There are few breeds that have made a bigger splash than the Siberian Husky. These lean, fast sled-dogs proved what they are made of by racing across the frozen Alaskan wilderness to deliver the life-saving diphtheria-serum to the remote Nome, Alaska in January of 1925. Discover more about our Siberian Husky puppies for sale below!
These wolf-looking pups were originally developed by the semi-nomadic Chukchi people of Northeastern Asia but after their run across Alaska, they became famous and toured the lower 48 states. After news of the courageous men and dogs spread; they were met with wild acclaim. From that day on, Siberian Huskies have been amazingly popular; however, this is not a dog for a first-time dog owner nor someone who leads a sedentary life.
If you are looking for a calm dog to settle down on the couch with and take on a walk every now and then, the Siberian Husky is not a match for you. You can also rule out the expectation that your dog will live to please you or listen to your every word.
But for those of you who want your dog to be a partner and friend who will prove friendly, loyal and fun-loving and a dog that gets along with children and other dogs – and most importantly, for those ready and willing to provide consistent leadership, training and daily exercise – then a Siberian Husky just might work for you.
There is nothing like the striking appearance of this gorgeous breed, and their characteristics can be as unique as their appearance. These puppies typically have blue or brown eyes, a little of both, or one of each color. Their fur is typically black and white, brown and white, variations of grey and sometimes all white.
Husky pups are always playful and are infamously mischievous, silly dogs. They are typically very friendly and do great with guests and families. Siberian Huskies are notorious for their strange behaviors though, like howling with sirens or “trying to talk” and they love the attention it gets them! Having a Husky comes with a certain degree of theatre.
- The Siberian Husky is loving, playful, friendly, and high energy (especially when they’re young).
- Huskies are intelligent and quite trainable but tend to obey a command only if they see their owner is a stronger leader than themselves. Training a Siberian Husky takes patience and consistency.
- Due to their high energy level, Siberian Huskies make good jogging companions.
- This breed likes to howl, will get bored easily, and won’t do well if left alone for long periods of time without a lot of exercise. A lonely Husky or one that doesn’t get enough mental and physical exercise will get destructive.
Huskies should always be microchipped and have an ID tag on them at all times as they are adept escape artists and very capable of climbing over or digging under some pretty serious fences. It should be expected that a dog bred for snow country needs plenty of exercise and stimulation.
Working Huskies often live happily in kennel situations because they receive a lot of exercise but regulating a Husky to a crate or yard most of the time is not a great idea. They easily become lonely and bored, meaning they can become destructive and/or try to escape.
These dogs also have a strong prey drive so they do not make the best “roommates” for cats, birds or other small mammals. The Siberian Husky also has both an instinct and passion for digging and running. This is not something that will likely change, but their unique personalities are quite a joy.
The Siberian Husky typically loves everybody and is not overly suspicious. They are not a one-person dog or a guard dog. He may bark or howl sometimes, but they have no concept of protecting you.
They don’t need a ton of space to live in but a Husky will require adequate exercise. They enjoy having free range to run (in a safe area) and this is certainly a dog that will keep up on long walks, runs or hikes. In a Siberian’s ideal world, you let him shoot through the snow pulling a sled. (Which, you CAN train a Husky to do, but consult with a vet to ensure your Husky is healthy).
Naturally, this snow dog should not be kept outside, especially in warmer climates due to the chance of overheating from their double coat. These dogs can happily live in warmer states if they enjoy the air conditioning, like the rest of us.
A Siberian Husky is a “well furred” breed, according to their standards. They have medium-length double coats. The soft, dense undercoat is topped with straight guard hairs that lie smooth. The double coat means that the Siberian will shed.
As you can expect from a snow dog, these puppies will shed all year and once or twice a year they will go through the process of “blowing their coat” which is just what it sounds like. A shedding blade or coat rake will be a necessity to any Husky owner.
That being said, the Siberian Husky does not require a lot of grooming. During their shedding season, it’s a good idea to brush them every day to help that fur along but outside of that they just need the occasional slicker brush to remove dead hair and prevent matting. Trim hair between footpads. These dogs are generally clean with little odor, so a bath is almost never necessary unless they get themselves into some messy mischief!
The rest is basic care. Trim nails as needed and brush their teeth regularly with vet-approved toothpaste. That’s all! Huskies do not need to be cut by professional groomers, in fact, they should not be shaven. It may take a long time for their coat to come back if it even does.
Many people think that they need to shave their fluffy puppy in the summer, but you should never shave a Husky. They have special undercoat hairs that are short, crimped, and have a hollow core, which makes them highly efficient at trapping air and insulating the animal. The guard hairs on the top, which do not shed out, also provide protection against the sun’s rays and insulate the dog from the heat.
Thus this double coat protects them from both cold AND heat. If you clip or shave a Husky, it will eventually ruin the coat and disturb their proper shedding process.
All breeds benefit from early socialization, basic obedience training, and the Siberian Husky is no exception. Early exposure to social situations and commands will help a Husky learn their manners. For those who want to work their dogs in a harness, training for this will require hours of dedication and patience.
The best approach is to make all training exercises fun for both the puppy and the handler. Siberian Huskies are very social and desire the company of their people; they are not well suited to being left alone all day. Most importantly, these dogs have an overwhelming desire to run, which they get plenty of opportunities to do, either on a leash or in a securely fenced-in area for safety.
Overall, the Husky is an outgoing and trainable dog. They can be stubborn and independent at times but their desire to impress will outshine their innate destructive tendencies with proper attention and training. Like children, these pups will act out when left alone to their own devices and do not receive enough discipline or attention. The recipe for a perfect Siberian Husky is plenty of love, exercise, and leadership.
Clubs, Registries & Associations
(Based on breed recognition. See store for details on a particular puppy.)
- American Canine Association, Inc.
- American Canine Registry
- American Kennel Club
- American Pet Registry, Inc.
- Continental Kennel Club
- Dog Registry of America, Inc.
- North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
- National Kennel Club
- Siberian Husky Club
- United Kennel Club
- United All Breed Registry
- Universal Kennel Club International
Average Weight: 35-60 lbs.
Personality Traits: High energy, playful, intelligent
Country of Origin: Russia
Coat: Short or fluffy, dense undercoat. Colors include: White, Black, Piebald, Agouti, Black & Tan, Sable,
Copper, Black & White, Splash, Silver, Grey, Brown, Red