The Siberian husky - basic information
At Kraavagh Siberians we want you to be prepared for you new dog. Below is some basic information on the Siberian Husky. Huskies are beautifully striking in appearance, but can be difficult to own. If you have questions on whether or not a Husky is the right breed for you, please feel free to contact us.
Size: Siberian Huskies can weigh anywhere from 35-80 pounds, averaging 50 pounds. Most of our puppies range from 45-70 pounds.
Coloring: Ranging from pure white to dark reds, greys, creams, and even nearly pure black. Puppies at Kraavagh Siberians have been cream, light grey, dark grey, copper, light red, and black with white. All have "typical" Siberian husky markings. Eye color has great variation as well, from two blue eyes to grey, brown, green, or a combination of all. Green eyes on a Siberian husky are extremely rare and almost never remain so past one year of age - they seemingly always fade to a tan color. Puppies from Kraavagh Siberians have had every eye color variation known, including one blue eye with the other half brown and half grey.
Temperament and Personality: Siberian huskies are working dogs. Commonly, they are very happy dogs and will love anyone they come into contact with. As such, they do not make good guard dogs or protectors. They are usually stubborn and will lose interest easily, making training a difficult task. As young adults or puppies, they are very energetic and will get themselves into trouble. As with most other "snow breeds", they are diggers - and they always seem to find your favorite landscaping and dig it right out of the ground. They also love to run, as this was their specified purpose. They do not make good apartment or inside only dogs. Huskies can never be trusted off of a leash, either. They have a natural high prey drive and, if not properly trained, they will attack/play with any smaller animals, including cats - which may result in the death of the smaller animal.
Shedding: Their coats shed heavily twice a year (or more for breeding females). Each fall and spring they shed out their entire undercoat and must be brushed daily until the coat is completely removed. Between shedding seasons, they shed very lightly. Breeding females will shed their coats a month or so after each litter has been weened, regardless of the weather.
Recommended Minimum Training:
- Get them used to being brushed
- Get them used to having their nails cut
- Collar and leash training (if a gentle leader is desired, use them as early as possible)
- Get them used to being around smaller animals, including cats.
- House and/or crate training
- Get them used to car rides - some dogs may have motion sickness. It is also easier to take your dog to the vet when they enjoy car rides. Be sure to take them to fun places and not just the vet so they do not fear car rides.