Originally bred as sled dogs, Siberian Huskies make great pets as long as you train them from a young age and make sure they get lots of exercise every day. They get along great with humans, and they do well in packs, but they are natural-born chasers, so your cats and other small pets might not be good matches for the husky. Learn more about the Siberian husky dog breed, their behaviors and needs.
Do Siberian Huskies Bark a Lot?
Siberian huskies aren’t considered barking dogs. While they can and do bark, Siberians are typically quiet pets. With that said, you might find your husky likes to howl — and loudly! What causes your Siberian husky to bark or howl and what can you do about it?
Like most breeds, there are many reasons your Siberian barks. Possible reasons include:
- Boredom — Huskies are active. They can haul weighed-down sleighs through frozen tundra! So, when they don’t get their playtime in or are left to their own devices for entertainment, Siberians can let you know they’re bored by barking.
- Excitement — Your Siberian husky barks every time your friend (who always brings doggy treats) comes over. He’s displaying his excitement that he (not you!) has a visitor.
- Fear — A trip to the vet or thunderstorm makes many dogs fearful and could present the perfect opportunity for your Siberian to bark for a while.
- Territorial — Huskies can be vocal if they feel someone is threatening their or your territory.
A Siberian puppy will bark, just because it’s his way of finding his voice. As he ages, the barking should subside. All the experts recommend that early training of the Siberian husky dog breed is key so you can begin early on to ensure you can control his barking.
Like his barking, your Siberian husky howls (a long, loud, wailing sound) for several reasons such as a locator for other canines. He could be howling as a signal to other dogs and humans they’re entering his space. Your husky might howl to express his anxiety when you leave him home alone. He might also howl when he is in pain or in response to the sirens on an emergency vehicle.
How to stop your Siberian husky from howling or barking?
Training any dog to stop unwanted behavior takes time, patience, and consistent corrections.
First, identify what triggers your Siberian husky to bark. Can you remove or mask the sights and sounds that make him bark? For example, if he’s reacting to a thunderstorm, try turning up the TV or music to help drown out the storm sounds. Sit with him in a quieter space like the basement.
Next, use positive reinforcement dog training, which is reward-based training. We recommend a combination of voice commands with the BarxBuddy ultrasonic training tool. Positive reinforcement will ensure training success with your husky breed, including many husky breed mixes.
Finally, it’s essential that everyone in your home is on the same page about correcting your dog’s behavior and is willing to practice the same training techniques. Otherwise, you might leave your Siberian husky confused about what he’s expected to do and act up more.
Facts About Siberian Huskies
Siberian huskies rank number 14 on the AKC popularity list. This breed is outgoing, mischievous, and loyal. Most often associated as a sled dog, the Siberian husky was bred to work in packs and has a high level of endurance and strength to pull light loads over immense frozen regions.
- Size: The height range for an adult Siberian husky is 20 to 23.5 inches, which makes these canines medium-sized. They weigh an average of 35-60 pounds.
- Life expectancy: Siberian huskies can reach up to 12-14 years.
- Coat: Siberian huskies have a double-coat.
- AKC group: Siberian huskies belong to the AKC working group.
Are Siberian Huskies Easy to Train?
Siberian husky dog breed and mixes, like other breeds, benefit from early obedience training and socialization. If you want your husky to work in a harness, this will require commitment and persistence when training. Look to make the training fun for you and your dog.
Treats and rewards are good incentives for reinforcing positive behaviors in huskies. The BarxBuddy ultrasonic training device is an ideal component of a well-rounded training program, like our train, treat and repeat technique that addresses and corrects unwanted behaviors such as jumping on you or guests, and howling and baying for attention.
Do Siberian Huskies Need Grooming?
Siberian huskies tend to shed year-round with an uptick in lost hair once or twice a year. Regular brushing a few times a week with a tool like the BarxBuddy Self-Cleaning Brush can help you get shedding in check. They should only need to be bathed a few times a year, unless they get dirty.
Be sure to maintain their nails with regular trimming, either at home with or with your groomer. And, don’t forget daily toothbrushing. This gives you the opportunity to check for issues with your pet’s teeth and gums and will prevent plaque buildup, gum disease and a host of life-threatening conditions such as kidney and heart failure.
What If My Breed Is a Siberian Husky Mix?
Although your Siberian husky mix inherits genes from both parents, you might find the mixed breed loyal and outgoing with plenty of energy and stamina. You need to make sure your Siberian husky mixed breed visits the vet regularly as Siberians are genetically predisposed to developing cataracts and hip dysplasia.
Here are some popular husky breed mixes:
- Alusky — Siberian husky + Alaskan malamute
- Aussie Husky — Siberian husky + Australian shepherd
- Corgsky, Horgi, or Siborgi — Siberian husky + corgi
- Gerberian Shepsky — Siberian husky +
- Goberian — Siberian husky + golden retriever
- Hug — Siberian husky + pug
- Husky-Chi — Siberian Husky + Chihuahua
- Labsky — Siberian husky + Labrador retriever
- Pitsky — Siberian Husky + pitbull
- Pomsky — Siberian husky + Pomeranian
- Rottsky — Siberianhusky + rottweiler
- Siberpoo — Siberian Husky + poodle