The Siberian Husky, also known as Husky, Sibe and Icee, is a well-liked breed of dog that originated in Russia. The breed belongs to the Working group which is notable for their excellent guarding and rescuing abilities. The Sibe has been bred for the purpose of security and other custom work mainly on sled-pulling as well as racing. They are medium in size, and have a medium-length double coat that may be in several color combinations and patterns. These include a mixture of red and white, black and white, gray and white, sable and white, wolf-gray, brown, silver, red-orange with black tips, white, and dark gray. The pie-bald is a very typical coat pattern.
Height and Weight
The male members or the Siberian Husky breed normally stand a height of 21 to 23.5 in at the withers, and weigh 45 to 60 lbs. Bitches, on the other hand, are relatively smaller. They commonly have a height of about 20 to 22 in, and a weight of approximately 35 to 50 lbs.
Siberian Huskies are gentle and loving pets. They are a playful and happy-go-lucky breed that is fond of their family owners. Huskys are keen and docile. They are the relaxed, social, and rather casual. They are also extremely energetic and love to roam. Because they love everyone and bark rarely, the breed usually makes poor watchdogs.
Also referred to as Sibes, they tend to relate well with children and other animals, especially when socialized properly at young age. The breed is also friendly with strangers. They are highly intelligent and quick to learn. They obey easily to the commands of a strong-minded owner who can lead them using a calm but firm approach. Sibes are also quite difficult to housebreak. They like to howl and they tend to get easily bored. Most of the Siberian Huskies do not do well when left alone for an extended time period. To keep them from becoming destructive, owners have to give the Sibe pet with ample mental and physical stimulation.
Grooming the Husky requires a little extra effort. They tend to shed heavily, and need to be brushed a couple of times a week. During the time that the breed sheds heavily, daily brushing has to be done. Nonetheless, because Sibes rarely have heavy odors; bathing can be carried out infrequently.
Siberian Huskys are basically healthy. They tend to have long lives and their average lifespan is 12 to 15 years. Like any other breed, Huskys are also prone to a few health problems. These include eye problems such as cataracts and corneal dystrophy, hip dysplasia, obesity, ectopy, and canine thyroid disorders.
Because of the breed’s friendliness, most Siberian Huskies thrive in almost any kind of household. Although they are not recommended for apartment-living, they can still live in that dwelling provided that the pet gets proper training and plenty of exercise. Sibes tend to be extremely active indoors, and will do best in areas with fenced spacious yards. Due to their heavy coats, Sibes favor cool climates. They also prefer living in packs. A fair amount of regular exercise is necessary for Siberian Huskies. Walks and jogs performed every day can be great for them. Moderation, however, has to be done especially during warm weather.