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Siberian Husky

With their wolf like appearance and unique personalities, the Husky’s appeal is unquestionable, but these gorgeous pups aren’t for everyone.

Originating in Northeast Asia (comprising of countries like Russia, Korea, Mongolia and China), the Siberian Husky was bred to pull sleds, as well as for companionship and guarding.

They are a medium dog, growing up to 60 cm and weighing up to 27 kgs with females smaller than males. They come in all colours such as black, white, brown, tan and so on.

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Dog Breed Facts & Characteristics

Origin

Northeast Asia 

Bred for

Sled pulling, companionship

Size 

Weight 16 to 27 kg

Height 51 to 60 cm

Weight Range

16 to 27 kg

Colours

All colours

Life expectancy

12 to 14 years

Coat

Thick double coat 

Temperament 

Energetic, mischievous, social, suits an experienced dog person

Exercise requirements

High

Best suited for 

Experienced dog people with active lifestyles

Apartment Friendly

Not recommended 

Personality

As sled dogs, they are athletic with lots of energy and enjoy sports like agility. Due to this, they are better suited to active households. If their energy isn’t channelled appropriately, they may get frustrated and try to escape, dig or have other destructive behaviour. Some Huskies have retained their hunting instincts so take care introducing your Husky to other animals. Socialising with other dogs, people and animals early in life will help your Siberian Husky become better adjusted as they mature. Overall, the Husky may be better suited to a household of experienced dog people. Because they value lots of play and exercise, they’ll be cramped in a small apartment, and are better suited to larger properties. Huskies also howl rather than bark, so take this into consideration before adopting a Husky. 

Grooming

Being a breed that developed to survive in merciless Siberian winters it’s no surprise that the Husky has a very thick double coat. This needs frequent brushing, and ideally, you’ll have an undercoat rake and a slicker brush to do this at least weekly. This will also help to collect loose hairs which are shed year-round. Trips to your local groomer may be needed to help you tend to your Husky’s thick undercoat. Make sure your Husky is on flea and tick control all year round. 

Feeding

When choosing a food for your Siberian Husky, select a premium food appropriate to your dog’s age and life stage. Follow the recommended feeding guides on the food appropriate to your pet's size. A joint protecting supplement may make a good addition to your regular feeding schedule as your Siberian Husky gets older, as they are susceptible to developing arthritis. Make sure your dog always has a supply of fresh, clean water available.

Common health concerns 

The five most common reasons for a Siberian Husky to visit the vet (excluding routine care visits) according to PetSure data (from 2019) include:

Rank

Condition

Average cost for single treatment
(average pet insurance claim amount)

Highest cost for single treatment (highest pet insurance claim seen for this condition)

1

Skin Condition (infection, allergy)

$186

$5,915

2

Arthritis

$143

$4,194

3

Ear Condition (infection, allergy) 

$159

$,1484

4

Cruciate ligament disease

$734

$9,141

5

Tumours

$443

$6,819

Disclaimer: Reimbursement for these claims would be subject to limits, such as annual benefit limits or sub-limits, benefit percentage, applicable waiting periods and any applicable excess. Cover is subject to the policy terms and conditions. You should consider the relevant Product Disclosure Statement or policy wording available from the relevant provider.

The dense coat of the Siberian Husky may hide skin infections and allergies which are common in the Siberian Husky. 

Arthritis and cruciate ligament disease are also common as the Siberian Husky ages. Obesity can also worsen these problems, so keeping your Husky fit and lean throughout life is important. 

Most popular Siberian Husky names

Most popular names

  1. Charlie
  2. Bailey
  3. Archie
  4. Daisy
  5. Luna
  6. Murphy
  7. Arlo
  8. Ollie
  9. Willow
  10. Leo

Most popular female names  

  1. Daisy
  2. Luna
  3. Nala
  4. Willow
  5. Rosie
  6. Billie
  7. Honey
  8. Maggie
  9. Millie
  10. Bonnie

Most popular male names

  1. Charlie
  2. Bailey
  3. Archie
  4. Murphy
  5. Arlo
  6. Ollie
  7. George
  8. Leo
  9. Buddy
  10. Alfie

Did you know?

Make some popcorn and check out Eight Below and it’s 1983 Japanese original Antarctica to see Siberian Huskies, Malamutes and Sakhalin Huskies in action.  

Where can I get a Husky?

If you’re looking for a Husky, check out your local Husky specific rescue organisation. Also be sure to check your local pet rescue shelters where you might just find your new best friend! 

References

  1. Wikipedia, Siberian Husky, Accessed on 6/11/20
  2. American Kennel Club, Siberian Husky, Accessed on 6/11/20
  3. Wikipedia, Antarctica (1983 film), Accessed on 6/11/2020

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Kylie Mitchell is a veterinarian with over 17 years experience in animal health and welfare, including in the veterinary and pet insurance industries

She has three rescue cats (Noah, Bei Bei and Meeka), four very old cockatiels and a pond-full of fish.

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