Breed Profile - Siberian Husky

Although most Siberians do not have blue eyes, the gene is common to the breed.

Originating in northern Siberia, the Siberian Husky, which is descended from the wolf, was developed by the native Chukchi tribe as a draft animal.  In 1909, the breed was introduced into Canada to be used in sled-dog races.  The first standard was published in 1930 and the first American Siberian Husky Club was formed in 1938.   The breed arrived in Europe in 1950 and was recognized by the FCI in 1966.

Character, Special Skills and Training

This rustic dog of great endurance is very independant and tends to roam.  As a pet, he is affectionate and sociable.  The siberian Husky does not make a good guard dog because he is not wary of strangers.  This breed is not overly aggresive towards other dogs but is territorial and will strive for dominance in company with other dogs.

His hunting instinct is very strong, but through training, he will not wander.  However, if two Siberians are let loose unsupervised, they are far more liable to run off.

Care and Functions

This breed is made for the outdoors and will be unhappy if kept indoors.   The Siberian Husky needs intense exercise to maintain mental health.  Weekly brushing is required.  Currying is required during seasonal shedding.


Colour variations range from gray/white with black trim, through red/white, to black/white to snow white.  Siberian Huskies are famous for their striking blue eyes.  Although most Siberians carry the blue-eye gene, most animals have normal coloured eyes.   The black/white animals have the darkest eyes.

Size:  Dog: 54 to 60 cm. (21 - 23.5 in.)  Bitch: 51 to 56 cm. (20 - 22 in.)
Weight:  Dog: 20.5 to 28 kg. (45 - 60 lb.)  Bitch: 15.5 to 23 kg. (35 - 50 lb.)

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