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How to Choose the Dog Breed for You- About the Siberian Husky

Updated on April 9, 2013
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Characteristics
Class
Working
Weight
50-75lbs (males), 35-60lbs (females)
Height
21-23 1/2" (males), 20-22" (females)
Coat
Thick (double)
Color
Black, white, grey, red/tan
Life Span
12-15 years
Other Features
Standing up triangular ears

History

One of the oldest breeds of dog, the Siberian Husky was adapted by the Chukchi people of north-east Asia, who needed a sled dog with enough strength, speed and stamina to pull heavy loads through harsh conditions at a good speed for a long distance.

In World War II, the Siberian Huskies became well-known for their work in search and rescue.

Appearance

Eyes: One of the characteristics that sets these dogs apart from the crowd is their eyes. They can have light blue, dark blue, brown or yellow. Although unusual for most dogs, Siberian Huskies are commonly "bi-eyed", meaning they have one blue eye, and one brown. Sometimes they even have "parti-colored" eyes that are half blue, half brown in the same eye. In any case, huskies are known to have beautiful, vibrant colored almond shaped eyes.

Nose: Ever noticed a husky with a multi-colored nose? That is "winter nose" or "snow nose". It happens with many dogs, but is very common for the Siberian Husky. The natural color of their nose is affected by their coat color, giving black and grey huskies a black nose, and reddish brown huskies a tan nose. All white huskies tend to have tan or pink noses.

Coat: Huskies have such thick, double coats that they require grooming often. They are built for cold, harsh weather conditions. Their undercoat is a soft, dense, insulating layer. Their outer coat is short, straight and lies smooth against their bodies. This double coat is what causes huskies to thrive in winter and get overheated easily in the summer.

Tail: The tail of the Siberian Husky is full and lush, due to their thick double coat. They are known for their tails curling up.

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Behavior and Intelligence

Siberian Huskies are not aggressive. In an environment where they can be well exercised, and given lots of work, they can be an excellent family pet. They're extremely affectionate, while also independent. Highly intelligent and full of stamina, they are the perfect candidates for training and outdoor activities, especially in colder temperatures.

The high intelligence of the Siberian Husky can lead to unwanted behavior in your family pet. Boredom can cause them to stop listening to your commands. They are escape artists, known to climb chain link fences and dig tunnels. They will howl, whine, cry, chew furniture, and mark if they are not properly exercised and occupied with activity.

Health and Lifespan

The Siberian Husky typically lives up to twelve to fifteen years with proper care. Their most common health defects are genetic, involving eye problems and seizures. Surprisingly, the Siberian Husky has very little problems with hip dysplasia, leaving them at only two percent of tested huskies having it.

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Before you choose the husky, please consider everything that goes into caring for one. Don't choose one just because they are beautiful. Be sure you are willing to put in the time and effort required for a well behaved, enjoyable experience with your new best friend.

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      wsteveg 5 years ago

      Nice. Do you have one?

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      Cheds 5 years ago from Maine

      Not yet. I wish! I've just been into learning about dogs my whole life and they are one of my favorite breeds.

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      I have a husky and I agree, don't get one just because they're gorgeous! They take a lot of attention, they tend to pull, they make lots of loud, weird noises and they're total brats! I love my husky and he is the most personable dog I've ever met, but people reall need to know what they're getting in to with a sled dog.

      Voted up and useful.

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      Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for sharing the information about Siberian Huskies, Cheds. I enjoy learning about different dog breeds. I didn't know that Siberian Huskies often have bi-eyed or parti-colored eyes. The eyes of the dog in your first photo are very interesting!

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      LauraGSpeaks 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      Hi nice hub on huskies.. I have a husky/golden mix. She has the body and temperament of a husky but her coloring is all golden retriever. Huskies are great dogs, but they need lots of exercise!

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      daisynicolas 5 years ago from Alaska

      Yes, I've never one Husky who is aggressive. They are always sweet and funny and just want to play chase all the time. Thanks for the disclaimer on getting huskies. If a labrador retriever like mine, is an outdoor freak, much more action can be expected from them.

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