History & Origins
The original Siberian Huskies were bred by the Chuckchi people, who needed help in the cold Siberian Arctic. Siberian Huskies are known as one of the most athletic, endurable working class breeds. They as well as Malamutes and others are descendants of Quimmiq; the original sled dog. Siberian Huskies are a Spitz breed that originated in Northern Siberia (Russia).
Weight & Size
Siberian Huskies are a medium sized, compact breed. The average female sized Husky stands 18-20 inches at the withers and weighs 35-50 pounds. Males are slightly larger standing 21-24 inches at the withers and weighing 45-60 pounds. They are typically lean and energetic.
Unique Eye Characteristics
Huskies can have a wide array of eye colorings. They can have an ice blue, dark blue, brown, dark-brown, green or amber eye color. Siberian Huskies may be bi-eyed; Where both eyes are of solid color but different color from each other ex. one blue, one green. Siberian Huskies can also be parti eyed; Where one or both eyes (dual parti-eyes) have 2 colors in them. A half and half colored eye is often referred as a split eye. It's also possible for Siberian's to have dual split eyes.
Genetics & Temperament
Being of Spitz genetics, the Siberian Husky displays unique characteristics of erect triangular ears, a thickly furred body and a brush tail. Identified by their distinctive markings, wide variety of coat and eye colors. Siberian Huskies have a life span of 12-15 years. Huskies are naturally caring, family oriented and love children but with an urge to wander, they can be professional escape artist.
Coat Patterns & Markings
Unlike many other breeds, Siberian Huskies have a double-coat with many colors and patterns. Their coat length can range from standard, which is the shortest to wooly (the longest); In between is plush, a medium length coat. A Huskies coat color can be grey & white, black & white, red & white, mostly black, agouti, wolfgrey, piebald, or many others. Siberian Huskies can have many different markings. Their face can have one of many mask or a dirty-face (mostly dark).
As a more natural breed Siberian Huskies are excellent self-cleaners and need few baths a year unless showing or conditions insist otherwise. A wooly Siberian's care may consist of weekly brushings; While a standard coat Siberian may only need brushed once a month. Being double-coated, Siberian Huskies undercoat blows twice a year and needs to be brushed out. We recommend a rake and pin brush. Try not to be intimidated by the surprising amount of hair that comes loose.