This outgoing breed is a pack dog. He enjoys family life and gets along well with other dogs. They are a friendly, medium-sized dog with a lot of energy.
Everything You Need To Know About The Siberian Husky:
1. Size Of Dog
A male Siberian Husky is 21-23.5 inches tall while a female ranges from 20-22 inches in height. The female weighs from 35-50 pounds where a male can be up to 60 pounds.
The Siberian Husky has a thick coat. He is a compact sled dog, medium in size and high in endurance.
2. Exercise Requirements
Being able to exercise regularly is important for a dog’s physical and mental health. Siberian Huskies were bred to run and since they are a working breed, like having a job to do. Doing activities with a Siberian Husky is important. It will increase the physical and emotional bond between you and your pet and ensure that he is physically and mentally stimulated.
Because the Siberian Husky likes to run, it is essential that he be walked on a leash or with a harness. If he is not on leash or harness, he needs to be in an enclosed area from which he can’t escape.
Your Siberian would benefit from exercise in activities such as rally, agility, and obedience. Keeping a Siberian active and stimulated makes for a happy companion.
3. Feeding Your Siberian Husky
Giving your Siberian Husky a high-quality food will help to maintain the health of his skin and coat. The amount of protein he will require depends on his activity level. More active Siberians will require a higher amount of protein.
The diet can be adjusted to suit the activity level at different times of year. In the summer, less protein will be needed than in the winter when the dog may be working. When Siberians are working in a harness in the winter months, more protein will be required. Each Siberian should be watched, so individual diets can be adjusted.
It is important not to overfeed your Siberian Husky. Watch the weight of your dog and only feed supplements as recommended by a veterinarian.
Foods packed with protein and other nutrients are an excellent treat for Siberian Huskies.
You should not give your Siberian treats maid mostly of grains. They have a difficult time digesting grains and it may give them gas. They also have a hard time digesting soybeans and should not be given treats made of them.
You can purchase commercial treats or make your own at home. Try to purchase or make treats consisting of natural ingredients and no fillers. It is much healthier for a Siberian Husky to eat foods without artificial ingredients in them.
5. Other Health Considerations
Siberian Huskies are generally a healthy breed of dog. Ensure you find a responsible breeder as they will screen for any health problems such as juvenile cataracts. Siberians who may be part of a breeding program should be examined on a yearly basis for any eye problems.
Siberian Huskies should have an ophthalmologist evaluation and hip evaluation on a regular schedule as determined by a professional veterinarian.
Siberian Huskies are extremely affectionate dogs. They are friendly toward strangers and other dogs. They are also good with children.
7. Grooming Needs Of A Siberian Husky
Siberian Huskies are good at keeping themselves clean. You should only have to give a Siberian a bath every 2-3 months. Brushing his coat at least once a week will help to keep his coat and skin healthy. They have a double coat consisting of an undercoat and guard hair. Siberians shed their undercoat two times each year. During this time, dead hair should be raked out with a pin brush and metal comb.
You will also want to trim the nails of your Siberian Husky on a regular basis. Trimming his nails will help to ensure he does not have any foot problems.
8. Your Siberian Husky With Other Pets
Siberian huskies have an easy going nature. They are friendly with most pets. There is no harm in having cats, birds, or rodents in the house as pets along with a Siberian Husky. Of course, you may not want them to have unsupervised play.
They are fine playing on their own with dogs or cats, but it would not be a good idea to leave them with other pets.
9. Training Your Siberian Husky
As with other dogs, the Siberian Husky will benefit from early socialization and training. If you choose to train your Siberian Husky in a harness, you will need to commit a lot of time and dedication. Find books or other sources of information to read or work with a professional. Remember to keep training fun for you and your Siberian!
Training a Siberian Husky takes time and patience.
10. Socializing Your Siberian Husky
Siberian Huskies are friendly with other dogs and animals but you will still need to socialize them properly. That means introducing them to other animals in a controlled setting. Socializing your dog early will mean that he will be comfortable when he encounters new situations.
Socializing a dog means introducing them to new things in a controlled situation. This is how they learn to trust new situations and not exhibit fear of them.
In A Nutshell
A Siberian Husky is a loving and loyal pet. And he will love anyone and everyone. He does have energy, so you will have to have time to take him on regular walks and other activities. He is easy going and pretty easy to care for. But, you do have to have the time and patience to train him. He is smart but can be a bit stubborn at times. With some positive rewards, he will learn your commands.
These are great companion dogs but they are also endurance sled dogs. You will need some endurance to keep up with their physical activity needs. He is powerful, quick, but most of all, loving.
A healthy Siberian Husky has a life span of 11 to 13 years.
Stephanie was born and raised in Saskatchewan and currently lives in Alberta, Canada. She started her career as a school teacher twenty years ago and has taught English Language Arts to students in grades three through twelve. She is currently exploring her love of writing and exploring topics she is interested in while also learning more in her field of expertise. She is passionate about lifelong learning.