Siberian Husky Dog Breed Advice

With their tendency to think for themselves and be somewhat independent, Siberian Huskies can sometimes be challenging to guide through [training]. However, if you keep the training sessions fun and varied, and do not allow the sessions to become repetitive and boring, your Siberian can do just fine. – Liz Palika, dog obedience trainer (from Popular Dogs: Siberian Huskies)

Much to their owners’ chagrin, Siberians blow their coats twice a year, shedding their undercoats completely. This intense shedding period usually lasts for two to three weeks. Owners can expect to be duly impressed by the amazing density and profusion of the Siberian coat as they repeatedly fill trash barrels with armloads of that downy fluff. The good news is that this dramatic coat explosion only happens twice a year. The rest of the time, Siberians are relatively shed-free. -- Kathy Salzberg, N.C.M.G., co-owner of the Village Groomer in Walpole, Massachusetts (from Popular Dogs: Siberian Huskies)

“Siberians look out for No. 1. It’s a one-dog dog, and that dog is itself. And yet, they’re wise enough to know that their survival depends on interaction with the pack. They are innately pack-oriented. If you watch a group of Siberians that has been raised together, the dogs function like a pack – just like a wolf pack.” Del Goetz, owner of Wolfpack Kennel in Marin, California (from Popular Dogs: Siberian Huskies)

Bred for strength and stamina, the Siberian is a hardy breed. However, no breed – indeed, no animal, including humans – is completely free of the genetic defects that can cause hereditary disease. Progressive retinal atrophy, juvenile cataracts and hip dysplasia are among the genetic diseases that, while not a major problem in Siberian Huskies, are a consideration for breeders. – Marcia King, pet health writer (from Popular Dogs: Siberian Huskies)


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JacqueSzab   saddle brook, NJ

3/2/2013 4:17:26 PM

Don't ever shave a husky!

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Maggie   Indianapoils, IN

7/21/2011 10:38:45 PM

I have 2.5 year old male husky n when we got him he would shake his head real bad then he stopped until 2 weeks ago n it was a lot faster then out of no where he stopped and he has not had one since then.........can somebody please tell what is wrong with him?!?!?!

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Sue   Cape Coral, FL

3/25/2011 3:13:27 PM

My Husky is 4 years and she was borne and raised in Fl. should I have her shaved in the summer to keep her cooler I've read that her coat keeps her cooler in the summer. In the summer months she's only outside in the early mornings or late afternoon.

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Steve   Eagle, WI

12/7/2010 2:05:59 AM

We just got our husky and she is a 1.5 year old and she hasn't eaten since we got her 3 days ago and we are using the same dog food that the owner before us used not sure what to do? Also, we have two other dogs a black lab (9 year old male) and a cocker spainal (2.5 year old female. Our husky get along with the lab but the cocker she seems to attack the husky every now and again not sure if its jealous or not? How do you know if your husky is happy in your household with the other dogs. Please could anyone help me out.

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