Breed Guide: Siberian Husky

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Siberian HuskyDr. Fiona is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency

About the Siberian Husky

Height (to base of neck): female 20-23″, male 21-25″

Weight: female: 35-50 lbs, male 45-60 lbs

Color: Varied, usually with white paws and legs, facial markings, and tail tip. Commonly black and white, less commonly copper-red and white, grey and white, and pure white.

Origin: Siberia, Russia

Coat: Thick two layered coat with a dense undercoat and a longer topcoat of short, straight guard hairs.

Life Expectancy: 12-14 years

Energy level: High

Exercise needs: high

Is a Siberian Husky the Right Dog Breed for You?

The Husky can be an ideal family dog if behavioral and obedience training is started young.  They are high energy and require frequent companionship with people and other dogs.  Behavioral issues include a tendency towards being vocal, destructive behavior when not adequately stimulated and roaming and escaping.  They can be very affectionate with people of all ages. Their dense coat requires weekly grooming to maintain. The coat can adapt to be suitable for warmer climates as well.

5 Common Illnesses, Medical Conditions and Accidents for the Siberian Husky

According to the number of dog insurance claims Pets Best receives

Medical Issue  Average Claim Amount  Most Expensive Claim 
Inflammation of the small intestine $246 $651
Ear Infection $173 $803
Lipoma (Fatty Tumor) $757 $4,776
Arthritis $486 $2,245
Skin Allergies $574 $2,581


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