Frequently Asked Questions
Sherakan Siberians Breeder of Champions
Siberians are pack animals
Siberians are pack animals (think sled dogs). They need a pack. Some Siberians will be OK with an all-human pack. If that pack all goes off to work or school together, the Siberian is alone. Lonely Siberians can be destructive huskies. Crate training and companionship with other dogs are helpful.
Siberians shed. Unlike short-haired breeds which shed constantly, Siberian shed copiously twice a year. Generally in the spring and the fall, Siberians have a complete makeover hair-wise. They literally blow out their coat. Their coat consists of an undercoat and guard hairs. Some Siberians will shed both coats at the same time. Others will shed over a longer time, shedding first the undercoat then the guard hairs. If immaculate sofas free from dog hair are your things, a Siberian is probably not. If you do not like cleaning up little hair balls, a Siberian is probably not your thing. Another issue to consider is pet allergies. Many people are allergic to dog or cat hair. Although Siberian Huskies have little doggy smell and are not one of the most allergy-causing breeds, a serious pet dander allergy of a family member should have you reconsidering a dog for your choice of pet.
Are Siberian Huskies good guard dogs?
Not particularly. They are however a good deterrent due to their wolfish appearance. They have been bred for generations to be friendly towards human beings and so do not have guard dog instincts. They would probably lick a intruder to death.
Are Siberians good with children?
are, but it should be borne in mind that Siberians are very
playful so if you have a toddler that is not too secure on his
feet the dog might knock him over unintentionally. They love
lots of activity and will never intentionally bite or otherwise
harm a child. As any dog should not be left alone with
any child in it's young age.
Siberian Husky Life Span.
Siberians Huskies lifespan on the average is from 10 to 14 years. There has been Siberians to live up to 17 years of age. So they have a
fairly long life span.
Do all Siberians have blue eyes?
all Siberians have blue eyes although it is quite a common for
the normal population to think so, The Siberian husky has many
eye and coat colors in the breed. Other colors include
brown, yellow and green. Some dogs have got bi-colored eyes
which means one eye of one color while the other eye is a
different color. Some dogs have got parti-colored eyes which
means, for instance, a brown eye with a blue area in it or some
other combination in one eye. This is not a fault, merely a
matter of pigmentation. It is therefore quite acceptable in the
Are blue eyed dogs sensitive to sunlight?
Siberians are generally not overly sensitive to sunlight due to
the fact that they would suffer
from snow blindness if they were.
Do they suffer in hot climates?
become a bit less active and find cool areas to lie in but their
coats insulate them from heat as well as cold. It is not a good
idea to heavily exercise your dog in the height of a
summer but on the whole they cope pretty well. They are light
boned animals and so dissipate heat quite easily.
Are Siberians part wolf?
commonly are of the romantic belief that Siberians are part
wolf, but they are not. They are a domesticated dog breed that
has been used and bred by man for many centuries. They are often
used in movies to depict wolves which practice is largely
responsible for perpetuating this myth. Here is a good link to
read about the
Wolf vs.. The Siberian Husky And Alaskan
Do Siberians need large areas to live in?
don't. When released into the much larger exercise area
they run around for about twenty minutes and then return of
their own accord to the kennel. Obviously there are practical
limits on this and it would be cruel to keep a Siberian in a
very small area.
Is a Siberian an easily trained dog?
Not really. They are highly intelligent and often their disobedience is not because they don't understand what you require but rather because they just don't want to do what you are asking. They are strong willed and can be quite insolent, simply disregarding their owners. On the other hand, if your Siberian respects you it can be quite cooperative. There are many Siberians Huskies that have obtained Obedience titles and also Agility titles you just need to train a lot more than other breeds. Obedience training should be a must for all dogs of any breed, but most especially for Siberian Huskies. Their natural intelligence and independence can get them in trouble. Obedience school can help them respect you as an owner and can give them definite boundaries. A Siberian Husky with clearly defined rules is generally a happier dog. If a Siberian Husky is not properly trained, she can become quite a nuisance as SHE will assume control of the day-to-day operations of the household.
Do Siberians eat a lot?
they are generally light eaters.
What do Siberians eat?
A good quality commercial dog food will provide a perfectly satisfactory diet for your Siberian.
