Siberian Huskies: Medium-sized sled dogs with thick coats. Energetic and resilient, they make great companions and excel in sledding
Siberian Huskies have a thick double coat, protecting them from extreme temperatures. Weekly grooming is required for their dense fur.
They come in various colors and patterns, including black and white, copper-red and white, and pure white. Merle coats are not permitted due to associated health issues and breeding concerns.
AKC standard for Siberian Husky eyes: almond-shaped, moderately spaced, slightly oblique. Eye colors can be brown, blue, black, or parti-colored (heterochromia). Parti-color doesn't affect vision.
Preferred show-quality Siberian Huskies have neither pointed nor square noses. Nose color varies by coat color. "Snow nose" or "winter nose" (hypopigmentation) is acceptable in the show ring
zSiberian Husky tails are furred and curl for warmth. "Siberian Swirl" when sleeping. Expressive, low when relaxed, curves upward when excited.
Male Siberian Huskies ideally measure 20-24 inches tall and weigh 45-60 pounds. Females are smaller, measuring 19-23 inches and weighing 35-50 pounds
Huskies howl, are escape artists, and need exercise. Good with children but require proper care. High prey drive from their history.
Secure fencing is needed for Huskies. They have a strong pack instinct, need companionship, and may overcome fences.
Siberian Huskies have a lifespan of 12-14 years. They may have genetic health issues like eye defects and seizures. Hip dysplasia is rare, but they can be prone to gastric and respiratory ailments. Descendants trace back to 1930 Siberia imports.
Chukotka Sled Dog, ancestor of Siberian Husky, used by Chukchi people since prehistoric times for sled pulling in harsh conditions