Overview and History
The Siberian Husky is, as the name suggests, a native to Siberia. It is a very active and resilient breed and was bred to pull heavy loads for long distances in rough conditions. Nowadays they are a common household pet, but are also still used for sled dog tours and in sled dog racing. They are also well known and prized for having blue eyes as well as two different colour eyes, commonly brown and blue. While they may look fierce (and particularly dignified when they’ve aged a bit), the Siberian Husky is gentle and is not a guard or a watch dog.
Place of Origin
Siberian Husky Dog Breed Information
Good With Children
Can Sleep Outdoors
Average Life Expectancy
Average Litter Size
4 – 8 Puppies
Group 5 Spitz and primitive types.
Section 1 Nordic Sledge Dogs.
(Links below are to the Breed Standard Page for each organization)
FCI (The World Canine Organization)
Size, Height, and Weight
Height at the shoulders:
Males: 21 to 23, 5 inches
Females: 20 to 22 inches
Males: 45 to 60 pounds
Females : 35 to 50 pounds
Length: Medium Double Coat
Heavy Shedder – sheds undercoat in the summer
Grooming Requirements: Daily Brushing
Coat Colors: Grey, White, Silver, Black, Tan, Dark Brown/Black, Sable (Black tipped hair)
Friendliness Towards other Dogs
Friendly – this breed tends to prefer being around other dogs.
Friendliness towards other Pets
Cautious – This breed might have a high prey drive and be prone to chasing smaller animals. Regular socialization and monitoring with small animals, especially living in the household, from an early age is important to prevent unwanted behavior.
Friendliness Towards Strangers
Friendly – This breed tends to enjoy the presence of, and meeting, strangers.
Energy & Trainability
High Energy/High Exercise Needs – This breed tends to have seemingly never-ending energy and won’t be satisfied with one short walk a day.
A large yard and daily run is a necessity with this breed. Expect to provide regular stimulation to prevent unwanted behaviors.
Easy - This breed tends to learn commands and expectations easily. Recommended for inexperienced owners.
Additional Information About This Breed
Tips for Raising a Husky
As with all dogs, it is important to not over exercise a puppy. They grow quickly and too much pressure on their joints can cause issues later on in life. Wait until your puppy is at least a year old before you take them on any lengthy hikes or runs.
Siberian Huskies were bred to have long endurance. This means their energy level is almost never ending. If you do not satisfy their energy needs they are prone to escaping and digging.
Rescue and Adoption Organizations
Siberian Husky Assistance and Rescue Program
If you are a rescue and adoption organization and would like to see your information on this page and/or on our CAN Rescue and Adoption Organizations List, please use the contact us form and provide:
- The organization name, Web Site URL, breed/page you would like your site listed, and city and province of shelter location if applicable.
Siberian Husky Wikipedia Page 2019, The Canadian Kennel Club Website 2019, The American Kennel Club Website 2019, The Kennel Club (UK) Website 2019, and the FCI World Canine Organisation website 2019.