Siberian Husky

Working Group

Two Siberian Huskies (one standing and one lying down) in front of white background

Height at Shoulders

Females 20-22 in, Males 21-23.5 in

Weight

Females 35-50 lbs, Males 45-60 lbs

Life Expectancy

12-14 yrs

History

The Siberian Husky's close ancestors originated in northeast Asia, bred by the nomadic Chukchi people as working sled dogs as well as companions. These dogs were capable of hauling sleds over frozen, rugged terrain for hundreds of miles in subzero temperatures on a small food supply. Although it's unknown exactly when the Siberian Husky became its own breed, they became known to the public in the early 1900's. They really gained the public's attention when, in 1925, a team of Siberian Huskies traveled 658 miles in 5 and a half days to rush a diphtheria antitoxin to the remote town of Nome, Alaska that was experiencing an outbreak.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Siberian Huskies will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★☆☆

★★★★★

★★★★★

★★★★★

★★★★☆

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★★★★☆

★★

★☆

★☆

Intelligence

★★★☆☆


Affection Towards Family

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★★★


Exercise Needs

★★★★☆


Energy Level


Sensitivity

★★★★☆


Noise Level

★★


Prey Drive

★☆


Shedding

★☆

Common Traits

Playful, good-natured, affectionate, and friendly towards everyone

Goofy and mischievous- may become extremely destructive if bored or underexercised

Talented escape artists- can slip out of collars, dig under fences, break chains, jump fences, etc.

Will try to assume alpha role in the house if not taught otherwise

Very curious and known to wander- sometimes even get themselves lost