If you own, or are thinking about owning, a Siberian husky, you need to know these Siberian husky dog-care facts. Plus, get our favorite husky-inspired gift ideas.

By Bridgette Uhlemann

Temperament: Siberian huskies have a loyal, outgoing personality. They are also mischievous, extremely intelligent, and very active, so be sure to keep a close eye on your husky!

Training: Siberian huskies can be difficult to train, but keeping a few rules in mind may help. Be sure to start training your Siberian husky as a puppy to minimize bad behavior and build a strong relationship. Huskies are pack dogs and wlll only obey the alpha. Therefore, the owner needs to establish himself as the "alpha" at all times. If your Siberian ever shows aggression, this behavior needs to be corrected immediately. Permitting your Siberian husky to continue this behavior may encourage future, stronger aggression toward other people, dogs, and smaller animals. Make sure to keep your Siberian husky active; boredom can lead to destructive activities and behavior problems.

Care and grooming: Siberian huskies have a thick double coat that must be brushed at least weekly. Daily brushing is required during shedding season. An occasional bath will also help keep your Siberian husky looking its best. As far as exercise, Siberian huskies are very active and require regular physical and mental stimulation. Remember that Siberian huskies were bred to pull a sled over long distances, so they want to run! You will need to provide daily exercise, either through an enclosed space (like a fenced yard) or long walks on a leash.

Health: Siberian huskies are generally a healthy breed with a life span of 12 to 15 years. Like all purebreds, however, there may be some health problems, like hip dysplasia and eye disease. These issues can be minimized by working with a responsible breeder who knows the specific health concerns and diseases within the breed.

Food: Good nutrition, including proper food, is very important throughout a Siberian husky's life. Siberian huskies can maintain a healthy weight on less food than other similarly sized breeds, but special care should be taken to ensure your husky is given high-quality protein-based food. As far as size, a male Siberian husky should be 21 to 23-1/2 inches tall and weigh between 45 and 60 pounds. A female Siberian husky should be 20 to 22 inches tall and weigh between 35 and 50 pounds. Siberian huskies should not become overweight and will live a longer, happier life if a proper weight is maintained. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas, depending on the size of your dog. The Siberian husky is a medium breed dog, so consider working with your veterinarian to determine the best diet to ensure your pet remains healthy.

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