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Siberian Husky


Siberian Husky Facts

  • Group
  • Working
  • Affiliations
  • Height
  • 20" - 23.5"
  • Weight
  • 35-60 lbs.
  • Lifespan
  • 14 years | 2 responses - Add yours

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  • Exercise Requirement
  • Moderate - This breed enjoys typical daily activity
  • Training Requirement
  • Difficult to Train
  • Grooming Requirement
  • Moderate
  • Colors
    • Various Colors
  • Breed Characteristics
    • Good with children
    • Ok outdoors

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Alternate Names

Arctic Husky


The Siberian husky originated in what we now call Siberia.

Date Of Origin

It is believed that this breed developed over three thousand years ago.


The Siberian husky is believed to have been developed by the Chukchi Indians, natives of the region now called Siberia, more than three thousand years ago. The Siberian husky was first used as a sled dog to pull small loads. Because of its isolation, the breed was kept very pure until the 20th century, when Alaskans began importing the dogs to use for sled racing. Although largely replaced in dog sledding by the more competitive Alaskan husky, the Siberian husky continues to be used as a recreational sled dog and companion. It also served as a sled dog with the U.S. military during WW II.


The Siberian husky is a medium size dog with a compact muscular body. It is slightly longer than it is tall. It has medium size, erect ears and almond-shaped eyes that can be brown, blue, one of each, or part-colored. Depending on the color of the dog, nose is black, liver, flesh-colored, or streaked with pink. It is double coated with a medium-length, straight outer coat and a dense undercoat. The tail is well-furred. It can be any color, ranging from black to white, with a variety of black or white markings.


The Siberian husky is an active, lively dog that is friendly and outgoing with almost everyone. It tends to be independent and is not a one-person dog. It will roam and is known to be a consummate escape artist.


Due to its light weight, which allows it to run quite fast, the husky is used in sled races. These are particularly popular in Canada and the northern U.S.

Health Concerns

Cataracts, corneal dystrophy, hip dysplasia, PRA.

Additional Information

This dog requires professional grooming at least twice a year when the seasons turn from winter to spring and then again in the fall. The undercoat will shed profusely and a professional can help you keep your dogs skin and coat healthy all year round.

Show Sources & Contributors +


Charlene Rafuse
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The Howell Book Of Dogs

Publisher: Wiley Publishing Inc, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Author: Liz Palika

Dog Bible

Publisher: BowTie Press, 2005

Website: http://www.bowtiepress.com/bowtie/

Authors: Kristin Meuh-Roe, Jarelle S. Stein

Simon & Schusters Guide to Dogs

Publisher: Simon & Schuster inc, 1980

Website: http://www.simonandschuster.com

Author: Elizabeth Meriwether Schuler

The New Encyclopedia of the Dog

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2000

Website: http://www.dk.com

Author: Bruce Fogle

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