What To Know About Siberian Husky Breeders

Siberian Huskies have an ancestry that dates back five thousand years. Part of the Spitz family, these dogs descended from sledding dogs used by Eskimos in the Arctic regions. Eskimo Siberian Husky breeders selectively bred huskies and, due to each Siberian Husky breeder being geographically isolated huskies maintained their close resemblance to wolves. Siberian Huskies were mainly used as sledding dogs and hunting companions. They required very little food for their level of activity and their high endurance allowed them to run for hours through packed snow while pulling a moderately sized load.

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The American Kennel Club recognized the Siberian Husky as a breed in 1930. Since that time, huskies have been used more for show than sledding. However, the breed retains wolf-like physical and behavioral traits. Typical Siberian Husky characteristics include high-set, pointed ears, thick, double coats of fur, a furry, sickle-shaped tail, and wolf-like personality traits such as stubbornness, independence and suspicion. Siberian Huskies have distinctive facial markings, medium sized compact bodies, and blue or brown eyes (or one of each color).

Siberian Huskies have specific behavioral traits as well as physical traits. Some can be deciding points on whether or not a potential owner buys a purebred Siberian Husky. Every Siberian Husky breeder has a responsibility to warn and inform buyers of typical behavioral traits of Siberian Huskies.

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First, Siberian Huskies howl rather than bark, just like wolves. Their ululating howl can come as a surprise to an unsuspecting owner. Second, huskies are stubborn. They may be difficult to train and may only listen to commands when they feel like it. Third, Siberian Huskies are pack animals. They become depressed and destructive if left alone.

A good Siberian Husky breeder retains both the breed standard traits and good health and behavioral traits in their huskies. Like other larger dogs, huskies can be prone to hip dysplasia and a good breeder will not breed dogs with this issue. There are many other health and behavioral traits common to huskies that Siberian Husky breeders must watch for and educate potential buyers about.

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Signs of a reputable Siberian Husky breeder include maintaining their own kennels and the puppies are properly socialized and used to various family members. Both puppies and parents have received screening for common genetic defects. Breeders should also provide medical records and immunizations.

Buyers should ask the following questions of Siberian Husky breeders: Can I visit your kennel to make sure it is clean and appropriate? Can I meet the parents of the puppy? (the mother should be on-site/the father may not be) Have puppies and parents been screened for genetic defects? Is there a pedigree? (there should be a lengthy pedigree for any purebred puppy) Can you tell me about the breed? (breeders should be experts) Are you affiliated with rescue centers? (breeders should refer buyers to rescue animals) What are common husky health/behavioral problems? (breeders should educate buyer) How do I train/care for/discipline my husky? Is there a warranty?

Questions to ask Siberian Husky breeders include whether or not you can visit the kennel and meet the puppies’ parents. Also ask the breeder what health problems are specific to Siberian Huskies and for help with training techniques. Find out if the breeder offers any warrantees or if the Siberian Husky can be returned if necessary.

Andrew Preston
Andrew Preston

Andrew Preston is a passionate lover of the Siberian Husky and owns a popular website where you'll discover how to have a happy, healthy, and well behaved Siberian Husky.