morale by providing companionship and emotional support.

Siberian Husky Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a Siberian Husky pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Siberian Husky breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Siberian Husky: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.

During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.

The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.

The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.

The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.

The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.

Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Siberian Husky have in a litter? How many puppies can the Siberian Husky breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Siberian Husky have? How many puppies can a Siberian Husky give birth to?
4-8 puppies

Siberian Husky Recognition

AKC Group
Is Siberian Husky recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1930 as a Working breed.
FCI Group
Is Siberian Husky recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Nordic Sledge Dogs section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Siberian Husky breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerican Kennel ClubAmerica's Pet RegistryCanadian Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleKennel Club of Great BritainNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.Australian National Kennel CouncilContinental Kennel ClubNational Kennel ClubNew Zealand Kennel ClubUnited Kennel Club

Siberian Husky Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Stinkiness: The Siberian Husky has a low chance of bad smell.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Low to Average: The Siberian Husky has a low to the average risk for obesity.
  • Adaptability: Siberian Huskys adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Siberian Huskys are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Siberian Huskys are very dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Siberian Huskys are usually recommended for elderly people.
Cons
  • Trainability: Siberian Huskys are hard to train.
  • Hypoallergenic: Siberian Huskys don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: It is not recommended to keep the Siberian Husky breed in the home.
  • Shedding Level: Siberian Huskys shed above average.
  • Watchdog Ability: Siberian Huskys are not the best choice if you want a good watchdog.
  • Mouthiness: Siberian Huskys have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Siberian Huskys have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
  • Cat Friendly: Siberian Huskys are not cat-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Siberian Husky is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Siberian Huskys are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

Siberian Husky History

The Siberian Husky’s compact body, erect ears, thick, sickle-shaped tail, and well-furred coat immediately suggest the breed’s northern origin. The Husky is believed to have originated from the Chukchi tribes of Siberian nomads. The breed’s exact history is relatively unknown, however, DNA results confirmed that they are among the oldest dog breeds in the world. Some experts presume, that the changing climatic conditions forced the semi-nomadic Chukchi tribes to expand their hunting territories or perish, so they rose to the challenge by creating a sled dog capable of hauling light loads over vast expanses of frozen wastelands in sub-zero temperatures in extreme conditions, with a minimal expenditure of energy. Siberian Huskies were bred to need minimal food to survive. This still applies even today, so the Siberian Husky does not need a high level of calorie intake per day. Thus, it is safe to state that the Chukchi people kept the breed both as a working and a companion dog because, during some excavations, archaeologists found out that Huskies often slept with the children and provided warm comfortable beds for them.

In 1908, the Siberian Husky was imported to Alaska and was used as a sled dog during the period of the gold rush. Records stated that the last Siberian Husky was exported from Siberia in 1930 when the borders were closed by the Soviet government, yet the breed continued to thrive and gain more popularity in the northern parts of America. Even though the dogs changed slightly from their Siberian ancestors, in other words, the Chukchi Sled Dog, they still maintain most of the physical capabilities and behavioral qualities of their predecessors.

Siberian Huskies gained the most attention when they began winning sled races in the early 1990s. The breed was used in the All-Alaska Sweepstakes, which is a 408 miles long dogsled race. However, in 1925, the dogs made the headlines when a legendary musher Leonhard Seppala led a relay of Siberian Huskies for 658 miles in only five and a half days, in sub-zero temperature, to rush lifesaving medicines and serums to the remote, isolated village of Nome in Alaska, where a diphtheria epidemic had broken out. The thrilling so-called, “serum run” was reported in newspapers all around the world, which won the Huskies immense popularity in a blink of an eye. A dog named Balto was Seppala’s lead dog on the final leg of the journey, and he remains one of the most honored dogs in history, even a statue stands in Central Park for him. After that, during the Second World War, Huskies served valiantly in the Army’s Arctic Search & Rescue Unit of the Air Transport, and also in the Byrd Antarctic expeditions.

In 1930, the Siberian Husky got recognized by the AKC (American Kennel Club), and nine years later, in 1939, the Siberian Club of America was founded. Nowadays, the breed remained close to its original purpose, they continue to be an active competitor in the Sweepstakes.

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Siberian Husky Comments, Reviews and Questions

  • Nia

    Feb 25, 2022, 6:47:49 AM:

  • desmond

    Mar 12, 2021, 4:36:54 PM:

    Playful puppy. This dog is very friendly and cute. Because the Husky is energetic, say no running in the hall

  • David

    Dec 7, 2019, 2:15:03 PM:

    AS stated this dog is not for a first time owner. If you let the dog get the best of you its game on. Owner must be the mommy or alpha. There is no in between. Great dog.Can't ask for a better pack buddy..

  • Přemek

    Aug 10, 2019, 12:31:16 PM:

    So cute