What sort of enclosure do Siberians require?
Good fences are essential In separate chain link and bite through light aluminum wire. They can climb through holes in chain link that are no more than 6 inches long. Once out of an enclosure, they tend to run. They may run for a long time and for many miles. Their original purpose in life was to haul a light load at moderate speeds over long distances. Even though you might not run dogs with a sled, their instincts are first and foremost as sled dogs. The Siberian Husky also has a high prey drive. While your Siberian Husky is on the loose, she could be endangering the neighbors chickens, cats, small dogs and even goats. A dog at large runs the risk of being shot, poisoned or hit by a car. Here are a few tips on safely containing a Siberian Husky.
We do not recommend the use of "invisible barrier" fences or underground fencing. This containment method does not work well with most Siberian Huskies. They will endure the short burst of pain in order to indulge their greatest love: running. In addition, the battery operated collars may run low of power, may be removed by someone and may be chewed off. The underground fence will also not protect the dog from outsiders, such as other animals or bad people, who may threaten them. Unlike some herding dogs, such as the Briard or the German Shepherd, Siberian Huskies do not conceptualize boundaries well. They need a physical boundary to remind them!
A fenced-in yard is a must for a Siberian The chain link or privacy fence should be at least 5 feet tall. A six-foot fence is a better precaution. A responsible Siberian Husky owner will make frequent perimeter patrols to ensure that there are no holes in the fence or under the fence. Siberians like to dig. They will often dig under a fence and can escape through the smallest hole. There are several ways to deter a Siberian from digging. The least expensive is to run a hotwire along the perimeter of the yard using a charger designed for livestock. This charger has a slightly higher kick which can penetrate the Siberian Husky’s thick fur. It usually takes about two or three times before they associate the kick with the perimeter. Another method is to place the bottom of the fence on concrete or wood. Wood can absorb the elimination odors and can warp and rot. Concreting the bases of the fence into the concrete is probably the best method. Another method is to attach a 12-inch length of wire fencing to the base of the fence. This should be buried in the ground inside the fence forming a u-shape. If the Siberian digs at the base of the fence, it hits the sharp edges of the buried wire and is deterred from digging there.
Can a Siberian be trusted off the leash?
people often make the mistake of taking their dog to a park and
releasing it from the leash only to watch it disappear over the
horizon. Being a sled dog means that it is bred into the dog to
run faster and farther the louder you shout at it, so shouting
"come here" isn't going to work. Should you take a chance with
this you'd better be a marathon runner.
Are Siberians noisy animals?
can be. They do not bark but they do howl on occasion as well as
make various lower levels of noise. As a rule they are not too
noisy. There is an operation to stretch their vocal cords and
change them from soprano to baritone should it become a problem
this is called debarking.
Can Siberians live alone?
pack animals and don't cope very well with being alone. It will
be alright if there is a person or some other dog available for
company. The other dog need not be a Siberian.
Do Siberians get on with cats?
they grow up with them. They might see a neighbors cat as a
Are Siberians destructive?
All puppies are naughty, Siberians are no exception. They are intelligent animals and can become inventively destructive if they are bored. They dig holes in gardens and chew hosepipes. They grow out of these behaviors eventually. Toys can distract them from your prize petunias
Siberians do not need to be shaved
Contrary to popular belief, Siberians (or any other dogs) do not need to be shaved at any time of the year. Not even the so-called "dog days of summer;" in the deep South. Dogs have natural ways of cooling themselves and shaving them can actually hinder this. The Siberian Husky is generally free from skin problems unless you shave them. Then, they are more susceptible to skin allergies, sun burns and parasite infestation. The treatments for these problems can then lead to more serious conditions. Your Siberian will appreciate your air conditioning vent inside your house. He will also appreciate plenty of fresh water and shade.
What is the difference between a Siberian Husky, an Alaskan Malamute, and an Alaskan Husky?
Although all of these breeds (and a few others) trace their heritage to northern climes, there are some distinct differences between them. The Malamute is a large, draft animal. Although similar in appearance to the Siberian, you will find some notable differences: the Malamute is about double the size of a Siberian; the ears of Malamutes are also set much lower on a much broader head; and Malamutes tend to bark more than Siberians. The Alaskan Husky is not a pure-bred dog. Generally, the name "Alaskan Husky" is one given to a cross-bred animal produced for sled dog racing. This is generally some sort of hound (for more of a sprint-racing animal with longer legs) crossed with a Siberian (for more ability to survive in the cold). Siberians are a pure-bred dog, domesticated long ago by the Chukchi natives of northern Siberia. They are more of a distance runner, and a much more moderate dog than the Malamute.
