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Siberian Huskies For Dummies [Paperback]

Diane Morgan
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Dec 5 2000 For Dummies
Bred for loyalty, strength and endurance, the easy-going and sociable Siberian Husky is a very pure and ancient breed, dating back 4,000 years or more. First bred by the Chukchis, a semi-nomadic people of northeastern Siberia, to hunt reindeer and pull sleds, the Siberian is an active breed that loves the outdoors. Prized for their great beauty, intelligence, wonderful way with children and lack of “dog smell,” they are also more free-spirited (and free-ranging) than many other popular breeds, and have a reputation for stubbornness and relentlessness in pursuit of a goal.

Is this breed right for you and your family? Siberian Huskies For Dummies answers this and all your questions about getting, caring for and living with a Husky. Siberian devotee—she has eight of her own—Diane Morgan gets you up and running with what you need to know to:

  • Find and deal with reputable breeders
  • Choose the right Husky for you
  • Hou sebreak and socialize your new puppy
  • Educate yourself and your dog
  • Handle behavioral problems
  • Participate in competitions

In friendly, down-to-earth language, Diane provides insights into the Siberian Husky temperament and loads of sensible, easy-to-follow advice on everything a Husky owner should know—along with fun facts and Husky trivia, amusing and informative anecdotes, and tips on how to have a great time with your Husky. Topics covered include:

  • Understanding what makes the Siberian different from every other breed
  • Deciding whether a male or female is right for you
  • Understanding how to communicate with your Siberian Husky
  • Training your Siberian Husky
  • Grooming your Siberian
  • Finding and establishing a good relationship with a veterinarian
  • Breaking bad habits in your Husky
  • Feeding and exercising your Siberian Husky
  • Recognizing, preventing and treating common health problems
  • Getting your Husky into sledding

The indispensable guide for you and your Siberian Husky, Siberian Huskies For Dummies is the only book you’ll need to help you have the best possible experience with this very ancient and venerable breed of dog.


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Praise for Siberian Huskies For Dummies

"Gives you an excellent understanding of the characteristics of this magnificent breed."
David Noyes, Vice President, Chesapeake Siberian Husky Club, Inc.

"As an owner, trainer, and rescuer of Siberian Huskies for over 25 years, I highly recommend this book for all owners, especially new ones."
Peg Wheeler

"An accessible text worth your time and money. You will emerge knowledgeable about and more appreciative of the qualities of your dog."
Jean Holland Lindblad, longtime Siberian Husky owner

Find out about your Siberian Husky's special needs

Get the lowdown on keeping your Husky healthy and content Lively, curious, and headstrong, the Siberian is an active breed that loves the outdoors. This fun and friendly book provides insights into the Siberian Husky's temperament, sensible advice on taking care of and training your dog, tips on participating in a variety of dog competitions, and much more.

Discover how to:

  • Choose the right Husky for you
  • Manage your new puppy
  • Maintain good health and diet
  • Exercise your dog
  • Handle behavioral problems

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About the Author

Diane Morgan is a writer, college professor, and longtime owner of many breeds of dogs. The Siberian Husky, with its spectacular beauty, engaging personality, and fascinating history, is one of her favorites.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
My wife and I are VERY new at the Siberian Husky thing (we just adopted our first guy last Saturday from a rescue - a two year old named Yukon), but decided to pick up a few books to read up on them. Maybe we didn't buy the right books, but it really seems like this one has a lot of information that other do not have. I also suggest "Siberian Husky: A Comprehensive Guide to Owning and Caring for Your Dog (Kennel Club Dog Breed Series)," as it is a great, comprehensive look at the breed, and includes information found in "Siberian Huskies Complete Owner's Manual" (which is itself a good book, but tends to skimp in a few areas).
I would pick this book up as an addition to your library but, if you are going to really research these great dogs, I recommend buying one or two others to go along with it.
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By conbrio
Format:Paperback
I have been deeply involved in the dog world as a trainer, exhibitor (conformation and obedience), owner, fosterer and rescuer for a number of years and I love this book series. As a relatively new Siberian husky owner, fancier and rescuer, I found this book to be accurate, frank and totally fun to read. That last quality is especially important because I am finding increasingly that many people who acquire puppies or dogs have no real idea of what is involved in dog ownership. This seems to be especially true with a beautiful purebred like the Siberian husky. This book pretty much tells it like it is, from the fact that NO husky can be trusted not to run away if not on leash or fenced (they are bred to "run", after all)to the idea that Siberian huskies help remind you what is important in life--as long as it's not keeping a perfect house (they DO shed). It also has more information than any other single book I have found on general dog care, health, first aid, behavior, training (much of it specific for Siberian huskies--a great plus). This book even contains chapters on grooming, "working" huskies for fun and also very interesting information on the history of the Siberian husky as a breed. I would give this book 5 stars (or more) except for two things: 1) I would have liked to have seen more emphasis on finding and acquiring homeless Siberian huskies from rescue programs. This was mentioned, but only briefly. Siberians frequently find themselves homeless (I guess because not everyone has read this book and is prepared for them!) 2) I found the section on whether to have a Siberian husky live inside or outside--a major decision with great ramifications for the dog's life and the family's enjoyment of the dog--somewhat confusing. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Information for the First-Time Husky Owner Nov. 3 2007
Format:Paperback
For anyone thinking of adopting a husky, this book is a good resource. It does not intend to scare potential owners away from this awesome breed, but it does accurately present the joys (and hardships) of owning a Sibe. Sibes are wonderful, but they are definitely not for everyone - especially for the lazy. Far too many people adopt dogs without properly considering the time and commitment that goes into their care. A husky can be a challenging dog (as opposed to other breeds) for a first time dog owner. They need a lot of exercise to keep them fit (physically and mentally), they are food thiefs extraordinaire, they are not to be trusted off leash, and escape artists (yes, they can climb a 6 ft chain link fence or dig under it). Huskies that don't do at least some of these things are a rarity indeed. Potential owners need to be ready to deal with these issues or they could have a lost or injured dog on their hands before they know it.

