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Siberian Huskies - A True "Snow Dog"

Updated on May 1, 2013

So You Want To Find Out About Siberian Huskies?

Wanting to find out about this beautiful breed? You've come to the right place. I'd like to discuss the history of this dog, their temperament, and everything else that there is for you to know about this breed. Welcome, welcome to my informative lens on Siberian Huskies.

Is the Siberian Husky the dog for me? - Things to consider before purchasing a Siberian Husky

  • Do I have enough room for a Siberian Husky?

    A Siberian Husky is a larger breed of dog and will not stay puppy sized very long. Between six to eight months old is when they usually get to be close to their full adult size. The AKC standard for Siberan Huskiesis 35-60 lbs but they can and normally do, get larger.

  • Do I have enough time for a Siberian Husky?

    Siberian Huskies require a lot of time and attention. They need your affection and love on a daily basis. This is not a breed for someone who does not have the time to give the dog the love and attention that it needs. Leaving the Siberian Husky alone for long periods of time isn't the greatest idea. This is not a breed of dog for someone who works long days. The Siberian Husky will find things to do to replace its boredom and loneliness. The results of this could be disastrous.

  • Do you like to keep your yard neat and tidy?

    Siberian Huskies are diggers. If you take pride in your yard then out in your yard would not be the ideal place to keep a Siberian Husky. Siberian Huskies also like to dig dens. A den is a hole that they dig to keep them cool in the summer months and warm during the winter months.

  • How do I feel about shedding?

    Siberian Huskies shed a lot. They "blow their coat" twice a year, meaning that they shed their undercoat twice a year to prepare for the new season. Brushing them daily does help with the shedding. Be prepared to find tufts of fur at all corners of your house. Daily to twice daily vacuuming your carpets is a must when this dog is shedding. If you have dark carpets it usually looks like huge cotton balls are scattered everywhere.

  • Am I looking for a dog to protect the house?

    If you are looking for a watch dog this is not the dog for you. Siberian Huskies love people. They will welcome people into your home with open paws. A Siberian Husky is more likely to lick someone to death before they would ever dream of harming a person.

  • Do I agree with having a dog contained in a yard or crated?

    One of the major downfalls of this breed is that they like to RUN. Most Huskies, given the chance will take off out of a yard or house and continue running for long periods of time. This is a seious hazard to the Siberian Husky. Darting out across a road could cause serious injuries and even death.

Books on Siberian Huskies

History of the Siberian Husky

The Siberian Husky origianlly came from Siberia, Russia. The Chukchi people bred and raised these dogs for thousands of years. The Chukchi people are a tribe of Siberian nomads. They needed dogs that were fast and could travel over the ice and snow. Known then as the Chukchi dog, the Siberian Huskies were bred as a strong, agile dog of medium size that could travel long distances on small amounts of food. Chukchi children often used these dogs as furry warm beds.

The most important trait in this dog to the Chukchi people was the dog's strong desire to run. This medium dog could run fast but it could not pull much weight. The Chukchi people built teams of up to 20 dogs to pull in the loads of a long day's hunt.

The Siberian Husky and the Chukchi people thrived together in the frozen tundra for centuries before the world discovered this wonderful breed of dog. The Siberian Husky of today has changed somewhat since entering our country in the early 1900s but they still have many of the qualities that the Chukchi people bred them for so very long ago.

Near the end of the 19th century, the Chuckchi dog was discovered by Alaskan traders. They imported these dogs to the Northwest Territory and renamed them Siberian Huskies. The Siberian Husky was first introduced into the United States by a fur trader in 1908. These dogs started to win Alaskan dog races almost immediately. News of this wonderful dog from Russia started to spread.

The All Alaska Sweepstakes Race of 1909 marked the appearance of the first team of Siberian Huskies. That same year, a large number of Siberian Huskies were imported to Alaska by Charles Fox. For the next ten years Siberian Huskies captured most of the racing titles of Alaska. The harsh and rugged terrain seemed to be ideally suited for the Siberian Husky. Leonhard Seppala becamer famous for his racing Siberains. One of Seppala's dogs that was especially well knows was a lead dog named Togo. Togo was Seppala's full time lead dog from about 1917 to 1925, although he was used as a lead dog by Seppala even before 1917. Togo, being the fast, scrappy, and brilliant dog that he was, became the most famous dog in Alaska.

