The Siberian Husky is known for its very distinctive look, with its piercing blue eyes, and gorgeous coat. The breed was brought to Alaska in 1908 from Eastern Siberia and was utilized as a sled dog during the gold rush era. Though the Siberian Husky is smart, individualistic, and loving, they are not a good breed for apartment dwellers or for new dog owners. Early socialization and obedience training is necessary because they are very, very clever and have their own mind. This breed is known to escape from yards, therefore they need to have a high fence at least six feet high, with one foot dug underground. Since they are from Siberia, the frigid cold is not an issue for them, they were bred to be working sled dogs in below zero weather conditions. Strong and agile they do have a propensity to be free-spirited and are not for the faint of heart. The breed is very affectionate with family, children, other dogs, and even strangers. Their exercise needs are high, at least 30-60 minutes a day, and were bred to need a very low caloric intake. The Siberian Husky does love to howl, not necessarily bark, but howl. They have a double coat with lots of medium length hair, with a top coat that is straight and a soft and thick undercoat. The breed does shed 2x/year in the spring and fall in cold climates, but much more often in warmer climates. They do need to be brushed at least 1x/week during non-shedding season, and more during shedding season. Their colors range from black to pure white, to red-orange, and variations in between. They do need to have their teeth brushed 2-3x/week, but daily is better. Their nails need to be trimmed 1-2x/month, and it is also important to have their ears checked weekly as well. It would be essential to have your Siberian Husky used to being brushed, examined, and groomed when young so they are more accepting of it when older. The Siberian Husky is typically 20-23 inches high, generally weighs 35-60 pounds, and has a lifespan of 12-15 years. This is generally a healthy breed and with routine veterinary visits and care they should live a long and happy life.
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