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About Siberian Huskies

The Siberian Husky is one of the most beautiful and striking looking dogs, and one of the cutest puppies. The Siberian is also one of the most intelligent of dog breeds, and retains many ancestral wild behavioral characteristics. An animal this smart, with a strong pack instinct, need a strong pack leader, and that means YOU-his owner. Without a firm leading hand, your Siberian may decide that he is number one and may try to run your life. Such a dog may chew on your furniture, play tag when you want him to come to you, or jump uncontrollably all over you and your friends.

The Siberian Husky is not a casual pet. He needs lots of exercise and obedience training. A Siberian does not respond well to punishment, but needs instead a firm, consistent hand. If, however, your life style suits and energetic, happy, gregarious, and stable dog, the Siberian Husky may be the dog for you. Siberian owners are often the envy of the neighborhood with their beautiful, prancing, arctic dog at their side, stirring recollections of America's last frontier.

The Siberian Husky has a wonderful affectionate temperament.  They are alert and adaptable. They're intelligence has been proven, but their independent nature can at times be very challenging. Some Siberian Huskies can require a strong willed individual to keep them out of trouble and under control.  Training is a must. We recommend obedience training for all puppies and young adults. Not only does the training benefit you in having better control, it also helps build a stronger bond between you and your Siberian Husky.

Siberian Huskies show strong affection for their family, however, they are not usually a one-man dog. They typically exhibit no fear or suspicion of strangers, and will greet guests cordially if not overly friendly. This is not the temperament of a watchdog, although a Siberian Husky may act as a deterrent to those ignorant of his truly friendly nature.  When greeting strange dogs, the Siberian Husky typically displays friendly interest, unless threatened. If attacked, however, they are ready and able to defend themselves.

The Siberian Husky is a comparatively easy dog to care for.  They are by nature very clean and free from body odor and parasites. They are presented in the show ring well-groomed but requires no clipping or trimming. At least once a year the Siberian Husky shed their coat, and it is then, when armed with a comb and a bushel basket, that one realizes the amazing density and profusion of the typical Siberian Husky coat. Some people feel that this periodic problem is easier to cope with then the constant shedding and renewal of many smooth-coated breeds.

Chewing and digging? Siberian Huskies have been known to do their share. Chewing is a habit that most puppies of all breeds acquire during the teething period, and it can be curbed or channeled in the right direction. Digging holes is a pastime that many Siberian Huskies enjoy, but with this too, they may be outwitted, circumvented, or if you have the right area, indulged. However, it is sometimes challenging to keep a well manicured lawn when it is housing a Siberian Husky.

They are considered to be "easy keepers", requiring a relatively small amount of food for their size. The food however should be a high quality, premium meat based diet. Puppies will require more food for their growth until they are about 1 year old when they can be decreased to an adult ration.

The most important characteristic of the Siberian Husky which we must point out, is their desire to RUN. There are many breeds of dogs which, when let out in the morning, will sit in the front yard all day. NOT THE SIBERIAN HUSKY. His heritage has endowed him with the desire to run and his conformation has given him the ability to enjoy it effortlessly. One quick lope across a busy street could be the last run he enjoys.....ever. Because of this, we strongly recommend that no Siberian Husky ever be allowed complete freedom. Instead, for his own protection, he should be confined to a fenced yard, kennel or otherwise under control at all times. Sufficient exercise for proper development and well-being can be obtained on leash, in a large enclosure, or best of all, in harness. If you feel that it is inconvenient or cruel to keep a dog confined, the Siberian Husky is not a breed for you.

In addition to the Siberian Husky, there are two other Arctic breeds, the Alaskan Malamute and the Samoyed, recognized by the American Kennel Club. These three recognized breeds are to be distinguished from the various cross-breeds known collectively as the Alaskan Huskies. The term "husky" is a corruption of the nickname "Esky" once applied to the Eskimos and subsequently to their dogs. The Siberian Husky is the only recognized breed in which this word has become part of the proper name.

To sum it up, Siberian Huskies:

DO like companionship
DO like almost everyone
DO need firm guidance and training
DO love to run, jump, and play
DO shed mass quantities of hair once or twice a year
DO love to dig holes in the yard
DO make good house dogs, allowed adequate exercise
DO have an independent nature
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DON'T like being alone very long
DON'T make very good guard dogs
DON'T bark a lot or make much noise
DON'T stay around long without a fence or a leash
DON'T have good 'street sense'
DON'T have many health, temperament, or grooming problems
DON'T have a one-owner personality
DON'T get along with small pets sometimes

For more information about the breed, please check out the links listed below.

  So...You Want a Siberian Husky
  The Siberian Husky
  Sources for More Information About Siberian Husky