My Sibe was a rescue who originally came from a pet store - he was not the product of good breeding practices and has many health problems as a result. Personally, I would not buy an animal from a pet store and I don't think that this book is necessarily condoning this method either. The fact of the matter is that dogs will continue to be sold in this manner so long as there is a demand - the authors realize this and simply take the time to point out the risks associated with buying dogs from stores. They also provide advice for people purchasing their dog from a pet store - what info to look for, what to be wary of, etc... I would rather have an informed dog buyer at a pet store than an uninformed one.

This book does not claim to be the "be all end all" on husky info... it repeatedly states, "Do your research." So read this book, read others, talk to breeders and owners, go to shows, sledding competitions and you may get a glimpse of life with a husky. But nothing prepares you like living with one!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Well intentioned Oct. 14 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Well, this book is a good dog primer, with a lot of material specific to Siberians. I really liked the fact that the author covered both history and the wonderful sport of mushing. The training and medical info is also useful and well done if basic.
The thing that annoyed me is that the author suggested that buying a puppy at a pet shop was OK, and also said something about Alaskan Huskies being awful pets that no one should adopt. As a person who has owned both Alaskans and Siberians, I found this comment untrue and annoying. Many Alaskans make wonderful pets, even retired sled dogs. In fact I recommend adopting a retired sled dog if you are interested in a recreational mushing- I did. It reminds me of what people used to say about Greyhounds 20 years ago, that they make awful pets. That is also untrue! Why put a stamp of approval on puppy mill pet shop Siberians, while keeping well cared for Alaskans from getting a chance at a good retirement home? Maybe she thought pet shops would not carry her book if she criticized pet shop puppies.
However, if you look at the book as a lifeline for a first time owner surviving thier Siberian's puppyhood, the book can literally be a lifesaver. She says yes, the puppy will grow out of many behaviors- hang in there! Your Husky needs company and training, please provide these things! It's a working breed, please let it work if possible! In these areas, the author does a good job. I just didn't like the untrue comments on Alaskan Huskies ( many of which are part Siberian) and the wishy-washy acceptance of the puppy mill industry and buying a Siberian puppy that way. That's a BAD idea and really brought an otherwise good book way down in my eyes. Find a good breeder who cares about the dogs, either racing or show, or try a rescued Husky if you have the time to deal with an unknown background.
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5.0 out of 5 stars By this if its your first husky
I got my first Siberian Husky and I didn't know how the book was going to help me but I didn't regret one bit of buying this book. It tells you a lot of interesting stuff. Read more
Published 17 months ago by M.D.
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Sibe book
Recommended by our breeder. This book is easy to read and gives great advice and training ideas on raising a happy husky.
Published on Aug. 9 2012 by Brenn87
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book
SOO easy to read. Gives it to you straight and easy to reference from time to time. Fairly thick but won't take you more than 1-3 days to get through.
Published on March 8 2012 by Arslan
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book!
My fiance and I recently got a siberian husky puppy. She confused the heck out of us with the things she was doing. When we got this book it solved alot of our problems. Read more
Published on July 3 2004 by Cara Bernard
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for New Sibe Owners
A great book with a wealth of information. It touches on almost every problem you will come across with your husky.
Published on Sept. 4 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars call it 'Labradors for Dummies' and still get the same book!
I bought this book cause i need a good review of what to expect from my new siberian husky. the book has a nice history and a few 'story' related to huskies but this is as far as... Read more
Published on Sept. 15 2002 by Natali Gotlieb
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and accurate, a great laugh for a current owner.
I got my first siberian almost 5 years ago... so I'm still a fairly newbie to the world of sibes. But even from my experience everything I was reading brought a smile to my face -... Read more
Published on Aug. 3 2001 by J. A. Maucieri
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the other 'Breed For Dummies' books I have read.
This book gives a lot of great information on the breed. However, like most of the 'Breed For Dummies' books, it tends to ignore the fact that there are show lines, and there are... Read more
Published on May 15 2001 by Nunya Business
3.0 out of 5 stars Good place to start
I thought this book was a good place to start your search if you think you may want to share your life with a siberian husky. Read more
Published on Jan. 11 2001 by B. Flanagan
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