Togo played a large role in saving the lives of many people in the village of Nome. In January 1925, doctors saaw that a potentially deadly epidemic of diphtheria was seeming as if it would sweep through Nome's young people. The only serum, or medication, that could stop this outbreak was in Anchorage, Alaska, almost a thousand miles away from Nome. The only aircraft that could deliver this serum had already been dismantled for the winter. The only other likely solution was moving the medication by sled dog.

The serum was sent by train from Anchorage to the closest train stop to the trail that led to Nome, Nenana. The distance from Nenana to Nome was still more than 670 miles and the serum had to be transported across potentially deadly terrain. More than 20 mushers participated. They battled terribly cold temeratures that rarely rose above 40 degrees below zero Fahrenheit. At times the winds were so strong it would knock over the sleds and dogs.

Leonhard Seppala's team of dogs, led by Togo, ran the longest and most dangerous leg of the relay. It was 91 miles long, which included the treacherous stretch over the unpredictable ice of Norton Sound. Togo led his team into a 40-mph gale with a wind chill of about 80 below zero on the way to the handoff to the next musher and team. Togo and Seppala's team covered more than 260 miles in the serum run.

On February 2, 1925, Gunner Kaassen's team of dogs arrived onto the streets of Nome. The lead husky of this team was named Balto, a dog who would soon be known around the world. In honor of their journey, a statue of Balto was erected in New York City's Central Park. The words on the statue say: Dedicated to the indomitable spirit of the sled dogs that relayed antitoxin six hundred miles over rough ice across treacherous waters through arctic blizzards from Nenana to the relief of stricken Nome in the Winter of 1925. Endurance, Fidelity, Intelligence.

For two years after the serum run Balto and some of his team mates traveled the continental United States as part of a traveling show. After Balto's death in 1933 his body was ppreserved and displayed at Cleveland's Natural History Museum. In 1995 a children's movie about Balto was released, bringing Balto's story to a new generation. Many of the Siberian Huskies of today have pedigrees that trace back to Seppala's awe inspiring racing dogs.

Photos of Balto

The Difference Between Siberian Huskies, Alaskan Huskies, and Alaskan Malamutes

Although all of Although all three of these breeds can trace their heritage to northern climates, there are some very noticeable differences between them. The Malmute is a very large dog. They are similar in appearance to the Siberain but there are noticeable differences. Firstly, the Malamute is about double the size of a Siberian Husky. Secondly, the Malamutes ears are set much lower and they have a much broader head. Thirdly, Malamutes tend to bark more than Siberian Huskies.

The Alaskan Husky, dispite popular belief, is not a pure-bred dog. The name "Alaskan Husky" is generally given to a cross-bred dog produced for sled races. Normally it is some sort of hound crossed with a Siberian Husky so that the end result is a spirit racing dog with longer legs that is able to survive in the cold.

Siberian Huskies are pure-bred dogs that were domesticated and bred long ago by the Chukchi people of northern Siberia, Russia. They are more of a distance runner and are much more moderate in size than the Malamute.

Siberian Husky

Alaskan Husky

Alaskan Malamute

Siberian Husky Colors - Jet Black

Individual hairs of the outer coat are solid black from root to tip. A monochrome coat. The coat on hindquarters, tail and ears is deep black.

The undercoat is black or dark gray.

Jet black dogs usually also have very dark pigmentation on their paw pads.

Black

Individual hairs of the outer coat are white at the root, but for the latter part black. Some solid white hairs are present as well. Yellow and brownish hairs are to be found on hindquarters, tail and ears.

The undercoat may be a mixture of beige, white, and charcoal or either of these colors singally.

Dilute Silver/Black

The hairs of the outer coat are mostly white, ending with a black tip. There are no yellow or brownish hairs present on the dog, as they are with the black coloring, only grey. The dogs are black on the head and along the spine. Silver on the hindquarters, tail and ears.

The undercoat is white.

Wolf Gray

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The outer coat is yellow/brownish colored, starting at the root of the hair, and ending with black tips. Casts of beige, tan, yellow or red behind the ears, on the hindquarters and in the saddle area.

