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Siberian Husky

Chock-full of energy and highly intelligent, the Siberian Husky will always be up for some adventure or any type of activity really, as long as they get to run and have some fun.  

If you want a breed that loves being mischievous but playful at the same time, the Husky dog breed would be perfect for you.  

12–15 years
Black and white, grey, white, black, black and tan, silver, sable and white, grey and white, red and white
Kennel Club group
The need-to-know
  • Dogs suitable for experienced owners
  • Extra training required
  • Need to be aware of potential health issues
  • Enjoys vigorous walks
  • Enjoys more than two hours of walking a day
  • Large dog
  • Minimum drool
  • Requires grooming daily
  • Chatty and vocal dog
  • Barks and alerts to visitors/anything unusual
  • Could have issues with unknown dogs but gets along with known dogs
  • May need additional training to live with other pets
  • May need additional supervision to live with children
  • Needs a large garden
  • Best suited to countryside
  • Cannot be left alone
This breed may encounter health problems

The Siberian Husky is generally a hardy breed but can be prone to:
- Hip dysplasia
- Glaucoma which is a painful condition where the pressure in the eye builds up. 
- Hereditary cataracts which is a condition where the lens in the eye becomes cloudy and this can result in blindness.
Priority Kennel Club health schemes and testing: 
- Hip dysplasia screening scheme 
- Eye testing for pectinate ligament abnormality to find out how likely the dog is to develop glaucoma .
- Eye screening scheme 

Siberian Husky Appearance

These are medium-sized dogs whose proportions suggest a balance of power, speed, and endurance. They come with a double-layered, medium-length coat, erect ears, and a brush tail. As for the Husky colours, they can be various combinations of black with white, tan, grey, and red or just white or black. 

Siberian Husky Personality 

The Siberian Husky is very much a working dog at heart - they are however friendly, gentle, and alert. They are not dogs who will ever shine in the obedience ring however — as they are independent, scorn training, and are selectively bred for one purpose. The Siberian Husky is active and agile — and as such can be difficult to keep as a companion dog. They are quiet most of the time as they don’t bark — but they do howl which is a joy for most huskies (but not their neighbours!). 

Siberian Husky Fun Facts 

  • The Siberian Husky was developed as a sled dog to carry light loads at high speeds over extremely long distances. During World War II, however, they turned their paw to being search and rescue dogs working with the U.S. military in the Arctic Circle. 
  • When they sleep, Huskies are known to wrap their tails around their faces, this allows for their breath to warm their tail and keeps their nose and face protected from the cold. 
  • A group of Siberian Huskies saved a small town in Nome, Alaska when they were affected by a very serious disease called diphtheria. The only antidote was hundreds of miles away in Anchorage and it was too treacherous to get there by any way other than dog and sled. 
  • They have super friendly personalities and so they’re not very well suited to being watchdogs. 
  • A Husky’s howl can be heard from 10 miles away! 


Are Siberian Huskies aggressive? 

Huskies are not considered to be aggressive, but they might bite if they feel threatened or if someone oversteps their boundaries. However, this should not happen at all if they’re properly trained. 

Are Huskies part wolf? 

No, although it’s a popular myth concerning Huskies given their appearance and ancestry, they are completely separate from the wolf species. 

Are Siberian Huskies difficult? 

Huskies are notoriously difficult to train as they are usually very stubborn and curious, with a short attention span. However, training them is not impossible and if time and effort is put into it, they can be receptive. 

Are Huskies hard to potty train? 

Despite their stubbornness, Huskies can be potty trained if they’re following a consistent routine. Keep in mind that they will also need an effective motivator which can help them perceive the action as pleasant. 

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