Raised as northern sled dogs, Siberians have a thick, dense coat consisting of a soft undercoat and a smooth outercoat. They’re medium-sized canines that are fast, powerful and graceful.
Often, the first thing you notice about these handsome dogs is their eyes, which can be a striking blue or brown. Some may have two different-colored eyes or even parti-colored eyes that contain two colors. Their triangular ears sit atop a distinctive face that’s commonly white and framed with black, gray or brown markings.
Originating in northeast Asia, Siberians were bred to pull sleds long distances in cold temperatures. In 1925, a team of Siberian huskies demonstrated their remarkable strength when they traveled more than 650 miles to deliver medicine to a community in Alaska. Making the journey in less than six days, their heroic efforts saved many lives during a diphtheria outbreak.
These smart working dogs also contributed to military efforts during World War II, serving as part of the U.S. Army’s search and rescue teams.
Size and Health
Siberian huskies have a life expectancy of 14 years. They reach a height of 20 to 23.5 inches as adults. Males typically weigh between 45 and 60 pounds. Females are usually smaller, weighing between 35 and 50 pounds.
Siberians are a generally healthy breed with few genetic issues, although they should be checked for eye defects and canine hip dysplasia.
Care and Grooming
Brimming with energy, Siberian huskies need to keep busy and exercise regularly to thrive. Owners should ensure their dogs have daily walks and quality play time. While their endurance makes them great jogging, hiking and cycling companions, their ability to run means they should always be leashed, unless in a secured area, to keep them safe.
Siberian huskies are generally easy to maintain. They’re naturally clean and only require occasional baths. Their short coat doesn’t need clipping but should be brushed once a week, more frequently when they’re shedding. Their nails should be trimmed regularly.
There’s much to love about Siberians. These fun-loving dogs are always up for play and adventure. They get lonely if left on their own for long periods of time and are best suited for dog owners who have the time to lavish them with attention and involve them in their daily lives. Siberians are always pleased to see people, so they aren’t the best choice for a guard dog. They typically get along well with other dogs but may not be compatible with smaller pets like cats, guinea pigs and hamsters.
This breed can also be strong willed, so it’s important to train them when they’re puppies. They can get into mischief chewing, digging or howling if they’re bored or not stimulated.
Ask Us About Siberian Huskies in the Tampa Bay Area
If you’re interested in welcoming a puppy into your home, please get in touch with us for more information. We have Siberian huskies available in the Tampa Bay area, including Sarasota, St. Petersburg, Pinellas Park, Bradenton and Wesley Chapel. Feel free to call or text us at (813) 444-4365 or submit an online inquiry if you have any questions about bringing a Siberian husky puppy into your life.