Size Adult males reach a height of 21 to 23 ½ inches tall and a weight of 45 to 60 pounds. Adult females reach a height of 20 to 22 inches tall and a weight of 35 to 50 pounds.
Coat Color The Siberian Husky breed standard allows for any coat color and variations of markings. Examples include Black and White, Gray and White, Red and White, Sable and White, Agouti and White, and solid Black or White.
Eye Color The official description of Siberian is one of the few AKC breed standard that allows for a blue eye color. Brown eyes, blue eyes, parti colored eyes (also called split eye when one eye includes two colors), bi-eyed (eyes are different solid colors), amber, or green are allowed. All Huskies are born with blue eyes. Usually the permanent color is evident between six and eight weeks. We do not breed for eye color; we breed for quality genetics, temperament and health. Therefore, eye color is not guaranteed, nor is it a basis for refund.
Temperament In the early 1900's the Chuckchi tribes of the Arctic coastal region of Siberia developed a dog breed that was the ancestor of our modern Siberian Husky. Because of their affectionate and easy-going nature, the dogs slept inside the family shelter and served as companions and guardians for the children. The trait for strong family affection can still be found in Siberian Huskies today and, therefore, does not make him a one-person dog. He will not meet a "stranger" nor be fearful of other dogs. Huskies are friendly dogs that were bred to live in large groups. The Siberian willingly obeys simple commands from an owner he respects, but training involves patience and a good understanding of the Husky character.
Exercise Huskies are bred to run and will do so if given the opportunity. Regular exercise and play are necessary to not get him or her bored and destructive. This breed in particular enjoys walking or jogging but should avoid doing so in extreme heat. If you decide to use your Husky for advanced training activities, performance sports, or dog therapy work, your Siberian Husky will impress you with his or her style and ability while participating in these activities. It will deepen your relationship with your dog as you both grow and learn together.
Living Conditions An Arctic breed, the Siberian thrives in cold weather; however, he has adjusted well to warmer climates. He will require shelter, such as a doghouse, from extreme cold or heat. Shade is essential in Texas summers. This breed is usually not recommended for apartments but can adjust if well trained and exercised daily. Huskies enjoy the company of other dogs as they are used to living in large groups. Good fencing is a must, as they will roam and wonder off if given the opportunity. Siberians love to dig, as a puppy or adults. This ancient instinct to dig can be curbed but not eliminated. They dig crater-like holes for protection from the cold winter snow and the heat of the summer.
Grooming The Siberian Husky's coat requires only a minimal amount of care to look stunning and beautiful. However, he will shed heavily twice a year. As a bonding experience, grooming familiarizes your dog with your touch, tone of voice, and expectations regarding his behavior. Grooming can be started as soon as your puppy joins your family to build a strong bond through the magic of gentle touch.
Life Expectancy The average life expectancy of Siberian Huskies is 12-15 years.
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