Which makes a better pet, a male or a female?
Each gender has its positives and negatives. Males are larger than females, and if left intact tend to mark their territory. Females, on the other hand, are smaller and if left unspayed will come into season twice a year. Both can make wonderful pets. The relative size may help you make your decision. If you already have a dog, its gender might help you make a decision about your Siberian. However, for the health of the dog, and for your peace of mind have it spayed or neutered.
What is the difference between "pet" and "show" quality?
If you have no intention
of showing or breeding your Siberian, a breeder may recommend a
"pet" quality dog rather than a "show" or "breeding" quality
dog. Generally, at the time of selling a dog, a breeder will
evaluate it based on the Siberian Husky Breed Standard. This is
a word description of what the perfect Siberian should be.
Unfortunately no dog is perfect, so a breeder may evaluate the
faults of a dog, and that some dogs with few faults demonstrate
"show" potential while others with more or more serious faults
do not. Many of these faults are not even noticeable by others,
and should not keep the dog from being a wonderful pet. Should
the breeder feel the faults are significant enough that the dog
should not be bred, he or she may sell the dog on a contract
requiring spaying or neutering, or on an CKC "Non Breeding
registration" which makes offspring from the dog ineligible for
registration. However, even if a dog has such a fault to keep it
from being bred, it can still make a good pet.
Below is a list of Books
CAN.CH : Canadian champion
To become a Conformation Champion, your
dog must earn at least 10 points under at least three different
and have earned at least one 2-point win, either at the breed or group level. Your dog must also be individually registered
with the CKC or have an Event Registration Number.)
AM.CH : American champion
become an official AKC champion of record, a dog must earn a total
of 15 points, which would include 2 major wins under
2 different judges. These points are awarded based on the number of dogs in actual competition--the more dogs, the more points.
However, the number of dogs required for points varies with the breed, sex and geographical location of the show. The AKC makes
up a schedule of points each year to help equalize competition from breed to breed and area to area. Dogs can earn from one to
five points at a show. A win of three, four or five points is called a major. The 15 points required for a championship must be won
under at least three different judges, and must include two majors won under different judges.)
BIS: Best In Show
BISS Best In Show Specialty
BBIS Best Brace In Show
BPIS: Best In Show Puppy
BBPIS: Best Baby Puppy In Show
BPISS: Best In Show Puppy Specialty
BBPISS: Best In Show Baby Puppy Specialty
BPIG: Best Puppy In Group
BBPIG: Best Baby Puppy In Group
Award of Merit
TT : Temperament Test
WD : Working team dog
WLD : Working Lead dog
CGN: Canine Good Nieghbour
(Requirement: Registered dogs
must accumulate a minimum of 50 miles pulling a sled...; qualifying
runs shall consist of a minimum of 10 miles per excursion that must start and finish on the same day.)
Can.SD: Canadian Sled Dog
Can.SDX: Sled Dog Excellent
(SD Requirement: Total
accumulation of at least 50 miles in not less than 3 successfully
"successfully completed race means one or more heats in which the total heat times of the team
is not more than 25% greather than the total average heat times of the first 3 placements.)
(SDX Requirement: For dogs who have won the SD title and a total accumulation of at least 100 miles
in not less than 3 successfully completed races.
Am.SD: American Sled dog
(Am.SD Requirement: Purebred Siberian husky registered with AKC. Total accumulation of of not less than
100 miles in not less than 5 successfully completed races. This means with a time that is not greater than
1.33 times the average finishing time for the fastest three teams in the same size restricted class as the applicant
for the Sled Dog degree. If there are 8 or fewer teams competing on the first day of the event then the team must also finish
in the top 50% of the finishing teams as well as meeting the appropriate time factor. For sprint races (limited and unlimited)
the total minimum mileage shall be equal to or greater than the class team size per heat in limits and not less than 10 miles
in unlimited class. )
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