Depending on your climate, Siberian Huskies are generally low shedders; usually twice a year. Huskies are well-known escape artists and have been caught wandering away and disappearing. They are playful, loving and are strong, compact, working sled dogs. For those looking for a calm dog to settle with on the couch in the evenings, the Siberian Husky isn’t a match. Siberians can have blue eyes, brown eyes, eyes that are a little of both, or one of each colour. The Siberian has a strong prey drive and probably isn’t the greatest roommate for cats and other small mammals.
With their striking good looks and adorable fuzzy pups, Siberian Huskies have become increasingly popular over recent years. However, owning one of these dogs is a serious undertaking and one which should only be considered by experienced dog owners who have the time and the energy to dedicate to training, exercising and socialising with their dog.
Their history as sled dogs means that Siberian Huskies are genetically predisposed towards being extremely strong and incredibly fast learners, although their strong-mindedness means that they are not always easy to train. They are independent and affectionate, so they make ideal pets for families who want a pet to play with but not one which will be constantly under their feet, seeking attention when they are busy with other things. By having such an active personality, Siberian Huskies can make their owners much healthier by their demand for exercise on a daily basis.
Siberian Huskies are not naturally aggressive and often thrive in homes with other pets, including dogs, and children. This does also extend to strangers which are great when someone approaches you while out walking but does mean that they are not suitable as guard dogs as they will usually welcome anyone into their home without barking or raising any kind of alarm. They will, however, howl for fun which can make them unpopular in densely populated areas.
The recent rise in popularity of Siberian Huskies has led to an increase in demand and disreputable breeders have been failing to take temperament into account. It is important to check on a Siberian Husky’s origins as reputable breeders will attempt to minimise some of their dogs’ less desirable traits such as stubbornness, destructive behaviour and high prey drive.
Life expectancy: 12-15 years
Originating country: Siberia
Temperament: Alert, Calm, Intelligent
Interesting fact: The breed’s history is relatively unknown but DNA tests confirm that they are among the oldest of dog breeds