Siberian Husky

The Siberian Husky is a large thick coated dog that was traditionally used as a sled puller in its native home of Eastern Siberia.

Siberian Husky Dog breed group

Working

Size of the Siberian Husky

Large

Country of origin

Eastern Siberia

The Siberian Husky through history

The Siberian Husky was used by the Chukchi as a sled puller covering vast distances in its native home of Siberia.

Colour varieties of the Siberian Husky

The Siberian Husky comes in a wide variety of colours and markings including:

  • Agouti & White
  • Black & White
  • Black & White Piebald
  • Black Grey & White
  • Cream & White
  • Dark Grey & White
  • Dark Red & White
  • Grey & White
  • Grey & White Piebald
  • Jet Black & White
  • Light Grey & White
  • Light Red & White
  • Red & White
  • Red & White Piebald
  • Sable & White
  • Silver Grey & White
  • White
  • Wolf Grey & White

Siberian Husky Dog introduction and overview

The Siberian Husky is a large, athletic dog with a thick double-coat and a fox-like tail that curves gently over its back. It’s a dog that enjoys the company of its own kind, and is often kept in packs. It’s famous for its vocal qualities, and enjoys activities such as husky racing. It can adapt to being a family dog, but truly is a breed for specialists.

Size and weight of the Siberian Husky

Height bitch 51-56cms

Height dog 53-60cms

Weight (kilos) bitch 16-23kgs

Weight (kilos) dog 20-27kgs

Exercise requirements of the Siberian Husky

High. The Siberian Husky is a highly athletic breed that requires a minimum of 2 hours of exercise every day. The thick-coated Siberian Husky does feel the heat, so great care should be taken during warm weather to ensure the breed does not overheat.

Siberian Husky temperament, socialisation with children, other dogs and other pets

The Siberian Husky is an alert, intelligent dog that tends to form a very close bond to its owner. It tends to be sociable with other dogs, but contact with other small pets should be avoided. This is a dog that requires plenty of physical and mental stimulation otherwise unwanted behaviour can develop.

Is the Siberian Husky a good dog for a first time dog owner?

No.The Siberian Husky is really a specialist dog, requiring an owner with good knowledge and understanding of the breed.

Siberian Husky coat length

Medium. The Siberian has a thick, double coat that stands away from the body.

Grooming requirements of the Siberian Husky

Medium. Despite its thick and heavy coat, the Siberian Husky is quite easy to groom. The coat is not prone to matting, but a twice weekly thorough brushing with a soft slicker brush will remove dead fur. Ears should be checked regularly for any signs of soreness or infection, and cleaned with a medicated dog ear cleaner.

Hypoallergenic?

No, the Siberian Husky is a prolific shedder, so an unsuitable choice of dog for allergy sufferers.

Health issues in the Siberian Husky

The Siberian Husky is generally a healthy and hardy breed, but the following health issues have been noted in the breed, so consult your breeder:

  • Eye problems
  • Hip Dysplasia

Average lifespan of the Siberian Husky

A healthy Siberian Husky should expect to enjoy a life expectancy of between 12-15 years.

Approximate Siberian Husky pedigree puppy price

Puppies are not always available, but puppies, when available tend to cost in the region of £500-£600. There are generally around 4-8 puppies in a litter.

Estimating how much a Siberian Husky would need to be fed each day

A bitch weighing 20kgs requires 285gms of complete dry food per day. A dog weighing 25gs requires 330gms of complete dry food per day.

The weekly cost of feeding a bitch is around £7.00

The weekly cost of feeding a dog is around £8.00

Our estimates are based on feeding a slightly above average quality complete food bought from a popular supermarket on the high street.

This is an estimate only, and doesn’t allow for higher activity levels of working dogs who may need above average amount of food due to higher activity levels.

Other necessary costs and regular expenses to consider when owning any dog

Remember to budget for other necessary routine costs and procedures for your dog that are not covered by general pet insurance:

  • Worming preparations
  • Flea treatments
  • Annual vaccination boosters
  • Dental treatments
  • Neutering/spaying

Many veterinary practices now operate monthly budget schemes to allow you to spread the cost over the year.