Height: Height: Males 21-23˝ inches and Females 20-22 inches
Weight: Weight: Males 45-60 pounds and Females 35-50 pounds
Life Expectancy: About 12-15 years.
The Siberian Husky is a medium-sized working dog, quick and light on his feet and free and graceful in action. His moderately compact and well furred body, erect ears and brush tail suggest his Northern heritage. His characteristic gait is smooth and seemingly effortless. He performs his original function in harness most capably, carrying a light load at a moderate speed over great distances. His body proportions and form reflect this basic balance of power, speed and endurance. The males of the Siberian Husky breed are masculine but never coarse; the bitches are feminine but without weakness of structure. In proper condition, with muscle firm and well developed, the Siberian Husky does not carry excess weight.
Colors: All colors from black to pure white are allowed. A variety of markings on the head is common, including many striking patterns not found in other breeds. There is no disqualification for color. The face mask and underbody are usually white, and the remaining coat any color, from wolf-gray to silver-gray or from sandy brown dark red and pure white to black with white markings.
The Chukchi people of northeast Asia developed the breed now known as the Siberian husky. Its ancestry is unknown, but it is of obvious spitz stock, evolved over hundreds of years as a sled dog for these nomadic people. During the Alaskan gold rush, dogs became a vital part of life in the Arctic regions, and dog racing became a favorite source of entertainment. The All-Alaska sweepstakes race, covering 408 miles between Nome and Candle, was especially popular, and in 1909 the first team of these Chukchi huskies brought over from Siberia was entered. Smaller and more docile than most of the other competitors, they aroused little admiration, with the exception of one racer who was so impressed he imported 70 to train for the 1910 race. His three teams placed first, second and fourth and so set the stage for the Siberian husky’s unrivaled dominance in this race. Throughout the rest of the year, the dogs earned their keep as utilitarian sledders, but it was in 1925 that they gained their greatest acclaim. Teams of huskies raced 340 miles with lifesaving serum for diphtheria stricken Nome and were credited with saving the town. A statue in their honor stands in Central Park. The first Siberian huskies came to Canada, and then the United States, at around this time. The AKC recognized the breed in 1930. During World War II, many Siberians served in the U.S. Army’s search and rescue teams, further capturing the public’s admiration. The breed’s popularity continued to grow until it was cherished as much for a family pet as for a racing sled dog or show dog. It remains one of the most popular of the Arctic breeds.
Description: Though extremely strong, Siberian Huskies are a very gentle breed and well suited for the whole family. They do not, however, make a good guard dogs. Huskies are very people oriented and are playful, enjoying activities such as pulling children in a wagon. Males like to roam and need to be kept in a well secured area because if they get out it may be impossible to catch them on foot. A member of the Spitz family, the Siberian Husky is strong and has the ability to haul light loads over long distances and rough terrain. Siberian Huskies are strong, compact, working dogs. The face mask and underbody are usually white, and the remaining coat any color, from wolf-gray to silver-gray or from sandy brown dark red to black with white markings. Siberians have eyes that may be brown or blue in color, One of each or Parti colored are all acceptable, set a trifle obliquely, with a friendly expression. The medium "snow shoe" feet are well furred between the toes and pads. Its ears are set high and erect, with a well furred tail of fox- brush shape is set on just below the level of the topline, and is usually carried over the back in a graceful sickle curve when the dog is at attention. . The Siberian Husky has a thick, undercoat and a soft outer coat. It is able to withstand temperatures as low as -58 degrees to -76 degrees For the detailed AKC standard see here
Fun-loving, adventurous, alert, independent, clever, stubborn, mischievous and obstinate. all describe the Siberian husky. This breed loves to run and will roam if given the chance. It it is generally good with other dogs. In fact, it is a very social dog that must have human or canine companionship. It may chase strange cats or livestock. Some howl, dig and chew. These dogs are gentle and playful, but willful and mischievous. This cheerful dog is very fond of their family. A puppy at heart, they are clever, sociable and loving, easy-going and docile. Good with children and friendly with strangers, they are not watchdogs, for they bark little and love almost everyone. Huskies are very intelligent and trainable, but they have a mind of their own and will only obey a command if they see the point to it. Training takes patience, consistency and an understanding of the Arctic dog character. This dog will take advantage if he can. Huskies make an excellent jogging companion, as long as it is not too hot. Huskies may be difficult to housebreak. This breed likes to howl and gets bored easily. They do not like to be left alone, so if this is the breed for you, you may want to consider having two. A lonely Husky can be very destructive. Remember that the Husky is a sled dog in heart and soul. They are good with other pets if they are raised with them from puppyhood. Huskies are thrifty eaters and need less food than you might expect. This breed does like to roam and therefore its recomended to keep them fenced or leashed at all times.
With Children: Dependable, energetic, friendly.
With Pets: Enjoys other dogs, and may do better if there is more than one Husky. Does not get along well with cats or other small animals
This is an active dog, bred to run tirelessly for miles. It needs ample daily exercise, either in the form of a long jog or a long run off leash in a safe area. It also loves to pull and enjoys cold weather. It can live outdoors in cool or cold climates, but ideally it can divide its time between indoors and out. Its coat needs brushing one or two times a week — daily during periods of heaviest shedding.
Huskies are relatively free of breed-specific problems, apart from hip dysplasia and occasional eye problems (such as juvenile cataracts).
Life span: 11 – 13 years
Form and Function
The Siberian husky combines power, speed and endurance, enabling it to carry a light load at moderate speed over a great distance. It is moderately compact, slightly longer than it is tall, and of definite Northern heritage. It is quick and light on its feet, with a smooth and effortless stride exhibiting both good reach and drive. It has a double coat of medium length, with a soft, dense undercoat and a straight, somewhat flat-lying outer coat. Its expression is keen but friendly, interested and even mischievous.
Special Skills: Sled and working dog
They are not recommended for apartments. This breed prefers to live in packs. Siberian Huskies are very active indoors and do best with a fenced-in large yard. Because of their adaptability, these dogs are suitable to life in hot climates. See: Temperature Adaptation in Northern Dogs
Excercise: Siberian Huskies need a fair amount of exercise, but should not be excessively exercised in warm weather. They need a large yard with a high fence, but bury the wire at the base of the fence because they are likely to dig their way out and go off hunting.
Grooming: The coat does not need much care except during the twice a year heavy shedding season, when they have to be combed thoroughly with a slicker brush or rake.