The undercoat is beige

Gray

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Individual hairs of the outer coat are cream and/or grayish brownish colored at the root, and ending with black at the tip.

The undercoat is usually a mix of beige and silver coloring.

Silver Gray

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The outer coat is of different shades of white, black normally only tips the hair. It gives a silver impression on the head, back and hind quartes and somewhat darker along the spine. There are no brownish tones in this coloration.

The undercoat is light gray or white.

White with Black Saddle

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This is not a color, but a pattern. The dog is white with piebald markings found only on the saddle and croup. The outer coat at the saddle area is like a black dog. On other parts same as the white dog

Pinto or Piebald

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A basically white dog with colored 'plates' either on the head only, the rump only or on both. The plates can be any of the colors common in the breed, usually being black, gray or red.

The undercoat is white or silver, but coat may be banded or monochromatic

White

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The outer coat may be monochromatic or banded with silver tipping. The undercoat is silver or white in the pure white dog.

Isabella White

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The Isabella White has buff tones on ears, saddle, above hock and elbow and in the tail. The undercoat is white with some beige and yellow in the Isabella White dog

Copper

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The outer coat is deep red, copper or even brown. The coat is monochrome red and as it is black with the Jet Black dogs, the coloring has the same intensity all over the body, including ears, hindquarters and tail.

The undercoat is copper, red or brown.

Eyes are either amber or blue, or one of each, but never brown. The nose is always liver colored.

Red/Apricot

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The outer coat is clear red and fits the description of the color apricot. The outer coat is white at the root, but for the but red at the tips , with a few solid white hairs intermixed. There are no black points.

The undercoat is white with red toneswith no black points.

Eyes are either amber or blue, or one of each, but never brown. The nose is always liver colored.

Dilute Red

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The outer coat is light red with much white. Like in the dilute black the overall impression is a soft toned version of the jet coloration.

The undercoat is white.

Eyes are either amber or blue, or one of each, but never brown. The nose is always liver colored.

Sable

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Individual hairs of the outer coat are reddish at the root, ending with black tips. The black shows itself more along at the saddle area.

The undercoat is red, chocolate or copper, never beige as in the Wolf Grey.

Dilution factors influence shades. It is a rare color. Sables are also known as 'Black-nosed Reds'.

Wolf Brown

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The outer coat has a definite tone of brown, rather then reddish or copper as in sables. The dog can have white or cream white markings on the regular areas like face, chest, legs and tail.

The undercoat is beige to cream white.

This color is often seen in dogs from Igloo Pak lineage

Agouti

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The outer coat is always banded with black at the root and tip and yellow in the center band. A grizzled effect is usually present in the saddle area. The dog is usually solid colored with no to only little white. The white markings are not really white but cream.

The undercoat is charcoal.

This color is called 'wild coloring'.

Meet Ice!

Ice is our personal Siberian Husky. He has been a part of our family since about October 2009. He is AKC registered as Franks' Ice Prince. He was born on January 27, 2009. He is an awesome addition to our family, such a loyal and loving dog and we wouldn't trade him for the world. He is solid white with those beautiful husky blue eyes that almost look white when you look at them.

UPDATE ON ICE- We were unable to keep him due to our current goal of breeding German Shepherds and our daughter's allergies to all of the fur. He has gone to a wonderful home in Kaplan, Louisiana that has a breeding program for Siberian Huskies. There are many huskies where he is now that he can run and play with. Ice can be seen HERE and their facebook page.

Photos courtesy of Memories Photography, taken by George Franks

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    • suepogson profile image

      suepogson 4 years ago

      Beautiful dogs, lovely lens.

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      JJNW 5 years ago from USA

      Loved my husky! What a sweetheart! Love your photos.

