Males: 21 - 23 inches ; Females: 20 - 22 inches
The double coat consists of a soft, dense undercoat with a straight, smooth overcoat.
Siberian Huskies come in all colors, in many different patterns, and with a variety of white markings.
Since Siberian Huskies tend to be mischievous, don't choose the most outgoing puppy in a litter.
The Sibe is fun loving, friendly, gentle, alert and outgoing. He has a delightful and affectionate temperament and is not usually possessive, territorial or suspicious of strangers. Siberians possess a stately beauty, smiling good humor and unparalleled work ethic. They have a great love for their family - they are not one-person dogs.
Siberians are adaptable to many different living conditions, provided they are given a proper outlet for their exercise requirements. They were bred to live and work as part of a team, so they do not like to be alone. Siberians are nomads at heart, and their desire to run and roam is one of their most troublesome attributes. They must be kept confined or under control at all times when outdoors, either in a securely fenced yard or on leash. Although they rarely bark, they do moan, whine and even howl when the mood strikes.
The Siberian's independence does not make him a natural at obedience work. However, hiking, jogging, cross-country skiing, sledding and vigorous outdoor play are all excellent activities for this breed.
The Siberian was bred to run tirelessly for long distances in front of a sled. Understandably, his need for ample exercise is inborn. He should have a large, escape-proof yard to run around in, as well as a few daily runs or jogs on a leash.
The Siberian requires a relatively small amount of food for his size, thanks to a very efficient metabolism. He needs the energy that food gives him but operates fully on less food per 1 pound (0.5 kg) of body weight than other breeds his size. A high-quality, age-appropriate diet is best. Feeding twice a day as an adult is recommended.
This dog was bred to make his own decisions. He also loves to chase small animals. Given those facts, no amount of training will make it safe for him to be off-leash outside of a fenced area. He is intelligent and friendly, but he can be stubborn and may only obey a command if he sees a point to it. He is often impervious to disciplinary training methods. Positive reinforcement, consistency, patience and an understanding of the sled-dog character are all required to train this breed.
Siberians make excellent companions for active people of all ages. They are true pack animals, and the company of another dog usually makes for a happy Siberian. He gets along well with children, but he is a strong and powerful dog, so interactions should be monitored. He has strong predatory instincts and may view small pets as prey unless he has been raised with them.
The average life span of the Siberian Husky is 12 to 15 years. Common health problems of the breed involve the eyes: corneal dystrophy, hereditary cataracts, and progressive retinal atrophy (PRA). Also, as with many breeds, hip dysplasia may occur.
The Siberian's coat requires only minimal attention except during shedding season (which varies depending on climactic conditions), when he loses his entire undercoat. During those periods, he should be brushed and combed daily.
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