ABOUT SIBERIAN HUSKIES
Yes and No. Of all the shortcomings to be found, the most dangerous to the pet owner is their tremendous desire to RUN! But the very first dash that a puppy makes across the road could be his last run, anywhere. A Siberian, for his own protection, should be kept confined or under control at all times. Siberian Huskies are very intelligent dogs. They will often do things that will surprise you. Like most breeds if they are bored or haven't had enough exercise, they can become quite mischievous, inventive and destructive. This is typical of most working breeds. That is why it is really important to include your Siberian in family activities, and give him plenty of attention and exercise. Siberian Huskies are very pack-oriented animals. You are a member of his/her pack and he/she will want to be included. It is also good to have plenty of toys and chews for your Husky to keep them busy when you have other things to do. But, like with any breed, they need the proper exercise.
The Siberian Husky has a delightful temperament, affectionate but not fawning. This gentle and friendly disposition may be a heritage from the past, since the Chukchi people held their dogs in great esteem. They housed them in family shelters, and encouraged their children to play with them. They are alert, eager to please, and adaptable.
The Siberian is not usually a one-man dog, and he/she is capable of showing strong affection for their family. The Siberian Husky is not a guard dog, but may unwittingly act as a deterrent to those ignorant of his true hospitable nature, simply due to his intense personality and appearance. However, as with any dog, it is not a good idea to let puppies and children play unattended. Children and puppies tend to be unaware of their own size and strength and could accidentally injure each other. The best thing to do is to teach your child and new puppy how to behave around one another and you shouldn't have any problems.
Siberian Huskies are pretty quiet dogs. It is not typical of the breed to be big barkers. They do talk and howl in a soft "woo woo woo" sound. If you have more than one Husky, you will sometimes hear them howling together, starting and stopping simultaneously. Since the Siberian, like other northern breeds, are very pack-oriented animals, this behavior is typical.
Both sexes make good pets. Male Siberians are more dependent and females are somewhat independent. For example, if you and your family are watching T.V. in your living room, a male Siberian will probably prefer to be in the room with you, while the female will probably sleep in the other room and just come in and check on you periodically. I have found that my males seem to want a little more of my time.
Siberians have been known to do their share of digging, chewing, jumping, and escaping. Digging holes is a pastime of many Siberian Huskies. Some will have no problem in a fenced-in yard. Others will dig out from under the fence, jump 4 foot fences, or try to find a way to escape so they can run, even if they have to chew their way out. If your dog's outdoor run isn't on cement, I wouldn't leave the dog unattended in the yard unless he is tied up, or you might never see your Siberian again. If your dogs pen is only four foot high, I would suggest putting something over the top so they don't climb or jump out.
The Siberian Husky is a remarkably healthy breed. When well cared for, the Siberian is relatively "maintenance free", outside of normal checkups and vaccinations. However, the breed is prone to hip dysplasia, but the incidence of this condition is low in the Siberian Husky.
Eye problems are also a concern in the breed. The incidence of cataracts in the breed is around 15 - 18%. With the typical cataract, the dogs vision is not usually substantially affected, and they lead a full, happy, should be neutered life. However, a more aggressive cataract also exists, which progresses quickly and may cause blindness by 2 to 3 years of age.
Corneal dystrophy is also a concern. This disease causes diffuse and progressive vision loss in mid to older age. It is often not present or detectable until age 4 to 6 years, at which time the dog could easily have produced a few litters and perpetuated the problem.
Glaucoma is also present in the Siberian, particularly in some specific racing lines. Glaucoma causes the animal significant pain and vision loss usually before it is detected by the owner.
Progressive retinal atrophy and central progressive retinal atrophy have appeared in a number of breeds, including some Siberians. These problems are genetically caused. Careful screening of potential breeding pairs has helped reduce the incidence of these problems in the breed, and the current incidence of PRA is relatively low.
The Siberian is fastidiously clean and is free of body odor and parasites. Siberian's clean themselves like cats. In fact, a Siberian that gets soiled with mud will clean himself/herself up. Therefore, bathing requirements are minimal. Most Siberian owners only have to bathe their dogs once a year or less!
Twice a year, Siberians "blow" their undercoats. They will shed their undercoats completely. It is a very intense shedding period that can last three weeks from start to finish. The good news is it only happens twice a year!
The remainder of the time, Siberians are relatively shed free. Some people feel that this problem is easier to cope with than the constant shedding and removal of many smooth-coated breeds. The hair usually comes out in large and small clumps. The two brushes that no one should live without if they own a husky, is a slicker and a grooming comb. During the intense shedding period, if you brush the dog every day, to help get out the undercoat, it should shorten the shedding period. Other than during the shedding season, the Siberian needs very little grooming. No trimming or shaving of the hair is required. Just occasional brushing and to remove dead hair and keep the coat fresh and shiny. On the Siberians that I have in my home, I do clip the hair that grows out of the bottom of the foot between the pads. I cut it flush with the bottom of the foot. It can grow pretty long and it seems to pick up leaves, mud, and grass. In the winter, I don't cut it because it helps keep their pads warm if they spend much time outside.
Their nails should be checked and clipped periodically. You can get a canine nail clipper at any pet store, local vet, or from a dog supply catalog. I would also purchase Styptic Powder. If you cut your dogs nails too short, they will really bleed a lot. The Styptic Powder stops the bleeding immediately!
The Siberian Huskies eyes may be all brown, all blue, bi-eyed (one brown and one blue), this is not considered a fault to have a bi-eyed (one brown and one blue), nor is it rare. The bi-eye is also called a "pinto eye", a parti eye" or a "split eye". It is fairly common in the breed. One or both eyes may be all blue with a brown pie shaped wedge, or all brown with a blue wedge. At first glance, it may appear that there is something wrong with the eye, but there is not. It is simply a matter of pigmentation.
The Siberian Husky has a variety of coat colors. Black & White, Gray & White, Red & White, Sable & White, Agouti & White, and Solid White. A variety of markings on the head is common, including many striking patterns not found in other breeds.
Yes! You will have a hard time keeping your Siberian Husky inside in the winter time! They love to play in the snow and pull sleds! Siberian Huskies can work and live in temperatures as low as 75 degrees fahrenheit below zero. But regardless, your dog should always have some type of shelter
The Siberian Husky is an easy dog to care for. They make wonderful indoor pets because they are fastidiously clean and free from body odor and parasites. They are an easy keeper, requiring a relatively small amount of food for their size. They are very easy to train because of their high intelligence. People will often mistake the fact that they can be difficult to train as a sign of stupidity. You really need to keep the Siberian Husky interested and challenge his/her intelligence in order to properly train them. A Siberian will probably know what you want him/her to do, they may not want to do it, so it is really important to start training at an early age. Help him/her understand their roll in the family and show them that you are the Alpha.
If you choose to keep your Siberian outside, never shave them in the summer! Their coats help keep them cool, but because of the hot summers, always make sure your dog has some type of shelter to get in out of the hot sun. They also love water, and it will help keep them cool in the summer. My dogs all have their own (small child) swimming pools to play in and keep cool.
NO, The Siberian Husky is a domesticated pure bred dog and has been for many Centuries. They are sometimes mistaken for wolves, and they have been used in movies to depict wolves, but they are most certainly not wolves or part wolf.