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      Mary 5 years ago from Chicago area

      fantastic job! *blessed*

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      TheGourmetCoffe 5 years ago

      Our family has been rescuing Siberian Huskies for several years and adopting some of them as our beloved furry friends. At present, we have a remaining 17 year old white blue eyed Siberian Husky female out of 3 we had (2 passed away in 2010). Tasha rules the home and is so loving! Some geriatric care required at her age but she is so resilient and determined to walk an average of 2 to 3 hours per day at different times, must be what is keeping her going and going! Beautiful breed, cannot imagine owning any other breed. Great influence for long regular walks, good for everyone. Enjoyed your lens very much, thank you for your insights!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Beautifully done lens, and very informative. *Blessed

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      thedailysatire 6 years ago

      These are such gorgeous dogs I would love to own one, but I don't think I could give it the proper exercise - if you do not have a large outdoor space I think you would have to take them for long walks very often.

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      Karnel 6 years ago from Lower Mainland of BC

      I've always been a fan of the husky, but in the end I thought having them run all the time would be annoying so I chose a couch potato breed and trust me my dog is not only a couch potato he's a couch hog...Great lens...

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      JeanJohnson LM 6 years ago

      I enjoyed the information on this page, so many varieties of Husky with a great explanation of the differences.

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      sukkran trichy 6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      very informative lens on large dog breeds.love your beautiful pictures.

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      geendayrox 6 years ago

      Wow it was really urging me to get a husky It is now my favorite breed of dog:D!!!

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      Elsie Hagley 6 years ago from New Zealand

      Very interesting info on siberian huskies. I love all breed of dogs, but cocker spaniels are my favourite.Great Lens.

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      Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

      Great lens. Ice is beautiful. Makes me want a husky even more!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      kwel this is great

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      kwel this is really good wow

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great lens I wanted to lensroll it over to my new lens but it's not on the list yet, so I book marked it and will as soon as I see my new lens on the list. I think your lens is great information on the huskies...

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      SandyPeaks 6 years ago

      Oh, they are beautiful dogs! Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      Senora M 7 years ago

      Cool lens. We have a husky/collie mix whose name is Viva. She's awesome and has a brown eye and a half blue/half brown eye. Everyone thinks she is a wolf, but she has the most gentle and (mostly) calm personality. She sleeps on the couch all day long unless she needs to go outside for the bathroom. Totally low-maintenance. Just what we need. I love all of the pictures on here.

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      Missmerfaery444 7 years ago

      Absolutely gorgeous! I would love to have one some day. My friend has just bought one and I can't wait to meet her! Favourited

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      These are beautiful dogs. I love the one with the blue eyes. Very good job on the Siberian Husky

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      starlitparlit 7 years ago

      @snafu448: Sure, it may take me some time but I'll do one. I actually have a picture of him that I could put on it too.

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      snafu448 7 years ago

      I really love this lens. Great job! Would you do one on the Great Pyranese in honor of Ranger?

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      oztoo lm 7 years ago

      What beautiful dogs they are. Great lens with lots of information and pictures. Interesting to read about the history of the Siberian Husky too. A big thumbs up.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Awesome! Very informative

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      Delia 7 years ago

      I think it's a nice lens and great images with the information...5* from me!

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      Shibamom LM 7 years ago

      Love the lens as well as the breed. Their eyes just kind of lure you in!

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      garyrh1 7 years ago

      I've always loved Huskies. In my opinion, they are by far the most beautiful dog breed. I would LOVE to have one, but I will wait until I have a house first since I don't want to keep it locked up in an apartment.

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      JoyfulPamela2 7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Amazing creatures! Lensrolling to my retriever lens. :)

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      LisaJo1 7 years ago

      Wow, you have done another superb job. I have some information for you regarding natural remedies for your dogs. Let me know if you are interested in sharing this on your lens. The photos of Ice came out great!

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      Lou165 7 years ago from Australia

      Ice looks beautiful, siberian huskies are great looking dogs, but I really couldn't handle a digger!!

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      Heather Burns 7 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Love these dogs, and the lens. When I was little, we had 2 of these dogs and they were so great for us to sleep with! so gentle. But now I have 2 tiny dogs.(small yard)5*****

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      California_Dreamin 7 years ago

      Great lens and great subject. Siberian Huskies are really one of the most beautiful dog breeds.

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      5-19 7 years ago

      freat lens with loads of contents. very long but never got bored with reading it. very well done

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      jakealoo 7 years ago

      I really like your intro with the questions and answers. Your lense makes me want to go work on my standard poodle lense.

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      religions7 7 years ago

      Great lens, blessed by a squidangel :)