Siberian Huskies: About the Breed

Male

Height: 21 to 23 1/2 inches

Height: 20 to 22 inches

Weight: 45 to 60 lbs

Weight: 35 to 50 lbs

Female

Temperament:

Siberian Huskies are gentle dogs who are affectionate, playful, alert, eager to please, and adaptable. Their even, loving temperament makes Huskies wonderful companions for all ages. They love to run and play and make excellent jogging partners (as long as it is not too hot).

While Huskies are capable of showing strong affection for their family, they exhibit no suspicion of strangers and greet guests warmly. They are good with children, friendly to strangers, and bark very little; therefore, Huskies do not make good watchdogs.

Though Huskies are intelligent and trainable, they will only obey commands if they see their master as a strong leader and worthy of obedience.  Training involves patience, consistency, and firm understanding of the Husky character.  Without consistency, housebreaking can be difficult.  Huskies are easily bored and need stimulation and plenty of physical activity.  When left alone for long periods of time without adequate exercise and attention, Huskies can become mischievous and destructive.

Huskies make wonderful family dogs and adapt well to other pets when they are properly socialized from puppyhood.  These beautiful, intelligent, loving animals will make a great addition to your family if you are willing to put the time and effort into them.

Coat Color:

While most people think that Siberian Huskies are either “Black and White” or “Gray and White,” Siberian Huskies can actually be a variety of colors.  AKC Breed Standard allows any color for the Siberian Husky.  No coat/eye color or combination is favored or viewed as a fault.

The American Kennel Club registration form lists the following colors: black, agouti, gray, red, sable, and white.  Different color combinations and patterns exist equally among the breed.

Eye Color:

Huskies come with a variety of eye colors including brown, blue, green, and amber.  Also, bi-eyed (different colors in each eye), and parti-eyed (two colors within the same eye) are common in the Husky breed.  All eye colors are accepted by the AKC for this breed.  There is not a “right” or a “wrong” eye color for the Husky.  Though all Huskies are born with blue eyes, color changes do occur and usually the permanent color is determined between four and eight weeks of age.

NOTE:  Eye color cannot be guaranteed.  We breed for quality, temperament, and health and find these qualities to be more important than eye color.  Lone Star Huskies will not refund a deposit based on a change in eye color.  If a puppy’s eye color changes and you no longer wish to proceed with the purchase, you will forfeit your deposit.  Huskies offer a wealth of characteristics that make them ideal companions and we believe that eye color should not play a part in your final decision.  If eye color is your sole motivation in purchasing a puppy from us, you should probably reevaluate your reasons for owning a Husky.

Living Conditions:

Siberian Huskies are active dogs and like to roam.  They are usually not recommended for apartments; however, they can live in apartments if they are well trained and properly exercised.  Huskies are playful and do best when they have a large, fenced yard.  Because of their heavy coats, they prefer cooler climates.  In warmer climates, Huskies need adequate shade or air conditioning.  Huskies prefer to live in packs.

Grooming:

The coats of Siberian Huskies shed heavily twice a year.  During their shedding seasons, they need to be brushed and combed daily.

Exercise:

Siberian Huskies need regular exercise such as a daily walk or jog, but should not be exercised to excess in warm weather.  Huskies like to roam, so they need a large fenced yard with the base of the fence imbedded to prevent digging out.  Huskies have been bred for centuries to run and will run when given the opportunity.  Never trust a Husky without a leash!

Life Expectancy:

12 to 15 years

Additional Information:

http://www.akc.org/breeds/siberian_husky/index.cfm

http://www.ishclub.org

http://www.huskycolors.com/rescue.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siberian_Husky